GrandWorks Signature Series
In addition to showing regular weekly movies, the Gloria Theatre also hosts several annual events and productions. Some of these events are considered the GrandWorks Foundation's Signature Series Events.
Each year, GrandWorks produces several events from our Signature Series. These events are produced regularly or specifically to raise funds for the operation and capital improvements required to realize our Vision.
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GrandWorks Signature Series Events
Gloria – The Musical
A GrandWorks original two act musical that tells the tale of the Gloria Theatre through characters such as “Gloria”, representing the theater itself, “Champaign Sam”, representing the Champaign County Community, and “Penelope Passingtime”, representing the passing of time. Gloria – The Musical premiered to two sold out audiences on January 9 & 10, 2015. The show was attended by Gloria herself, Gloria (Creviston) Grimes.
Missoula Children’s Theater
The Missoula Children’s Theater chose the Gloria Theatre to conduct a child actors’ workshop and produce a performance of Blackbeard the Pirate in 2015 and Cinderella in 2017. We hope that many-a-local kid caught the acting bug as a result, and will continue to help our community produce future plays, musicals and performance art. Each year, the Missoula Children's Theater will return to the Gloria to conduct their workshops and performances for our local youth.
An Evening With the Arts
This event showcases artists of many kinds from Champaign County and surrounding areas, including visual & performing artists and authors. It is an opportunity for attendees to meet the artists personally while enjoying their creations.
Urbana’s Troy Brown from Small Town Sleeper opened the live performance portion of the evening. The event made full use of the theater from the lobby to the stage. There is so much talent in the area, it is nice to have a venue to show them off to the community.
Seasonal Cinema Events
At least quarterly, GrandWorks will feature seasonal cinema events. Whether it be classics, such as the holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life, scary movies on Halloween Fright Nights, Valentine's Day rom-coms or patriotic features for Independence Day. One of the many benefits of having a treasure like the Gloria in our own backyard.
Another GrandWorks original musical (premiering in 2016) Kidz Rool features children portraying adults and adults portraying children. Tim Smith is having a midlife crisis. Will he realize how foolish he’s been acting before it’s too late? 2 numbers from Kidz Rool were debuted at “An Evening with the Arts” – performed by Noah Jarboe and Josie and Dee Detwiler, under the direction of Charity Ford.