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Go “Back to the 80’s” at Peoria Players Theatre

Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Bonnie Tyler, and Bon Jovi are just a handful of the many featured artists whose songs are covered in the musical “Back to the 80’s,” which opens at Peoria Players Theatre on August 7.

The musical tells the story of Corey Palmer as he reflects on his senior year of high school, which takes place in 1980-something. Throughout the course of the year Corey runs for class president, plans a Live Aid style benefit concert, and tries to win the heart of the girl next door, all while rocking out to some of the greatest music ever written.

The show is directed by Willis Barber, a local teacher for Peoria Public Schools. He is excited to be directing for Peoria Players because that’s where he got his start when he began acting as a teenager.

The production features choreography by Kaylie Bullock, and music direction by Austin Shaw. A live band will accompany the performers.

The cast features 36 students from Peoria and the surrounding areas. Cast includes: Cole Rich as Corey Palmer Jr., Lindsey Ropp as Tiffany Houston, Maddox Binder as Michael Feldman, Hayden Raboza as Eileen Regan, Jon Fulton as Corey Palmer Sr., Aidan Pugh as Feargal McFerrin, and Scarlet Binder as Cyndi Gibson.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. August 7, 8, 9, and 10 and at 2 p.m. August 11. Performances will be at Peoria Players Theatre, 4300 N. University St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for those 20 and under. For reservations call the box office at 688-4473 or go online to peoriaplayers.org.

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