Once Upon a Mattress

Musical: Comedy

Directed by: Trevor Neff

Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students (18 & Under)

Once Upon A Mattress is based on the famous fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Because of her noble birth, the Princess is unable to sleep on a bed of many mattresses when a tiny pea is placed underneath the bottom mattress.

The kingdom is an unhappy one. King Sextimus has been struck dumb by a witch’s curse and is condemned not to speak again until “the mouse devours the hawk!” Queen Agravia has assumed power and she talks enough for the whole Royal household. She has decreed that no one in the Kingdom may wed until Prince Dauntless is married to a true princess of Royal blood. So far the Queen has tested the eligibility of eleven applicants and each has failed the almost impossible tests the Queen has devised.

The Knights and Ladies of the Court are most distressed by the situation but the most concerned are Lady Larken and her handsome lover, Sir Harry. Lady Larken has informed Sir Harry that he is to be a father so the situation is quite desperate. Sir Harry, determined to find a true princess, sets off for, until now, unexplored parts and returns with Princess Winnifred. She arrives dripping wet have swum the moat and proceeds to act as unlike a princess as one could possibly imagine. Prince Dauntless is very impressed by the new princess and is soon obviously in love with her – to the consternation of the angry Queen, who decides to give her an impossible test. She consults the Wizard and together they decide on the the sensitivity test – a pea is placed beneath twenty mattresses and the Queen decrees that if Princess Winnifred cannot sleep she will prove her royal birth. However, to ensure that she does sleep, she proceeds to do everything to make her tired out. A ball is held where the dancing is fast and furious and Winnifred is encouraged to drink heavily. She is also given a sleeping draught and a singing bird is provided to sing her to sleep.

However, the Queen fails, for Winnifred cannot sleep and spends the night counting sheep. The Queen is furious and orders Princess Winnifred to leave, but Prince Dauntless defies her and puts an end to the curse upon the King for, as the Jester proclaims, “the mouse has devoured the hawk!”

At the final curtain, we discover that the Princess was unable to sleep because the Jest has placed under the top mattress his lute, a helmet, a large spiked ball, some livestock and some old armour. Of course, all ends happily and the Queen is punished.

Cast members include:

Queen Aggravain– Melanie Ball
Winnifred – Kayla Harvey
Dauntless – Colman Kennedy
Lady Larken – Kaselyn Gibbs
Sir Harry – David Snook
Minstrel – Conner Gibler
Jester – Kayla Breitbarth
Wizard – Ryan DeLong
King Sextimus, the silent – Ed Peck
Nightingale – Julia Tejeda

Blisse Stanford, Lora Stone, Wesleyana Yolk, Brianna Olshawsley, Laura Schelly, Zach Stewart, Julia Tejeda, Ricky Hawkins, Larken Peck, Tristan Schonert

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All Shook Up

Musical: Comedy

Directed by: Mary Ellen Ulrich

Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students (18 & Under)

The music of Elvis comes alive in All Shook Up. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up follows a small Midwestern town that is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout, who rides from town to town with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet, and a song in his heart.

Repressed by their conservative mayor, the town begins to come alive once more under Chad’s influence. Lovers meet, woo, pursue, and more, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. All Shook Up is a rocking, heartwarming tale about following dreams, opening up to love, and the power of music.

Cast members include:

Natalie Haller – Selah Schertz
Chad – Wesley Hunt
Jim Haller – Chris Ennis
Sylvia – Madison Boedecker
Lorraine – Natalie Bashusen
Dennis – Alex Hunt
Miss Sandra – Simmy Wood
Mayor Matilda Hyde – Amanda Madalozza
Dean Hyde – Tyler Skibinski
Sheriff Earl – John Hurney

Tess Armstrong
David Beraru
Ryanne Blasek
Hunter Hawkins
Mary Jane Hutson
Kelly Jones
Gabby Juarez
Ryan Kindred-Winget
Olivia Lewellen
Suzy Lewellen
Gracie Mathews
Monte Mathews
Kena McCance
Andrew Motyl
Jayne Myers
Jeff Myers
Casey Nabors
Liz Landes Reed
Anne Resler
Jesu's Reyes
Steve Roach
Michelle Rosecrans
Brianna Roseman
Moses Rufai
Brandon Russell
Keliah Schertz
Olivia Sims
Amie Slott
Claire Slott
Evan SMith
Gabrielle Smith
Joshua White

