Memorial Day Tribute at Effingham Performance Center (New Information on Barbecue)


Published on May 8 2012 5:49 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Three Chicks and a Stage and The Effingham Performance Center present A Soldier Remembers, a Tribute to Our Military on Memorial Day, May 28 at 3:00 pm. 

The fourth annual show honors our veterans and current military in a multi-media production. 

Narrated by Greg Sapp and Larry Wilson, the 70-member cast includes many local veterans representing the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.  Also included are the Mattoon High School JROTC “Gladiators” Drill team, the Altamont Community Choir, solo vocalists and musicians as well as local acting talent.  This year’s show highlights short videos on the big screens of local veterans and military, telling of their experiences, and slides remembering our soldiers, their memorials, historical events and life on the home front.

General admission tickets are available at The Effingham Performance Center, 217-544-2788, during box office hours 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The cost is $8 for veterans, military and children under 12 and $14 for adults.

This historical tribute is written, produced and directed by Three Chicks and a Stage, a non-for profit community theater organization in residence at the Performance Center.  Jeanne Wolff, Carol Hourigan and Monique Hortenstine founded Three Chicks and a Stage in 2008. 

Doors open at 2:00 p.m.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit Central Illinois Honor Flight. 

The Effingham Knights of Columbus Building will be the site of the Honor Flight Barbecue where WWII veterans eat for free, other adults for $8, and children under 12 for $5.  The menu includes boneless pork chop, fried chicken, and sides.  The meal will be served from 10am-6pm and buses will be made available so veterans can travel from the barbecue to the performance, and back again, if they wish.

Located at the cross-section of Interstates 57 and 70, Exit 160, Effingham Performance Center presents events that appeal to all genres and generations. More information about the Center and Arts Connection of Illinois, the non-profit organization operating the Center, may be found at or by phone at (217) 540-2788.