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Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase
January 20

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase
January 20
Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

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January 20
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Groundbreakers 3rd Annual January Showcase
1/28/18

Off The Ground Dance Studio of Highland Park proudly presents their Groundbreakers teams’ 2017/18 competitions pieces.

Groundbreakers 3rd Annual January Showcase
1/28/18
Groundbreakers 3rd Annual January Showcase

Off The Ground Dance Studio of Highland Park proudly presents their Groundbreakers teams’ 2017/18 competitions pieces.

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1/28/18
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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018
2/10/18

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2017 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018
2/10/18
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2017 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

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2/10/18
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Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase
2/15/18

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase
2/15/18
Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

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2/15/18
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Idan Raichel
2/18/18

With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. With his new solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, Idan brings audiences an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements.

“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK)

Idan Raichel
2/18/18
Piano Songs
Idan Raichel

With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. With his new solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, Idan brings audiences an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements.

“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK)

All ages. Performance lasts two hours with 15-minute intermission.
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2/18/18
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ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

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March 3, 2018
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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things
March 30

Enter The Upside Down as Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein play their soundtrack to cult TV hit Stranger Things live.

Serving up a hearty slice of 80s nostalgia, Stranger Things became the runaway TV hit of 2016, inviting viewers into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Dixon and Stein’s soundtrack – heavily indebted to the work of Jean-Michel Jarre and John Carpenter – is inseparable from the adventures of Eleven and the gang, with the feelings of childhood comradery and unsettling eeriness amplified by the synth-laden score. For tonight’s show the duo will perform music not only from the first series, but also from the just-released second series – for which they have added new elements and styles of compositions – alongside a supernatural neon light show.

Dixon and Stein are half of Austin based S U R V I V E, and won an Emmy Award for the work on Stranger Things series one. The show is the brainchild of the Duffer Brothers and stars Winona Ryder – the much anticipated second series was released on the 27 October 2017.

TICKETS GO ON SALE JAN 19th TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things
March 30
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things

Enter The Upside Down as Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein play their soundtrack to cult TV hit Stranger Things live.

Serving up a hearty slice of 80s nostalgia, Stranger Things became the runaway TV hit of 2016, inviting viewers into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Dixon and Stein’s soundtrack – heavily indebted to the work of Jean-Michel Jarre and John Carpenter – is inseparable from the adventures of Eleven and the gang, with the feelings of childhood comradery and unsettling eeriness amplified by the synth-laden score. For tonight’s show the duo will perform music not only from the first series, but also from the just-released second series – for which they have added new elements and styles of compositions – alongside a supernatural neon light show.

Dixon and Stein are half of Austin based S U R V I V E, and won an Emmy Award for the work on Stranger Things series one. The show is the brainchild of the Duffer Brothers and stars Winona Ryder – the much anticipated second series was released on the 27 October 2017.

TICKETS GO ON SALE JAN 19th TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

All-Ages. Performance lasts 75 minutes without intermission.
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March 30
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Piaf! The Show
April 10, 2018

With one million tickets sold in more than 50 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF! THE SHOW , a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse EDITH PIAF – returns to Chicago as part of the extended world tour 2018.

Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” PIAF ! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Swallow of Montmartre” on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose.

In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.

Piaf! The Show
April 10, 2018
Piaf! The Show

With one million tickets sold in more than 50 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF! THE SHOW , a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse EDITH PIAF – returns to Chicago as part of the extended world tour 2018.

Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” PIAF ! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Swallow of Montmartre” on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose.

In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.

All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
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April 10, 2018
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Studio One
For the Loyal by Lee Blessing
Jan 6 - Feb 4

Playwright Lee Blessing used the real-life case of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach who was accused of assaulting young boys. The testimony of an assistant coach who saw Sandusky in a shower with a youngster was crucial in obtaining a conviction and also in exposing a coverup aimed at protecting the fabled college football program.

In Blessing’s play, an angsty young coach who can’t help but tell his wife the mind-blowing news that he saw a legendary offensive coordinator in a compromising situation with a naked lad.

This confession is the catalyst in transforming the wife, Mia, into the play’s agent of change. Through Mia, Blessing imagines blunt and well-articulated scenarios that contain consequences and choices for someone who holds volatile knowledge.

For the Loyal by Lee Blessing
Jan 6 - Feb 4
For the Loyal by Lee Blessing

Playwright Lee Blessing used the real-life case of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach who was accused of assaulting young boys. The testimony of an assistant coach who saw Sandusky in a shower with a youngster was crucial in obtaining a conviction and also in exposing a coverup aimed at protecting the fabled college football program.

In Blessing’s play, an angsty young coach who can’t help but tell his wife the mind-blowing news that he saw a legendary offensive coordinator in a compromising situation with a naked lad.

This confession is the catalyst in transforming the wife, Mia, into the play’s agent of change. Through Mia, Blessing imagines blunt and well-articulated scenarios that contain consequences and choices for someone who holds volatile knowledge.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio One
Jan 6 - Feb 4
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The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17
The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

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2/9 - 3/17
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Studio Two
Insurrection: Holding History
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part “Roots”, part “The Wizard of Oz”, part “In Living Color”, and all Robert O’Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.
Insurrection: Holding History
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
Insurrection: Holding History
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part “Roots”, part “The Wizard of Oz”, part “In Living Color”, and all Robert O’Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.
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Studio Two
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
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As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
As You Like It
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
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Studio Two
March 23 - April 22
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Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Studio Three
JITNEY
Jan 5 - Feb 11
Join us as we honor August Wilson with our production of JITNEY. This Tony Award-winning play is set in Jim Becker’s unlicensed cab station. Delve into the lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. As the eighth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, these dynamic characters are challenged with life’s difficulties, gaining enlightenment about the importance of family and community.
JITNEY
Jan 5 - Feb 11
by August Wilson
JITNEY
Join us as we honor August Wilson with our production of JITNEY. This Tony Award-winning play is set in Jim Becker’s unlicensed cab station. Delve into the lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. As the eighth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, these dynamic characters are challenged with life’s difficulties, gaining enlightenment about the importance of family and community.
No late seating. PG-13. Not for all ages--contains strong language. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Three
Jan 5 - Feb 11
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