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Mudlark Theater – Snow Queen – Starts Friday, January 20

A brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s most fantastical fairy tale, The Snow Queen. In this world premiere production, you’ll journey through an enchanted land filled with angels, demons, and witches, as you witness the incredible power of love and friendship.

January 20-22, January 26-29
Directed by Andrew Biliter and Michael Miro
Noyes Street Theater

Get your tickets here

The Little Mermaid Auditions – Gibbs-Morrison Center – January 10

Audition for the Evanston Children’s Theatre Production of the Little Mermaid, Disney’s Classic Musical tale about a curious girl who will sacrifice anything for love.

Auditions are open to local children ages 8 to 8th grade.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays or Thursdays and Saturdays. No experience necessary, performances will be March 17 to 20 at the Levy Center.

Auditions will be held on January 10th at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street, Evanston IL 60202 at 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Age: Children age 8 to 8th grade
Fee: $100 R/110 NR for those cast

For more information call 847-448-8263.

The Magic Flute – Lyric Opera – December 10 – January 27



by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed in German with projected English translations
Performance running time: 3 hours 20 minutes including 1 intermission
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Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You’ll meet the evil Queen of the Night — with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias — and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages.

Follow this link to learn more and purchase the tickets

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Evanston Dance Ensemble – December 8-11


Evanston Dance Ensemble presents
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

When the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) first premiered its original story ballet adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, EDE founder and artistic director Béa Rashid referred to the show as “our alternative to The Nutcracker.” Much like that famous ballet, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has become EDE’s signature holiday performance, drawing audiences from throughout the Chicagoland area. With dancing snowflakes, leaping fauns, waltzing flowers, and animals prancing out a holiday polka, the production is a holiday feast for the whole family.

Thursday December 8 at 7:00PM
Friday December 9 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 10 at 1:00 and 4:00PM
Sunday December 11 at 1:00 and 4:00PM

$24 Adults
$16 Children, Students & Seniors
$15 for Thursday, December 8 (All Seats)

Purchase Tickets Here

Pinocchio – Mudlark Theater – December 8-11, 15-18


Welcome to the town of Livorno where the seas are always blue, the sun is always shining, and Senior Geppetto is about to get a big surprise.


For more detail and to purchase tickets, click here

Music Institute Presents “Family Concert: Duke It Out!” – December 10

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016.
General Admission:  $7
Where: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday, December 10, 10 am and 2 pm
For more information and to purchase the tickets, click here

Fallen Angels – etc. Music School – December 2-4

etc_fallen-angelsetc. Presents: ‘Fallen Angels’
Music and Lyrics by: Mike O’Mara
With Book by: Mike O’Mara, assisted by the Presents cast

A legendary world with ancient laws. A city in the clouds, with peasants below. When a daughter’s compassion marks her unwanted, it sets off a chain of events that will leave both the Angels of the sky and the Terrans on the surface forever changed. “Fallen Angels” weaves a magical tale around the very real-life issues of social justice, gender equality and the corruption of absolute power.

Show Location:
Rm. 213, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. 60201

Show Dates/Times:
Fri., Dec. 2: 7 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 3: 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Sun., Dec. 4: 2 P.M.
<The show is approximately 120 min. in length.>

For more information, please visit etc. Music School website.

Musical: Killing Time – Nov. 11-12, 18-20

14937280_1088100121268099_5096204042380597503_nThe Musical Offering’s sixth annual student-written, composed, directed and produced musical, “Killing Time”, will be opening its run of five performances this Friday, November 11th at 7 pm, with additional performances on November 12th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

Seating will be limited and reserved seats are highly recommended.
Reservations via Brown Paper Tickets will be available this Tuesday at

Tickets are only $10 and MO students are admitted free.

A hilarious, inventive and beautifully-written must-see show!

Mudlark Theater Half Day Workshops – Tues. Nov. 8

Tuesday, November 8th

The perfect mix of theater games and Mudlark’s own brand of Longform Improv. 
Longform is the art of making up whole plays as you and your fellow improvisers form a cohesive, supportive, and hilarious team.

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Ages 10-14, Fee $45
Location: Mudlark HQ – 1417 Hinman Ave.

Who will reign supreme? The goliath meets the martial artist in this legendary afternoon of imagination and fun.

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Ages: 8-9, Fee: $45
Location: Mudlark HQ – 1417 Hinman Ave.


Little Red Hen… Part II – Fri. Oct. 28

The “little sibling” to the Evanston Children’s Theatre, Tater Tot Theatre Company was created to allow young thespians ages 5-7 the opportunity to participate in the magic of live theatre. This year we will be revisiting an adaptation of the classic Little Red Hen… Part II; the moralistic story teaching that you are rewarded for the work that you put in. This adaptation of the original adds plenty of sly humor, dance and song to the well-loved story.

We are all very excited about Tater Tot Theatre in Evanston. For more information contact us at 847-866-5914 or visit

Location: Piven Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Age: All ages
Admission: $6 at the door
Time: 5pm

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Mudlark Theater: Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Oct. 21-23, 27-30

Adapted from the short story by Washington Irving

Directed by Michael Miro and Andrew Biliter

When skittish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow, he finds himself in a town steeped in ghastly spirits, haunted paths and spine-chilling tales. Don’t miss this delightfully spooky retelling of a beloved American ghost story.

