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  • Christmas tree ship musical at Cutting Hall in Palatine Nov 19, 2014 12:29 PM
    TesserAct Theatre Ensemble is staging the musical “The Christmas Schooner” at Cutting Hall in Palatine, a play that harks back to the early 1900s when Christmas tree ships brought evergreen trees cut in the North Woods to Chicago.

     
  • CTE presents musical version of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ Nov 18, 2014 2:13 PM
    Modern music will breathe new life into the legends of King Arthur and Camelot this weekend, when Children’s Theatre of Elgin stages “The Sword in the Stone.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

     
  • Young students in ‘Legally Blond JR’ Nov 17, 2014 7:19 PM
    ImprovPlayhouse students in the third through eighth grades will present their production of "Legally Blonde JR." Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 23, at Oak Grove School, 1700 O’Plaine Road, Green Oaks.

     
  • David Schwimmer visits Mundelein High’s production of his play Nov 16, 2014 10:55 PM
    David Schwimmer, who played Ross on the TV show "Friends," made a special, surprise appearance at a Mundelein High School theater production of his play "Trust," Saturday night. The play is about a teenager manipulated into a sexual relationship with a man she meets on the Internet. The play has only ever been performed once before.

     
  • Improv performs classic Dracula: Oct 26, 2014 5:38 PM
    Improv Playhouse will perform the Bram Stoker classic novel Dracula as a staged radio drama using the original 1938 Orson Welles’ script on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

     
  • Village Theatre Guild to stage ‘Grace & Glorie’ Sep 30, 2014 8:47 AM
    Glen Ellyn’s Village Theatre Guild will present the comedy/drama “Grace & Glorie” weekends, Oct. 17 to Nov. 8, at its stage near the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Batavia play focuses on Mary Todd Lincoln’s life after the White House Sep 27, 2014 8:01 AM
    The life of Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of President Abraham Lincoln, is the subject of an original work by Batavia playwright Donna Latham. “The Haunted Widow Lincoln" will be presented by the Batavia Arts Council on Oct. 10, 11 and 12 at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia.

     
  • Libertyville’s Encore Theatre prepares for its final season after 17 years Sep 3, 2014 11:12 AM
    When the Encore Theatre's 16th season came to a close, Director Bob Silton had some news for the local youths who bring several shows to the stage each year. At the cast party for the final show, "Shrek: The Musical," Silton revealed that the upcoming 2014-15 season will be Encore's last. "It went completely dead quiet," Silton said. "There were a lot of tears."

     
  • ‘Shrek the Musical’ comes to ECC Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairy tale comes to Elgin in September when the Fox Valley Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning animated film. Performances will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

     
  • Wheaton’s Shakespeare in the Park to feature ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ Aug 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Theater under the summer night sky returns to Wheaton’s Memorial Park with Shakespeare in the Park’s performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater have teamed up to present the light tale about attraction, mistaken identities and love on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30. The partnership began last year with the intention of bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Wheaton for years to come.

     
  • Learning and teaching Shakespearean-style acting Aug 18, 2014 2:17 PM
    Sean Hargadon, founder and director of Elgin-based Janus Theater Company, has always stressed the importance of education and development. Now, Hargadon said, he plans to bring forth a new method for aspiring actors to learn the works of William Shakespeare. Hargadon recently returned from Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, where he spent a week in an intensive workshop learning Royal Shakespeare Company acting techniques.

     
  • Baseball stories star in seventh Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet Aug 5, 2014 3:00 PM
    Janus Theater Company will load the bases when it presents this year’s Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet. The theme for this year’s event will be about America’s national pastime. “Walkabout 2014: Bases Loaded” will run in downtown Elgin Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10.

     
  • ‘Crazy for You’ coming to Palatine next 2 weekends Aug 4, 2014 1:32 PM
    One year after the driving force behind the Fremont Street Theater Company, Elroy Sandquist, passed away, his cast and crew are remaining true to their promise: The show must go on! "Sandy and I always loved the old classic musicals, with lots of singing and dancing, and this one ("Crazy for You") fits the bill beautifully,” says Colleen Sandquist, who took over after her husband’s passing.

     
  • Shakespeare coming to Wheaton’s Memorial Park Aug 1, 2014 1:29 PM
    Theater under the summer sky returns to Wheaton’s Memorial Park with Shakespeare in the Park on Aug. 29 and 30. A partnership has been forged between Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater to present Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

     
  • Shakespeare play coming to Ryerson Woods Jul 30, 2014 2:47 PM
    Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes can relax among the lush vegetation and the sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3, when Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s the first time outdoor theater has been tried at Ryerson Woods.

     
  • Ryerson Woods to host outdoor performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Jul 21, 2014 11:16 AM
    Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes alike can relax among the lush vegetation and sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 when Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors.

     
  • Theater performances come to Lake Zurich High School Jul 18, 2014 12:48 PM
    Cricket Theatre Company presents "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, and "Legally Blonde" Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. All performances are at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

     
  • “Shrek, The Musical” now playing in Buffalo Grove Jul 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s theater company, Big Deal Productions, will perform its summer musical, “Shrek The Musical,” this weekend and next as the opening show in the new state-of-the-art theater inside the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center.

     
  • Outdoor Shakespeare show geared toward all ages Jul 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    What happens when fairies get involved in a complicated love triangle? Comedy and confusion result in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 19, at Geneva’s Shakespeare in the Park. Performed by the Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe, the free, family-friendly event takes place in a Ravinia-like setting on Island Park.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

     
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