Saturday, October 15, 2016

WIN 4 Tickets ($60 Value) To Thumbelina, Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries World Premiere

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents 
World Premiere Adaptation Based on Story 
by Hans Christian Andersen
Opens October 23
**recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted)**

Plus Performance with Touch Tour and Audio Description 
on November 5, 
Performance with Open Captioning on November 12, and Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance on November 19 
and Stories Come Alive! 
Hour Workshops Every Saturday and Sunday During the Run 

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries has long been a favorite of ours at ChiIL Mama. When my kids were small we were season subscribers and they always impressed us with high caliber, book based, professional productions. We're also happy that they're committed to offering many shows for the differently abled, so all Chicago's diverse families can enjoy quality theatre with touch tours & audio descriptions, open captioning and autism/sensory-friendly shows. Lifeline's KidSeries is undoubtedly one of the best family friendly lineups in the city, so we're thrilled to partner up with them again and offer a great giveaway for our readers. 

Enter Here for your chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets ($60 Value) to your choice of show times/dates for Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries Thumbelina (after Oct 23rd) pending availability. Enter through midnight Oct 22.

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Thumbelina, a world premiere production adapted and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Amanda Demheimer Dimond, in collaboration with Mariana Green, Brandi Lee, and Liz Rice; based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Born from a flower and stolen away by a greedy toad, tiny Thumbelina never knew a family of her own. Pursued by all manner of woodland creatures eager to possess her, she must make her way through the great big world with nothing but her wits and will to protect her. A series of whimsical and magical adventures unfold as she sets out to find a community to call her own. Let your imagination soar with Thumbelina as she travels over streams, through forests, and on the wings of majestic birds in a powerful, dance-inspired tale about growing up and finding your own path, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. 

This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
Thumbelina runs Saturday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 27 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. 

Thumbelina runs Saturday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 27 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/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting 

Accessible Performances: The Saturday, Nov. 5, 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, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. performance will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. And there will be a autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 19 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 Thumbelina (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 Thumbelina includes:
CAST: Guest artists Nate Buursma (Ensemble), Brandi Lee (Ensemble), Bryan Bosque (Ensemble), Antoniao Bouie JR (Ensemble), Dominique Watkins (Ensemble), Krystal Ortiz (Ensemble). With understudies Nic Bell, Richie Schiraldi, and Sofia Tew. 

PRODUCTION TEAM: Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Amanda Delheimer Dimond (Director & Adaptor); with guest artists Stephanie Diaz (Puppet Designer), Sarah Espinoza (Sound Designer), Mikhail Fiksel (Composer), Mariana Green (Assistant Director), Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer), Lavina Jadhwani (Casting Director), Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer), Brandi Lee (Assistant Director), Jennifer McClendon (Production Manager), Sam Moryoussef (Master Electrician), Jacqueline Penrod (Scenic Designer), Dan Plehal (Choreographer), Liz Rice (Assistant Director), Clare Roche (Stage Manager), and Joe Schermoly (Technical Director).

I'm incredibly grateful to live in Chicago, where the theatre scene is second to none, and fabulous family friendly productions are the norm. My children have grown into theatre loving teens, who are currently in a show at Actors Gymnasium themselves, and I credit much of that to early exposure to excellent shows like Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries. We have a much treasured series of shots of the kids in Lifeline's oversized lobby chair, that spans about a decade. Here are Sage & Dugan at 7 & 9 and Sage again at 11.

Now Playing: 
Adult Night Out -- I also highly recommend Miss Holmes from the bottom of my feminist heart. I've seen numerous takes on Sherlock over the decades, but I've never seen the iconic character portrayed as a woman. This fantastic history mystery is an absolute must see! The acting, set design and story line are all superb. This is also a good bet for the tough to please teen demographic.

To accommodate extraordinary ticket demand, Lifeline Theatre announces seventeen added performances of its Jeff Recommended and critically-acclaimed production of Miss Holmes, a new play by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: New Adaptation, A Tale of Two Cities), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre), inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Miss Sherlock Holmes, possessor of one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, finds herself regularly incarcerated for behaviors deemed abnormal in a “respectable” lady. Miss Dorothy Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in England that will hire female doctors. These unconventional women, trapped in an era that refuses to accept them, must forge a bond of trust and work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police investigator whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. A thrilling murder mystery that re-introduces familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle under a brand new light, in a world premiere production. The production runs two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. A collection of Sherlock Holmes stories is on sale in the lobby.

UPDATED CLOSING DATE: Miss Holmes now runs through November 27 (no performance on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and no 4 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Nov. 19 or Saturday, Nov. 26) at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Performance times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for active and retired military personnel (with ID), $30 for seniors (age 65+), $20 for students (with ID), and $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability). Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting

About Lifeline Theatre:  
Now in its 34th 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; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Flex Print, Inc.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Grover Hermann Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; S&C Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.

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