It is a place of fantasy, of drama, of spectacle.
Craftsmanship and materials come together with the human spirit to allow us to
suspend our disbelief and to be transported into another world outside
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, conventional
theater in the United States was going through an upheaval. Cinema was on the
rise, and the sensational melodramas of the theater were now fodder for the big
screen. This leads to a dramatic decrease in the level of experimentation and
stifled creative theater for many years, as producers and theater owners only
produced shows that would realize the highest of profit margins. Young theater practitioners around the world
were desperate for a change. They wanted a place where new ideas could grow.
On a brightly moon-lit June night in 1919, twenty-five
eager, creative Peorians gathered and decided to form an amateur “players”
Three locations, the great depression, two major wars, and
over 1000 productions... Journey through 100 consecutive years of Peoria
Players Theatre, as WTVP presents, “The Peoria Players.”