Ann’s Theatre is offering up some new works from Peoria performing artists in an upcoming performance.
Ann’s is the only theatre in the city with its own stage and a full-time production manager, but Ann’s artistic director, Stephanie McBride, says the company will use the space as an incubator to expand its work.
“I think there’s a lot of room in Peoria, and there’s really a huge amount of artistic talent out there,” McBride said.
“The talent that comes out of Peoria is so much bigger than the amount of space we have at the Peoria Opera.”
Ann’s will open in June, and it’s the first production to be curated by McBride and the company’s artistic Director, Jennifer Lee.
In its inaugural season, Ann’s will have two new pieces by Peorians and two new productions by Peoains.
The show, titled “Sick of the World,” will be produced by the Ann’s Stage Company, featuring Peoria-based choreographer, Stephanie McNally.
McNally, who won an Emmy for her work on the 2013 Emmy-winning series “The People v.
O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” is the artistic director at Peoria Playwrights, and she says the new production, a collaboration between Ann’s and Peoria Stage Company with choreographer Lisa Mazzoni, is a work of “tremendous, wonderful theatre.””
This is a fantastic piece of theatre,” she said.
“We’re really thrilled to be working with Ann’s.”
McNelly says the show, a one-act play, will explore the themes of “being sick of the world” and “living with the world,” while also exploring the themes in “Silliness and Hope.”
“I feel like this show has such a lot to say,” McNelly said.
She added that the show will be an exploration of the themes she feels are most prevalent in Peorians’ lives and the ideas they have for living in the world.
“We want to talk about the ways that people struggle, and how they struggle with the challenges of the situation,” she explained.
McBride, who was born in Arizona, has been performing for 30 years, and the show she’s planning will be the last production she will perform.
“It will be a lot more challenging than any of the other productions that we’ve had,” she added.
“Ann’s Theatre has such great, talented and talented people in it.
It’s such an amazing community, and so many talented people.
I’m really excited for this show to happen.”
McBride said she and the Ann, Peoria and Peoain families have been working together to make the show as creative and exciting as possible.
“That’s the key to it,” she told the audience.
“If we’re all happy, we’re going to get the show done.
I know that we’re just a small team, and I know we’re not the biggest, but we’ve been working very hard, and we’ve got a very, very long road ahead of us.”
McBrien said the new Ann’s production will be something special for the Peoans.
“For me personally, it’s been a wonderful time, but for the rest of us, it has been a real challenge,” she continued.
“It’s been so much fun, and a lot has happened in the last two years.
It has been such an emotional journey for everyone.”