Escape to Margaritavillle


Set your mind on island time and plan your escape to Circa ‘21’s premiere of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical comedy about choices we make and the people we become once we’ve had a change in “latitude”.  Kewanee Schools Foundation is planning your escape on Saturday, August 26 to benefit Performing Arts Technology for the Kewanee School District. With music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffet, it is sure to be a popular event!

Guests will begin the evening by charter bus from the Kewanee High School parking lot with a relaxing and fun ride including games and prizes to the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, Illinois.  Once there, they will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and one free drink at a Pre-Show Reception held in The Speakeasy, Circa ‘21’s secondary theater.  A cash bar will also be available.  During the reception, guests will have an opportunity to bid on 15 exciting silent auction packages, many with the Escape to Margaritaville theme.  Guests will then enjoy a delicious meal with dessert in the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, followed by the Bootlegger pre-show, and then treated to the exciting mainstage production of “Escape to Margaritaville” before traveling back to KHS in the comfort of the charter bus provided by Peoria Charter Travel.  It is sure to be a fun evening for all!

The goal of the event is to raise $14,000 for Performing Arts Technology to benefit students as well as the community attending events held at Kewanee High School. The Performing Arts program includes theater, drama, band, choir, Group Interpretation, and speech, giving students the opportunity to express themselves in creative ways.

The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.  Tickets are $145 each (before July 21) and $150 each after that date. But hurry, tickets are limited to the first 130 guests. The fair market value of each ticket is $125, with $20 donated to Performing Arts Technology.

Sponsorships are also being offered at the Silver Level for $1,000 and Bronze Level for $500.  All Sponsors will receive their name in the Event Program and in publicity.  Silver sponsors also receive two registrations to the event.  The individuals and businesses who have sponsored the event to date include:

Silver Sponsors

Good’s Furniture

Community State Bank

State Bank of Toulon

Dan & Liz Breedlove

Walmart Supercenter #633

Ed & Pat Petersen

Valley Construction

Bronze Sponsors

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee

To become a sponsor, register for the event, or for additional information, please contact Mindi Goard, Foundation Assistant at or 309-856-8702.  Online registration and donations may also be made on the Foundation’s website at