Anna Arts Center

The theme for the Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s 2020 theater season is “Year of the Women.” Performances will be presented at the council’s Anna Arts Center. “Year of the Women” celebrates when women in the United States earned the right to vote. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S....
Darryl Parks and Elizabeth Corbit dressed in  early 20th century attire for their roles as citizens of Spoon River. Published in 1915, the “Spoon River Anthology” is a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters. Through the use of free-verse poetry in the form of epitaphs, the anthology portrays the lives of over 200 characters from the fictional Illinois town of Spoon River. The picture was taken at Sunday’s performance of “Illinois Poets on Parade” at the Anna Arts Center. Photo by Benjamin Marxer
The Illinois bicentennial celebration occurring across the state throughout the year has given rise to numerous events looking back on the history of the state and the many milestones and achievements over the past two centuries.  One such event was “Illinois Poets on Parade,” which was presented...
Performances of two readers theatre comedies are planned at the Shawnee Hills Arts Council Anna Arts Center in Anna. The performances of “Spare Parts” and “Spare Change” are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The arts center is located at 125 W. Davie St. The two comedies are 45-minute plays written...
June promises to be a busy month at the Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located at 125 W. Davie St. in Anna. Here’s a look at the schedule of events on the arts center’s calendar: Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., the home school Soul Schoolers drama club plans to present...
Rehearsing for the play “Scenes from Pooh” at the Anna Arts Center: the cast is preparing to trap a Heffalump. Rehearsals have been underway since January. The play is adapted from the original “Winnie the Pooh” stories by English author A.A. Milne.  Dr. Lynn Steveson wrote the adaptation and is directing the production. Performances are set for Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Photo provided.
The cast and crew of “Scenes From Pooh” are hard at work (and play)  four evenings each week and Sunday afternoons, preparing the five scene production, adapted from the original “Winnie the Pooh” stories by English author A.A. Milne.   Dr. Lynn Steveson wrote the adaptation and is directing the...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center is planning to host Paint the Town on Saturday, April 21. The event will offer participants a chance to create their own works of art from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the West Davie Street parking lot in Anna. The parking lot is across the street from the...
Cindy Wright created and made the costumes for the play "Scenes from Pooh." Eeyore (Anthony Jimenez) and Piglets (Brinley Corbit and Kenzie Stover)  are showing off their costumes. Photo provided.
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center play "Scenes from Pooh" had a "kick off" early rehearsal Monday, Feb. 12. A group of 18 young actors and actresses shared the stage with Pete Housman's rehearsal for “Assumptions.”  "Assumptions" was the first play of the Shawnee Hills Arts Council/...
The upcoming schedule at the Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center includes a kids art camp, a drama camp and a kids painting party. The kids art camp and the drama camp both are planned July 24-28. Hours for both camps are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Kids Art Camp: At the kids...
The 2017 Annabelle Street Festival is planned Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, in Anna. The festival celebrates the heritage of the Annabelle hydrangea plant and its connection to the Union County community. Festival activities are planned from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the downtown Anna area. The...
The New Chicago Chamber Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Anna Arts Center in Anna. The performance is part of the 2017 Southern Illinois Music Festival. The orchestra’s performance is set for 7:30 p.m. on June 5 in the performing arts auditorium at the center, which is located at 125 W....

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