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Circa 21's New Season

the new season opens with Elf in November
Credit Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse
the 2020 spring show

Elves, a beast, and Sky Masterson are among the characters that will highlight the new season for Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island. The lineup was announced Monday for the six shows, beginning in November.

Director of Audience Development, Brett Hitchcock, says they began working on a wish list of shows about one year ago.

"We look at prior history, if we have done the shows before, how they did, what time slots of the year we did them in, were there other variables that were positive or negative about how the shows sold that we need to take into account. Ultimately, picking the shows for the season is probably the single most difficult thing that we do all year long because there are no guarantees."

Credit Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

The new season opens in November with "Elf, the Musical," based on the Will Farrell movie, and performed at Circa four to five years ago. 

Later in the season there'll be a new musical comedy called "The Savannah Sipping Society."

"That is a new musical from the team that wrote "Mama Won't Fly" and "Dixie Swim Club" which are two of the really successful comedies that we've done in recent years. It's about a group or women who find themselves in yoga, that after yoga's over they find that they really enjoy going out and having cocktails. It's kind of a comedy but built around these women's friendship."

Other shows in the upcoming season include "Kinky Boots" which just played at the Adler Theater last week, "Saturday Night Fever," also based on a movie, "Beauty and the Beast," and "Guys and Dolls." 

Season tickets also went on sale today (mon). 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.