Cats at Corn Stock Theatre–6/5/11

One of my goals this summer is to seek out and support the local artists in the Peoria area. When I saw that Corn Stock Theatre was putting on the show Cats this summer, it was obvious that I had to go see it. Corn Stock Theatre is the only outdoor theater in the area. Over the summer they produce about 5 different shows. I decided that I haven’t done anything with my mom lately, so I easily convinced her to come with me (she loooves musicals, so I knew she’d say yes). On Sunday evening, we loaded up the ZUTI car (that’s her license plate, clever?) and drove to Bradley Park where the Corn Stock Theatre tent is located. It was my first time going, so I didn’t know what to expect.

The age demographic tended to be older patrons, but I saw a few families and younger kids…including the one who kicked the back of my seat throughout the entire show.

We purchased our tickets at the show, but we had to option to buy them ahead of time from Corn Stock’s website. Regular tickets are $18, but since I presented my (old) student ID, I got mine for $12. Since my mom paid for the whole thing, I guess you could say it was free for me.

Since we had some time to kill before the show, we thought it was completely necessary for us to photograph ourselves by the giant Cats sign out front to prove that we were actually there.

Several self-timed pictures later, this is what you get…

We walked over to the concession stand for some fresh popcorn and water…which was also FREE! (although they graciously accepted donations) My mom and I picked up a program, found our seats and did some light reading while we waited for the show to begin..

Finally it was show time!! I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during the show, so what follows is the stage without the dancers.

The show was wonderful. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. I was impressed with the extend of the cat-y make up and I loved that the actors were all different ages–from seniors in high school to senior citizens. I was reminded how much talent is in the Peoria area.

I might be back later in July to watch Footloose–pending the weather. It was a little warm under the tent last night, I can’t imagine how hot it would be in the middle of July.

See you tomorrow, CI!


Psst! Costs to follow:

Adult ticket: $18

Student ticket: $12

Popcorn & water: FREE

Total: $30 (for two people)

(actual total for myself, $0 because my mom paid. What a gal!)

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