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Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” – July 30 – Aug. 7

Imagine U presents: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!”

July 30 – August 7
Ethel M. Barber Theater

Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Lauren Shouse
Based on the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

Get ready for a hilarious songfest ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning children’s books that will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long! Elephant Gerald and Piggie are the best of friends. Worrisome and careful Gerald wonders if something could go wrong that would end their friendship. But playful and spirited Piggie is not worried at all, especially when she receives an invitation to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible in an imaginative musical romp that playfully explores the importance and true meaning of friendship.

This production is recommended for ages 5 yrs and older.

The running time of this production is 60 minutes without intermission.


Saturday, July 30 at 11:00AM
Saturday, July 30 at 2:00PM
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00PM
Thursday, August 4 at 10:00AM (All seats $8)
Saturday, August 6 at 11:00AM
Saturday, August 6 at 2:00PM
Sunday, August 7 at 2:00PM
Sunday, August 7 at 5:00PM

Elephant and Piggie Block Party
Saturday, Aug. 6
Noon – 4 PM
Free and open to the public, this outdoor event will take place on Northwestern’s Arts Circle, in front of the Barber Theater. It will feature performances, children’s games, face painting, craft activities, food, animal shelter pets available for adoption and more. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved indoors to the Barber Theater lobby.


$12 General Public
$10 Children 18yrs & Under
$10 NU Students

Special Pricing: Thursday, August 4 at 10:00AM, all seats $8

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ridgeville Park – July 8-17

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, July 8: 7pm
Saturday, July 9: 7pm
Sunday, July 10: 7pm
Friday, July 15: 7pm
Saturday, July 16: 7pm
Sunday, July 17: 7pm

Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St.

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Mudlark Theater: Sketch – June 17-19


Mudlark Theater 24-Hour Play Festival – Sun. June 5



Members of Mudlark’s Youth Board are volunteering their talents to put on this showAll proceeds go to Mudlark’s Milk Jug Fund, a new initiative that ensures that every child has access to meaningful experiences in the performing arts. Help the Youth Board reach its $3,000 fundraising goal, and…

Sponsor Mudlark’s Youth Board by clicking here!


“Shakespeare is Dead” is Mudlark’s first 24 Hour Play Festival.

What is a 24-hour play festival? It is a challenge: Create a 10-minute play, from scratch, in a 24 hour period. That means all of the writing, rehearsing and technical elements happen within one day!
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Our 24-hour play festival will give a nod to the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death by choosing an iconic prop, line or costume piece from one of his plays as the inspiration for our playwrights who must integrate that prop, line or costume piece into the final performance.


@EPL Fri. May 27 – Sat. May 28

Peregrine Falcon Banding/Naming


Friday, May 27, 11 am, Third Foor (West side), Main Library

Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from The Field Museum will band falcon chicks hatched at the Evanston Public Library Peregrine Falcon nesting site. The baby falcons (eyases) will also be named at the event which is free and open to the public. Hennen and Engel will take questions from the press and the public. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Falcon T-shirts are now for sale at the Main Library with beautiful original artwork by local Evanston artist Beth Adler, who recently donated a falcon painting to the library where it now hangs on the Library’s third floor.

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Purple Crayon Players Storytime at EPL!


Friday, May 27,  4 pm, Garden Gates & Art Garden, Main Library

LAST Purple Crayon Player event this school year!

Bring the kids to this terrific storytime & craft run by Northwestern University’s Purple Crayon Players for children age 3 – 8, but everyone is welcome.

No registration required; just drop in. End the week with college kids & fun!

The Big Read Film Screening: ¡Three Amigos!

titleSaturday, May 28, 3-5 pm, Community Room, Main Library

Come see the 1986 spoof on “The Magnificent Seven”, which was the movie that inspired the story within “Into the Beautiful North”. Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. Starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase. Rated PG. 104 minutes long.

Mudpie 2016: I Just Want to Be Normal – May 13-22


Puss in Boots – Fri. May 6 & Sat. May 7

Freshmen and sophomore students at Evanston Township High School will present “Puss in Boots,” based on the French fairytale, as their spring children’s theater production. Performances will be on Friday, May 6, at 4:00pm, and Saturday, May 7, at 7:00pm in the ETHS Little Theatre. Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for students; $5 for seniors; and $7 for adults.

The play, directed by Anne Lefkovitz, features Tess Dinerstein as the title character, Puss, with Ian McCall playing her master, Claude. Meredith Byrnes is the King, Maya Parks is the Princess, and Gia Clarke is the Ogre.

Located at 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston, ETHS is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the front lot across from the auditorium entrance or at the rear of the school off of Church or Lake Streets.


Evanston Children’s Theatre Presents “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” April 29-May

Families are invited to enjoy Evanston Children’s Theatre’s production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.,” April 29 through May 1 at the Levy Senior Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston.

Children age 8 through 8th grade will perform in this energetic musical following Tom, a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs such as “I’m Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Performances will take place on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.

The admission cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 847-448-8250.

Mudlark Theater Presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – April 21 – May 1



Bird Cycle – Sat. April 23


Piven Theatre Summer Classes

For over 40 years, Piven Theatre Workshop has been training children and adults in the theatre. Now it’s your turn to come play with us!

Summer Classes start on June 13th in Evanston.

Spots in classes for 4th graders* through High School are still open, but our small class sizes fill fast! Experience games, improvisation, story theatre, and scene study like never before in classes like:

One Week Piven Intensives for 4th-8th Grade
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, June 13–17 or August 8–12

Six Week Summer Piven Classes for 4th Grade–High School

  • 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Theatre Games and Story Theatre
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am or 4:30-6pm, begins June 27
  • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Theatre Intensive
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4pm, begins June 28

Scholarships and Payment Plans Available for All Classes *Grade the student will be entering in the 2016-2017 school year See the full class schedule at

For more info, give our office a call at 847.866.6597 or email us at We’d love to talk to you!

