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Canine Version of The Nutcracker

Downers Grove, Ill.

Come and see talented therapy dogs of the PAWsitive Therapy Troupe as they perform this classic ballet. More than 20 dogs perform both solo and group numbers in costume. Performances at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at Herrick Middle School, 4435 Middaugh, Downers Grove. Tickets go on sale in early November, check for details.

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Cost: $5

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Duck for President

Lifeline Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Life on the farm is hard: too much work, not enough sleep, and no time for swimming. And who put Farmer Brown in charge, anyway? When the chores get out of control, it's time for a charismatic young Duck to run for office. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 20-Nov. 25.


Cost: $15


Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15

The Gifts of the Magi

Porchlight Music Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

In 1905, newlyweds Jim and Della lovingly sacrifice their greatest possessions and find a holiday treasure in this family-friendly show. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 23.

Cost: Call for cost.

The Borrowers

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.

The story of young Arietty and her family: tiny people who live in people's homes and "borrow" things to survive while keeping their existence unknown. Like every young person, Arietty longs for grown-up adventures, but when she and her family are discovered, she gets much more excitement than she bargained for. Based on the books by Mary Norton. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18.

Cost: $12, $6 kids

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center | Evanston, Ill.

Junie B. loves Christmas. Only one thing could ruin her holiday joy: blabbermouth May and her tattling ways. When Junie B. pulls out May's name for the Secret Santa exchange, can she salvage her holiday spirit, or will she let May know exactly what she thinks of her? Performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 9-18.


Cost: $10, $8 kids

Dance Chicago

Stage 773 | Chicago, Ill.

See a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, ballet, tap and jazz to contemporary and more. The festival is a cornerstone of the city's fall dance season and showcases more than 300 individual dynamic acts from more than 2,500 talented dancers and choreographers from some of Chicago's best dance companies. Check website for schedule. Oct. 20-Dec. 1.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17-$30

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Winnetka Community House | Winnetka, Ill.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 5:30 and 7:30 Nov. 16, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18,

Cost: $10

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