Performing Arts For Youth and Seniors Series
The 2019-2020 Performing Arts for Youth and Seniors Series is a series of family friendly theatre productions that encompass music, education and exposure to the arts at an economical rate. Great Shows for Youth and Seniors, or anyone available during the day.
Children & Adults = $4.00
Please note the new show times. There are only two performances for the daytime productions. Call the box office for information and to reserve group seats. 815-786-2555 to purchase tickets online click on the name of the show. <CURENT TICKET SALES NOT ACTIVAVATED YET>
Showtimes: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Program times listed are subject to cancellation due to lack of reservations
September 24, 2019 (Tuesday) –Charlotte’s Web (Grades K-4) American Eagle Productions - Now, in its 60th year of publication The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” Charlotte’s Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. This is a beautiful, knowing musical about friendship that will give your students an opportunity to see one of the best children's books of all time come to life!
October 21, 2019 (Monday)- Igor and the Masters of STEM (Grades Kindergarten - 5th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - STEM - Now that he has the keys to the lab, Igor has been busy engineering new and exciting inventions. His latest invention transports ancient and modern day masters of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to YOUR stage bringing these STEM masters to life! Meet ancient Egyptian engineer, Khufu the Great, mathematician Pythagoras, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Madame Curie and more! If you liked FrankenSTEM, then Igor and the Masters of STEM makes a great complement to that show, or it works all alone as an amazing STEM adventure!
October 29, 2019 (Tuesday) - Kid Stories - Jim May - Jim May’s stories have taken him across the United States and Europe. He has told at schools, corporations, professional groups, and festivals across the land. Chicagoans know him from his appearances on WGN’s Roy Leonard Show and from the Studs Terkel radio show on WFMT-FM. He received a 1989 Chicago Emmy award for a WTTW-Channel 11 production of his original story, “A Bell For Shorty.”
November 5, 2019 (Tuesday) - Getting Excited about Science - Steve Belliveau - Steve Belliveau delightfully combines his university studies (B.S. Engineering) with his skills as a magician to present a show that captivates students and teachers alike. At last, a science show that everyone can not only see, but understand and enjoy. The aim of Steve's show is to inspire students to get involved in science themselves. Using dramatic demonstration, easy to see equipment, humor, music and audience participation, he brings down to earth basic ideas about air/water pressure, magnetism & electricity, friction, chemistry, simple machines, conservation of energy, sound and color. He has been recognized by professional teaching organizations, the Chicago Tribune and WGN TV as a leader in this field.
November 13,, 2019 (Wednesday) Stone Soup & Other Heartwarming Tales (Grades Pre-K - 5th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - Holiday, Literature and Literacy - The Holiday season is about more than simply celebrating traditions and culture with friends and family. It is also about the spirit of giving and learning to share with others no matter our circumstances. Three classic short stories – “Stone Soup,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Drum” – help young audiences learn about what it means to give a gift with an open heart. *Study guide and Curriculum standards available
November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) - The World of POOH(Grades K-3) American Eagle Productions - American Eagle brings the classic characters of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, and Eeyore to life in this quaint musical that brings A.A.Milne's to your students in their original form. These characters re-create three of the classic Pooh tales as you orginally read them as a child. Students will be engaged by the words, music and dance as we pay tribute to this eloquent author.
December 13, 2019 (Friday) Nutcracker Fantasy – (K - Adult) Allegro Ballet - Pre-professional ballerinas present a narrated 50 minute school program about the nutcracker. Join Clara as she enters a magical world after her eccentric uncle gives her the present of the nutcracker.
December 18,, 2019 (Wednesday) - Christmas shows (ALL AGES) – Child’s Play Touring Theatre - Child's Play theatre brings the stories of children to life. all performances are based upon stories written by kids.
January 13, 2020 (Monday) - African Folktales (Grades Pre-K - 5th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - Black History - From the desert lands of the Sahara to the plains of the Serengeti to Mount Kilimanjaro and beyond – join a variety of characters from a wide range of cultures in stories that celebrate the various folk tale traditions of the continent of Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Our stories include Anansi, porquoi tales and many facts and figures about this incredible continent. *Study guide and Curriculum standards available
January 28, 2020 (Tuesday) – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Grades K-8) American Eagle Productions - This new musical adaptation is the story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America. This musical version of Mark Twain's novel is set in 1840 in Hannibal, MO, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. In the course of the story, Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beautiful, feisty Becky Thatcher, and goes on the adventure of his life with Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn . Along the way he meets a terrifying villain named Injun Joe, and a wayward Muff Potter. In the end, Tom learns who to trust and how to become one the noblest characters in literature.
February 6, 2020 (Thursday) - Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Grades 2nd - 6th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - Black History, History and Social Studies - The harrowing journey that so many enslaved people undertook to find freedom comes to life in Heroes of the Underground Railroad. This play highlights several of the fascinating stories of the brave men and women who dared to escape slavery, and the abolitionists who risked everything to aid them along the way. Your audiences will be amazed at the heroics of Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, Frederick Douglass, Levi Coffin, and John Parker in this incredible show of true American Heroes. *Study guide and Curriculum standards available
February 25, 2020 (Tuesday) - The Fabulous Fable Factory (Grades K-5) American Eagle Productions - The Fabulous Fable Factory tells the story of Monroe; a 12-year-old boy who wanders into an abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever activating the living factory of fable creators. The factory owner, Aloysius A. Aesop, explains that the factory has been idle for 2000 years because it is missing the most important part, a “Moral Maker.” This musical adventure follows Monroe as he helps the fable makers re-create some of Aesop’s most famous fables, such as “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Lion and the Mouse.” An enjoyable show for the young and the young at heart. The bright and charming songs will intrigue the students and the morals will invite thought and discussion.
March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) - 1776 (Musical) (Grades 5-8) American Eagle Productions -This musical telling of the signing of the Declaration of Independence will fit perfectly into your Junior High Social Studies Curriculum. Bringing to life characters such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock, and others will help your students connect history to life.
March 30 2020 (Monday) “One Small Step…” The Real-life Journey to Outer Space (Grades Pre-K - 5th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - History and Social Studies, STEM - Few events in human history have captured the imagination quite like the journey that humankind took to the moon! This tale marks the history of flight and space travel from the ancient tale of Icarus, to the first flights of the Wright Brothers on the beaches at Kitty Hawk, to the Great Space Race of the 1960s and beyond! Your young pilots and astronauts will be thrilled to learn about the real life characters that took One Small Step! *Study guide available
April 9, 2020 (Thursday) - Bubble Wonders – (PreK - Adult) Geoff Akins - The wonders of bubbles, magic and storytelling rekindle a sense of wonder in life and how persistence and a positive attitude can help make dreams come true.
April 29, 2020 (Wednesday) - Jack’s Adventure in Space (Grades Pre-K - 6th) – Bright Star Touring Theatre - STEM - When it comes to adventure and imagination, no one beats Jack! Come along with Jack in this out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system! Learn about the origins of the names of the planets Mercury to Neptune, and even the controversial Pluto. Students will also learn about the physical features of the various planets and discover fun facts about each planet’s special path around the sun in this fun STEM adventure! *Study guide available
May 5, 2020 (Tuesday) The Diary of Anne Frank (Grades 5-8) American Eagle Productions - This important book is brought to life in this moving play. Your students will get to hear Anne's words first hand in this important part of your Holocaust studies.
May 13, 2020 (Wednesday) The Big Balloon Show (Prek - adult) Smarty Pants - Fun way to end the season with a celebration of epic proportions.