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 June, 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 2017 and the BCPA present

Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Rain Date: Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is a musical comedy adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Princess & The Pea. Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. His terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom and, in an attempt to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her special test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by the fact since Lady Larken is now expecting Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless and sets out to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test.

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


Auditions for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS are open to all ages, 8 to 80, and will take place May 30 & 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. One of after May 15, 2017, call (309) 434-2777 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 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS 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 19th - 30th
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $60

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.