Oh, and did I mention that January through May is prime Summer Camp Prep Season? I didn't? Well, it's true. We're organizing your registrations, ordering your summer camp swag, completing our costume build, printing backdrops, and all sorts of good stuff. We're busy busy busy.
But like JJ, a camper in Wisconsin, told us, "It's gonna be super hard to wait for the next play!" So. To help pass the time until summer camp, here are three productions you can check out during Chicago Theatre Week, February 12th - 22nd.
Lions in Illyria is a brand-new adaptation of Twelfth Night, a play by William Shakespeare (you might remember him from a workshop at Summer Camp 2013!). It's a World Premiere, which means that this is the first time anyone has put on this play anywhere in the world.
In Lions in Illyria, a young lioness named Violet is separated from her brother by a storm at sea. All alone, she disguises herself as a boy lion, and joins up with a peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem.
To order $10 Theatre Week tickets, visit Lifeline's online box office, pick your dates, and use the code THWEEK when purchasing. Lions in Illyria is recommended for students age 5 and up (children under 2 not admitted).
The Selfish Giant is a musical (with puppets!) based on a story written by a man named Oscar Wilde, who wrote stories, plays, and poems. In this story, a giant tells children that they aren't allowed to play in his garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers stop growing and everything in the garden freezes. Just like in the movie Frozen, everything turns to winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, and their joy brings springtime back to the garden.
You can order $15 Theatre Week tickets to this production by calling Chicago Children's Theatre at 872-222-9555. The Selfish Giant is suitable for all ages.
Follow the adventures and joyful milestones in the life of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: boy genius, musical prodigy, and gifted composer. Discover how nature inspires and impacts Mozart, and how his family faces the acclaim, fame, trials, and tribulations of his early creative life in this story infused with music, dance, and a bit of magic.
Order your $5 Theatre Week Tickets to Symphony of Clouds by calling 312-922-1999. Symphony of Clouds is suitable for all ages.
If you're in Lawrence County, Indiana, make a visit to The Little Theater of Bedford for their production of The Sound of Music, or take a trip to Bloomington for IU's production of Romeo & Juliet (have your parents talk to the folks at IU to make sure that this one is age-appropriate for you!).
For our Southeastern Wisconsin students, catch Peter Pan Jr. at Theatre For Young Audiences before it closes on January 25th! If Mom and Dad are up for a road trip, head down to First Stage in Milwaukee to see Stargirl (suitable for ages 10+).
Can't make it to any of these great shows? That's okay! Celebrate Theatre Week by writing a short play, acting out a favorite story, or reading a play out loud with friends! Go ahead and stretch those creativity muscles, and let us know:
How are you going to celebrate Theatre Week 2015?