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On this week's episode of WGLT's Centerstage, you will hear selections from South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!, and Beauty & the Beast.

James Plath
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Jay Gatsby made the list. So did Hester Prynne, Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter. 

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Set sail this Thursday, Aug. 1, as Prairie Fire Theatre opens Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” at Community Players Theatre.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Kim Tingely was one of the storytellers:

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Joel Johnson was one of the storytellers:

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Nancy Nickerson was one of the storytellers:

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mark Nielsen was one of the storytellers:

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Barb Jacobsen was one of the storytellers:

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Bob Ryder was one of the storytellers:

 

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McLean County Museum of History

Last year, “Green Book” hit the big screen and shocked the world with an accurate depiction of what life was like for African Americans in the U.S. before the Civil Rights Act.

Dorothy tree carving at cemetery
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery / Courtesy

"The Wizard of Oz" was first published in 1900. It's an American classic, with many knowing the story by heart.

actors in Addams Family
Community Players

In the middle of a sunny summer, one local theater company is embracing its dark side with a musical that's a scream come true for the director.    

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Karla Bailey-Smith and Karl Smith were one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jajwanica Brockington was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mari-Rose Minyo was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Clatie Fischer was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jesse Wyer was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Cristen Monson was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

 

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Laura Kennedy / WGLT

An artist. A teacher. An illustrator.

Those were the three paths to an art career that Kendra Paitz heard about when she was growing up. Now that she’s the director and chief curator of the University Galleries in Normal, Paitz decided to show area young people all sorts of possibilities for a career in the visual arts. With the help of a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, she established the University Galleries’ Teen Arts group, inviting a group of Bloomington High School students to the galleries for a yearlong program of unique opportunities.

Cristen Monson and Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Everything’s coming up roses at Prairie Fire Theatre with the staging of “Gypsy,” the classic musical which is based on the memoirs of famous strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

2019 Youth Mural Project Participants
Illinois Art Station / Facebook

A new mural will be unveiled Sunday on Bloomington's west side that will tell stories of the young artists who created it.

Harry Potter fans
Steve Luciano / AP

 Fandom has truly come into its own.

That's according to a couple of guys who should know: GLT's Psych Geeks. Where it was once supremely geeky and social unacceptable to be a Trekki, now it's accepted and even considered cool. Fandom has moved centerstage.

People dressed in bustles and goggles, carrying jetpacks made with what appear to be ceiling fan blades. Yes, it's Steampunk.

From the Industrial Revolution to the Wild West, Steampunk is a creative way to picture what history could’ve been. It’s a re-imagining of history with art, science, and modern technology.

Kate Smith statue
Matt Slocum / AP

There's no more Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" at Yankee games. Her statue outside of the Philadelphia Flyers stadium is gone, too.

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Bloomington’s Coalescence Theatre Project has a curtain call on the national stage in June.

Actors in the musical
Beetlejuice The Musical / Facebook

Say "Beetlejuice" three times fast and you’ll summon the irreverent demon—and Savannah Wetzel will make sure he’s nattily attired.

Students sit in classroom and talk.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

When a community is struggling with a social issue, theatre can be a place to explore it. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” tackled the obsession with success the American Dream instills in Willy Loman. Joseph Stein’s “Fiddler on the Roof” shows the power of community tradition as a glue that can keep people together in tough times.

Ryan smiles and stands in front of a wall.
Sean Newgent

The popularity of Minecraft, mobile games, and Fortnite has proven that gamers are everywhere. The CEO of Netflix told investors at the beginning of the year that the platform faces more competition from Fortnite than HBO. The industry as a whole made around $135 billion last year alone. Gamers are everywhere.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Most historical artifacts get tucked away in museums behind locked doors and thick glass. For some, the best piece of history fits in your palm and sits in a drawer at home.

Putting the Cross in Cross-Pollination Painting
Angel Ambrose

The 10th annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show spotlights local artists’ impressions about Good Friday and their Christian faith. This year more than 60 artists will exhibit works centering on the idea that Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection accomplished something beautiful.

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