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  • Grace Courter, left, plays young Toad daughter, Lindsay Peters as Widow Toad, Maria Kantak as Toad son, carries off Bella Clarey playing Thumbelina.

    ‘Tiny Thumbelina’ takes the stage at Steel Beam TheatreApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Steel Beam Children’s Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, will present “Tiny Thumbelina,” a musical, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and running for four weekends.

  • The 2013 cast of Improv Playhouse’s production of “The Gathering.”

    Improv Playhouse to perform ‘The Gathering’Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Improv Playhouse will be producing "The Gathering," the late-Josephine Raciti Forsberg’s contemporary adaptation of the last hour of the Last Supper, directed by David Brian Stuart.

  • The Kirk Players’ spring show, “Alice in Wonderland,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, at Mundelein High School Theatre.

    Kirk Players to perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Kirk Players presents "Alice in Wonderland" at the Mundelein High School Theatre in April.

  • A cast of eight suburban actors portrays more than 60 characters in GreenMan Theatre’s production of “The Laramie Project,” running two weekends in April.

    GreenMan Theatre Troup to stage ‘Laramie Project’Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    GreenMan Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Laramie Project” draws on hundreds of interviews conducted in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo.

  • Des Plaines Theatre owner Dhitu Bhagwakar says he's willing to entertain a variety of options regarding the future of the theater, including working with someone who could operate the venue.

    Des Plaines will solicit possible operators for historic theaterMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The future of the Des Plaines Theatre could be determined over the course of the next several weeks, when city officials and the theater's current owner will be looking for someone who may be interested in running the historic showplace. “As long as the theater is run right and everybody is happy, I'm open to several different options,” the owner said.

  • Marisa Boynton as Mrs. Lovett and Dave Gordon as Sweeney Todd in the Harper College production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

    Harper to stage Tony Award-winning play ‘Sweeney Todd’Mar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mixing intense drama with dark humor, the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will take the stage at Harper College beginning March 14.

  • No Opinion: 1950s farce now playing in PalatineFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Theater Nebula performs its final weekend of "A Man With No Opinion," at Cutting Hall in Palatine this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The play is an original two-act farce set in the 1950s.

  • ‘Barefoot in the Park’ coming to West ChicagoFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Barefoot in the Park,” a comedy by Neil Simon, takes a turn in the spotlight during a mid-March performance by Gallery Theater in West Chicago.

  • Colin Bokowy plays Bobby Strong and Katie Conomikes plays Penelope Pennywise in Jacobs High School’s production of “Urinetown: the Musical.”

    Jacobs to present ‘Urinetown: the Musical’Feb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Don’t let the title fool you; “Urinetown: the Musical,” which opens this weekend at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, is not a show about toilet humor. “Urinetown” is a musical comedy by that takes a somewhat ... unpleasant premise, and turns it completely upside down, producing a witty and entertaining evening of contemporary musical theater.

  • Spotlight Youth Theater presents “Peter Pan” at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. From left, Noah Moberly, 10, of Aurora portrays Michael; Ben Rogers, 18, of Sugar Grove portrays Mr. Darling (and Hook); Lauren Lanahan, 16, of North Aurora portrays Mrs. Darling; and Zach Honer, 14, of Naperville (behind Lanahan) portrays John.

    ‘Peter Pan’ flies into BataviaFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Get ready for highflying musical fun when Spotlight Youth Theater Aurora presents "Peter Pan" at Batavia Fine Arts Centre. The Daily Herald checked in with director Vince Cortese of Aurora to find out more about the show.

  •  The 1926 silent film “The General” starring Buster Keaton will be shown Friday, March 7, at the Leela Arts Center in Des Plaines. The Silent Film Society of Chicago moved its three-day “Buster Keaton Weekend” there after the Des Plaines Theatre closed.

    Silent Film Society finds new spot for old films Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Silent Film Society of Chicago is moving its “Buster Keaton Weekend” March 7-9 from the now-shuttered Des Plaines Theatre to a much smaller venue across the street. Three screenings of classic Keaton films will be shown at the Leela Arts Center, 620 Lee St., at the same dates and times originally scheduled, according to Dennis Wolkowicz, the society’s program director.

  •  The cast of Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film “Shrek.”

    Spotlight Youth Theater to perform ‘Shrek the Musical’ at CLC Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students ages 8-18 of Spotlight Youth Theater present "Shrek the Musical."

  • The Des Plaines Theatre was forced to close its doors this month after its owner, Dhitu Bhagwakar, failed to meet a city-imposed deadline to fix building code compliance problems.

    Des Plaines Theatre forced to close againJan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Theatre has closed its doors after its owners failed to meet a city-imposed deadline to fix building code issues — a closing that's forcing promoters with scheduled events to scramble to find alternate venues so their shows can go on. “There can't be people in there,” said George Sakas, the city's director of community and economic development. “At a certain point, we're flirting with disaster."

  • Audition for ‘Vagina Monologues’ in Elgin Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Side Street Studio Arts, a storefront gallery and performance space in downtown Elgin, will hold auditions for “The Vagina Monologues,” a show that celebrates women as well as encourages education.

  •  Gathered in the drawing room, each of 10 people invited to a home by an unseen host hear themselves accused of specific murders in “And Then There Were None,” formerly known as “Ten Little Indians.”

    Wheaton Drama takes on Agatha Christie classic Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eight dinner guests, all strangers, are marooned on an island with the house’s butler and housekeeper. As they mysteriously die one by one, they eye each other with suspicion and confront their own guilty consciences.Wheaton Drama presents the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery “And Then There Were None,” formerly titled “Ten Little Indians,” beginning Friday, Jan. 24, and continuing to Sunday, Feb. 16.

  •  The Schaumburg on Stage cast performs the song “Bon Voyage” during dress rehearsal Tuesday for the Broadway musical “Anything Goes,” being performed at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.

    SOS brings “Anything Goes” revival to Schaumburg Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg on Stage is presenting the 2011 Tony award winner for best musical revival of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” today through Feb. 2 at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court. With “Anything Goes,” SOS recreates the luxurious ocean liner cruises of the late 1940s with a full orchestra, glamorous costumes and showstopping, all-cast tap numbers.

  •  From left, Fabian Guerrero as Shrek, Elisabeth Coster as Princess Fiona and Jake Ziman as Donkey perform the leading roles in “Shrek the Musical,” which hits the stage at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora this weekend for four shows.

    ‘Shrek’ takes the stage at Fox Valley Park District Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Life doesn’t always go as planned — even in fairy tales. But a few detours and reroutes can make for an adventurous trip — as in the case of a hulking, green ogre named Shrek.

  •  Daniel Patfield of Crystal Lake, left, and Nancy Braus of Schaumburg appear in the Elgin Theatre Company production of “Men are Dogs,” a comedy by Joe Simonelli.

    ETC’s ‘Men Are Dogs’ blends comedy, romance Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Men Are Dogs" -- or are they? That's what a comedy, written by Joe Simonelli and performed by the Elgin Theatre Company, aims to find out as it takes a look at the lighter side of relationships. The show opens Friday, Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 26 in Elgin.

  • Albright Theatre to hold auditions for Albee classic Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Albright Theatre Company will hold auditions for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, and Monday, Jan. 6, at the Batavia Government Center.

  • Improv Playhouse invites young actors to audition Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Auditions will be for actors in grades 3-8 for the Improv Playhouse productions of “Into The Woods Jr.”and “Oliver.”

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