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Corn Stock Theatre
August 4 - 12

Corn Stock Theatre is pleased to announce PARADE, a musical directed by Deric Kimler.  Parade is based on the true story of Leo Frank. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County),  Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America's history.

Show dates are August 4-12, 2017 at 7:30 pm nightly.  Corn Stock will have food vendors available prior to performances on select nights, including Haddad’s Restaurant on August 4 & 5 and 11 & 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Director Deric Kimler says “Parade is one of the most important musical theatre productions ever written, in my opinion. Parade is a true story that took place over 100 years ago during the lead up of World War 1 and follows the “parade” of events and individual agendas surrounding the case of Mary Phagan.  This show takes place from 1912 – 1914 in the small town of Marietta, Georgia not too far from Atlanta, where the reverberations of this story can still be felt.  This show centers around the dramatizations of the media to sell more papers, the political fight and gains by the governor and his competing party, and the historic events and lives that surrounded the trial and led to the resurgence of the KKK and the birth of the Jewish Civil Rights Organization, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).”

Former Peorian and now resident of New York City, Dustin Presley is thrilled to return to his Peoria theatrical roots to participate in this show.  Dustin is excited to be home this summer performing in Parade after spending the last decade in New York City working as an actor, filmmaker, and Casting Director.  He attended both Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy for musical theatre. 

Dustin said "Every once in a while, life gives you an opportunity to do something meaningful and important with your art.  For me, portraying Leo Frank in the musical Parade is that opportunity.  I’ve wanted to play this role since I first listened to the cast album many years ago. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful and intricate music of Jason Robert Brown.  I grew up doing shows in Peoria and became quite fond of performing at Corn Stock because of its truly unique space that allows intimate shows like Parade to flourish and thrive, totally engulfing the audience into the story.  For a few years now, I’ve been looking for an excuse to come back to the community that nurtured my skills as a young actor. Being able to do this particular show under the tent, surrounded by amazing local talent is an absolute dream come true.”

Parade opens Friday, August 4 and continues through Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm each night.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students (with ID) at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at

Posted on August 3, 2017