FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: August 13, 2002
Contact: Carly Shank 206-6150
SPRINGFIELD -- The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium announces the 2002-2003 Class Acts performing arts series for youth offered through the schools, sponsored by Siciliano Inc.
The season opens with Stolen Moments: The First 100 Years of Jazz, presented by JazzReach at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20. Featuring a jazz sextet, live narration, and a visual component, Stolen Moments explores the relationship between the jazz movement and the evolution of American culture in the 20th century. The performance is recommended for grades 6-12.
An adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s beloved 1961 book Go, Dog Go! will be presented by Omaha Theater Company for Young People at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Recommended for grades K-2, Go, Dog Go! will delight children and dog lovers of all ages.
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will perform at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4. In an hour-long concert re-creating a lost era, the orchestra provides a musical soundtrack as the audience enjoys two short films by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The performance is recommended for grades K-8.
Metro Theater Company will present its new play Captain Lindbergh’s Ocean Flight at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Recommended for grades 3-5, the performance celebrates the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic New York to Paris solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Ancient history comes to life in Theatreworks/USA’s The Mystery of King Tut at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. Recommended for grades 4-8, the play tells the stories of Tutankhamen, the “boy king” who ruled Egypt in the 14th century BC, and of Howard Carter, the archeologist who discovered his tomb in 1922.
Recommended for grades K-3, The Song of Mulan will be presented by Theatre IV at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. Chinese history and folklore come to life in this story of a faithful daughter’s sense of duty.
Theatreworks/USA will present The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Classics at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3. Recommended for high school students, the play takes stories from Poe, Hawthorne, Stockton, and Shakespeare and retells them in a pop/rock a cappella style.
The Swiss-based theatrical troupe Mummenschanz will perform at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19. With an almost magical blend of mask and mime, Mummenschanz is recommended for all ages.
ArtsPower will present The Little Engine That Could at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Recommended for grades K-3, The Little Engine That Could is an uplifting story of strength and courage.
Theatre IV will present Buffalo Soldier at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. After the Civil War, Congress passed legislation that created black cavalry units, which became known as Buffalo Soldiers. This play tells the story of Jonas Morgan, the longest-surviving Buffalo Soldier, and is recommended for grades 4-8.
Theatreworks/USA’s Ferdinand the Bull takes the stage at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1. Recommended for grades K-2, the play adapts the book The Story of Ferdinand, about a gentle bull who would rather smell flowers than fight.
The season closes with ArtsPower’s Laura Ingalls Wilder at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7. Based on the classic Little House on the Prairie books, the play is recommended for grades 3-5.
Tickets to Class Acts events are made available through the schools. Parents who would like their children to attend should suggest this opportunity to their children’s principal and teachers. For more information, contact the Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960.