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Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth

Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works | Chicago, Ill.

Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever. This world-premiere weaves an exceptional story of adventure, love and unexpected endings. Mr. and Mrs. Penyworth is brought to life through the wondrous film and puppetry of Manual Cinema and Blair Thomas.

Cost: $50 and up

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramountproduction that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. Join Ariel on her quest for love and life on land, with the help of her friends Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull, as she fights off the evil sea witch Ursula.

When: Check website for schedule and times.
Cost: $44-$59

Night Runner

Merle Reskin Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

The story of Cora, an enslaved 12-year-old, and the Night Runner, the mythic but dark figure who shows her the way. When a cruel slave owner arrives and snatches Cora's brother Marcus in exchange for debt, Cora flees to find him. In steps the legendary Night Runner, a fierce, fast-talking female superhero, who helps Cora escape to freedom and discover her own inner strength. On Jan. 26 and Feb. 5, there will be a post-show discussion. The performances on Feb. 10-11 will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The performance on Feb. 9 will include a live audio description of the visual and physical events onstage for patrons who are blind or have low-vision.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Cost: $10

The Magic Flute

Lyric Opera of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

A family-friendly tale of a prince searching for a captive princess is filled with a cast of enchanting make-believe characters, a menacing dragon and a trio of delightful “Genies,” portrayed by Chicago child actors. Revel in a combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music, in this introduction to opera for all ages.

Cost: $34, $20 kids

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