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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


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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).

Community Players of Streator's 60th Season Announced

Community Players of Streator Announces its spectacular line up for it 60th Season!

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  • Friday, April 28 will be a special “birthday party” that will kick off the season at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Streator.

  • Sunday, May 14, to Saturday, May 20, the season opens with the Marx Brothers comedy musical "Animal Crackers," directed by Dan McKenzie.

  • Sunday, June 11, to Saturday, June 17, will be a reprisal of the comedy/drama "Steel Magnolias," directed by Joe Ennenbach

  • Sunday, July 9, to Saturday, July 15, will be the Monty Python comedy "Spamalot," directed by Doug Bartelt

  • Sunday, Aug. 6, to Saturday, Aug. 12, will be "The Lion King Jr. Experience," a youth musical production, directed by Darcy Mollo.

  • Sunday, Sept. 10, to Saturday, Sept. 16, will be the comedy/drama "I Hate Hamlet," directed by Larry Kelsey

  • Sunday, Oct. 15, to Saturday, Oct. 21, concluding the 60th season will be the musical "Sister Act," directed by Nik Frig

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2016 Community Players of Streator, Inc. Scholarship Program

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Community Players of Streator, Inc. scholarship program.  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 1957.  In just the past five years Community Players of Streator, Inc. has awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to 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 15, 2016.

For additional information, contact:

Greg Tullis, Business Manager
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Cell Phone: 815-257-0121

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