MTA Events

Year  
February

25

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
RumorsAt a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
 

26

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
RumorsAt a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
 

March

3

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
RumorsAt a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
 

4

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
RumorsAt a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
 

5

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
RumorsAt a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
 

11

2:00pm - 5pm
AUDITIONS
Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott

Directed by Leonard Rumery

The Phoenix Theatre
Monticello Theatre Association
1406 N. Market St.
Monticello, IL 61856
Saturday, March 11th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday, March 12th, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

*Sides for cold readings will be available at time of audition.

THE PLAY:
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned.

THE CHARACTERS:
Margot Wendice: Female, 25-35 years old
Max Halliday: Male, 30-40 years old
Tony Wendice: Male, 30-40 years old
Captain Lesgate: Male, 30-40 years old
Inspector Hubbard: Male or Female, over 30 years old
2 police officers: Male or Female, any age

TIME COMMITMENT:
Please look at the dates below carefully and note any potential conflicts at the time of audition.

GENERAL REHEARSALS:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • March 20th – April 28th, 2017
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Phoenix Theatre, Monticello, IL
TECHNICAL REHEARSALS (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 1st – May 5th, 2017
PERFORMANCES (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 6th, 7th, 12th – 14th, 2017

18

2:00pm - 5:00pm
AUDITIONS
Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott

Directed by Leonard Rumery

The Phoenix Theatre
Monticello Theatre Association
1406 N. Market St.
Monticello, IL 61856
Saturday, March 11th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday, March 12th, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

*Sides for cold readings will be available at time of audition.

THE PLAY:
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned.

THE CHARACTERS:
Margot Wendice: Female, 25-35 years old
Max Halliday: Male, 30-40 years old
Tony Wendice: Male, 30-40 years old
Captain Lesgate: Male, 30-40 years old
Inspector Hubbard: Male or Female, over 30 years old
2 police officers: Male or Female, any age

TIME COMMITMENT:
Please look at the dates below carefully and note any potential conflicts at the time of audition.

GENERAL REHEARSALS:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • March 20th – April 28th, 2017
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Phoenix Theatre, Monticello, IL
TECHNICAL REHEARSALS (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 1st – May 5th, 2017
PERFORMANCES (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 6th, 7th, 12th – 14th, 2017

19

2:00pm - 5:00pm
AUDITIONS
Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott

Directed by Leonard Rumery

The Phoenix Theatre
Monticello Theatre Association
1406 N. Market St.
Monticello, IL 61856
Saturday, March 11th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday, March 12th, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

*Sides for cold readings will be available at time of audition.

THE PLAY:
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned.

THE CHARACTERS:
Margot Wendice: Female, 25-35 years old
Max Halliday: Male, 30-40 years old
Tony Wendice: Male, 30-40 years old
Captain Lesgate: Male, 30-40 years old
Inspector Hubbard: Male or Female, over 30 years old
2 police officers: Male or Female, any age

TIME COMMITMENT:
Please look at the dates below carefully and note any potential conflicts at the time of audition.

GENERAL REHEARSALS:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • March 20th – April 28th, 2017
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Phoenix Theatre, Monticello, IL
TECHNICAL REHEARSALS (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 1st – May 5th, 2017
PERFORMANCES (no time conflicts allowed):
  • May 6th, 7th, 12th – 14th, 2017

April

8

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Improv Workshops and Performance
Youth workshop grades 8-12 will be Saturday April 8th, 2017, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
There is also an adult workshop from 3-5pm.
Workshops are $30—Register online at
Workshops will be followed by an Improv show at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5

8

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Improv Workshops and PerformanceWE ARE SORRY, BUT THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE SHOW IS ALSO CANCELLED. 
 
Workshop wil be led by Chicago Improv Productions
Adult workshop will be Saturday April 8th, 2017, 3-5 p.m. – Adult Improv (no experience required)
(there is also a youth workshop 12:30-2:30 p.m. – 8th to High School Improv)
Workshops are $30—Register online at
Workshops will be followed by an Improv show at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5
Workshop participants will be invited to perform at 7 p.m. comedy show (not required). 

