The arts have played a pivotal role at Eureka College since it’s founding in 1855. Nearly 50% of the student body gets involved in the arts here in some significant way and there’s good reason for that – we’re winners! Our reputation is national and our students go on to professional careers in the arts and attend some of the finest graduate schools in the country. We stress overseas study and internships but our specialty is YOU. That’s right – YOU. YOU will always be a person – an artist – to us and we will become your friends and mentors for life. Check out our scholarships – we want students who are intelligent AND talented. For quality, professionalism and a personal touch – this is the place.
Professor of Art
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts
Susan Van Wassenhove quilts, book exhibit Read more >
Learn more about Eureka College Chorale’s Concert Tour of Central Europe
2014 Choral Camp details – Read more >
Theatre and Drama
A Week of Theatre in England—London and Stratford-upon-Avon: Theatrical Studies in England March 8–15, 2014
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”
Sept. 26–28 & Oct. 3–5 | Shows at 7:30pm | Marty Lynch directs
The romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays offers a tongue-in-cheek homage to the playwright and poet. “Hamlet” will be performed by the titular character in a self-proclaimed world record of 43 seconds, but then other actors will break the record by performing the play backwards in 42 seconds. Improvisation and audience participation are key components to the script. Rated PG-13.
Illinois High School 10 Minute Play Festival
Nov 22–23 | Shows at 7:30pm | Eureka College Theatre Majors direct
Six Illinois high school students have been selected as winners in Eureka College’s Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival competition. The festival is co-sponsored by the Live Theatre League of the Greater Peoria Area. It is underwritten by a grant from the Russell F. & Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Submissions for next year’s festival can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Frogs” by Aristophanes
Feb. 25–March 1 | Shows at 7:30pm | 2pm matinee March 2 | Holly Rocke directs
This ancient Greek comedy was first performed in 405 B.C. In the modern translation by Jeffery Henderson, the god of theatre, Dionysus, and his sidekick Xanthias go into the underworld in search of good playwrights. After many miscommunications, Dionysus meets the most famous authors and referees a battle among them. In the Eureka College production, many of the characters will be portrayed by puppets. Rated PG.
“Godspell” A musical by Stephen Schwartz. Book by John-Michael Tebelak
April 9–13 | Shows at 7:30pm | 2pm Matinee April 12 | Chip Joyce guest directs
“Godspell” is based on parables in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The show offers a mix of song genres, including hits like “Day by Day,” which have been re-orchestrated with a contemporary flair by original composer Stephen Schwartz. The play, which includes a portrayal of the passion of Christ, closes on Palm Sunday. Rated PG-13.
Tickets are $5. For reservations, call the box office at (309) 467-6363.
All shows will be in Pritchard Theatre on College Avenue
And other special presentations:
24 Hour Play Festival September 14
A Trip to Shakespeare’s London March 8–15
Annual Olio Cemetery Walk May 4
Annual Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop May 19–June 6
Charlotte’s Web June 9–14 Ages 4–12