Culture Plays in Peoria

Are you looking for something to do this weekend outside of the typical dinner movie bar and parties loop, you’re in luck. Add some culture to your weekend in Peoria with a fabulous theatrical performance and an open air art fair, and support your classmates in the process.

This weekend is your last chance to catch the Bradley Theatre Department’s presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This is not your average sit down production. Prepare to be pulled on stage and participate in the fun. In performances, audience members are fully immersed in the spelling bee and everything that goes along with it. With a comedic, and sometimes raunchy plot, the cast sings, dances and spells it’s way through their own personal super bowl. The interactive media department worked with the Theatre department in order to create an immersive set that goes beyond your average wood and paint set up. The visuals give the play an extra punch, giving the audience insight previously unavailable into scenes and memories. The cast is funny, energetic and at times even sincere. “Putnam County” is a great time and a must see for your weekend.

Art aficionados rejoice, this weekend marks the 50th annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair. This Saturday and Sunday, head down to the riverfront to check out original works of art from 150 exceptional national and international artists. Enjoy food, wine, and beer along with live music in the weekend’s hopefully perfect fall weather. You can even do a little art of your own on the Proctor Hospital community mural. General admission is five dollars and the fair is open from 10am to 5pm. Bradley students helped with the promotion and organization for this event, so check it out and support your local art scene as well as your classmates.