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Peoria Area Reader’s Theatre Ensemble performs 'Inherit the Wind' at the PRM giant screen theatre

Peoria Riverfront Museum
Jenn Gordon
Director Edie Barnard

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Edie Barnard joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Inherit the Wind”. The timeless drama depicting issues of science and faith and how society grapples with these controversies is an imaginative dramatization of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial”. In this landmark trial, high school teacher John Scopes was tried for violating a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of “…the simian descent of man.”

The Peoria Area Reader’s Theatre Ensemble will perform the play on October 15 at 7:30pm and October 16 at 3:30pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s giant screen theatre. Directed and adapted by Edith Barnard, the play will feature performances by Judge Jim Shadid, Phil Luciano, Gene Pratt, Mitch Gilfillan, Kathryn Eissfeldt, Judge Mike McCuskey and many more talented central Illinois actors. Music will be provided by Wes Sedrel and the The Hillsboro Band, and original backdrops for the production have been created by Duffy Armstrong Farrell.

The theater will open 30 minutes prior to the performances so that audiences can converse with the cast who will be in character. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Saturday evening for the 7:30 performance and at 3 p.m. on Sunday for the 3:30 performance. For more information or to buy tickets visit: www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/giant-screen-theatre/inherit-the-wind.

Jenn Gordon is executive director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. She hosts Out & About every week on WCBU.
Jody Holtz is WCBU's assistant program and development director, All Things Considered host, as well as the producer of WCBU’s arts and culture podcast Out and About.