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The Peoria Players


It is a place of fantasy, of drama, of spectacle. Craftsmanship and materials come together with the human spirit to allow us to suspend our disbelief and to be transported into another world outside ourselves.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, conventional theater in the United States was going through an upheaval. Cinema was on the rise, and the sensational melodramas of the theater were now fodder for the big screen. This lead to a dramatic decrease in the level of experimentation and stifled creative theater for many years, as producers and theater owners only produced shows that would realize the highest of profit margins. Young theater practitioners around the world were desperate for a change. They wanted a place where new ideas could grow.

On a brightly moon-lit June night in 1919, twenty-five eager, creative Peorians gathered and decided to form an amateur “players” group... and the story begins...

 Local Programs

Local Programs
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  • My Journey with Annie Malone
  • At Issue with H Wayne Wilson
  • WTVP's Backyard Journeys
  • Business Forward with Matt George
  • Consider This Poster
  • From Distilleries to Stills: Prohibition In Peoria
  • Doug Hoerr: Landscape Architect
  • From the Horse's Mouth
  • #HBCYou with Dee Brown CEO
  • Leadership Lessons for Home, Work and Life
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  • Lydia: Ahead of Her Time
  • OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters
  • The Illinois River Series Poster
  • Self Made with Dee Brown CEO
  • A Shot of Ag with Rob "The SharkFarmer" Sharkey
  • Springdale Cemetery: Memories of a Lifetime
  • State & Water Poster
  • Word of the Week
  • What is it??
  • You Gotta See This! by Peoria Magazine