Jeeves in Bloom


Romance theater is back with Jeeves in Bloom, presented as a faux vintage radio broadcast. Love is in the air in the gardens of Brinkley Court. And then hapless Bertie Wooster arrives and mayhem follows. Soon Bertie is accidentally engaged, caught up in a bungled burglary, and a homicidal French chef is brandishing a meat cleaver. Only Jeeves can sort out this mess. Two pay-what-you-can performances on Friday & Saturday, at 7:30 in the Cheek Theater.

General Auditions for the 2019-2020 season


Open auditions for AE’s 2019-2020 season are 1-4, Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford University. Two contrasting two-minute prepared monologues are preferred. Material will also be available to read. PLEASE NOTE: Equity auditions in Chicago will be February 11 at the Equity Center, 557 W Randolph St.

LOCAL AUDITIONS: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4 pm
WHERE: Cheek Theatre, Rockford University

CHICAGO AUDITIONS: Monday, Feb. 11, 10-4 pm
WHERE: Equity offices, 557 W. Randolph St. Chicago • Non-Equity actors will be seen, time permitting.
APPOINTMENT: Call the Chicago Equity hotline.



Here is a no-pressure chance to get some feedback on your audition from three points of view: Artists’ Ensemble Artistic Director Richard Raether, Starlight Theatre Artistic Director Chris Brady, and Music Director and performer, Jodi Beach.

This is a free, low-key event that will cover everything from resumes to callbacks. Participants may try out monologues or songs. Or just observe!

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 26 1-4 pm
WHERE: On the Starlight Theatre stage at Rock Valley College
TO REGISTER: (So we know how many to expect.) Call the Starlight box office: (815) 921-2160.

A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play

Stephen F. Vrtol III plays Everett Kane, the celebrated radio star who, in turn, plays Scrooge.

Stephen F. Vrtol III plays Everett Kane, the celebrated radio star who, in turn, plays Scrooge.

The staff of radio station WBFR is in a frenzy as they prepare for their annual holiday broadcast of A Christmas Carol. They are thrilled to have landed a big name, the famously temperamental actor Everett Kane, to play Scrooge. They are a little worried that their sound effects man seems to be snowed in in Oswego. Don’t miss this holiday treat. There are four performances, Dec. 14-16. Call 815-394-5004 or click HERE for tickets.

Page to Stage: A Picasso


Hitler considered all modern art to be degenerate and Pablo Picasso the chief criminal. Thus, in 1941 Nazi-occupied Paris, Picasso has every reason to be apprehensive when he is arrested and brought in for interrogation. AE partners with the Rockford Public Library to present Page to Stage, a free public event at the East Branch Library, 6685 E. State St. on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn why Picasso’s 1937 masterpiece, Guernica, earned Hitler’s wrath in this behind-the-scenes look at Jeffrey Hatcher’s fascinating play, A Picasso.

Mystery Theater • Oct. 19-20


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.