Here's Emerald's upcoming lineup:
If you have a budding thespian or future Oscar winner in the
family-or even a shy kid who has an inquisitive imagination-check
out the upcoming offerings from Emerald City Theatre, which creates
theater productions designed to inspire early learners. My
4-year-old twins and I have been to their shows twice this year,
most recently to see Alice in Wonderland, which kept my notoriously
fidgety children riveted with unforgettable characters like the
maddest Mad Hatter one could imagine and a deliciously devilish
"Research shows that children learn best when they are
playing, and going to the theater is a powerful way to activate
that playful part of a child," says Eleanor Hyde, senior marketing
manager for Emerald City Theatre. "Through stories and characters
on stage, young children learn to understand other people's
feelings, find solutions to problems and imagine
The 2012-13 season presents an original twist to classic
tales and all have an underlying positive theme.
And to Eleanor's point about stimulating the imagination,
my kids have forgone TV to reenact Alice in Wonderland in our
living room. Just once I wanted to be Alice, but alas, as my
bossier twin rightfully declared, "No, Momma! You make an awesome
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Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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