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Meet Me at the Trolley Workshop

Monday, June 27th - 1st to 4th grade

Tuesday, June 28th - 5th to 8th grade

Monday, June 27th –
1st to 4th grade (7 – 10 year olds) 
9am to 12pm

Tuesday, June 28th –
5th to 8th grade (11 – 14 year olds) 
9am to 12pm

$20 per student for each camp

Have your kiddos jump on the Trolley and take a step back in time to explore theatre in the early 1900's. Each workshop will include learning a little about theatre in the era 1900s, some theatre games, dance choreography, and of course, learning about costumes and the popular styles at the time. This workshop will also offer creating a silent film, theatre games, learning how to audition for a musical, and learning some of the music and dancing from “Meet Me In St. Louis”, which is our fall Corn Stock for Kids show!

Once you have registered, please fill out the informational form HERE.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

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Improv "Boot Camp" Workshop

Come learn the rules of improv and the fun improv games you see on “Whose Line Is It Anyway”! The improv style that will be taught is one that has been taught at Second City and Improv Olympics. It helps to build kids confidence in performing together as an ensemble and as an individual.

Attendance for this camp would be from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday, June 29th - Friday, July 1st. 

Available for ages 12 - 18

Once you have registered, please fill out the information contact form HERE.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

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Tech, Please! Teen Tech Workshop

This is a Non-Performance based Project focused on teens learning the tech side of theatre. Teens will have the opportunity to learn and perform the skills of Stage management, directing, makeup, lighting, sound, props, and costumes for a one act play (Check Please!) that will be performed at the end of the week on Friday, July 15 at 5:30pm. Actors are also needed!

Saturday, July 9 – Time TBA

Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Registration begins May 1, 2022 and will close on June 9, 2022.

Available for ages 14 – 18 year old

$50 per person

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED, please fill out this informational form HERE.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

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Treasure Island

Play: Comedy

Directed by: Greg & Sarah Blume

Tickets: $17/adults and $14/students (18 & under)

Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore), the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew.

At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.

Cast members include:

Jim Hawkins – Tobin Robertson
Narrator – Grace Blume
Long John Silver – Jeramie Glass
Mr. Hawkins – Forest Worstell
Mrs. Hawkins – Karen Pilgrim
Captain Flint – Chris Peterlin
Job O’Brien – Jeff Joyce
Dr. Livesy – Rose Blume
Squire Trelawney – Jonte Strickland
Captain Smollet – John Johnson
Black Dog – Ethan Johnson
Rathbone – Flynn Robertson
Blind Pew – Kenney Delaney
Ben Gunn – Sam Hipp
Billy Bones – Zach Robertson
Rvd. Mainwaring – Sam Hipp
Josiah Bland – Flynn Robertson
Anne Bonney – Michelle Tipsword
Justice Death – Holly Jones
George Merry – Logan Henderson
Israel Hands – Lee Lard
Ezekiel Hazard – David Fritz
Calico Jack – Jo Zuk
Tom Morgan – Jack Harmon
Boy With Barrow – Ian Tipsword
Beggar – Ryan Salisbury

Various wenches, sailors, pious women, businessmen, townsfolk, pirates:
Olivia Jones
Braden Shanahan
Rachel McCrea
Zachary Webb
Journey Strickland
Kat Devore

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Freaky Friday

Musical: Comedy

Directed by: Peggy Breaux Hupp

Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students (18 & Under)

The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films (and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres), features a book by Bridget Carpenter – the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” – and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

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Mary Poppins

Musical: Comedy

Directed by: Chip Joyce

Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students (18 & Under)

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions.

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General Information

Corn Stock Theatre
1700 N Park Rd
Peoria, IL 61604

Phone: 309-676-2196

Box Office Hours
Monday - Friday : 12pm to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday : Closed

Season Passes for Summer & Winter can only be purchased over the phone or in person. 

Summer Season Productions will take place in the Tent. 

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