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Youth programming in the Class Acts series and in conjunction with other Sangamon Auditorium events is supported in part by the Helen Hamilton Performing Arts Endowment for Youth Fund, gifts from Elizabeth and Robert Staley, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Class Acts Performances


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The goal of Class Acts, Sangamon Auditorium’s daytime performing arts series for youth, is to present artistic, educational, and high quality performances for young audiences. By introducing children to the experience of attending live professional performing arts, we hope to cultivate future audience members who will be active participants in and supporters of the arts in their communities.

Curriculum Connections - Attendance at any Class Acts performance can help your students meet Common Core Standards. Specifically, the Standard for Speaking and Listening #2 states that students should be able to: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Additionally, in the Common Core Standards for Reading, a “text” includes non-printed works such as dance, music, theater, and visual arts, which makes the arts an important part of all standards in the Reading category at every grade level.

We encourage you to use the provided Teacher’s Guides, which are mailed 3-4 weeks before the performance, to expand the learning in your classroom. Along with the Teacher’s Guides you will be sent attendance information with directions, seating procedures, and a campus map, as well as information about appropriate behavior at Sangamon Auditorium events. Please review the guidelines with your students before the performance. Students whose behavior is disruptive to others will be asked to leave the Auditorium.

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2014-2015 Season

The Monster Who Ate My Peas
Thursday, October 16, 2014
10 AM
Grades preK-2

Stella, Queen of the Snow
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Thursday, November 13, 2014
10 AM & 12:30 PM
Grades preK-2

A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
10 AM
Grades 1-7

The Rainbow Fish
Monday, February 2, 2015
10 AM & 12:30 PM
Grades preK-2

I Have a Dream
Theatre IV
Thursday, February 5, 2015
10 AM & 12:30 PM
Grades 3-8


The Acting Company
Thursday, March 5, 2015
9:45 AM (90 minutes)
Grades 9-12

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Friday, March 6, 2015
10 AM & 12:30 PM
Grades 2-6

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, April 23, 2015
10 AM (45 minutes)
Grades K-6

To Kill a Mockingbird
National Players
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:45 AM (90 minutes)
Grades 7-12

Theater Terra
Friday, May 8, 2015
10 AM & 12:30 PM
Grades preK-2

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Click to confirm a pre-existing reservation for a Class Acts performance

Ordering Information

Reservations are filled in the order they are received.

  1. Call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960, or click here. Be sure your estimated number of attendees includes everyone who wants to watch the performance – students, teachers, parent chaperons, and bus drivers.  Classes should have one chaperon for every 15 students; every 16th ticket is complementary. To determine how many complementary tickets you will receive, take the total number of attendees and divide by 16, rounding down to the nearest whole number.
  2. A confirmation letter will be mailed to your school after the order is processed.
  3. You must confirm the total number of attendees 3 weeks prior to the performance. If your order is not confirmed by the deadline, your seats will be released to the next group on our waiting list. Once the final number is confirmed, no seats may be released.
  4. Payment must be received 2 weeks prior to the performance. Payment may be made by credit card, money order, cash, or check payable to Sangamon Auditorium Tickets and mailed to:
                   Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office
                   University of Illinois Springfield
                   One University Plaza, MS PAC 292
                   Springfield, IL 62703-5407
  5. One voucher will be issued to admit your entire group.  The voucher will be mailed to your school after your order has been confirmed.  Please remember to bring your voucher with you to the performance. 

Fees: Each Class Acts order placed over the phone or online will be assessed a $4 processing fee. Patrons who visit the Ticket Office in person and place a complete order (including payment) on the same day will not be assessed the $4 fee.

Accessibility Services: When placing your order, please inform the Ticket Office if anyone in your group needs accessibility services.  Students with mobility, visual, or hearing impairments will be seated with their escort in the appropriate seating area, which may be separate from the rest of the group.  Please request accessibility services two weeks or more before a performance to provide sufficient time to make and secure the appropriate arrangements.  If advance notice has not been arranged, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your group based on remaining available seating upon your arrival.  Accessibility services may not be available for every performance.  Services are not arranged until requested and are contingent on the availability of the service providers.

Lunch Space: Schools that bring their own lunches to eat at UIS must request space for lunch when your order is placed.  The limited seating is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The UIS cafeteria is not prepared to serve students lunch unless prior arrangements have been made.

Cancellation: All sales are final. We are not able to give refunds or exchanges. Only if a school officially closes on the day of a planned attendance to a Class Acts performance can we allow an exchange for another performance within the same season. Official notification in writing from the school principal within 3 business days of the performance is necessary before any adjustment to your account can be made.  

Recommended Grade Levels: We recommend grade levels based on the content, manner of presentation, and suggestions of the performers.  Teachers at other grade levels may consider bringing their students to a performance if they find the material suitable, but they may experience some dissatisfaction.  Please contact Amy Zepp at 217.206.6150 or if you have questions.

All events are subject to change.



Sangamon Auditorium ~ University of Illinois Springfield ~ Tickets 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960