October 21-23, 27-30
Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 3pm
Noyes Street Theater
927 Noyes Street
Click here to purchase tickets>>

Middle School Drama Opportunity

Do you have a middle school student interested in writing or drama?
The Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University are offering a playwriting workshop for middle school students on Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 4 pm on campus (Fisk 117) taught by Northwestern Theatre students! We would love to see your students there. An event description is included below:

If theatre is for young audiences, why isn’t it by young playwrights? Join Purple Crayon Players on October 22 for a fun workshop with Northwestern University theater students on writing plays. By the end of it, you’ll have not only have written your own play, but you’ll also have it read and heard by friends and fellow students! Contact to sign up or if you have any questions. No previous playwriting experience is necessary.

Actors Gymnasium Classes for Kids with Special Needs

A new program gives students with disabilities and special needs access to the joy of circus. Circus arts is a non-competitive, creative recreational opportunity that allows individuals to shine. It has also been shown to increase focus, determination, fine motor skills, social skills, physical ability and self-esteem.

Current classes include Circus Arts for Students with Autism, ages 10 -14 and Circus Arts for Students with Disabilities, ages 16 and up.

See the class descriptions or register here, email or call the office at 847-328-2795.

Alice Through the Looking Glass Auditions – Tues. Aug. 30

If your 8 year old to 8th grader wants to be in a show this fall, auditions for Alice Through the Looking Glass on Tuesday August 30th at the Levy Center, and Thursday September 1 at the Gibbs Morrison Center on Dodge and Church, both from 4 to 6pm.

Nothing to prepare or bring except themselves Performances are November 18,19 and 20.

etc. Music School Fall Term Registration Open

We’re looking for new student-artists to join our school for Fall ’16 Term excitement at etc. Music School!

Here’s what we’re offering this Fall term:

– Private lessons with positive, affirming, engaging arts professionals ready to help you reach your goals in piano, voice, flute, violin, viola, guitar and composition!

– A musical theater program that utilizes the varied talents, ideas and creations of the student-artist body to create ensemble-driven, equitable-stage time-focused original works as a team!

Be a cast member – but ALSO be a writer, or a composer, or a lighting designer, or a costumer – what are YOU into? Let us give you a chance to work with professionals in the field to enhance your experience! Musical theater experiences are available for students aged K-12 and beyond!

– A unique choral program (The etc. Choir) open to singers of all voice types and experience levels aged 13-19, offering awesome performance opportunities and the most varied, challenging-yet-FUN repertoire around!

– *NEW this year*: The opportunity for FULLY-STUDENT WRITTEN AND RUN productions, revues and more – we want to partner with you to make YOUR unique creations a reality!

Our space is available at very reasonable rates to rent, OR if you are enrolled in our musical theater program, you can use the space FOR FREE that term for your own shows as well!

Private lessons begin Sept. 6, with group classes beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.

Work-study and other need-based scholarship options are available. etc. Music School never turns ANY student away for lack of funding.

Questions? Contact Director Mike O’Mara any time at:!

Auditions for Fall Youth Circus – Aug. 27 & 31

Fall Youth Circus

We are pleased to announce auditions for the Fall Youth Circus are August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm.

The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program taking place in fall and spring that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original new show and includes high-quality training in drama, dance, aerial and circus arts. The Youth Circus is one of our most popular ticketed events each year. Rehearsals Begin September 7, 2016

Students in 5th grade or higher are eligible to audition.

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Abby Pajakowski and a Special Guest
Circus Choreography by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi


August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm. No need to prepare material ahead of time. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Click here to fill out an audition form!
Responses due by August 22

Rehearsal Days/Times*

  • Every Wednesday, 5:15-7:45 pm
  • Every Saturday, 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Every Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm

*Necessary changes may be made to the schedule as required. All participants may not be required for every rehearsal.

Tech Week Rehearsals^

  • Friday, October 14: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 15: 3:00-7:00pm
  • Sunday, October  16: 2:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October  19: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Thursday, October  20: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Friday, October  21: 6:00-10:00pm

^All call members must attend all tech rehearsals. No conflicts are permitted.


October 22 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), October 23 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm), October 29 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), and October 30 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm).


$360 for 9 weeks/72 approximate instructional hours

Financial aid is available for this program.

Mudlark Theater Auditions – Aug. 24 & 25




Audition for Mudlark’s Fall 2016 Season!

  • August 24th, 4-7pm
  • August 25th, 4-7pm

1417 Hinman Ave.

Click here to reserve your slot.

For more information, visit the Audition Page.

Classes at School

Mudlark offers drama and improvisation classes at schools in Evanston, Skokie and Chicago. Our classes take place once a week immediately after school and run about an hour. In each seasonal session, children are taught how to be part of a cooperative ensemble as they engage in improvised scenarios, creative movement exercises, vocal training, and characterization study. The curriculum of each session is tailored to meet the skill level of each student.

Interested in bringing Mudlark to your school?
Email Melissa at for more information!

After School Class Registration is open for:

  • Bessie Rhodes
  • King Arts
  • Kingsley
  • Lincoln
  • Lincolnwood
  • Orrington
  • Willard

More class information can be found here.

Tell Your Mudlark Stories

Do you have a story about Mudlark’s impact?

Tell us about it and your child’s story might be featured at the benefit on September 17th!