PECATONICA, Ill. (WTVO) – A storm damaged the Pec Playhouse beyond repair earlier this year, and the building has since been demolished.
With the reconstruction underway, the show is set to continue, but the performers will take the stage at another community venue in the meantime. The theater has rented space nearby, as they return to performing in hopes of raising money for the reconstruction.
“We started rehearsals for this show, actually, the day the old building was demolished,” said Austin Van Vleck, an artist from the Pec Playhouse Theater. “So it was bittersweet, but it was great coming back to the theater because we definitely missed it.”
The performers of the Pec Playhouse Theater are gearing up for their first production after the demolition of their longtime venue. Homeless at the moment, the show “Escanaba In Da Moonlight” will be presented at a community center in Seward.
“This particular show is one of the most popular shows voted by our customers,” said artist Jamie Button. “They wanted to see it again, and we were supposed to put it on last year, but then we had COVID-19 and then our collapse. So now we’re happy to put it back.
Ticket sales will help raise funds as the theater aims to rebuild itself in Pecatonica.
“I think everything we do from now on will again be geared towards our rebuilding as a hometown theater,” artist Glen Wiegert said.
“And I hope it’s bigger and better than ever,” Button added.
“We think about it a bit. Of course, we want to bring in as many people as possible to collect money, but we also just want to put on a big show, make people laugh, entertain the community too, ”said Van Vleck.
The cast said it was a bit of an adjustment not to be on the hometown stage, but regardless of where they performed they said they were happy to come back and do what they like.
“I think they’re going to see a show that is at least as good as the one they saw in the theater,” Wiegert said. “It’s been a little different in terms of technology and setup, but that’s part of the gig here, I guess.”
The first performance is Friday at 8 p.m. and will run until November 21.