A Christmas Carol + The Magic of Bill Blagg Set for Dec 2013 at Aurora's Paramount Theatre

If your family is making a to-do list for the holidays, check it twice to make sure it includes the must-see seasonal classic A Christmas Carol, and a family-friendly, winter break presentation of The Magic of Bill Blagg, both playing at the beautiful Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora this December.

Gather your kids, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents and visit ParamountAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666 to book a live theater family outing to:

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones

December 7-9

Saturday, December 7 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday, December 9 special daytime performances 9 a.m. and Noon

Tickets: $25 for children 12 and under, $35 for adults

The holiday tradition returns to life at the Paramount in a delightful and surprising new production featuring live music, gorgeous dance, breathtaking costumes and a magical, Broadway-style design that combine to evoke the wonder and spirit of Christmas.

In Dickens' classic tale, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and given the chance to redeem himself and be better to his fellow man. Featuring a host of iconic characters, this is A Christmas Carol rich with thrilling ensemble music and alive with color and movement, making it a perfect holiday outing for the entire family.

Paramount's presentation of A Christmas Carol is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council and General Mills Foundation. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Radio Disney.

The Magic of Bill Blagg

Saturday, December 28 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets: $25 for children 12 and under, $35 for adults

Keep spending your holiday vacation at the Paramount, because even the most skeptical audience member will have to think twice about believing what they see when they watch the magic of hometown-magician-done-good Bill Blagg.

A consummate entertainer and spellbinding stage magician, Blagg has been perfecting his art since he was given his first kit of magic tricks at five-years-old. In fact, those tricks eventually formed the foundation for his first performance in front of classmates and teachers at Beulah Park Elementary School in his suburban Chicago hometown of Zion, Illlinois.

Since then, Blagg has flabbergasted scores of people, all of whom want to know: "How did he do that?" Expect the unexpected in this high-energy magic show featuring illusions, lots of energy, and tons of shock and awe. Watch fellow audience members levitate, disappear and more. Experience The Magic of Bill Blagg but be sure to buy your tickets early...because if you blink, they're going to vanish.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live

About The Paramount Theatre The Paramount Theatre is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. Named "One of Chicago's Top 10 Attended Theaters" by the League of Chicago Theaters, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Boulevard, is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic, Art Deco beauty. The Paramount Theatre opened on September 3, 1931. Designed by nationally renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the theater captures a unique Venetian setting portrayed in the art deco influence of the 1930s. The first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, the Paramount offered the public a variety of entertainment, including "talking pictures," vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for more than 40 years. Today, the Paramount produces its own, self-produced Broadway Musical series, presents an eclectic array of comedy, music, dance and family shows, and on most Mondays, screens a classic movie. The Paramount Theatre is one of three live performance venues programmed and managed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA). ACCA also oversees the Paramount's "sister" stage, the intimate, 216-seat Copley Theatre located directly across the street from the Paramount at 8 E. Galena Blvd., as well as RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora's new summer outdoor concert venue. The Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals.
The 2013-14 Paramount Theatre season is sponsored by the Daily Herald. The 2013-14 Paramount Broadway Season is sponsored by BMO Harris. This season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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