Friday, May 18, 2018 - Saturday, May 26, 2018
Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Park, 15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675, Petersburg, IL, Illinois
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In August, 2018, Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood. In addition, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is celebrating its 100th year of live performances in Kelso Hollow, home to Theatre in the Park. For a century people have flocked to New Salem for live entertainment which makes it the longest continuously running outdoor venue in Central Illinois. Theatre in the Park will continue its tradition of historical/period productions as well as the founding of the United States of America and Illinois’ statehood by presenting “1776” as the opening production of its season. Theatre in the Park believes this production would be a perfect event to help kick-off a summer of bicentennial events in Central Illinois.
Show dates are: May 18-20 and 24-26, 2018
1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
Cost of Admission: $15; 13/seniors