MTA Events

April 2019
27
Saturday

Plaza Suite - Opening Night

Apr 27, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

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28
Sunday

Plaza Suite - Opening Matinee

Apr 28, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

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May 2019
03
Friday

Plaza Suite - Friday Night

May 3, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

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04
Saturday

Plaza Suite - Saturday Night

May 4, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

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05
Sunday

Plaza Suite - Closing Matinee

May 5, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

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June 2019
10
Monday

Kids Workshop Grades 1-3

Jun 10, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

9:30am - 11:30am

Summer Kids WorkshopDoes your child have an interest in drama and the arts? Did he really enjoy being part of the school pageant? Does she get excited about performing in skits at church? Monticello Theatre Association is interested in helping your child explore their creative side during the MTA Kids Summer Workshop.
 
The MTA hosts two Kids Summer Workshops. Each workshop concludes with a final performance delivered by workshop participants.
 
Grades 1-3: (Length: 1 week)  June 10 - 14, 2019  from 9:30am to 11:30am with performance on June 14th, cost is $60. Led by Sherrie Hildreth

MTA Workshop experienced 3rd graders may register for Session 2
 
MTA is pleased to announce kids' summer workshops for this season. The sessions will be held at MTA’s Phoenix Theatre at 1406 N. Market St. Monticello.
 
Each workshop will include a variety of stage work in order to prepare a show for their closing. Students will work on stage presence, characterization and body movement as well as assisting with costumes, make-up, props and set design for their show. Participants will have a great time “putting on a play”. It can be a fun time to “be someone else” -- on a stage, with lights! Registration will be limited to 18 participants for each workshop.
 
Both closing programs will be open to the public.
 
Questions? Contact Chelsea Ehrhardt ehrhardt.che@gmail.com or 217-390-3398 

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17
Monday

Kids Workshop Grades 4-6

Jun 17, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019

9:00am - 12:00pm

Summer Kids WorkshopDoes your child have an interest in drama and the arts? Did he really enjoy being part of the school pageant? Does she get excited about performing in skits at church? Monticello Theatre Association is interested in helping your child explore their creative side during the MTA Kids Summer Workshop.
 
The MTA hosts two Kids Summer Workshops. Each workshop concludes with a final performance delivered by workshop participants.
 
Grades 4-6: (Length: 2 weeks) June 17 - 28, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm with performance on June 28nd, cost is $135. Led by Sherrie Hildreth.

MTA is pleased to announce kids' summer workshops for this season. The sessions will be held at MTA’s Phoenix Theatre at 1406 N. Market St. Monticello.
 
Each workshop will include a variety of stage work in order to prepare a show for their closing. Students will work on stage presence, characterization and body movement as well as assisting with costumes, make-up, props and set design for their show. Participants will have a great time “putting on a play”. It can be a fun time to “be someone else” -- on a stage, with lights! Registration will be limited to 18 participants for each workshop.
 
Both closing programs will be open to the public.
 
Questions? Contact Chelsea Ehrhardt ehrhardt.che@gmail.com or 217-390-3398 

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July 2019
19
Friday

Willy Wonka - Opening Night

Jul 19, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been created with educators and student performers in mind. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, this is ...more

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20
Saturday

Willy Wonka - Opening Saturday

Jul 20, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been created with educators and student performers in mind. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, this is ...more

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21
Sunday

Willy Wonka - Sunday Matinee

Jul 21, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been created with educators and student performers in mind. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, this is ...more

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26
Friday

Willy Wonka - Friday Night

Jul 26, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been created with educators and student performers in mind. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, this is ...more

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27
Saturday

Willy Wonka - Saturday Night

Jul 27, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.   Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been created with educators and student performers in mind. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, this is ...more

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September 2019
20
Friday

Witness for the Prosecution - Opening Night

Sep 20, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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21
Saturday

Witness for the Prosecution - Opening Saturday

Sep 21, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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22
Sunday

Witness for the Prosecution - Opening Matinee

Sep 22, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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27
Friday

Witness for the Prosecution - Friday Night

Sep 27, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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28
Saturday

Witness for the Prosecution - Saturday Night

Sep 28, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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29
Sunday

Witness for the Prosecution - Closing Matinee

Sep 29, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect   The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife   After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him   When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining

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December 2019
06
Friday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Opening Night

Dec 6, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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07
Saturday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Opening Saturday

Dec 7, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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08
Sunday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Opening Matinee

Dec 8, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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13
Friday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Friday Night

Dec 13, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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14
Saturday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Saturday Night

Dec 14, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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15
Sunday

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas - Closing Matinee

Dec 15, 2019

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL, 61856

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.   In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, ...more

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