Starlight Theatre

A familiar face on the Rock Valley College stage will lead the college’s theater program. According to a news release, Christopher Brady has accepted the college’s offer to become the new Director of Theatre and Arts Park. Longtime leader Mike Webb stepped down earlier this year.

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It’s summer theater time.  Places that are relatively quiet the rest of the year are churning out productions at a dizzying pace.  That raises a question:  is summer theater somehow different from theater the rest of the year?  

Dexter Brigham founded Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois, more than a decade ago. He says summer theater is almost a separate genre, with roots that go back to the 19th century, when both actors and audiences were looking for something to do when the Broadway season ended.