“Bye, Bye, Birdie” Easy Street Theater at it’s best

30 Oct

We are so excited to be rehearsing every night for our November 6, 7, (7:00 p.m.) and 8th (2:00 p.m.) performances of “Bye, Bye, Birdie”. The singing and dancing for this fun musical is coming together and we are so proud of our hard work.
Tickets are on sale now at Joy’s Hallmark in Meadowview Shopping Center in Kankakee, Veronda’s Music Village on Kennedy Drive in Kankakee and King Music on Broadway in Bradley. Tickets can be bought at the door. All tickets are $8.00 Call 815-697-2665 for further information.

BYE, BYE, BIRDIE November 6, 7, 8, 2015

5 Sep

Easy Street Theater buddies are preparing to bring our special abilities actors into our rehearsals of “Bye, Bye, Birdie”.  Thirty-seven actors and 20 buddies will bring the characters of Almaelou Studios and Sweet Apple, Ohio to life for three memorable evenings of theater on November 6, 7, and 8 at Kankakee Junior High School.

The story centers around Conrad Birdie’s agent, Albert Peterson, and Albert’s girlfriend, Rosie Alvarez.  Almaelou Studios needs to raise money, and its biggest star has just been drafted.  To raise much needed funds, Rosie plans a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one of his fans goodbye before leaving for the Army.

Conrad Birdie is an Elvis Presley-type caricature of the famous rock star.  The lucky fan is Kim MacAfee who is president of his teenage fan club in Sweet Apple, Ohio. Kim’s group of girlfriends are over the moon with teenage excitement.  The boys, especially Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, are ready for Mr. Birdie to leave town as soon as he gets there.  Albert’s doting, ever-suffering, mother, Mae, adds extra stress to Albert’s already stressful situation.

The music of Strouse and Adams, “Put On A Happy Face”, “Telephone”, “Kids”, “A Lot of Livin’ To Do”, etc. are classic Broadway tunes that will bring you back to the exciting times of the 60s.

Performances on November 6 and 7 will start at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on November 8th.  Tickets are $8 for general seating and will be pre-sold at Joy’s Hallmark, Veronda’s Music Village, and King Music Shoppe.  Tickets will also be sold at the door at KJHS.


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”