UPDATE: Spring Production May 2015

17 Mar

Easy Street is so happy to be working with our spring cast for the “Double Feature” performance of “The Writer’s Block” and “High-Noon-ish….or A Day at the Salon” (a slight name change from the previous post).  We have 16 actors and 15 buddies working together to put two fun shows together in one night.

We are very proud of Mr. Sean Rooney who wrote “The Writer’s Block” for our actors.  Sean is a graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais High School and an author of children books.  His book “Paddy’s First Day at Hilltop School” is on sale at Barnes and Noble.

“The Writer’s Block” is the story of six students working together to write a classic fairytale for a school assignment.  When their creative ideas get stuck, they turn to the books in the library for some inspiration.  Some “not-so-classic” characters find their way into the story.  While the writers are writing, the remaining actors are acting out the storyline.  The play is very cleaver and the cast is excited to bring Sean’s story to the stage.

“High Noon-ish…or A Day at the Salon” was written by Monica Brigham.  This is the second time “High Noon-ish” made it to the Easy Street stage.  We had so much fun performing it before, we thought we would do it again.  Some of us still remember the songs.

“High Noon-ish” is a take off of the old western movies with a slight change in the setting.  We’ve put our cast in a Salon instead of a Saloon.  The town of Dry Gulch is having some pretty miserable days because their water supply is almost gone.  Sweet Meadow, however, has plenty of water and their days couldn’t be better.  Cowboy Clyde and Cowgirl Bonnie roll into Dry Gulch with a “plan” to even up the score.

Performances are Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd at 7 p.m.  and Sunday, May 3rd at 2 p.m.  All performances are at Kankakee High School on Jeffery Street in Kankakee, Illinois.  Tickets are $8.00 and only sold at the door.   Call 815-697-2665 for further information.

Spring Double Feature—-May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2015

25 Jan

Look for our Spring double feature performances of “Writer’s Block” and “High Noon-ish….or Don’t Mess with My Hair Appointment”.

We are really excited to produce “Writer’s Block”, an original play written by Sean Rooney of Bourbonnais.  Sean performed in our first production of “High Noon-ish” in 2010. He is also a published author of a children’s book called “Paddy’s First Day at Hilltop School”.  The book was published by Strategic Book Publishing in 2009 and is on sale at Barnes and Noble’s book stores.

Sean is a 23 year old young man with cerebral palsy and a wonderfully creative mind.  We are looking forward to seeing his script come alive on stage.

Our second play is “High Noon-ish…or Don’t Mess with My Hair Appointment”.  The play is a musical with an original script written by Monica Brigham and music from Plank Road Publishing Co.  The “western” style show takes place in the towns of “Dry Gulch” and “Sweet Meadow”.  The western “saloons” have dropped an “o” and are now “salons”.  Unfortunately, “Dry Gulch” has a water shortage and they look to the unsuspecting citizens of “Sweet Meadow” to solve their problem.

Both shows will be performed on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Kankakee HIGH SCHOOL at 1200 Jeffery Street in Kankakee, Illinois, 60901

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday’s show begins at 2:00 p.m.    Tickets are $8 and sold at the door.

For further information call 815-697-2665

The Wizard of Oz

26 Oct

Wizard of Oz

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Easy Street Theater will perform “The Wizard of Oz” on November 7, 8 and 9 at Kankakee Junior High School.  Show times are 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 9th.  The theater will be opened for seating 1/2 hour before show time.  All seats are $8.00.  Five and under is free.  For more information call 815-697-2665


To make the performance more enjoyable, we will provide the words to the songs so the audience can join in if they wish.

You will never see a more joyful, soulful, absolutely delightful performance of the most beloved story of Dorothy and her friends.

Throughout our rehearsals we have learned many things from the wise Wizard, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and Dorothy.

But, Glinda says it most elegantly:

“You are capable of more than you know”

2014-2015 Season

30 Jun

We are looking forward to our 2014-2015 season. Our fall production will be “The Wizard of Oz” and our spring production is “Writer’s Block”. We are waiting to hear from the auditorium manager if we are approved for our requested performance dates. But, we are looking for an early November weekend for “The Wizard of Oz” and a late March or early April performance for “Writer’s Block”

We expect to cast 30 actors for “The Wizard of Oz” and 20 acting buddies.

Applications will be sent out on July 1, 2014. There will also be applications for actors and buddies on this blog, too. If you have an email in our files or have given us your home address, we will send you an application. The deadline for actor applications is Aug. 15, 2014 so don’t delay when you get your mail. There will also be applications at River Valley Special Recreations for actors and buddies.

If you have a technical theater background and would like to help out, send me an email message at easystreettheater@yahoo.com

Calling All Buddies

9 Aug

Easy Street is putting together our 2013-2014 season and looking for buddies to help our actors.  “Hat’s Off to the Holidays” will be presented in early November with rehearsals beginning early in Sept.  We are hoping for April dates for our Spring Show with rehearsals beginning late in Feb.

Buddies must be at least 16 years old with a solid sense of responsibility and discipline.  All buddies must attend a seminar called Protecting Our Participants (POP) immediately after our first rehearsal.  The seminar is approximately one hour long.

Rehearsals will be scheduled for Tuesdays and/or Thursday evenings from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Please call 815-697-2665 (Monica), 815-768-5306 (Andi), or 815-955-6753 (Dorene) to sign up or ask questions.