From June 24 through 26, the area institution devoted to theatre “for kids, by kids” will celebrate its remarkable 70th anniversary not only with free performances of the hour-long fairytale comedy Imagine That, but with an entire Saturday's worth of events, as Davenport Junior Theatre hosts a lawn picnic and dinner, outdoor games, guest speakers, and the long-anticipated opening of the venue's Junior Theatre History Museum. Imagine that!

A beloved biblical musical boasting seven Tony Award nominations and a chart-topping U.K. single in “Any Dream Will Do,” the Broadway smash Joseph & the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat, from June 24 through July 3, serves as the summertime spectacular being presented by Eldridge's Countryside Community Theatre, with this theatrical classic the first-ever publicly staged work by the legendary stage team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice.

I think exposure to the theatre is so important for kids, and Circa 21's children’s show Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, directed by Brad Hauskins, did not disappoint, with life lessons continually pouring through the plot.

Praised by Broadway World as "a true celebration of female friendship and empowerment," as well as "a joyful and spirited production with a moving backdrop of loss," the empowering musical dramedy Calendar Girls makes its area debut with a June 22 through 26 run at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, this enchanting stage piece based on true events and a beloved 2003 film a work that, according to The Guardian, "suggests the story has now achieved its ideal form."

Lauded by the Hollywood Reporter as “hysterically funny” and BackStage as “an evening full of belly laughs,” playwright Ken Ludwig's Tony Award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor returns to Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse for a June 16 through 26 engagement, this tireless and hilarious show-biz comedy delivering, according to the Associated Press, “more than enough laughs to keep Ludwig's outlandish story spinning merrily.”

For the venerated classical-theatre company's latest season of performances in Rock Island's Lincoln Park, Genesius Guild is opening its 2022 lineup with perhaps the most beloved – and certainly the most famous – tragic romance of all time, with William Shakespeare's timeless Romeo & Juliet being performed June 18 through 26 by a gifted cast almost wholly composed of actors who are also high-schoolers.

For the company's latest presentation of free verse theatre in Iowa City's City Park, Riverside Theatre, from June 17 through July 3, invites audiences “once more unto the breach” for one of the boldest and most exhilarating works in the classical canon: William Shakespeare's Henry V, with this glorious outdoor production boasting a tremendously gifted cast led by Riverside Theatre veteran Katy Hahn in the title role.

After a rough few weeks, I wanted a diversion. So even though I hadn't read the Natalie Babbitt novel on which it's based, I was happy to attend Thursday's final dress and tech rehearsal for Tuck Everlasting at the Spotlight Theatre. I left feeling both impressed and refreshed.

Honesty is the best policy – except, apparently, when it comes to what’s currently playing at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, because Here Lies Jeremy Troy is one heck of a play on words. It turns out that Jeremy Troy – a lawyer seven years into his career, played by Matthew McConville – isn’t dying; he’s lying. But I am being completely honest when I say Thursday’s opening night for director Dana Skiles’ show was full of humor as the characters tried to work themselves out of these lies.

Knowing the Peanuts characters' backgrounds, and aspects of the comics and the animated specials, will boost your enjoyment, but it's an amazing, worthwhile experience either way.

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