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LIGHT OPERA WORKS showcases first-rate musical theatre productions that draw on a variety of world traditions while employing razor-sharp artistry and skilled performers for a dazzling evening of professional theater. Composed by the creators of My Fair Lady and backed by a lush 24-piece orchestra, Brigadoon spins the yarn of a Scottish town that springs to life just once a year, and the ephemeral romance that develops between a young American and a foxy corseted lass named Fiona. Patrons can air-bagpipe along with classic showtunes, such as "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Waitin' for My Dearie," or roll up programs to offer impassioned backing vocals to the rousing ballad, "The Heather on the Hill." All performances take place in Cahn Auditorium, and today's deal is good for seats in section A, where showgoers will be close enough to tug on a conductor's kilt.

516 4th St
Wilmette,
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The beguiling motions of Irish step dance are just a hop, skip, and several tap-filled jumps away at the Chicago Academy of Irish Dance. Here, world-championship medalist and certified instructor Mallory Wendt introduces students to the Emerald Isle's traditional dance forms. Mallory can also guide more advanced students, too, drawing upon training she received from legends including Tim O’Hare, Mark Howard, and Glasgow's McLoughlin family.

1925 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette,
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When the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting entirely of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the finest symphonic orchestras.”

50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston,
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Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.

1615 Lincoln Street
Evanston,
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Seasoned stage and screen actor Antoine McKay founded McKay Arts to give fresh faces the courage to step into the limelight and provide established artists with a place to cultivate and hone their craft. Antoine, an alumnus of The Second City's theaters in Detroit and Chicago, trains and manages actors and artists and also provides them with creative outlets in the form of regular performances at the Athenaeum Theatre, Pressure Comedy Café, and other local venues. He instructs students of all ages and skill levels in classes of approximately 12 students or in private coaching sessions, which give patrons ample attention and endless attempts to guess who is knocking at hypothetical doors.

810 Lee Street
Evanston,
IL
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Today buy tickets to the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University performance of The Sins of Sor Juana for just $2.. You'll pay just one crisp Jefferson (he's on the $2 bill, fyi), which is 92% off the normal price of $25 to see a brilliant play about the brilliant feminist thinker Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. Centuries ahead of her time, Sor Juana was a nun in a Mexican convent in the 17th Century who wrote plays and poetry containing highly controversial feminist ideas, to the great frustration of the Catholic Church. Eventually forced to give up her writing by the Church, Sor Juana penned her last piece in her own blood & vowed never to write again. Under the direction of Artistic Director Henry Godinez, The Sins of Sor Juana is a historic fantasy of self-determination and self-expression exploring Sor Juana's quest for artistic freedom and social equality. Click here to learn more about this performance and explore the links on the right to see video of director Henry Godinez speaking about the play and about Sor Juana's important role in history for Latinos & for women.

20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston,
IL
US

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