Download the flyer for a $50 discount

Bring Home the Bacon – April 14-16

Join the wonderful etc. Music School KidShows ensemble (gr. 4-7) as they perform their latest all-original musical, “Bring Home the Bacon”!

Two families – one alien, one suburban. One summer, ruined. Can the Petersons from Chicagoland and the Stiiyvs from the planet Pah-la-dah make peace with their children and salvage their respective relationships? Their only hope lies in impressing the television audience on the Midwest’s favorite cooking show, “Meal Masters”!

Come celebrate etc. KidShows’ team-first, ensemble-driven process as they perform the latest musical written WITH them and FOR their strengths, allowing each of our talented young stars to shine!

“Bring Home The Bacon!” will be presented in Room 213 of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center on:

Thursday, April 14: 7:00 P.M.
Friday, April 15: 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 16: 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Tickets: $10.00 general admission
Tickets will be available at the door, or via pre-order by using the link on this page!

For more information or questions, contact:

The Wiz @ ETHS – April 14-17

Summer Camps at The Musical Offering


Young musicians are invited to help us create a Rock Musical in our “Rock N’ Roll Theater” camps in June.
And we’ll be creating wacky new musical theater works at our “Music Stars” camps in July.

Whether you’re interested in covering rock standards, acting, singing, playing chamber music or creating new music or scripts of your own, we have you covered.

Details and more information can be found at

Purple Crayon Players Workshop Begins April 23

Purple Crayon

“Shakespeare By Design” Exhibition Opening Reception – Sun. April 10

A reception for the Noyes Cultural Arts Center’s “Shakespeare By Design” exhibition will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 in the Center’s Second Floor Gallery, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. The exhibition will run until May 9, 2016.

The exhibition is inspired by the regionwide Shakespeare 400 Project, which celebrates the 400 years since Shakespeare’s passing. The exhibition showcases set, costume, graphic, and lighting design by local theatres, ranging from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to ETHS’s stagecraft class.

During the opening reception, scenes will be performed by Upstart Crows, ETHS’s Shakespearean after-school club, and The Viola Project, a local non-profit which empowers girls through Shakespeare. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market. Admission is free and open to the public. Those who have access to Shakespearean garb are encouraged to wear it to the reception.

Participating theatres and designers include:
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Andrew Meyers, Muse of Fire Theatre Company,  The ARC Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston Township High School, and Mudlark Theater Company.

Noyes Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit or call/text 847-448-4311.

Read the Daily Northwestern article for more details

Alice in Wonderland – March 10-13

Don’t miss Alice in Wonderland. This weekend only.
Local, affordable, cultural & imaginative fun for girls & boys ages 3 to 100 – Alice in Wonderland is this weekend. – tickets available at the Northwestern University box office:
Get your programs autographed by all the characters after each performance.

Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter – thru March 20

The upcoming production at The Actors Gymnasium features the meeting of the minds between Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, of The Actors Gymnasium, and David Catlin, Lookingglass member behind “Moby Dick”.

“Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter” tells the story of two circus professionals who met as students and took separate paths- promising to write one another. Though life twists and turns, the two reunite as aging performers in order to do one last performance- their duo debut.

An original work of circus theatre, “Marnie & Phil” is written and directed by Chris Mathews of The House Theatre and features a cast of Lookingglass and The Actors Gymnasium performers.

The production will feature original songs by Lindset Noel Whiting and music by Kevin O’Donnell.

“Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter” runs February 13 through March 20 with four performances a weekend. Interested patrons can buy tickets at

February 13- March 20, 2016
Fridays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

Woman’s Club Benefit Show – March 3 – 12

Tickets are now on sale for The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s 65th annual benefit show, “It’s a Matter of Taste.” Members of both the WCE and this year’s beneficiary, Family Matters, write, direct, choreograph and perform in the variety show.

Regular Seats (rows 4-7) are $35 per ticket. Premium seats (rows 1-3) are sold in groups of 6 at $240. Tickets are available online.

All shows at 8 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

  • Mar 3 2016 – 8:00pm
  • Mar 4 2016 – 8:00pm
  • Mar 5 2016 – 8:00pm
  • Mar 10 2016 – 8:00pm
  • Mar 11 2016 – 8:00pm
  • Mar 12 2016 – 8:00pm


Brillianteen – March 4 – 6


Join us in celebrating the final year of Brillianteen. The Brillianteen “Retirement Party” will be held:

MARCH 5, @ 9PM
Tommy Nevin’s Pub,1450 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

This 21-and-over event will celebrate the long life of Brillianteen, as well as the strong future of McGaw YMCA to help youth discover their full potential.

You can get your tickets at the door or online. To purchase online, click here and follow the 3 steps:

  1. selects a show from the calendar,
  2. select amount of tickets,
  3. change the tickets for the show to tickets for the party.

Proceeds will support The McGaw YMCA Youth Services Department and the Brillianteen Scholarship Fund!


Brillianteen is gearing up for its 65th annual student-produced musical. Youth Showboard Volunteers lead the complete production of the show, from rehearsals to design and performance. Brillianteen introduces Juniors and Seniors to the experience of live theatre. It lets teens develop leadership and team working skills, boosts their confidence, and gives them a greater sense of community and social responsibility. This program creates a non-competitive environment and in the YMCA’s spirit of inclusion, every student who auditions is invited to participate.

For more information, contact Kelsey Kovacevich by email or by calling 847-475-7400 x225