The current, constantly changing state of the pandemic has all of us at Engle Lane Theatre reassessing what may be possible on our stage for 2021.
Our board of directors has determined that with the existing built-in cost considerations (script rentals & royalties, costume rentals, set material expenses, etc.) that our best course of action will be to once again move the entire 2021 show slate (CRAZY FOR YOU / CLUE / CINDERELLA / ALICE IN WONDERLAND/ WAIT UNTIL DARK / GET SMART) to 2022, when it is our hope that pandemic restrictions will no longer be a factor for either our patrons or our volunteers. It’s our intent to give all of these top shelf productions the opportunity to be presented under the very best of conditions. Please know that all current season tickets will be honored for these performances in 2022, and that our season ticket holders will be contacted by our box office personnel in the very near future.
Now, with all that being said, we are determined to try our best to still bring you quality entertainment in 2021. Because none of us know what the future holds, we have tentatively laid out, written “in pencil”, a “mini slate” of special, unique, “homegrown” productions that we hope to showcase in 2021, if conditions will allow.
We’ve had a wonderful response to our “The Sun is Gonna Shine Again” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
virtual presentations of last year, so please be on the lookout for more streaming entertainment right here on our Facebook page including a special staged reading in April of the book “The Pearl Apron” written & illustrated by Marlee Reel and Kelly Lefler.
Plans are also underway for an OUTDOOR performance this summer of the rollicking revue: “Back in the Act”, showcasing the VERY talented youth of our communities, directed by Lisa Gill and Marlee Lefler. Location & dates for this special attraction along with audition information, coming soon!
Our “mini slate” then continues into the fall, where it is our hope that COVID-19 restrictions will have lessened to the point that we can begin to SAFELY bring patrons back into our venue in some capacity.
Engle Lane Theatre announces 2021 Mini "Slate"- Pencil Us In...
(September 16th-19th/ all tickets: $10.00) We return to our stage with “The Misadventures of Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel.” A full recreation of a riotous 1932 radio broadcast - commercial jingles, live sound effects and all - featuring the madcap “Marx Brothers”, “Margaret Dumont” and the marvelous “WHEW Radio Players”. Directed by Angie McKenzie & adapted /expanded by Dan McKenzie, from public domain scripts originally aired on the NBC radio network in 1932-1933. Production note - this presentation was pre-cast in 2020 when it was originally scheduled as an endowment fundraiser later postponed due to COVID-19.
(October 14th-17th/ all tickets: $10.00) Director Nik Frig has a real "treat" and likely a few "tricks" in store this Halloween season as he presents a new, exclusive to ELT adaptation of the public domain Broadway classic comedy chiller "The Cat and The Canary." Shadows loom large and the cat creature prowls in a mysterious remote mansion when a murder occurs during the reading of the will of rich eccentric Cyrus West. Audition information TBA
(November 18th-21st/ all tickets: $10.00) It’s taken longer than expected, but the winner of our 2017 Youth Playwright Competition, Reid Tomasson is finally bringing his most considerable talents to our ELT stage as both writer and director of the hilarious farce “Understudied”. This rapid-fire, “play within a play” comically addresses the time-honored tradition - “The Show Must Go On” even when it most certainly shouldn’t! Audition information TBA
(December 16th-19th/ all tickets: $10.00) Our 2021 “mini slate” concludes with another unique, radio broadcast presentation of a true holiday staple – “It’s Wonderful Life - Live on the Air!”. Set in the “WJMP studios of Chicago, 1946” this delightful, reimagined adaptation has been graciously provided to us by ELT alumni Ed Pierce after a very successful and acclaimed run in 2019 at the Station Theatre in Urbana. Directed by Dan McKenzie and Lisa Gill, we’ll ring in the Christmas season with a new twist on a beloved, public domain classic. Audition information TBA