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Bud, Not Buddy

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Bud, Not Buddy  follows the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan, where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and, ultimately, an unexpected sense of home. Performances are Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 2013.

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Chicago Playworks at DePaul University | Chicago, Ill.

Based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt, performances are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 19-March 2 (no performances Jan. 26-Feb. 2). Recommended for children 9 and older.

Cost: $10

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare's own words, speaks to today's youth about their own lives. After the performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion. Runs 11 a.m. Saturdays from Feb. 23-March 23.

 

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $16-$20

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this gray day--but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? Performances run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.

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

The Frog Prince Continued

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

When happily ever after isn't what he expected, the Frog Prince heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. Performances run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.

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

Have You Seen My Daddy?

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

Musical that chronicles the sociological effects upon youth from fatherless homes and how they manage to uplift themselves in spite of it. Kwanzaa week holiday performances are Dec. 26, 27, 28. Regular run is Jan. 12-June 1, 2013.


When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $6

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | Arlington Heights, Ill.

The Logan family is trying to eke out a living on their small family-owned farm in 1930s Mississippi. The Logan children soon learn the tribulations of racism and the many forms it comes in. They experience it first hand as they get teased while walking to school.  But this type of incident is the least of what they have to endure. The Logans try to peacefully fight the injustice, but their efforts only cause them further strife. It takes a drastic event to bring the town together, proving that their differences are only skin deep. Performances are 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19-22, 25-28; 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

Cost: $14, $12 kids 12 and under

Snow White

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences | Northbrook, Ill.

This fresh version of the timeless tale contains songs, dances and puppetry. Performances run 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 20-Feb. 23.

Cost: Reserved seats are $8 in advance or $10 online and at the door

The People's Passion Play

Quest Theatre Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Chronicles the creation of the universe and key biblical events through the Passion and Resurrection. The production is suitable for all ages and uses music and large-scale puppetry. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 22-March 31.

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Special Olympic Training

Vittum Park - Special Recreation Programming | Chicago, Ill.

Seasonal sport training and competition in gymnastics, basketball and track.

When: 5-7 p.m. and noon-3 p.m.
Cost: $15 for ten weeks
 







 
 
 
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