Spring theater around Chicago

Les Miserables

Follow the captivating story of Jean Valjean as he struggleswith the concepts of truth, justice and redemption. Thisproduction spotlights the Studio BE Company Youth Ensemble andfeatures the Studio BE orchestra. Performances at 7 p.m. May 4, 5,10, 11, 12 and 3 p.m.May 6.

The Secret Garden

The classic musical version of The Secret Garden presented forfamilies. Performances at 10 a.m. April 28, May 5, 12 and 19.

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s thunder

Performances run May 22-Sept. 2 at the 1,500-seat, canopied,open-air theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Peter Pan

This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John,Captain Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and ofcourse, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land.Performances are 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays from May26-June 17.

No Dogs Allowed!

This musical comedy is based on the best-sellingchildren’s book about a take-charge family that refuses to letthings get in their way. On a road trip to the beach, their carbreaks down. The family gets lost. Then, their dog is not allowedin the park. But, teamwork and ingenuity save the day in this newmusical, with a cast of charming and wonderfully funnycharacters.Performances are10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19.

A Circus Space Odyssey: CircEsteem’s Spring Circus

Jump into Spring with CircEsteem’s 16th Annual Spring Circus featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.

Aerial Dance Works

In this physically stunning and emotionally charged programusing suspended fabrics, bungee cords and tipping aerial hoops, ADCdancers masterfully breathe, rise, suspend and descend along thevertical dance floor. Appropriate for all ages. Performances are 7p.m. May 17, 19, June 2, 9 and 2 p.m. June 10.

Sesame Street Live Elmo’s Super Heroes

It’s Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue with thismusical production. Features an array of popularsongs, including “Old MacDonald,” “Splish Splash,” “Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star” and “Sunny Days.” Plus, come andplay before the show with Play Zone, where kids can sit in BigBird’s nest, pop up in Oscar’s trash can, twirl in Zoe’s dancestudio or visit Elmo’s World (free with ticket).

Wizard of Oz

Family friendly show also offers breakfast buffet with Wizard ofOz characters on April 28, May 12, 19, 26 and June 16. Performancesrun 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 twoperformances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28, May 12, May 19,May 26 and June 16.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Performancesrun most Tuesdays through Saturdays at10 a.m., and added performances March 27, 29 and 30 at 12:30p.m.

The Pirates of Penzance

The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed hisapprenticeship to a band of pirates on his 21


birthday, is released from his servitude. Soon after, he meets thefair maiden Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley. The two fallinstantly in love; but, as always, obstacles threaten to causetrouble for young Frederic. It turns out Frederic was born duringthe leap year which means even though he is 21 he has only had 5birthdays, and is in fact indebted to the pirates for 63 moreyears. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace isthat Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. Performances runApril 11-June 10.

That’s Weird Grandma

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.

Improv Extravaganza Explosion

The Second City’s performers lace up their sneakers and reachdeep into their imaginations to present an hour of interactive,family-friendly improvisation and sketch comedy where they pullideas 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.

The Best of Bri-Ko

Clowning-meets-sketch as audiences lose themselves in Bri-Ko’s joyous, upbeat world, which fuses comedy, clowning and an incredible array of props into a hilariously complicated production. Chicago comedy veterans Brian Posen, Tim Soszko and Brian Peterlin turn even the simplest tasks – like changing a lightbulb – into an interactive, non-verbal experience, taking audiences on an extraordinary ride, filled with audience participation, eccentric costumes and mind-blowing visuals.

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