8

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Improv Workshops and PerformanceTHE IMPROV SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 
 
 
Improv show at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5
The Show features Chicago Improv Productions

27

Monticello Theatre Association to Represent Illinois at Regional Theater Festival     MTA’s production of  Love, Loss, and What I Wore will represent the state of Illinois in the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Region 3 Festival Competition to be held at Parkland College’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre on April 27-30. Ten of the best community theatres in a five-state region will be vying for a chance to compete at the national level. The top two performances from the Region 3 fest will advance.   AACT’s theatre festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival, held in odd-numbered years. Community theatres from AACT’s ten regions enter productions for adjudication and advancement from state to regional to national level. The year’s National Festival Competition will be held June 26-July 1.   MTA’s cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, won outstanding performance at the State Festival Competition held in Streator, IL back in November, which earned them the right to perform at the regional competition. Love, Loss, and What I Wore, was one of five performances by community theaters from across the state. ...more

May

13

7.30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

14

2:30pm - 5:00pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

19

7:30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

20

7:30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

21

2:30pm - 4:30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

June

5

9:30am - 11:30am

 

Kids Summer WorkshopDoes your child have an interest in drama and the arts? Did he really enjoy being part of the school pageant? Does she get excited about performing in skits at church? Monticello Theatre Association is interested in helping your child explore their creative side during the MTA Kids Summer Workshop.

The MTA hosts two Kids Summer Workshops. Each workshop concludes with a final performance delivered by workshop participants.

  • Grades 1-3: (Length: 1 week)  June 5 - 9, 2017  from 9:30am to 11:30am with performance on June 9th, cost is $50. Led by Sally Bower.
 
Sorry but this workshop is SOLD OUT. All seats have been reserved.
 
MTA is pleased to announce kids' summer workshops for the seventh season. The sessions will be held at MTA’s Phoenix Theatre at 1406 N. Market St. Monticello.
 
Each workshop will include a variety of stage work in order to prepare a show for their closing. Students will work on stage presence, characterization and body movement as well as assisting with costumes, make-up, props and set design for their show. Participants will have a great time “putting on a play”. It can be a fun time to “be someone else” -- on a stage, with lights! Registration will be limited to 18 participants for each workshop.
 
Both closing programs will be open to the public.

Questions? Contact Gil Yohnka gilyohnka@gmail.com or 217-202-5238


10

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditions for Seussical Jr. the MTA Summer Youth Production will be Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm   Please sign up for a time slot here.

11

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditions for Seussical Jr. the MTA Summer Youth Production will be Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm      Please sign up for a time slot here.

12

9:00am - 12:00pm

Kids Summer WorkshopsDoes your child have an interest in drama and the arts? Did he really enjoy being part of the school pageant? Does she get excited about performing in skits at church? Monticello Theatre Association is interested in helping your child explore their creative side during the MTA Kids Summer Workshop.

The MTA hosts two Kids Summer Workshops. Each workshop concludes with a final performance delivered by workshop participants.

  • Grades 4-6: (Length: 2 weeks) June 12 - 23, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm with performance on June 23rd, cost is $125. Led by Sherrie Hildreth.
 
MTA is pleased to announce kids' summer workshops for the seventh season. The sessions will be held at MTA’s Phoenix Theatre at 1406 N. Market St. Monticello.
 
Each workshop will include a variety of stage work in order to prepare a show for their closing. Students will work on stage presence, characterization and body movement as well as assisting with costumes, make-up, props and set design for their show. Participants will have a great time “putting on a play”. It can be a fun time to “be someone else” -- on a stage, with lights! Registration will be limited to 18 participants for each workshop.
 
Both closing programs will be open to the public.

Questions? Contact Gil Yohnka gilyohnka@gmail.com or 217-202-5238

 

August

4

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

5

7:30pm - 8:45pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

6

2:30pm - 3:45pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

11

7:30pm - 8:45pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

12

7:30pm - 8:45pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

13

2:30pm - 3:45pm
Phoenix Theater 1406 N Market Street, Monticello IL 61856 US
Seussical Jr.Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville! The score emerges as a Seussian Gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for "Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!"

November

11

7.30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

12

2.30pm - 4.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

17

7.30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

18

7.30pm - 9.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.

19

2.30pm - 4.30pm
In this play, the basis for the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, retired tennis star Tony Wendice plans the murder of his wife Margot, who had an affair with Max Halliday, a mystery writer, but although Tony’s plans go seriously awry, they seem to be working out well for him until Inspector Hubbard gets involved. For our production we have changed the setting from London to New York City. 
 
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.