Mystery Theater • Oct. 19-20

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Episode One: You know how you land a new client and, before you know it, you’re in a deep freeze staring at a corpse-sicle? Yeah. Sexy, sassy Candy has one of those cases.

Episode Two: Jane really knows how to throw a party. Too bad one of the cocktails is lethal. “Invitation to a Murder” tells the story of a party where, “Pick your poison,” is meant literally.

This is a pay-what-you-can event. Just drop a donation in the jar and enjoy our recreation of a vintage radio broadcast, complete with sound effects and music.

Celebrate Rockford Day with AE's 8.15 Sale!

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AE is participating in the city-wide celebration of Rockford Day, August 15, with a fantastic one-day sale! Women in Jeopardy single tickets are on sale for $15 (regularly $30) for any Friday or Saturday 7:30 performance. Limit: two tickets per purchase. This sale is only on August 15! Click HERE.

Season Flex Passes are on sale (one day only) for $75 (regularly $110)! A Flex Pass is four tickets that are good for any performance, any date, this season. Limit: two flex packs per purchase. This sale is only on August 15! Click HERE.

Life of the Party! A Downtown Cabaret

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Life of the Party is a casual fundraiser, with finger food, silent auction, live performances, raffle baskets, and more! Ensemble members Patte Armato Lund and Gary Wingert are your emcees. The doors open at 6, entertainment starts at 6:30, the raffles and silent auction end at 8, which is when the after party (desserts and dancing) begins! 

WHERE: The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Rockford, IL

WHEN:  Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 6, performances begin at 6:30

COST: Tickets are just $25 (click HERE). Proceeds benefit Artists' Ensemble Theater

Local Auditions for AE's 2018-2019 Season

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AE is holding local general auditions for next season on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, from 1-4. Bring a monologue if you have one. If not, material to read will be available. All ethnicities and ages (sorry, no roles for children) are welcome. Email rraether@artistsensemble.org for an appointment. Walk-ins will be seen, time permitting. Auditions are in the Cheek Theatre in the Clark Arts Center at Rockford University, 5050 East State St. Rockford, IL.

Romance Theater • Feb. 9–10

 Romance Theater is a pay-what-you-can event. Feb. 9–10 at 7:30 in the Cheek Theatre.

Romance Theater is a pay-what-you-can event. Feb. 9–10 at 7:30 in the Cheek Theatre.

Once upon a time a showgirl on the run from the law takes shelter with seven kindly professors. They are all wise and learned in their fields, but she manages to teach them a thing or two, all while falling in love with the youngest. A delightful fable set in the 1940s is the centerpiece of Romance Theater, part of AE's popular pay-what-you-can series of faux radio broadcasts.

The cast includes: David A. Gingerich, Katie Maringer, Gary Wingert, Patte Armato, Lund, Richard Raether, Angelo O'Dierno, Alex Ruano, and Tom Dotson. Remember, love lasts forever, but Romance Theater is only for two nights, Friday & Saturday, Feb. 9–10 at 7:30 in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford University.

It's A Wonderful Life

 The wonderful cast of "It's a Wonderful Life": Top from left: Richard Raether, Lisa Turbyville, Lance A. Retallick. Bottom row from left: Tom Dotson, Erin Philpott, and Andrew Harth.

The wonderful cast of "It's a Wonderful Life": Top from left: Richard Raether, Lisa Turbyville, Lance A. Retallick. Bottom row from left: Tom Dotson, Erin Philpott, and Andrew Harth.

AE's first ever "Bonus Show" had a limited run to sold out houses. This experiment is looking like a hit with audiences. Watch for AE's next bonus show coming in the spring, immediately following the run of "Best of Enemies"!