Theater Watch: Duck for President
Great theater for kids is a hard one to find. Well it looks as if the Lifeline Theatre KidSeries over in Chicago is doing a show well worth your eye. Just in time for the presidential season they are preparing a musical version of Duck for President (book originally by Doreen Cronin). This seems like a very good idea to me. In case you live in the area, here’s the info as it was sent out:
Lifeline Theatre KidSeries presents the world premiere musical adaptation “Duck for
President,” showing both the heady and headachey sides of politics just in time for the election, based on the popular bestseller by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, adapted by ensemble member James E. Grote, music and lyrics by George Howe, and directed by ensemble member Shole Milos (the same team that brought the recent kids’ hit “Click, Clack, Moo” ). Just who put Farmer Brown in charge, anyway? Isn’t it time an intelligent and handsome young duck ran for office? And once he’s running the farm, it’s just a few short steps until he’s running the country! This production is appropriate for children ages five to ten, and runs about one hour with no intermission. Books on sale in the lobby.
Author Cronin and illustrator Lewis will be at the October 12 th opening for meet-and-greet and book signings, from 12 noon-1 p.m. (free) – the book and cast recording CDs will be on sale in the lobby.
Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
Parking available (street and lot – see below); CTA accessible (Red Line Morse
Free designated parking lot west of the theatre at the NE corner of Morse and
Ravenswood, about six blocks/ten minute walk
Press opening Sunday, October 12, 2008, at 1 p.m.
Closes November 30, 2008
Runs Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Previews on October 11 at 1 p.m., and October 12 at 11 a.m.
773-761-4477 [this is the number for the public to call]
$12 for both children and adults for all shows
Pay-what-you-can tickets (half-hour before the show – subject to availability )
Group rates and other discounts also available on request
Party room available for full-service birthday and special event parties
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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