FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date:  August 27, 2001

                                                                                                            Contact:  Carlyn Shank

Sangamon Auditorium announces 2001-2002 Class Acts season

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium announces the 2001-2002 Class Acts performing arts series for youth offered through the schools, sponsored by Springfield Parent Magazine

The season opens with a lecture/demonstration by Philadanco at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28.  The internationally acclaimed modern dance company will demonstrate the language of dance as well as present excerpts from their repertoire:  “Rosa,” a vivid tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks; “Suite Otis,” a ballet inspired by the genius of the late Otis Redding; and “Pretty is Skin Deep, Ugly to the Bone,” a company signature piece. 

            E.B. White’s children’s classic Stuart Little will be presented by Theatre IV at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16.  Recommended for grades K-3, Stuart Little will delight audiences with the adventures of everyone’s favorite mouse.

            The Children’s Theatre Company will present Grimm Tales at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24. Recommended for grades K-3, this wildly theatrical rendition of Ashputtel (Cinderella), Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), The Hare and the Hedge Hog (The Tortoise and the Hare), and The Golden Goose will bring the old tales to life in new and exciting ways.

            Anastasia Krupnik is a ten-year-old who forms opinions quickly and enjoys writing them down in her jealously guarded green notebook. Recommended for grades 4-6, Anastasia Krupnik will be presented by ArtsPower at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16.

            Ireland comes to life in A Celtic Christmas at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14. This lecture/demonstration will provide a sampling of the art of story, dance, music, and song from Ireland, all bursting with the spirit and warmth of the holidays.

            Theatre IV will present Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30. A deeply moving and historically accurate tribute to the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor, the play is recommended for grades 4-8.

            Theatreworks/USA will present Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 14. Set somewhere in the not-too-distant future in a crumbling city named Verona, the performance will remain true to Shakespeare’s original text and themes. It is recommended for junior high and high school students.

            Time After Time will be presented by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Recommended for grades 4-6, Time After Time follows the adventures of Cameron, an imaginative girl who discovers an ancient time machine. On her journeys, she witnesses dramatic cultural and social change and realizes the power of human interaction.

            ArtsPower will present Highlights for Children at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.  Based on the characters and features of the ever-popular children’s magazine, Highlights for Children is recommended for grades K-3.

            In a performance that blends archival video, audio, personal discussion, and live performance, Living Voices will present Through the Eyes of a Friend (The World of Anne Frank) at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19.  Recommended for junior high and high school, the performance will explore the life story of Anne Frank as told by a childhood friend.

            Metro Theater Company will present More Stuff at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.  Recommended for grades K-3, More Stuff uses five actors and a big pile of MORE STUFF to bring surprises, creative play, and music to life.

            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.

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