Old Town Theatres Centre will present a New Year’s Eve Gala event at the New Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave., on Dec. 31. The day will include a 3 p.m. matinee and a Champaign Gala for the evening performance at 9:30 p.m.

Old Town Theatres Centre will present a New Year’s Eve Gala event at the New Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave., on Dec. 31. The day will include a 3 p.m. matinee and a Champaign Gala for the evening performance at 9:30 p.m.


Two stars will be employing their talents to help celebrate the new year. Craig Diamond will be back by popular demand, delighting his audience with his wildly infectious humor touched with magic. Diamond has appeared on a myriad of television shows including Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas and in 1986 was dubbed, "Master Magician of the Year," the highest honorary award the world of magic has to offer. He has been an opening act for many major stars and has headlined at both Ceasar’s Palace and the Golden Nugget casinos.


Alfreda Gerald, featured singer with Yanni and Elton John, is known for her powerful vocals and incredible stage performances. She has both a classical and R&B background and has toured and/or recorded with such artists as Warren Haynes, Wes King, Spectrum, The Gap Band, Deleon Richards, Michelle Malone, and Taliesin Orchestra.


The New Community Theatre is ready to begin its 2014 season and will open its doors in the spirit of old Vaudevillian entertainers.


Ticket prices range from $30-$40 for matinee and $70-$80 for the Gala performance. For more information, call 870-535-2646 or visit the website pbcommunitytheatre.org.