A throwback to a bygone era of live entertainment, the Normal Theater is thrilled to present Vaudeville Mondays. Every other Monday night at 7:00pm (beginning September 11th), join us for an evening of theatre, comedy, music, dance, magic, film, lecture, demonstrations, and anything else you can imagine. This all-ages appropriate showcase of local performers of all disciplines is completely free to attend, and is a key aspect of the Normal Theater's mission to be a performance venue for and of the community.
What is Vaudeville?
We recognize that not everyone may be familiar with this late 19th- and early 20th century artform, which combined an eclectic mix of performers on the same bill. For a modern equivalent, think of the television show "America's Got Talent," and how you see a little bit of everything on a given night.
A nice place to start learning more is by way of the high-level overview that was created for the PBS program "American Masters." For a much deeper dive, the University of Virginia hosts a comprehensive history of Vaudeville on their website, complete with audio recordings and video examples of some of the most recognizable acts in the Vaudeville canon. While we won't necessarily be drawing upon that specific collection of acts, the spirit of American Vaudeville will be prevalent each show as a diverse mix of performances entertain you; you may even learn something along the way.
Want to join us on stage but you're not sure whether what you do would be appropriate for the show? Consider the following questions:
- Is this appropriate for an all-ages audience?
- Is this something unique and entertaining that you do well?
If the answer to both of those questions is "yes," then we hope you'll come out to one of our regularly scheduled auditions throughout the year. Our next auditions will be taking place at the Normal Theater on Wednesday, September 6th at 5:00pm and Saturday, September 16th at noon. We'll be posting the audition sign up here within the week, but for now please save the date(s).