Tuesday, March 20, 2018

REVIEW: You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? Lifeline Theatre KidSeries' World Premiere Family Musical Through Sunday, April 22

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:
Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents
You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
World Premiere Family Musical Through Sunday, April 22


**NOTE: Author Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt visits Lifeline Theatre for a Book Signing on April 21**



Review:
Guest Post by Lori Morrison-Contreras

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Lifeline Theatre’s “You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?” is an upbeat, musical tale of learning that your dream job isn’t always as it seems and desire isn’t enough, you need hard work and training as well.

Plucky, go getter fairy D.D. (Dew Drop) hears an announcement that due to an influx of kids losing their teeth, they are looking for a new tooth fairy. Her dream has always been to be the tooth fairy! She has Grand Visions of the beautiful dress she will wear and all the accolades she will receive.

Once she gets accepted into the training program, she learns that the reality of the job, is nowhere near the same as her dream. It takes intense physical and mental training and she must learn all the ins and outs of every aspect before she can even begin to be considered for the job of Tooth Fairy.  Thankfully she has a team of energetic, hard working and fun loving lightning bugs and the Tooth Fairy herself as a strong support team rooting her on all the way!



With a fun “Command Central” stage that looks like a DJ station, giant props to remind us these are fairies and great music that will keep you dancing in your seats, this is a must see!  I highly recommend it!




Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?, a world premiere family musical with book by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie and Derek Czaplewski, music and lyrics by Laura McKenzie, and directed by Heather Currie; based on the book by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt; illustrated by David Slonim. 

Dew Drop just landed her dream assignment: training to become the next Tooth Fairy! But after coming on board, she learns that there’s more to the job than simply being sparkly: it’s going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed. Working closely with her mentor – and a flashy flock of firefly assistants – Dew Drop must learn the rules of Command Central, master “Tooth-o-Finder” technology, and bench press mountains of quarters before she can fly on her own. Tackle a new challenge and learn what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced tooth collection industry with this world premiere musical based on the 2007 book. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. The book is on sale in the lobby.

NEW: Lifeline Theatre welcomes You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? author Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt on April 21. Bell-Rehwoldt will sign copies of You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? in the theatre’s lobby at 12 p.m. (this is a free event and copies of the book will be on sale).

You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? runs Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, April 22 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (no performances Easter Sunday, April 1). Press opening is Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.  

Accessible Performances: The Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. performance will feature a pre-show touch tour of the set at 10 a.m. and live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. And there will be an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. for patrons with social and/or cognitive disabilities. For more information about Lifeline’s accessibility services, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster at 773.761.4477 x703 or at access@lifelinetheatre.com.

PLUS: Join Lifeline Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. during the run of You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? (following the 11 a.m. show, or before the 1 p.m. show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. Children will enjoy an interactive storytelling session and on-your-feet theatre games. The cost is only $5 per child. Reservations are recommended, though not required. Contact Lifeline Theatre at 773-761-4477 for more information.

The complete cast and production team for You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? includes:

CAST:        
Guest artists Christopher Causer (Flash), Diana Coates (The Tooth Fairy), Benjamin Ponce (Twinkle), Darian Tene (Dew Drop), and Brian Tochterman Jr. (Fresnel). With understudies Trevor Bates, Gabriel Fries, Shea Lee, and Stephanie Stockstill.


PRODUCTION TEAM:    
Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Heather Currie (Director/Co-Adaptor) and Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer); with
guest artists Lizzie Bracken (Scenic Designer), Derek Czaplewski (Co-Adaptor), Joe Griffin (Sound Designer), Collin Helou
(Master Electrician/AV Supervisor), Jennifer McClendon (Production Manager), Laura McKenzie (Composer/Lyricist/Music
Director), Jenny Pinson (Properties Designer), Kate Reed (Stage Manager), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), and
Brenda Winstead (Costume Designer).

You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? runs Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, April 22 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (no performances Easter Sunday, April 1). Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.  

Lifeline Theatre also offers “Name Your Price” tickets a half-hour before the show (subject to availability), group rates and other discounts available upon request. A party room is available for full-service birthday and special event parties. Lifeline Theatre is accessible by CTA (Red Line Morse stop/busses) and free parking is available at Sullivan High School (6631 N Bosworth Ave, lot located on Greenview Ave. just south of North Shore Ave.) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available. Lifeline is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

When my own kids, Dugan & Sage, were young, we bought a season subscription to the excellent Lifeline KidSeries every year, so they grew up with world class, book based adaptations. Here they are in 2010 & a few years later, rockin' the photo ops, ChiILin' in Chi, IL in Lifeline Theatre's fun, oversized lobby chair.



Now in its 35th season, Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close.




Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; A.R.T League Inc.; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Chicago CityArts, a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Michael and Mona Heath Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation; The Grover Hermann Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Illinois Humanities Council; Lagunitas Brewing Co. Community Grant Program; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The PAV Grant Fund; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; The Saints; S&C Electric Company Fund; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.

Disclosure: It's been our pleasure to partner up with Lifeline Theatre for decades now. Thanks to them for providing tickets for review purposes and for giveaways for our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.




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