Entertain me: Effingham Performance Center

Formerly known as the Rosebud, the Effingham Performance Center has brought entertainment from all genres and art forms to Effingham over a span of seven years.

The EPC is operated by the Arts Connection of Central Illinois, a not-for-profit organization established to provide the citizens and visitors of Effingham an interaction with the arts.

The performance center can seat 1,523, and ticket prices vary by show. The show cycle operates in cycles with the 2017 season opening in January.

A cheaper option is also offered to the public, sessions the EPC has dubbed “EPC $5 Sessions“. These sessions feature local musicians and is open to all ages.

Some big names coming to the EPC in 2017 include REO Speed Wagon, country artist Eric Paslay, Tony Orlando, the former lead singer of Tony Orlando and Dawn and Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue.

The EPC truly has something for everyone of all ages. The performance center recently hosted an interactive show featuring dinosaurs and a teaching opportunity for kids. In May, the Greatest Pirate Story Never Told will entertain families with its improvised, interactive, musical style.

I have attended three shows, one when the facility was still named the Rosebud and two when the center received its new brand. I attended a performance of the Nutcraker Suite and have watched two comedic performances by Gallagher.

My second attendance of Gallagher’s show was in Dec. 2016, and the EPC offered a meet and greet before the show where I had the opportunity to meet the man himself.

The facility is sophisticated, clean and well-maintained. The staff are friendly and helpful and are happy to help you find your seat, locate the bathrooms or serve food and drinks. Needless to say, I have been impressed and pleased at every attendance.

Shows and performers coming to the EPC in Feb.:

  • Vicki Lawrence and Mama- Feb.2
  • Hollywood’s Greatest Game Show with Bob Eubanks- Feb. 10
  • The Bellamy Brothers- Feb. 11
  • USAF Band- Feb. 12
  • Larry Gatlin and the Blackwood Quartet- Feb. 18
  • Eric Paslay- Feb. 23
  • Drumline live- Feb. 24
  • Dokken with Jack Russel’s Great White- Feb. 25

For a complete list of 2017 shows, ticket prices and purchases visit the EPC website here.

The Effingham Performance Center is located at 1325 Outerbelt West and is open Monday through Saturday.

So, if you’re looking to laugh, cry, sing, dance and have a good time, buy tickets for performances at the EPC. You won’t be sorry.

About the photo: That’s me and my boyfriend meeting Gallagher!

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