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AWESOME 80s PROM Is Back and ONLY $15!

 Peoria Cabaret Theatre is going back in time again on Saturday, May 17th for a show only (no dinner) performance of THE AWESOME 80S PROM! Admission is only $15!

Called “Totally Rad” by the New York Times, THE AWESOME 80S PROM is an interactive show in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom . . . in 1989! Dig out your parachute pants and your prom dresses, tight roll your jeans, hairspray up your bangs and watch the 80’s drama unfold. Who knows, you may even get to dance with The Captain of the Football Team. And this time, you don’t have a curfew!

Reserve your seats by calling The Waterhouse at (309)494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com. The performance takes place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse’s new location in The Maxam Building on 316 SW Washington St. (Next to the Riverfront Museum.) Lobby doors open at 6:30 pm (you don’t want to miss the cast entrances!) Doors to the PROM open at 7:00pm with a full cash bar available.

View the SHOW VIDEO and PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS PROMS here.

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“Awesome 80s Prom” is back for 2012!!

UPDATE: We are very sorry to announce that our performances for THE AWESOME 80s PROM scheduled for July 27 & 28th, 2012 have been cancelled.

The flux capacitor is set and Peoria Cabaret Theatre is ready to go “Back in Time” again with our wildly popular The Awesome 80s Prom for one weekend only, July 27th & 28th, 2012.

Called “Totally Rad” by the New York Times, THE AWESOME 80S PROM is an interactive show in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom . . . in 1989! Dig out your parachute pants and prom dresses, tight roll your jeans, hairspray up your bangs and watch the 80’s drama unfold. All of the characters from your favorite 80s movies will be there competing for prom king and queen. Who knows, you may even get to dance with the Captain of the football team. This time, you don’t have a curfew!

Admission is $37pp which includes our rad two entrée combination dinner buffet, show, taxes and gratuity. A full bar is also available to loosen up your dancing shoes!

Click on the microphone in the top right corner to buy your tickets online or click here.

This is the only scheduled PROM open to the public in 2012, so don’t miss your chance to party like it’s 1989!

View the SHOW VIDEO and PICTURES from the PROMS!

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What Can You Expect When You Go to THE PROM?

Gary Panetta of The Peoria Journal Star wrote an article about what to expect when you attend THE AWESOME 80s PROM.  Here is a copy in case you missed it.

Backstage:  Are you ready to party like it’s the 1980’s?

 By GARY PANETTA (gpanetta@pjstar.com)

Journal Star

Posted Aug 01, 2010 @ 01:01 AM

Get ready to do your best moonwalk.

“The Awesome 80s Prom” is coming.

The show, which runs 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at The Waterhouse, is less like a conventional stage show and more like a nonstop party.

Audience members are encouraged to don their best 1980s retro look as they dance, drink, joke and otherwise interact with a cast of 16 local performers who are trying their hardest to simulate an authentic 1989-style prom at the appropriately named Wanaget High School.

There are speeches, prom nominations, a coronation, announcements, scads of 1980s era music and lots of improvised comedy put on by the usual round of high school stock characters: The Nerd (Tyler McIntyre), the Football Player (Brandon Cheney), the Spaz (Lindsey Cheney), the Drama Queen (Nyk Sutter), the Head Cheerleader (Brit Christensen), the Class President (Kip Burroughs) and so forth.

The show is directed and produced by Wade Dooley and Andrew Driscoll. Driscoll is the owner of The Waterhouse Inc., located on 619 SW Water St., Suite B. Dooley is a former community theater player who is trying to build a professional career in New York City, where he works as a swing actor in an off-Broadway production of the show, which has been running there for about five years.

The rights for “The Awesome 80s Prom” recently became available, and Dooley thought the show would work well in Peoria – a reasonable gamble, considering that Lite Rock 107 has been broadcasting its own Awesome ’80s Weekend for what seems like an eternity.

In any event, “The Awesome 80s Prom” is a big departure from typical musical theater where audience members are simply expected to sit and silently watch. Participation is crucial and the show often works best when people attend in groups. In fact, in New York City “The Awesome 80s Prom” often attracts bachelorette parties or people celebrating birthdays.

“It’s something fun and very different to go to,” Dooley said. “This isn’t a typical theater experience. At this show, you’re encouraged to stand up and dance. In New York most of the people stand the whole time and they’re dancing and interacting with the characters. The more you interact, the better the show is – because the story is going on around you and you have to be observant and pay attention to what’s happening.”

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