Chicago Children's Theatre's Goodnight Moon the Musical, is rapidly approaching their highly anticipated opening. ChiIL Mama paid a visit to the set for an original video interview with Director, David, and Music Mastermind, Mark.Click the link and check it out.
We were so jazzed to talk to these two creative
forces, whose work we've admired for decades. They also
happen to be Chi-Town Dads (Mark's a new Granddad, too). We
LOVE Lookingglass Theatre and Mucca Pazza and were
curious to know how a sousaphone player, who heads up a punk rock
marching band, and a power house director/founding member of 2011
Tony Award Winning Lookingglass Theatre, teamed up. Their
collaboration has resulted in what's sure to be another amazing,
cutting edge show for Chicago Children's
We were also elated to be the first to get a sneak peek at the stage--still a work in progress, but vividly and magically alive already! We love book based theatre and this awesome set takes things one literal step further with a book based set! We can't wait to see the classic characters come to life and spring off the pages of this giant, colorful, chunky book. Chicago Children's Theatre is set to open Goodnight Moon previews October 27th.
ChiIL Mama chatted with the actors following rehearsal and learned that almost every part of the stage moves and interacts with the characters. Some of the multifaceted actors are playing upwards of 6 different characters, and we can look forward to a drumming fire and a saw playing mouse! The actors have been working hard, but also getting playful with the production, and thoroughly enjoying the process. They have been engaging in improvisation along with the scripted bits, and keeping the best, funniest stuff for us....the audience.
ChiIL Mama is also excited to be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets right here. Click this link for our entry form and your chance to win.All you insomniac bunnies out there can enter through this Monday at midnight.
Winners will be announced on FREE TICKET TUESDAY 10/25, along with our winners of 4 tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus & Mr. Singer and The Sharp Cookies at Beat Kitchen.
Based on the original book by Margaret Wise Brown. Original illustrations by Clement Hurd. Book, lyrics, and music by Chad Henry. Directed by David Kersnar (Lookingglass Theatre). Choreography by Tommy Rapley (The House Theatre). New musical arrangements by Mark Messing (Mucca Pazza).
October 27 - December 23, 2011
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
CCT is bringing everyone's favorite bedtime book vibrantly alive on stage in a full-length new musical. Watch as Bunny's room magically comes alive as he dances and sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes with dancing bears with chairs, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumping Over the Moon and even a trip through the night sky with dancing constellations.
For more show information and details on donating books and PJs to needy children through Scholastic and The Pajama Program, check out Chicago Children's Theatre's Website. Word is, the PJ Parties are selling out fast, so reserve your tickets today.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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