Miss Jill Corey
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Possibly the earliest of Jill's appearances in summer theater was during the summer of 1957, when she appeared with fellow TV singer Denise Lor in a production of High Button Shoes in Kansas City.  A small picture of Jill in costume appeared in an August 1957 edition of TV Guide in an article about television stars of the era who were doing summer stock that season. 
Jill starred in a stage production of The Moon Is Blue at the Northland Playhouse in Detroit from June 30 through July 5, 1959. 
During the 1960 season, Jill starred as Ester in the Kenley Players production of Meet Me In St Louis.  Jill's leading man in the production, Robert Goulet, was soon to appear on Broadway in the original cast of Camelot  New picture of Jill with Robert Goulet added 02/09/11
August 8-13, 1960, Jill repeated her role as Ester in Meet Me In St. Louis at the New Music Fair in Toronto playing opposite Roddy McDowall.
The 1960 theater season was a particularly busy one for Jill.  In addition to starring in two different productions of Meet Me in St. Louis Jill appeared at the Cherry County Playhouse in Muskegon, Michigan in Sabrina Fair
In June 1961, Jill starred in Ondine, subtitled A Romantic Fantasy in Three Acts, at the Salt Creek Playhouse in Hinsdale, Illinois.  Jill's directors for the production were two other well known television personalities of the period, John Newland and Nina Foch. 
In 1963, while Jill and husband Don Hoak were living in Philadelphia, Jill starred in Sunday in New York opposite Earl Holliman at the city's Playhouse in the Park.  Don was playing third base with the Philadelphia Phillies that season. 
During the 1973 theater season, Jill starred in at least three different productions at three different venues in the Northeast.  Among these was Promises, Promises at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.  Click the image of the program at left for much more on the production. 
In July 1978, Jill starred in the Corning Summer Theatre's production of Irma La Douce.  Clicking on the image at left will let you review the entire program, as well as see pictures of Jill on stage with the rest of the cast. 
During the autumn of 1973, Jill starred opposite Ronald Holgate in a five-week run of  Sweet Charity at the Coachlight Dinner Theatre in East Windsor, Connecticut. 
During the 1977 season, Jill co-starred with Dorothy Collins and Anne Jeffreys in Stephen Sondheim's Follies at Milwaukee's Melody Top Theater.  In her role as Calotta Campion Jill sings I'm Still Here, a song which she subsequently added to her critically acclaimed cabaret act. 
Jill starred in Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun at the Gateway Country Dinner Playhouse in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Besides the complete program for the production, clicking on the image at left will bring you a photo of Jill taken on stage during the performance. 
During Jill's second career following the passing of  husband Don Hoak, Jill appeared in a number of theatrical productions around the country, including this one of the venerable Gypsy at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Ohio. 
Jill played three parts while heading a cast of six in this musical review in the Directors' Company production of The First Time off-Broadway. 
The last stage vehicle in which Jill starred was a production of Nellie, which was mounted in association of the Friends of the Lambs, Inc.  Set in the 1890's, the musical is based on the life of the early feminist, Miss Nellie Bly.  Jill, of course, serves in the title role. 
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