Fall of 2015
The smash-hit season closer for the 2014-15 season, The Rocky Horror Show "2.0" marked the first time the DACC Players repeated a show in another season. Community response was so great for a repeat performance, "Rocky 2.0" was chosen as the season opener for 2015-16. Debuting again to sold-out crowds, many of the original cast returned, along with the addition of some new faces to the theater and DACC Players' stage. Click here or the picture above for photos of The Rocky Horror Show, October 2015 performance.
Fall of 2015
Dacc Players were proud to present Ann and Abe, an original opera/musical about the life of young Abe Lincoln and his first love, Ann Rutledge. Written by DACC music professor Dr. Eric Simonson, this new musical explored a side of Abraham Lincoln the world has rarely seen. Additionally, historical research and libretto contributions came in part from DACC liberal arts students.
Spring of 2016
Ragtime was a smash way to end our 2016 season. A full-scale musical with 35 actors and 37 musical numbers, Ragtime was the biggest musical ever attempted by the Players. The reviews were amazing, and this performance showed just exactly how versitile the Players have become. Click HERE or the picture above for photos of Ragtime!
Fall of 2014
Hide and Shriek opened our 2014-15 season with some hilarious comedy! A sharp departure from Les Miserables, our spring 2014 production, Hide and Shriek provided laughter and levity to open our new season. It marked the return of several veteran DACC Players, along with a host of fresh, new faces.
Spring of 2015
The Rocky Horror Show debuted as our smash-hit spring performance of the 2014-15 season. A sharp and drastic departure from any show ever produced by the Players, Rocky gave us a chance to push boundaries and educate about cultural norms and differences. Click here or the above picture for photos of the April, 2014 performance.
Fall of 2013
The Man Who Came to Dinner opened our 2013-14 season. This classic holiday tale was a classic choice for the DACC Players. Determined to show versatility as an acting group, it is important to remember the stage classics of the past. The Man Who Came to Dinner followed several other classic choices from past seasons including You Can't Take It With You and Sense and Sensibility.
Spring of 2014
Les Miserables was a highlight of our 2013-14 season. It marked the first ever DACC Players collaboration with our sister community theater group, Danville Light Opera. In a combined effort with a cast of more than 75, with a production crew of more than 20, and a directing / producing team of 8, this Broadway masterpiece made its Danville, Illinois debut. Click here or the picture above for photos of Les Miserables.
Fall of 2012
Our fall 2012 season opened with the staging of our second ever musical, Hairspray! Having had great success with our first musical in 2009, Leader of the Pack, Hairspray! continued that success as the Players' experience in the musical theater genre grew. Hairspray! brought many new leads to the Players and helped to lay the foundation for the musicals that were to come in the future two seasons.
Spring of 2013
We closed our 2012-13 season with another classic play, but added a DACC Players "twist" to the show. Stage Door required a large cast - over 40 - and many of those interested in roles had enormous musical talent. Capitalizing on the vocal talents of our actors, we added music to each scene that fit the story and the time period being protrayed. The result was smashing success for the Players, showing that older, classic shows can be made new again for the modern age.
Fall of 2011
Sense and Sensibility opened the season of 2011-12 and was a sharp contrast to Players' productions from previous seasons. While previous seasons had focused on various forms of comedy, mostly contemporary, Sense and Sensibility marked a new direction for the Players, exploring classic stage plays and their adaptation to the modern stage. Staging classic shows would be a recurring theme for the next few seasons.
Spring of 2012
Another in a line of stage classics, You Can't Take It With You gave the DACC Players a chance to have fun with a classic show, as well as show the depth needed to portray classic, well-known characters.
We kicked off our 2010-11 season with a groundbreaking Southern Comedy by author Del Shores. Known for his ability to address controversy with humor, the storyline of Sordid Lives allowed the DACC Players to address the sometimes senesitive subject of Cultural Awareness - one of the core values of the College.
For the spring productions, we staged two one-act shows with similar themes. Having such a diverse cast interested in being in our acting program prompted us to do a study of one-act plays. These shows allowed us to address the more technical elements of a stage performance while addressing cultural topics of the day, such as racisim.
Having tackled both comedy and musical theater in our previous season, we thought it was time to take on the genre of Mystery. Victoria's House provided us the opportunity to showcase both seasoned Players as well as fresh faces to the DACC Bremer stage. A pithy "murder" mystery, Victoria's House combined elements of several genres to both teach technique to our cast and provide entertainment for our audience.
After the world of mystery from our fall show, we needed a dose of comedy. Dearly Departed provided us the chance to loosen our belts for the deep belly-laughs that a Southern Comedy can bring.
In celebration of LIncon's 200th birthday, the DACC Players partnered with The Vermilion County Museum to perform a reinactment the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates. Showcasing the talents of four DACC Players, coupled with an original script written by Don Richter of the Vermilion County Museum, this collaborative production brought both history and celebration to the Danville Area, which boasts many ties to Lincoln, especially during this historical era of his life.
Also in the fall of 2008, we showcased (in sharp contrast to the solemn history of The Lincoln / Douglas Debate) a comedy farce that delighted and entertained audiences. Showcasing DACC Player Michael Howard (who has gone on to work professionally as a theater director) in the leading role, Who's in Bed with the Butler took audiences on a comedic romp through mystery, deception, and just a bit of "cheek!"
The DACC Players' first musical, Leader of the Pack opened a whole new world of talent and possibilities for the Players. This production marked the introduction of faculty member Dr. Eric Simonson as music director and DACC Alum Nicole Miller as choreographer. Stretching our abilities as a teaching theater group, this show allowed us not only to showcase the multitude of talent our campus has, but it also showed the community of what our group was truly capable. This show marked our first sold-out weekend of shows, something every musical production since can boast.
From its first production in April, 2005, the DACC Players mission has been to educate and inform both the students in our productions and the community who comes to see them.
Spring 2005: Faith County
Spring 2006: Who's Wives Are They Anyway?
Spring 2007: Every Family Has One
Fall 2007: More Than Meets the Eye
Sping 2008: Love is Contagious
A fund to support the theater program has been set up through the
Community College Foundation. If you would like to donate, please send your check to:
DACC Foundation, 2000 East Main Street,
Danville, Illinois 61832 Designate it for: Theater Fund.