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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
ST CORNELIUS SCHOOL
1/29-1/30/2014
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP WEST HIGH SCHOOL
1/30-1/31/2014
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 SHREK
DOLPHIN SHOW AT NORTHWESTERN UNIV
1/24-2/1/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DISNEY'S MY SON PINOCCHIO JR
GWENDOLYN BROOKS MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/31-2/1/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 ANNIE KIDS
HAINES MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/31-2/1/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/31-2/1/2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR
HIGHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/31-2/1/2014
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR., featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, your production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
HARD ROAD THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
1/24-2/1/2014
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven."Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS gives directors the wonderful opportunity to direct two leading men with a large ensemble. It's a great choice for community theaters looking to add some spice to their season!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 SHREK
KRE8IVE ENTERTAINMENT
1/30-2/2/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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THE LITTLE PRINCE
Lookingglass Theatre Co
12/5-2/2/2014
Water Tower Water Works:Rick Cummins, John Scoullar; dir: David Catlin.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 SHREK
KRE8IVE FINE ARTS ACADEMY
1/30-2/2/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
SURGING FILMS & THEATRICS
1/31-2/2/2014
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
STAGE 212
1/22-2/2/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
HARD ROAD THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
1/31-2/8/2014
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven."Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS gives directors the wonderful opportunity to direct two leading men with a large ensemble. It's a great choice for community theaters looking to add some spice to their season!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
BAILIWICK CHICAGO (AMATEUR)
2/4-2/8/2014
A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you've ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, "Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good," this is the show for you!It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. Order your copy of "Showing Off with THE DROWSY CHAPERONE" - an informative DVD with advice and production tips from the show's authors and creative staff.  Email licensing@mtishows.com to request your FREE copy!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 SHREK
STAGE DOOR FINE ARTS
1/31-2/9/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "? not a handsome prince "? shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 DO I HEAR A WALTZ?
The Music Theatre Company
1/31-2/9/2014
Do I Hear a Waltz?Leona, an unmarried American secretary 'of a certain age,' goes on a vacation to Venice where, under the spell of that enchanted city, she falls in love. The gentleman is an attractive, middle-aged shopkeeper, whose attentions give flight to her deepest dreams of romance. Too soon, however, he openly informs her that he is a contented family man, and Leona's hopes are dashed. She can, for a short time, harness romance, yet realizes that such a relationship would have nowhere to go. Still, might it be better than never having loved at all? This timeless story, which is the basis of the movie 'Summertime' starring Katharine Hepburn, remains a bittersweet testament to the complexities of the heart.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 FOOTLOOSE
St. Viator High School
1/31-2/9/2014
FootlooseOne of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
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TRIBES
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
12/5-2/9/2014
Downstairs Theatre:Nina Raine; dir: Austin Pendleton.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
TESSERACT THEATRE ENSEMBLE
1/24-2/9/2014
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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Forbidden Broadway'S GREATEST HITS, VOL. I
Looking Glass Playhouse
1/30-2/9/2014

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THE COLOR PURPLE
Peoria Players Theatre
1/31-2/9/2014

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SEVEN GUITARS
Court Theatre
1/9-2/9/2014
August Wilson; dir: Ron OJ Parson.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 GREATER TUNA
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
1/16-2/16/2014
Take a trip down south to Texas' third smallest town, Tuna. First, we meet Thurston and Arles on their talk radio show. Today's topics include the winner of the American Heritage Essay Contest (a piece entitled "Human Rights - Why Bother?"), local auditions for My Fair Lady (which will now be set in Polynesia so they can make use of last year's South Pacific set), and the scandalous death of Judge Buckner. The cast of characters, all hilariously played by just two actors, continues to expand as we meet upstanding citizens of Tuna like puppy poisoning Pearl, used gun store owner Didi, and R.R. - an old coot who regularly sees UFOs. You're in for plenty of laughs with this send-up of small town folks that Variety calls "Howlingly funny."
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THE COLOR PURPLE
The Cupboard
1/31-2/16/2014

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DO-GOODER
16th Street Theater
1/16-2/22/2014
16th Street Theater:Laura Jacqmin; music: Barry Bennett; dir: Ann Filmer.
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LUNA GALE
Goodman Theatre
1/18-2/23/2014
Albert Theatre:Rebecca Gilman; dir: Robert Falls.
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Tom Jones
Northlight Theatre
1/17-2/23/2014
North Shore Center:adapt: Jon Jory; dir: William Brown.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 EDGES
CIRCLE THEATRE
1/29-3/2/2014
EDGES is not a traditional musical; it is an exciting new showabout four burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions.Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul--2007 Jonathan Larson Award Recipients--intheir sophomore year at the University of Michigan, this contemporary song cycle carries an honest voice advocating introspection while maintainingwit and charm.The songs cover such universal issues as love, commitment, identity, and meaning. Characters deal with confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships. While the show is written for four performers, EDGES can easily be performed by multiple men and women.Encouraging experimental productions, Pasek & Paul want you to explore what happens when we are teetering on The Edges!
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ROUGH CROSSING
First Folio Theatre
1/29-3/2/2014
Great Hall Stage:Tom Stoppard; music: Christopher Kriz; dir: Alison C. Vesely.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
Porchlight Music Theatre
2/1-3/9/2014
The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930's Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best. The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.Assembled under the expert eye of director/lyricist  Richard Maltby, Jr., AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is simply unforgettable.
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ROSE AND THE RIME
The House Theatre of Chicago
1/17-3/9/2014
Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews, Jake Minton; dir: Nathan Allen.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
1/16-3/16/2014
IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy.With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment"and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/26/2014Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA KIDS in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA KIDS
CHELSEA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
12/12-3/17/2014
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this special 30-minute stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA KIDS, featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, your elementary school's production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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THE HOW AND THE WHY
Timeline Theatre Company
1/28-4/6/2014
TimeLine Theatre:Sarah Treem; dir: Keira Fromm.
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