The cast of Sinbad plus Bella, the niece of one of the genies-post show Q & A 3/19
We had the great pleasure of checking out Sinbad: The Untold Tale last weekend. The production was a multicultural feast, skillfully combining acting and puppetry styles from many lands, and a cast that hails from around the globe. We particularly loved the illusions based on Japanese Koken work, which comes from traditional Kabuki theater. People (characters and stage hands) all dressed in black in front of a black background so we don't "see" them as they transform sticks into swords, or fly around on a carpet. In fact, all of the actors were on stage for almost the whole show, either as characters or black clad magic makers.
Our favorite scenes were the fabulously fun stage combat scenes, especially the clash of the genies. The fight scenes were uniquely choreographed, and took the characters through an exciting array of hand to hand, staffs and sword fighting. Effective use of props made comic bookesque metallic energy bursts and streams visible through expert illusions. We even wholeheartedly believed the illusion, as a life sized genie was pulled into a tiny bottle and imprisoned.
It was especially excellent to see a show with such a rockin' female co-lead. Sinbad's daughter, Ittifaq is no princess in a coma or fairy tale girl, sitting home waiting to be rescued. She takes an active part in the adventures and is truly her daddy's girl. Sure she needed a bit of saving, when she fell for a trap, but turned right around and rescued her rescuer.
We're big fans of literature based productions, but Adventure Stage took the classic, tried and true Aladdin and Arabian Nights tales to the next level, with their U.S. premier of Charles Way's Sinbad: The Untold Tale.
**Note: Recommended for ages 9 and up (4th thru 8th grades).
Weekdays: 10:30 a.m. March 22, 24, 31 and
April 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15
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Saturdays 2:00 p.m.
Our Education Department produces a Learning Guide for all of our productions. This text is FULL of fun background information about the show, pre-show and post-show discussion questions, as well as art and language activities. While we primarily make it for our educators, we think parents should check it out as well. Click here to join the fun!
For every production we do at ASC we host a book discussion at Sulzer Regional Library. This year, we are proud to also be hosting at the brand new West Town Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Check the details below for book and registration information. Each book discussion participant receives buy-one-get-one-free tickets to our upcoming production of
West Town Branch - 1625 W. Chicago Avenue
Book Discussion of A Fistful of Pearls and Other Stories from Iraq / retold by Elizabeth Laird
Call 312.743.0450 to register.
Charles Way has written over forty plays, many of them for young people, including , (produced by Adventure Stage Chicago in 2007) and , all of which were nominated as Best Children's Play by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. His play was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Outstanding New Play. He has recently published the book collection . Mr. Way's play was named 2004's Best Play for Young People by the Arts Council of England. His plays for adults include a well-known version of Bruce Chatwin's and an adaptation of by Halldor Laxness. Recent new plays include and .
See Sinbad the sailor and Sinbad the porter and expand your horizons!