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"!

Auditions for upcoming plays!

AE is holding open non-Equity auditions for two upcoming productions at the Nordlof Center, 119 North Main St. in Rockford) on Sunday, August 20 at 1 pm, and both Monday and Tuesday, August 21-22 at 6 pm. Auditions scenes will be provided.

AE is seeking an actress for the role of Mary in It's a Wonderful Life (performing Dec. 15–17) and casting for all roles (five women, four men) for the spring comedy/mystery Dying for Attention (performing Mar. 23-25).

To make an audition appointment, e-mail to Andrew Harth or call 815-721-9630.

 

Season Kick Off August 8th

Help us kick off our 14th season at the University Club, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday August 8th. Have a cocktail and visit with the cast of Steel Magnolias. Go out on the deck and enjoy the river view as you listen to music by Patte Armato Lund and John & Beth Chase. Then buy your tickets to our fabulous 14th season!

Complimentary munchies as well as the Taco Tuesday menu will be available. Cash tips at the bar will go to support Artists' Ensemble. 

When: 5-8 p.m. Tue. August 8
Where: University Club, 945 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103