Saturday, March 26, 2016

WIN 4 Tickets ($60 value) to Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters at Lifeline Theatre (Ages 5+)

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Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters,
World Premiere Musical 
Based on Book by K.G. Campbell
(Recommended for Ages 5+/under 2 NOT admitted)

Lester (Sam Button-Harrison) receives a dreadful new sweater from Cousin Clara; in Lifeline Theatre’s world premiere musical adaptation of “Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters,” Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

Still looking for some fun Easter gifts, unique spring birthday surprises, and fun things to do with visiting relatives? ChiIL Mama's a huge fan of experiential gifts--things you can experience together as a family. Few kids need more candy or toys. Gift laughter and fun memories instead, like live theatre! My kids grew up on Lifeline Theatre. We were season subscribers for years and I firmly believe all those excellent book based adaptations and incredible professional productions helped my kids grow into the theatre lovin' teens they are today.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is elated to partner up once again, to offer a free family 4 pack of tickets to one of our lucky readers. Thanks to Lifeline for providing tickets for our giveaway and for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.


ENTER HERE through midnight Monday 3/28 for your chance to win 4 Tickets ($60 value) to Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters at Lifeline Theatre (Recommended for Ages 5+/under 2 NOT admitted). Winner's choice of any shows next Sat 4/2 & Sun 4/3 pending availability.

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters:
One terrible morning, Cousin Clara presents young Lester with the gift of a hand-knit sweater… and it is DREADFUL: shriveled yet saggy and smothered with pom-poms. Lester (who likes things just so) is mortified to wear it, but his parents insist and the kids at school tease him relentlessly. When he ruins the sweater “by accident,” Clara just makes others, each more ghastly than the last. To restore his neatly ordered life and save face on the playground, Lester must find a way to stop the endless parade of horrifying sweaters once and for all. Enter a fashion nightmare and embrace your inner clown in this world premiere musical based on the charming 2012 book by K.G. Campbell. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. 

**Plus Performance with Touch Tour and Audio Description on March 26, Performance with Open Captioning on April 2, and Autism-Friendly Performance on April 17 and Stories Come Alive! Hour Workshops Every Saturday and Sunday During the Run!** 

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters, a world premiere musical adaptation with script by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Aly Renee Amidei; lyrics by Aly Renee Amidei, Julie Tallarida and Scott Tallarida; music by Scott Tallarida; and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie, based on the book by K.G. Campbell

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters runs through Sunday, Apr. 24 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added autism-friendly performance on Sunday, Apr. 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting 

Accessible PerformancesThe Saturday, Mar 26, 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. The Saturday, Apr. 2, 1 p.m. performance will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. And there will be a relaxed/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, Apr. 17 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

PLUS: Join Lifeline Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. during the run of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters (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 Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters includes:

CAST: Guest artists Sam Button-Harrison (Lester), Elizabeth Levy (Clara), Amanda Roeder (Mother), Scott Sawa (Father), and Chris Vizurraga (Mr. Twist). With understudies Maria Dale, William Marquez, and Dustin Rothbart.

CREW: Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Aly Renee Amidei (Adaptor, Co-Lyricist, Costume Designer), Heather Currie (Director), and Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer); with guest artists Emily Arnold (Assistant Costume Designer), Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager), Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer), Lavina Jadhwani (Casting Director), Laura McKenzie (Music Director), Sam Moryoussef (Master Electrician), Kate Reed (Stage Manager), Julie Tallarida (Co-Lyricist), Scott Tallarida (Composer, Co-Lyricist), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), and Eli Van Sickel (Sound Designer).

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. Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatre (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available and Lifeline Theatre is handicapped and CTA accessible (Red Line Morse stop/busses). 

Now in its 33rd 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; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Flex Print , Inc.; The Grover Hermann Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; Netrix LLC; The Polk Bros. Foundation; S&C Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is elated to partner up once again, to offer a free family 4 pack of tickets to one of our lucky readers. Thanks to Lifeline for providing tickets for our giveaway and for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.

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