Tuesday, August 14, 2018




Here at ChiIL Mama, we adore Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,”! It's a family fav that the adults in my family adore as much as the teens. Now you can own it and watch it any time! Celebrate with some fun clips below, including gag reel clips and more below, then pick up your Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray today

Disney’s fastest selling Digital release of all time, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” crashes into homes on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on Aug. 14 and includes a wide-array of never-before-revealed bonus content.

Featurettes provide behind-the-scenes access to memorable moments when characters first meet, the rationale behind some unexpected on-screen pair-ups, explores the frighteningly powerful Thanos, the struggle on Titan and the massive battle in Wakanda. Deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary reveal even more on-set secrets from Marvel Studios’ monumental undertaking. And the gag real showcases a lighthearted collection of on-set antics from all your favorite Super Heroes.

This must-own addition to the in-home film collection is packaged in several ways so that fans can get the most out of their viewing experience including a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital) and as a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+Digital). And for those who wish to catch up on their MCU history, select retailers are also offering bundled packaging of “Avengers: Infinity War” to include “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Gag Reel 1: https://youtu.be/rYG04EYvP08
Gag Reel 2 (NEW!): https://youtu.be/qaCe-iV7aZI
Wakanda Forever: https://youtu.be/V-aExUcLaMo

Making It Real: https://youtu.be/dgkTRJ-6FP0
Story Focused Choices: https://youtu.be/c6IrgVyTl6E
Greatest Villain: https://youtu.be/ng8fDNb7lVk
Titan Fight: https://youtu.be/NY-hW1wSCJM




"Sukey is undeniably today's Mister Rogers."
-- Celebrity Parents Magazine

"Molloy has a strong, gentle, kindly voice, which she combines with light instrumentation to a wonderfully soothing effect."
-- Parents' Choice Award review of Sukey Molloy's I Am Sleepy!

With a bevy of awards proudly in hand, beloved children's musician Sukey Molloy puts a big smile on traditional favorites and mixes them with original songs, poetry, and a story for the October 5 release of her fifth album, Five Little Oysters!

October 5 will also see the release of two companion audio picture books by Sukey Molloy: Five Little Oysters! and The Story of Little Flame in the Arctic. Featuring colorful felt art images, these books are designed to be read while listening and singing along to Sukey's songs, courtesy of a song download link provided in each book.

There are certain songs that should be part of the childhood experience for every child. With her new album Five Little Oysters!, Sukey Molloy turns tradition upside down, shining a new light of fun, fun, fun on this classic repertoire with updated lyrics, a seemingly endless flow of irrepressibly humorous sound effects, and many delightful punctuations from the percussion department guaranteed to produce a parade of giggles. All of this hilarity is imbued with the magic of the up-close, cheery, participatory style that has become Sukey's calling card.

Joining Sukey as co-producer of Five Little Oysters! is Grammy-winner Larry Alexander (Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, David Bowie), who has served in this capacity for all five of Sukey's albums. Together they have created a recording for children that will surely set the standard for years to come with its graceful flow from beginning to end and a clean, clear sound that echoes first-rate production values. The musical integrity of the album, the cultural significance of the classic material, and the sweet nuances of Sukey Molloy's original lyrics and melodies present a trio of impeccable assets.

Five Little Oysters! kicks off with "It's Raining, It's Pouring," for which Sukey Molloy has adapted the lyrics to incorporate picture-perfect farm animal sounds and imagery, all set to a delightful Calypso beat. "Do Your Ears Hang Low" presents all of the little-known original verses frolicking in a carnival atmosphere. Whistles, cow moos, shuffling sandpaper blocks, cowbell, triangle, water stick, and bass drum partner with the physiologically absurd lyrics in describing almost every conceivable ear position, location, and characteristic!

Other highlights include Sukey's version of "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" (with a mighty fine fiddling interlude); "I've Been Working on the Railroad," in all its rollicking, fee-fi-fiddley-eye-oh glory; and the all-time grandfather of counting songs, "This Old Man," followed by a remarkably selfless rendition of "Simple Gifts," done here with purity and reverence, just the way it should be. Sukey concludes the album by reading her perfectly enchanting "The Story of Little Flame in the Arctic." Whether singing or speaking, Sukey Molloy's crystal-clear voice imprints a smile on every track of this beautiful album.

