Miller Park Summer Theatre

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Originating in the Parks & Recreation Department in the 1980's, the Miller Park Summer Theatre program offers an opportunity for youth and adults to audition and participate in an outdoor summer musical in Bloomington's beautiful Miller Park. Auditions begin in May, followed by rehearsals and a final weekend of performances at the Miller Park Bandstand in July. Bloomington talents runs deep in acting, singing and dancing so, whether you're up on stage having fun or enjoying the show from the audience, we encourage you to participate in this time-honored tradition.

Miller Park Summer Theatre 2018 and the BCPA present

Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
Rain Date: Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m.

OLIVER! is Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Auditions for OLIVER! are open to all ages, 8 to 80, and will take place May 22 - May 24  beginning at 5:30 p.m. On or after May 10, 2018, call (309) 434-2766 to secure a 10-minute audition appointment. Audition information will be given at that time. Auditions and most rehearsals will take place at the BCPA's Creativity Center, located one block north of the BCPA at 107 E Chestnut St. Parking and entrance are on the south side of the building off of Locust St.

*All participants ages 8 - 17 MUST enroll in the BCPA Spotlight Summer Theatre Workshop.


Participants ages 8 - 17 will learn the elements of theatrical production including theatre protocols & terminology; mental & physical preparation; script analysis; character development; design & technical aspects including scenery, lighting, sound, props, costumes & make-up; and much more. The 60-hour workshop is an education component to the Miller Park Summer Theatre and BCPA presented production of OLIVER!  in Miller Park. Registration will be taken through the BCPA Ticket Office, either in person at 600 N East St or by phone (309) 434-2777.

Ages: 8 - 17 years
Location: BCPA Creativity Center
Day: M - F
Date: June 18th - 30th
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $100

Miller Park Summer Theatre
2016 PRODUCTION - BYE BYE BIRDIE (images below)
Book by Michael Stewart • Music by Charles Strouse • Lyrics by Lee Adams

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center.