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  • 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.

     
  • Man files ADA complaint against Fox Valley Repertory Jul 3, 2014 7:57 PM
    A Schaumburg man has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging his 90-year-old father was discriminated against while attending a recent performance at the Fox Valley Repertory. The complaint says the theater does not meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate low-mobility seniors with vision problems.

     
  • Church to perform ‘Jericho: The Musical’ Jun 14, 2014 12:30 AM
    The Biblical story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho are retold in a compelling format, “Jericho: The Musical,” to be performed Sunday, June 15 by the Chancel Choir of Christ Church, United Church of Christ in Des Plaines. The 35-minute musical is taken from the Book of Joshua and employs a choir, several soloists, two narrators and piano accompaniment.

     
  • Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ comes to Elgin Jun 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Eric Faler is a 17-year-old high school graduate. He shaves his face. He is old enough to drive. He will be heading off to college in the fall. But starting Friday, June 13, Faler will revert to his 15-year-old self to play Eugene Jerome in the Elgin Theatre Company’s production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

     
  • Carmel student wins performing arts scholarship Jun 4, 2014 1:50 PM
    Kirk Players, the Mundelein-based community service theater, has announced the recipient of its 2014 John W. Lynn Performing Arts Scholarship is William Higgins of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.

     
  • Kirk Players to perform ‘37 Post Cards’ Jun 4, 2014 1:48 PM
    Kirk Players will bring their 48th season to a close with “37 Post Cards,” a contemporary comedy by Michael McKeever.

     
  • Arlington Heights’ Metropolis theater looking for new executive director May 27, 2014 5:58 PM
    After 2½ years, Charlie Beck is out as executive director of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The Metropolis board has named former special events manager Neil Scheufler as acting executive director while a permanent replacement for Beck is sought. “This was not an acrimonious break with Charlie,” board President Joe Lynn said.

     
  • ‘Godspell’ shares powerful message through music May 19, 2014 1:46 PM
    The musical “Godspell,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who later composed “Wicked,” made its debut in 1971. Forty-three years later, it’s being brought to the stage in the Fox Valley by Spotlight Youth Theater Aurora.

     
  • ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’ has fun with the classics May 14, 2014 12:00 PM
    What happens when Rumpelstiltskin steals the Grimm Brothers’ pen, scroll and inkwell? The fairy godmother loses her magic, Snow White doesn’t want to take care of the seven dwarves, and the Big Bad Wolf claims he’s “reformed.” Add princesses, princes, evil stepsisters, Hansel and Gretel, witches, and other characters to the mix and you have Spotlight Youth Theater’s original production of “Grimm Fairy Tales.”

     
  • ‘The Curious Savage’ comes to Batavia Apr 29, 2014 3:03 PM
    John Patrick’s “The Curious Savage,” which debuted in 1950, calls into question conventional definitions of sanity while offering plenty of PG-rated laughs. The comedy will be presented by the Albright Theatre Company May 2-17 in Batavia.

     
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