Sukey Molloy's award-winning body of work include the albums I Am Sleepy! with Sukey Molloy (2012; Parents' Choice Silver Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award), I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy (2012; Creative Child CD of the Year Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award), I Like to Sing! with Sukey Molloy (2007; NAPPA Honors Award), Circle Songs! with Sukey Molloy (2005; Children's Music Web Award, Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award), and two Sukey's Circle! DVDs (2009 and 2010; NAPPA Honors Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award, NAPPA Rising Star Commendation).

The Five Little Oysters! album will be available at Amazon, iTunes, sukeymolloy.com, and at retail outlets nationwide. The Five Little Oysters! and The Story of Little Flame books will be available at Amazon, Etsy, and sukeymolloy.com.

Album Details: Five Little Oysters!
Label: PlayMove&Sing Inc.
Release Date: October 5, 2018
For ages 1 - 5
SRP: $9.99 CD or digital download
Run Time: 39 minutes

Companion Audio Picture Books:
Five Little Oysters!
Written & illustrated by Sukey Molloy
For ages 2 - 4
SRP: $17
Length: 22 pages
Publisher: PlayMove& Sing Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-5323-8123-2

The Story of Little Flame in the Arctic
Written & illustrated by Sukey Molloy
For ages 2 - 5
SRP: $17
Length: 28 pages
Publisher: PlayMove& Sing Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-5323-8124-9

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18th Season Announced: Barrel of Monkeys' THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA 2018-19 Season

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

Barrel of Monkeys Announces
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA 2018-19 Season
An Original Sketch Show Written by Kids, 
Performed by Grownups, and Enjoyed by Humans

BOM's THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA has been a fav of ours here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows for decades. Check it out! They incorporate the best of kids' unabashed creativity in writing scenes and give them a pro twist, with staging by adult actors. The combination is a high energy concoction of crazy fun and often snort out loud funny. They run some Sundays at 3pm and Mondays at 8pm, when most theatres are dark, so other actors can enjoy a lighthearted night out. Yet the show is short and early enough that older kids and teens should have no problem catching the show and still making it home in time for a school night curfew. Best of all, Barrel of Monkeys is excited to be an inaugural Teen Arts Pass (TAP) partner. 

TAP is a new initiative by Urban Gateways that gives young people ages 13-19 access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music, and theater performances in and around Chicago. Learn more about the program and sign up here: http://teenartspass.urbangateways.org/

Barrel of Monkeys is thrilled to announce the 2018-19 season of its lauded original sketch show THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA, performing at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. For tickets and additional information, visit  barrelofmonkeys.org

Now in its eighteenth year, THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA features adaptations of stories written during Barrel of Monkeys’ creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. BOM teaching artists guide 3rd through 5th graders through a six-week curriculum that uses theater to bring out the storyteller in every child. Afterward, BOM’s ensemble of professional actors, comedians and musicians bring the young authors’ stories to life as raucous sketches, songs and movement pieces, performing first for students in their schools and then for the public. 

The stories resonate with adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people. Rotating themes highlight the diversity of stories BOM students concoct, from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change. Every week brings a new line-up of stories, and BOM invites audiences to vote on their favorites at each performance.

Comments Barrel of Monkeys’ Executive Director Corinne Neal, “We’re thrilled to be incorporating more weekend and evening performances this season, to better serve the adult sketch-comedy crowd in addition to our loyal audience of local families and adventurous theatre-goers. This show is truly for anyone with an inner child.”

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA’s 2018-19 season includes:

October 7 – November 4, 2018
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Ghost, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes
Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd
Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: $5 – $20. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at barrelofmonkeys.org.

Just in time for Halloween, gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring creepy twins that appear in photos, talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students.

December 10 – December 22, 2018
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA Rings in the Holidays
Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd
Mondays at 8 pm + weekend performances
Tickets: $5 – $25

Barrel of Monkeys’ beloved holiday special returns with a mix of classic stories from the That’s Weird, Grandma repertoire alongside brand new sketches and songs. Make That’s Weird, Grandma your family’s newest holiday tradition!

January 20 – February 17, 2019
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Star-Studded Stories
Directed by Mary Tilden
Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: $5 – $20 

Witness pop culture legends live onstage – or at least pop culture legends as 3rd – 5th graders imagine them! BOM performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues and choreographed musical numbers.

