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Youth Playwright Contest Winner Announced


Community Players of Streator, Inc. is proud to announce the winner of their Diamond Jubilee season youth playwright contest. Reid Tomasson’s script Shakespeare Modern Art” which was chosen from the entries submitted.

Tomasson is a student at LaSalle-Peru High School and directed Stage 212’s youth production of “Little Mermaid Jr.” this summer. He is an accomplished actor who has performed both locally and professionally in many productions

“Shakespeare Modern Art” tells the story of a small-town, big shot writer, Ray Bailey, who is working on his next bestseller. However, after a negative review opens up his eyes, Ray realizes that his writing is similar to that of William Shakespeare. It’s at that time that a friend from Ray’s past shows up to push him closer to his dreams and impact his life in a way that Ray never could have imagined. As the winner of the contest, “Shakespeare Modern Art” will be performed at Engle Lane Theatre, Friday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Tomasson will direct his own original work.

Auditions for his production will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 at 6:00 p.m.  Tomasson will be casting one female, four males as well as extras. No theatrical experience is required.

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Community Players of Streator, Inc. Will Begin Accepting Scholarship Applications

Community Players of Streator, Inc. will begin accepting scholarship applications on August 24, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Scholarships are available for any student enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university that has been involved in any capacity at Engle Lane Theatre in the past five years.  Community Players of Streator, Inc. has been awarding student scholarships since the organization began in 1958.  In just the past five years Community Players of Streator, Inc. has awarded over $22,000 in scholarships to 92 eligible recipients.

The scholarship application can be found on the Engle Lane website at  Click the link to the scholarship application, complete the application and click submit.   

All scholarship applications must be submitted on or before September 17, 2017.

For additional information, contact:
Greg Tullis, Business Manager
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ITA selects Engle Lane as Site for Mock Audition Clinic

For actors wondering if they have what it takes to go pro, this is the chance to find out.

Community Players of Streator/Engle Lane Theatre has been selected as the next site for the Illinois Theatre Association’s Mock Audition Clinic. These clinics give actors insider information about what to expect at the ITA’s Statewide Non-Equity Professional Auditions in February, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and how to best prepare for professional auditions in general.

The ITA’s Statewide Auditions (commonly referred to in the industry as “the ITA’s”) provide more than 300 actors an opportunity to audition in front of a theatre full of casting representatives from throughout the state and beyond. Actors of all ages and types will be hand selected from a pool of about 500 applicants.

ITA Executive Director Aimee-Lynn Newlan explains that the clinics give actors insight into how applications are chosen, what to expect on the day of auditions, and how to make the most of their 90 seconds on stage.” Newlan encourages all actors, even those not attending the ITA’s to take part in this clinic. “It’s a valuable learning opportunity for all!”

This year’s Mock Audition Clinic will also include a discussion on headshot/resume submissions. A select number of actors will be chosen to perform their audition pieces in front of the audience, and be given feedback by the facilitators.

Newlan explains that the event is a great opportunity for local actors. “It’s free for all members of the ITA and Community Players of Streator, and only $10 for everyone else. I encourage anyone serious about acting to join us on this afternoon.”

The ITA Mock Audition Clinic at Engle Lane Theatre (1012 Columbus Rd., Streator) will be held from 1p-4p on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Participants must register in advance for the Mock Audition Clinic by the ITA’s website at and clicking on the Auditions tab, or by signing up at the following link.

ITA's Mock Audition Clinic at Community Players of Streator/Engle Lane Theatre - 2/4/17

Meet the Directors Night 2017


Theatre fans will get a chance to meet the directors for Community Players of Streator’s 2017 season and learn more about how to get involved in the group’s 60th anniversary season.

Community Players of Streator – best known as Engle Lane –will host a Meet the Directors Night at 7 pm. Friday, February 3, in the William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator.

The directors of each production will be introduced and will provide an overview of their show, including ways for interested individuals to become involved both on and off stage.

Following the presentation of the directors, those attending will have the opportunity to tour the theatre and learn more about getting involved in the season.

“You don’t have to have any experience at all to be involved at Engle Lane,” said Bill Jankowski, Engle Lane’s 2017 production chairman and board of director member. “Everyone has to start somewhere, and it out hope that this event can help make taking that first step a little less intimidating for those just starting out.”

Season tickets are on sale for the 2017 60th anniversary season, starting at $60 for all six shows. Productions will include: “Animal Crackers,” a musical comedy directed by Dan McKenzie May 14-20; “Steel Magnolias,” a comedy/drama directed by Joseph Ennenbach June 11-17; Monty Python’s Spam-A-Lot,” a musical comedy directed by Doug Bartelt July 9-15; “The Lion King Jr. Experience,” a youth musical experience directed by Darcy Mollo August 6-12; “I Hate Hamlet,” a  comedy directed by Larry Kelsey September 10-16; and “Sister Act,” a musical directed by Nicholas Frig October 15-21.

For more information on Community Players, visit our group Engle Lane Theatre Facebook page and Meet the Directors Event page.

ITA Statewide Community Theater Festival to be held at Engle Lane


ITA festival

The Illinois Theatre Association will hold its Statewide Community Theatre Festival, 
commUNITY theatre: One Heart, One Vision, One Voice; Illinois AACTFest,
November 4th - 6th at Engle Lane Theater. 

A must-not-miss event, "commUNITY theatre" features:
six main stage presentations,
an opening ceremony,
energizing workshops,
engaging round table discussions,
after-glow celebrations,

a brunch and awards ceremony,
and MORE!

1-, 2-, and 3-Day Packages Available!

Visit: for details!

 Tickets to the Main Stage presentations will be available separate from the Festival registration thru our Box Office (not online).