"...the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."
-National Standards for Arts Education
What's up in 2022? We are!
SRC Community Chorus Presents Sondheim Musical Into the Woods
Tickets on sale for performances June 23-26.
Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award Winning musical INTO THE WOODS, directed by Carol Davis with musical direction by Tony Roberts, comes to the SRC Theatre in Taylor Hall, June 23-26. Tickets may be reserved at https://spoon-river-college-foundation.square.site/, by visiting www.src.edu/chorus, from any cast or crew member, or by calling (309) 649-6260 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
INTO THE WOODS runs June 23-25 at 7:00 p.m. and June 26 at 3:00 p.m. General admission seating is limited to 100. Tickets are $15.
"Last summer we offered The Musical World of Disney to sold out crowds," says Carol Davis, "and we had several fairy tale princesses in that show, but these stories are not Disney. This musical is based on Grimm's fairy tales complete with dark comedy and Sondheim's incredibly complex music. The show is more of a metaphor for real life."
The musical follows a Baker and his Wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; Little Red Ridinghood, who wishes to get to Granny's house, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of The Witch's Curse, the two set off on a journey INTO THE WOODS to break the curse. There they encounter wolves, Giants, and scary, wonderful untraveled paths. Eventually, all their wishes come true, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.
"This is certainly one of the most talented cast, crew, and band ensembles we've had in our 17-year existence," Davis says. "There are over 50 people involved with this show coming from all over central Illinois. The cast and crew began selling tickets last week and seats are going very fast."
The cast includes John Davis as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Julie Seeley as The Witch, Helaina Kalman as Cinderella, Jacob Haarman as Jack, Tony Roberts as The Baker, Lindsey Larson as The Baker's Wife, Cecily Burnham Pearson as Little Red Ridinghood, Sara Mathis as Jack's Mother, Alison Richter-Meuth as Cinderella's Mother/Stepmother, Lauren Avery as Florinda, Aja Lawson as Lucinda, Mike Varnes as Cinderella's Father, Tori Albanito as Rapunzel, Alex Smith as The Wolf/Cinderella's Prince, Clay Klinedinst as Rapunzel's Prince, Jean Sprecher as Granny, Aaron Haacke as The Steward, Kirsten Seeley as Sleeping Beauty, Janet Munson as Snow White, and Charlene Kornoski-Du Vall as The Giant.
The production is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Two Rivers Arts Council. Funds from the grant enabled the SRC Community Chorus to contract with professional artist David Gregory who designed and painted the engaging scenic background for the show.
The SRC Community Chorus presents...
Jules Verne & H.G. Wells: The Birth of Sci-Fi and the First Citizens of the Future
with Barry Cloyd
Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
SRC Theatre, Taylor Hall, Canton Campus
To boldly go...In this new edu-tainment adventure, singer/songwriter/historian Barry Cloyd celebrates humanity's incredible journey into the consciousness of emerging futuristic literature – much of which has come to pass in our lifetimes.
Through story and song – some original, some you might remember, and some just plain strange – Cloyd brings to life the expansive and revolutionary world created by the innovative minds behind what we now call "Science Fiction."
Barry showcases some of his unusual instruments and includes songs encouraging the audience to step outside gravity's pull and suspend belief. Songs such as "A Space Oddity," "In the Year 2525," "The Dangers of Star Trek Travel" and more will teleport audiences into the triumphant and the tragic ether.
One performance only! Ticket information to come!
Call (309) 649-6260
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and
the Two Rivers Arts Council.
Concerts and Productions since 2005:
The SRC Community Chorus presents 2-3 concerts, revues, plays, and musicals each year. To date, the list includes:
The Musical World of Disney
50 Years of Broadway
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
A Golden Holiday
Songs for the Season
A Joyous Jubilee
A Classic Afternoon with Alison Richter-Meuth and John L. Davis
Cole, Irving, George, & Jerome
An American Choral Mosaic
A Winter Tapestry
Broadway, Start to Finish
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Songs and Snowflakes
Handel's Messiah (twice)
- Ken Bradbury in Concert
Winter Tales & Tunes
The River's Song by Barry Cloyd
Frosty Airs & Fables
Burl Ives: Midwestern Minstrel by Barry Cloyd
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged (2020 Virtual Holiday Concert)
Silver Songs & Golden Gifts
Man of La Mancha
Pirates of Penzance
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Guys and Dolls
A Tuna Christmas
*Denotes an original production written by a member of the SRC Community Chorus
Shows for a Cause:
The SRC Community Chorus operates under the auspices of the SRC Foundation and is entirely self-funded, with occasional support from entities such as Two Rivers Arts Council. Since its inception, it has raised well over $100,000 for the Foundation's scholarship program and has established seven permanent, endowed scholarships, each named after a Chorus member or someone special to the Chorus:
- The Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship
- The Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship
- The Harley Davis Scholarship
- The Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship
- The Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship
- The Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship
- The David L. Bishop Memorial Scholarship
Silver Songs & Golden Gifts (December 2021)
The Guys (September 2021)
The Musical World of Disney (August 2021)
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged (December 2020 Virtual Concert)
Barry Cloyd: Burl Ives, Midwestern Minstrel (February 2020)
Frosty Airs & Fables (December 2019)
Guys and Dolls (June 2019)
Winter Tales and Tunes (December 2018)
A Piano Potpourri (February 2018)
Songs and Snowflakes (December 2017)
Vanities (August 2017)
A Joyous Jubilee (December 2016)
Bleacher Bums (September 2016)
Hotel Holidaze (March 2016)
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)
Quilters (September 2014)
BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (November 2013)
Man of La Mancha (July 2013)
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (May 2013)
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)
Messiah (Dec. 2012)
Cole, Irving, George and Jerome (Feb. 2012)
Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)
Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)
Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)