May 3 – May 25, 2019
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Stories That Sing and Dance
Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $5 – $20 

Back by popular demand, BOM’s all-musical line-up returns with a mix of new and classic song-and-dance numbers performed to live accompaniment by the talented musicians of Barrel of Monkeys. Now performing in prime-time for the first time ever!

June 24 – August 12, 2019
THAT’S WEIRD GRANDMA: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them
Co-Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd and Bradford Stevens
Mondays at 8 pm
Tickets: $5 - $20

Meet the strange and wonderful creatures created by Barrel of Monkeys students, from talking animals to intergalactic lifeforms. BOM performers bring these beings to life through song, dance, and ridiculous costumes.

About the Artistic Director
Brandon Cloyd joined Barrel of Monkeys in 2007 and has been deeply involved in many facets of the company ever since. Prior to joining BOM, Brandon graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Business Institutions. Within BOM, Brandon has served as an actor, teaching artist, lead teacher, a member of Teacher Corps, as well as directing shows for schools and public performances of That's Weird, Grandma. Before becoming the company’s Artistic Director in September 2017, Brandon served as BOM After-School Program Coordinator at Loyola Park from 2014-2016 and Program Director from 2016-2017. Outside of Barrel of Monkeys, he worked as the Associate Director of Camp Echo, where he has spent 13 summers managing campers and staff at a co-ed sleep away camp in Upstate New York. Brandon has worked with other theatre companies including Urban Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Filament Theatre, InGen Productions, ACLE's Teatrino in Italy and Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University.

About Barrel of Monkeys
Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997, its teaching artists have served more than 60 Chicago Public Schools. Over 15,000 elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs, which aim to build students' writing skills, improve self-esteem, and instill confidence in their ideas and abilities.

Barrel of Monkeys is sponsored in part by Wintrust Financial, Allscripts, Inc., Ernst and Young and Punchkick Interactive. It receives generous support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; the Chicago Community Trust; Crown Family Philanthropies; Alphawood Foundation of Chicago; the Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation; Polk Bros Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.; The Saints; The Topfer Family Foundation, and many other generous individuals and foundations. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) To Produce We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

Steppenwolf for Young Adults to Present the Acclaimed Play

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation
About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as
South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika,
Between the Years 1884-1915

Written By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Hallie Gordon and Gabrielle Randle
March 2– March 16, 2019

Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) announced today it will produce We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury as the second production in the 2018/19 season. SYA Artistic Director Hallie Gordon co-directs with Gabrielle Randle. SYA’s 2018/19 Season explores the question, “When you feel lost, how do you find your way?”

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…will be produced in place of the previously announced production of Radical, a new play inspired by the book White American Youth by Christian Picciolini. SYA Artistic Director Hallie Gordon shares, “After months of discussions with teachers, Young Adult Council members, artists and designers it became clear that adapting this book for the stage would not be of service to our young adult audiences at this time. I am so grateful to the author, playwright, and our incredible community of educators, teens and artists for sharing their voices, and to the Steppenwolf family for trusting me to know when to push forward and pull back.”

“SYA is dedicated to creating work that is both provocative and drives us to think harder and deeper about who we are and the choices we make. We are so excited to be producing We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…a powerful story that explores themes of race, representation, storytelling and the power group-thinking can have on an individual. Our season theme is “When you feel lost, how do you find your way?” – a question that every character in this play must ask themselves. SYA hasn’t yet produced a play structured like this one, and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to share it with our audiences,” adds Gordon.

When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten—or possibly never remembered—genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren’t nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination—or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.

Public performances for We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…will take place March 2 (3 & 7:30pm); March 8 (7:30pm); March 9 (3 & 7:30pm); March 15 (7:30pm); March 16 (3 & 7:30pm) in the Upstairs Theatre. Performances Tuesday – Friday at 10am are reserved for school groups only and available by visiting steppenwolf.org/education. This season, more than 15,000 Chicago Public School students, teachers and community will see a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production. Single tickets to public performances ($15-20) go on sale at a later date.

Hallie Gordon (Co-Director) is an Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf and the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf for Young Adults, where she has directed many productions for the program including Monster by Walter Dean Myers; George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm; The Book Thief; To Kill a Mockingbird; and the world premiere of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye at Steppenwolf and Off-Broadway. In Steppenwolf’s season she has directed The Rembrandt and Taylor Mac’s Hir. She is an ensemble member for Rivendell Theatre where she directed the critically acclaimed Dry Land and Eat Your Heart Out. 

