It's Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue with this
musical production. Features an array of popular
songs, including "Old MacDonald," "Splish Splash," "Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star" and "Sunny Days." Plus, come and
play before the show with Play Zone, where kids can sit in Big
Bird's nest, pop up in Oscar's trash can, twirl in Zoe's dance
studio or visit Elmo's World (free with ticket).
Follow the captivating story of Jean Valjean as he struggles with the concepts of truth, justice and redemption. This production spotlights the Studio BE Company Youth Ensemble and features the Studio BE orchestra. Performances at 7 p.m. May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 and 3 p.m. May 6.
Take an outer space adventure with CircEsteem. Aliens, astronauts, and shooting stars will fly through the air. Featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.
This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Captain Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays from May 26-June 17.
More than 20 established theater-makers and performance
companies present a
weekend of new, short works based on international fairy tales and fables, often
accompanied by music, puppets and food and drink. Performances will take place in empty storefronts, public schools, cafes, restaurants, the lakefront and bars.
In this physically stunning and emotionally charged program using suspended fabrics, bungee cords and tipping aerial hoops, ADC dancers masterfully breathe, rise, suspend and descend along the vertical dance floor. Appropriate for all ages. Performances are 7 p.m. May 17, 19, June 2, 9 and 2 p.m. June 10.
Performances run May 22-Sept. 2 at the 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Family friendly show also offers breakfast buffet with Wizard of Oz characters on April 28, May 12, 19, 26 and June 16. Performances run April 25-June 16. Regular performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday starting on April 25 (excludes May 2, May 5, June 6, June 7, June 13, June 14). There will be two performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28, May 12, May 19, May 26 and June 16.
This musical comedy is based on the best-selling children's book about a take-charge family that refuses to let things get in their way. On a road trip to the beach, their car breaks down. The family gets lost. Then, their dog is not allowed in the park. But, teamwork and ingenuity save the day in this new musical, with a cast of charming and wonderfully funny characters. Performances are 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19.
Performances run most Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., and added performances March 27, 29 and 30 at 12:30 p.m.
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his apprenticeship to a band of pirates on his 21st birthday, is released from his servitude. Soon after, he meets the fair maiden Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley. The two fall instantly in love; but, as always, obstacles threaten to cause trouble for young Frederic. It turns out Frederic was born during the leap year which means even though he is 21 he has only had 5 birthdays, and is in fact indebted to the pirates for 63 more years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. Performances run April 11-June 10.
A series of sketches and songs written by Chicago Public School students in grades 3-6 and performed by the Barrel of Monkeys troupe of actors. The program changes each week. Performances are 8 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 9-Oct. 26.
The Second City's performers lace up their sneakers and reach deep into their imaginations to present an hour of interactive, family-friendly improvisation and sketch comedy where they pull ideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on the spot. For tickets (312) 662-4562 or www.UPComedyClub.com. Performances are noon Saturdays beginning Jan. 21, with an open run.
Join the antics of Brian Posen, Brian Peterlin, and Tim Soszko in their all silent comedy antics every Saturday. For tickets call the box office at (773) 327-5252 or visit www.stage773.com. Runs March 30-June 30.