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Theater events: Alphabet Soup addresses bullying in family-friendly musical

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Not cool to be cruel

Alphabet Soup Productions updates three fairy tales with anti-bullying messages as part of "The Bully Show: The Anti-Bullying Musical." The Chicago company performs the family-friendly show at Naperville's North Central College.

10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton, Naperville; $6.75-$8 groups, $9 single tickets; (630) 932-1555 or absproductions.com.

Whatever happens ...

Janus Theater Company is among the ensembles participating in "Whatever Happens ... Happens," Elgin's celebration of the arts featuring performances by Project 606 Dance, Elgin Theatre Company and Koopa & Los Mysterios among others along with the announcement of Elgin's inaugural Fringe Festival in 2014.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin; free.

Nuns for all seasons

Steel Beam Theatre welcomes the endearingly quirky Mount Saint Helen's nuns in "Nuncrackers: A Nunsense Christmas Musical." The holiday edition of composer/lyricist Dan Goggin's "Nunsense" series finds the sisters putting on an annual Christmas pageant featuring the Reverend Mother as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $23-28; (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.

A holiday guest

Seanachai Theatre Company opens its season with Irish playwright Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer," in which brothers' plans to celebrate Christmas playing cards and drinking with their pals are disrupted by a stranger's arrival. Matt Miller directs.

Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The show opens Nov. 29. $12, $26, $30; (866) 811-4111 or seanachai.org.

-- Barbara Vitello

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