Gabrielle Randle (Co-Director) is a performance scholar, director, and dramaturg based in Chicago. She has a BA in Drama from Stanford University and an MA in Performance as Public Practice from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a dramaturg, producer, and director across the United States including Off-Broadway and internationally on three continents. In Chicago she has worked with Sideshow Theatre Company (Associate Artist), Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, and Court Theatre. She is a third year PhD student at Northwestern in The Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama.

Tour to Juvenile Justice Facilities
Working in collaboration with Storycatchers Theatre, Steppenwolf Education will tour its production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… to three Juvenile Justice Facilities in Illinois. This will be the third tour collaboration between Steppenwolf and Storycatchers Theatre, an organization that guides young people to transform their traumatic experiences into powerful musical theatre, inspiring them to develop the courage and vision to become leaders and mentors. By creating support for youth within the criminal justice system, Storycatchers prepares them to change their lives and emerge successfully from court involvement. For more info, visit storycatcherstheatre.org.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Opening the 2018/19 SYA Season is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time adapted by Simon Stephens, based on the book by Mark Haddon and directed by Jonathan Berry, October 5 – October 27, 2018 in the Downstairs Theatre. 

Based on the critically acclaimed book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time focuses on Christopher, a young boy with an extraordinary brain and an exceptional talent for mathematics. When the neighbor’s dog Wellington is found dead, Christopher launches an investigation into the mystery surrounding the dog’s murder. As he searches for the truth on his first ever excursion by himself, he uncovers surprises about himself and his family, exploring the hidden secrets and challenges in everyday life.

Public performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are October 5 (7:30pm); October 6 (3 & 7:30pm); October 7 at 3pm; October 12 (7:30pm); October 13 (3 & 7:30pm); October 19 (7:30pm); October 20 (3 & 7:30pm); October 26 (7:30pm); October 27 (3 & 7:30pm). *The October 27 3pm performance will be a Relaxed/Sensory Friendly performance. Tickets to public performances are available at 312-335-1650 or at steppenwolf.org. 

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly Performances
Steppenwolf is proud to present Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performances for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time on Saturday, October 27 at 3pm, and We Are Proud to Present… at a TBD date. Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performances feature a more relaxed environment and minor adjustments to sensory effects such as lighting and sound cues. This performance is open to all but designed to create a safe and welcoming experience for guests who may include, but are not limited to, individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with sensory processing and/or integration sensitivities. For more information, please email access@steppenwolf.org.

Major foundation support for Steppenwolf Education is provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation and Alphawood Foundation. Steppenwolf Education is also supported in part by contributions from The Crown Family, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Sage Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Northern Trust Company, Field Foundation of Illinois, Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Helen Brach Foundation, ITW Foundation, Siragusa Foundation, Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc. and Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; as well as the Steppenwolf Associates, a community of dynamic young professionals.

Steppenwolf Education is a citywide partner of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) School Partner Program.

Committed to making the Steppenwolf experience accessible to everyone, performances featuring American Sign Language Interpretation, Open Captioning and Audio Description are offered during the run of each play. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance, and the Downstairs and 1700 Theatres are each equipped with an induction hearing loop. All theaters feature wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms, and Front Bar features a push-button entrance, all-gender restrooms and accessible counter and table spaces.

Steppenwolf Education’s unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. Every season Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) creates two full-scale professional productions specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, Steppenwolf Education annually ensures access to the theater for more than 15,000 participants from Chicago’s diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in almost 100 classrooms in public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after-school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater’s operations, as well as other teen and community based programs.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards—have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multi-genre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs for arts administration training. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director. Eric Lefkofsky is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. 

For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre, twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr and instagram.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018




My daughter went through this audition process several years ago and the Goodman staff was so friendly and welcoming, they made it a fun process. Do come early and expect long lines for the initial sign up. Leave loads of extra time for parking and bring activities. We recommend ducking out for doughnuts during the window between sign up and your audition time. 

