cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
Devyn Tammons/WILL
February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


As Lincoln, Klein speaks with a young girl.
Fritz Klein
February 11, 2015

Fritz Klein: Bringing Abraham Lincoln To Life

Feburary 12th marks Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and that means Fritz Klein is in high demand. Klein has built his career out of being Abraham Lincoln. The actor stumbled into the role years ago as what was supposed to be one of many roles in his acting career, but the opportunities to portray the 16th president kept coming and soon Klein decided to relocate to springfeild and portray Lincoln full time. 


The 2010 Rainbo Orchestra cover.
(Photo: Archeophone Records )
February 09, 2015

Champaign-Based Archeophone Fails Again In Bid For Second Grammy Win

The record label that specializes in reviving archival recordings from 100 years ago or more was up for two Grammys for “Isham Jones:  Happy" a collection of early jazz recordings, or ‘dance band’ songs from the 1920’s. 


January 27, 2015

Art/BTS: Behind The Scenes With Tuscola Tattoo Artist Ainslie Heilich

WILL recently launched a series of interviews with some of the artists and creative minds who live and work in central Illinois. That includes Ainslie Heilich, a tattoo artist based in Tuscola who says he turned a childhood fascination with drawing into a successful career in the arts.


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