Thursday, May 11, 2017

Top Weekend Picks: OPENING: The Silver Whistle at Actors Gymnasium

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar

The Silver Whistle
at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, May 13 - 21, 2017
TICKETS are available NOW!

ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?!

We'll be out for the opening weekend with at least 11 people including 5 grandparents, friends and neighbors, and my immediate family. Don't miss this six show run, this weekend and next only! The Silver Whistle is family friendly for all ages, and Actors Gymnasium is one of the best circus arts training facilities in the region, with stellar original shows. 

Come catch a host of crazy amazing Chicago kids and teens (including my own 16 year old son) doing mind bending circus arts and compelling story telling. For a 10% ticket discount, input CASTMEMBER and hit apply code. On the final page input Dugan Kenaz-Mara under cast member name. We highly recommend booking tickets in advance as the auditorium is small and shows do sell out. 

Performance dates are Saturday(s) May 13 and 20 at 4:30PM and 7:30PM - and Sunday(s) May 14 and 21 at 3:00PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, students with i.d. and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at For group reservations and general questions call 847-328-2795. The on-location box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the start of each performance. 

"Prudence the Plain" has never left the small village where she grew up, sheltered by her mother, the Wise Woman of the West. But now her mother has fallen ill and leaves Prudence with a magical silver whistle and a word of advice: go out into the world and live. Despite grief and uncertainty, Prudence sets out on a journey to make her own way. She encounters creatures of all kinds, a clever witch seeking the throne, and a one-of-a-kind Wazar. The Silver Whistle explores what happens when an unlikely hero chooses to embrace her ever-changing world and the people inhabiting it. 

The production is an empowering and highflying adaptation of the original children's book written by Jay Williams. Anna Basile and Abby Pajakowski direct this circus theatre production at the Actors Gymnasium. While reading the story, they were struck by its illustrations - an entire world is brought to life with its beautiful, whimsical and often very funny images. These images inspired the choreography and circus routines, honoring the highly physical style of performance for which Actors Gymnasium is known. 

The adaptation is directed by Anna Basile and Abby Pajakowski. Circus Choreography is by Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi and Tommy Tomlins. Dance choreography is Rosey Jo Neddy. 

About Youth Circus:
The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original new show and includes high-quality training in drama, dance, aerial and circus arts. In the process, students develop skills in collaboration, problem solving, and social interaction with their peers. The Youth Circus is one of our most popular ticketed events each year. 

The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is owned by the City of Evanston and home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months.

About The Actors Gymnasium:
The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit

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