Calling all aspiring Tiny Tims! Goodman Theatre announces open call auditions on Saturday, September 8, from 9am – 2pm for six of the young performer roles in A Christmas Carol—now in its 41st year. Chicagoland actors from ages 5 - 17 are invited to audition for the roles of Tiny Tim, Boy Scrooge, Peter Crachit, Emily Cratchit, Belinda Cratchit and Turkey Child. Performers should come prepared to deliver a memorized poem or monologue, one minute or less in length; sing one verse of a song a cappella, preferably a holiday song or Christmas carol; and bring a photo and résumé listing previous theatrical and related experience/training, address and contact information. Prior experience is not required; the Goodman welcomes actors of all races, ethnicity, national origin, religion, mental and physical abilities, sexual/affectional orientation, gender and its expression. Day-of, in-person registration takes place from 8:30 – 10:30am at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn; please note: this is an accessible facility) on a first-come, first-served basis; registration will end at 10:30am sharp. Visit goodmantheatre.org or call 312.443.5586 for more information. 

Parents/guardians: note commitment dates of October 23 – November 16 (rehearsals) and November 17 – December 30 (performances; opening night is November 25).

Prepare for auditions by taking a peek into the audition experience here:

Nearly 1.5 million theatergoers have attended “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald) since the Goodman established it as an annual offering in 1978. The 41st production of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, features Chicago favorite actor Larry Yando in his 11th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge. Directed by Henry Wishcamper for the sixth year, A Christmas Carol follows Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present and future to discover the true meaning of hope, redemption and friendship—with plenty of music, costumes and “Bah, Humbugs!” along the way. Tickets to A Christmas Carol ($25 - $89; subject to change) go on sale to the general public on August 10 at GoodmanTheatre.org/Carol, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Discounted Group Tickets for 15+ are available at 312.443.3820.

About Goodman Theatre

AMERICA’S “BEST REGIONAL THEATRE” (Time magazine), Goodman Theatre is a premier not-for-profit organization distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics (celebrated revivals include Falls’ productions of Death of a Salesman and The Iceman Cometh). Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, over 160 Jeff Awards and many more accolades. In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” and its annual holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this season, has created a new generation of theatergoers. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production partner with local off-Loop theaters and national and international companies by providing financial support or physical space for a variety of artistic endeavors.

Committed to three core values of Quality, Diversity and Community, the Goodman proactively makes inclusion the fabric of the institution and develops education and community engagement programs that support arts as education. This practice uses the process of artistic creation to inspire and empower youth, lifelong learners and audiences to find and/or enhance their voices, stories and abilities. The Goodman’s Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is the home of such programming, most offered free of charge, and has vastly expanded the theater’s ability to touch the lives of Chicagoland citizens (with 85% of youth participants coming from underserved communities) since its 2016 opening.

Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.

Today, Goodman Theatre leadership also includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. David W. Fox, Jr.is Chair of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Cynthia K. Scholl is Women’s Board President and Justin A. Kulovsek is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

GIVEAWAY: WIN a Family 4 Pack of Tickets ($75 Value) To Pinkalicious at Marriott Theatre

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

ChiIL Mama's thrilled to partner up with Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences on an excellent giveaway. One of our lucky readers will WIN 4 free tickets ($75 Value)valid for any performance to Pinkalicious (subject to availability) until August 19, 2018. Enter below through midnight August 5th. PINKALICIOUS runs on most Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. 

Want to bring friends? You may also order additional tickets to the same performance at 20% off. This discount is only available on full price tickets and must be ordered at the same time this certificate is being redeemed.

Here at ChiIL Mama we love to ChiIL out at Chi, IL productions for the whole family. We caught Pinkalicious at the Broadway Playhouse years ago, and it's a favorite of ours, with a great message and catchy score. We've been covering Marriott  Theatre for Young Audiences for nearly a decade and their professional productions are always impressive. Theatre in the round is fabulously fun, and their hour run time on kids' shows makes this doable for squirmy littles and a pleasure for parents too. Check it out.

Starring in PINKALICIOUS will be a cast of Chicagoland all-stars, including Landree Fleming (a top fav of ours here at ChiIL Mama) as Pinkalicious, Lillian Castillo as Mrs. Pinkerton, Wade Elkins as Peter, Adam LaSalle as Mr. Pinkerton, and Allison Sill as Allison and Dr. Wink!

Terry James, Executive Producer
Aaron Thielen, Lead Artistic Director
Andy Hite, Artistic Director

You’ll be tickled pink!
Additional performances recently added!

