The Vermillion Players, Pontiac’s longest running amateur theatre group, will debut a new musical revue on May 3th at 7:00 PM at the Chautauqua Park pavilion. The revue, “On The Road Again : Mother Road, That Is,” will feature local talent and some of the hit songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The musical revue will be presented several times over the course of the summer and fall for the general public, various tour groups, and distinguished visitors. The May 3rd performance is being presented as part of the city’s Red Carpet Corridor Festival and admission is free. There will also be ice cream treats available at the park for a small fee.
The Players have also announced the 2014 Summer Theater in the Park season of theatrical entertainments. The first show of the summer will be a production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," directed by Anthony Gullo. Performances will be at 7:30 PM at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion on May 8 through May 11. "And the Winner Is . . ." will be presented by the Players from June 12 through June 15. The production celebrates the 50 years of Vermillion Players by recalling some of the best moments from its half-century of summer theatre productions. The show is written and directed by Julie Peterson.
The third show of the season will be the children’s show, "The Wizard of Oz." Directed by Jerry Keck, the production will open on July 10 and close with a final performance on July 13. The final production of the 2014 summer theatre season will be a comedy/mystery entitled, "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody." The show will run from August7th through the 10th and will be directed by Bob McKenzie and Robert Roarty.
To learn about additional performances or to get information about other Red Carpet Corridor Festival events, please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.