For the uninitiated, Chicago's famed Redmoon
Theatre has built a reputation on spectacle, multimedia, and fun.
Their upcoming family-friendly Skelebration will be no
From the moment guests step inside this sensory
carnival, they'll be immersed in a world of nostalgia, Victorian
delights, and oddities of the most enchanting variety.
Focusing on celebrating Halloween and the fall
season in a completely new way, this gore-free event from the minds
of Producing Artistic Director Frank Maugeri and Artistic Associate
Will Bishop will provide experiences your kiddos couldn't imagine
in their wildest dreams: Playing on an indoor park with decorated
swings hanging from the rafters? Zipping around on [provided]
rollerskates in the Dinky Rink? Building masks for use in a parade
alongside Redmoon performers (and soundtracked by gargantuan mobile
DJ devices)? They'll do all that and more in Redmoon's 57,000
square foot space - nearly 45,000 square feet of which will be used
Parents will also have a blast - the likes of which
are rarely felt at your typical all-ages experience - while
enjoying food provided by Whole Foods Market and Cabot Creamery
Picture getting to view your child perform behind
Redmoon's mammoth shadow puppet screen while listening to terrific
folk and rock acts from around the city. Or racing your offspring
around on bicycles (provided, or you can bring your own!)
throughout the gorgeously decorated space.
There's your chance to see Redmoon's famed Laika's
Coffin, a heartbreakingly lovely and ingenious suitcase puppet
opera . . . or you can just look up and marvel at the overhead
My gals and I were able to preview the space and
spectacular mechanical devices which will be employed in this
celebration; both my two-year-old and four-year-old were mesmerized
and jonesing to see more.
Refreshingly sans horror, Skelebration is truly an
incredible event for kids of all ages and promises to be utterly
wonderful. Admission includes a two-hour entrance, food,
activities, and enough wonder to last them all season
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 2-3, 2013
2p.m. - 4p.m.
5p.m. - 7p.m.
2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
Tix and info: 312.850.8440 (x123) or
Keely Flynn is a Chicago playwright, freelance writer, and blogger living with three young children, an extraordinarily tolerant husband, and two cats who just try to make it through the day without being ridden like ponies. Check out her personal blog, lollygagblog.com.
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