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:
Family Friendly Theatre Fun

Experience a young girl’s journey to find her true colors with the musical adaptation of the popular children’s book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, PINKALICIOUS at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, from July 14 through August 12, 2018. Filled with a series of adventures and important life lessons, this fun and whimsical tale will be directed and choreographed by Amanda Tanguay (The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Velveteen Rabbit), with musical direction by Michael Mahler (Mary Poppins, My One and Only, The Music Man, composer/lyricist of October Sky, Hero).

This is the tale of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, she must figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.

“Different than most productions of PINKALICIOUS, we have drawn inspiration from children’s instruments to enhance the amazing score and script,” says Director Amanda Zimmerman. “With various character journeys taking place and the use of instruments on-stage, this production provides the perfect theatrical experience for the whole family to engage, interact, and learn together.”

This production will feature set and properties design by Rachel Rauscher, costume design by Jesus Perez, lighting design by Nick Belley and Aaron Lorenz, and sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin.

PINKALICIOUS runs on most Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. Visit MarriottTheatre.com or call 847.634.0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates may vary. Single ticket prices are $18.23 per person. Groups of 20 or more receive a discount by calling 847.634.5909. Free parking is available at all shows. To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.


ChiIL Mama's thrilled to partner up with Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences on an excellent giveaway. One of our lucky readers will WIN 4 free tickets, valid for any performance to Pinkalicious (subject to availability) until August 19, 2018. Enter below through midnight August 5th. PINKALICIOUS runs on most Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. 

Want to bring friends? You may also order additional tickets to the same performance at 20% off. This discount is only available on full price tickets and must be ordered at the same time this certificate is being redeemed.

Disclosure: Thanks to Marriott Theatre for providing us with complimentary tickets for our giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own.

DISCOUNT CODE: 20% Off SmitCo Products On Amazon

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're pleased to partner up with SmitCo via US Family Guide for this sponsored post. They're known for quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. Now that my "baby" is 15, and has aged out of the unicorn and mermaid years, I was excited to see SmitCo has practical items for parents, too. Now that I'm into the teen dating and driver's ed years, I'm more excited about their Hanging Wine Glass Rack and Plastic Repair - Acrylic Glue Kit. We'll be reviewing one of their products shortly, so check back soon for my full product review.

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SmitCo sells all kinds of practical products as well which includes the following:
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Of course we still have plenty of friends in the BFFs and themed birthday party years, so I'll include a SmitCo sampling for the younger girls as well. SmitCo has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as light up diaries to provide hours of fun.

A huge hit is the new Pony and Mermaid themed scrapbook kits. SmitCo products also include very popular stretch jewelry sets for little girls - all packed in cute gift boxes. 

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Here at ChiIL Mama, I'm pleased to partner up with SmitCo via US Family Guide for this sponsored post. I have been compensated for sharing this deal with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Save $100 on the Exciting New HP Envy x360 Laptop at Best Buy Through 7/28/18

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. 

Save $100 until 7/28

Here at ChiIL Mama, I'm a full time blogger and freelance writer with two busy kids still at home, so tech flexibility is key. That's why I was thrilled to be asked to partner up with Best Buy and HP on a sponsored post. I have been compensated for sharing info on the HP Envy x360 laptop with my readersIn fact, I'm currently writing this on my laptop in the car, in a parking lot. I spent an hour this morning writing at my desk, then hit the road early to drop off both of my kids out of state for an acting gig. 

Almost everyone I know has busy, complicated lives, so a device that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds, has a write on the screen, and works fast makes my life simpler and lets me work smarter, not harder. If you're thinking of upgrading, check out the HP Envy x360 laptop at Best Buy and save $100 through 7/28/18

HP Envy x360 laptops are 2-in-1 devices that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. These touch-screen laptops come with Windows Ink capabilities and a Windows operating system so you can write on the screen with your stylus. AMD processors make them fast and thin so you can take them with you anywhere you go!

Here's the scoop:
Built for Windows Ink
Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.

Full HD touch screen
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.

8GB system memory for advanced multitasking
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

360° flip-and-fold design
Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

Click here to check out more details on the HP Envy 13in and the HP Envy 15in.

Disclosure: I have been compensated for sharing info on the HP Envy x360 laptop with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own

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