Raue Center for the Arts

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In a Nutshell

Spend Halloween night with a truly frightening monster—overbearing stage mom Rose; party, costume contest, and raffle before the show

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2015. Limit 8/person. Redeem 10/31 for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Must be 21+ for alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

$28 for all of the following (up to $53.50 value):

  • One ticket for seating in zones B or C and admission to the Halloween Party (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
  • A complimentary glass of wine, beer, or a spooky specialty cocktail
  • A sweet selection of Halloween treats
  • Automatic entry into a raffle for a Family Fun Package

Family Fun Package Includes

  • Admission for four to the Shedd Aquarium
  • Admission for four to Water Works, Schaumburg’s indoor water park
  • One-day family pass to the Sci-Tech Hands-On Museum in Aurora
  • Gift certificate for Colonial Cafe’s famous Kitchen Sink Sundae

Guests who arrive in costume for the “Gotta Get a Gimmick” costume contest are automatically entered to win a drawing for a guided wine tasting tour for up to 10 adults at Lynfred Winery in Roselle, as well as a $25 gift certificate for dinner out at Port Edward Restaurant in Algonquin.


Stage moms are nothing new. But Gypsy presents the first, and certainly most famous, depiction of the stage mom. Dubbed “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical” by New York Times, steely matron Rose pushes her daughters—reserved Louise and bubbly June—into show business as vaudeville performers, relentlessly honing their act and seeking out ever-greater opportunities even as the vaudeville circuit begins to die off. When June eventually elopes in defiance of her overbearing mother, Rose turns her full attention to Louise. Louise strives to make her mother proud and becomes Gypsy Rose Lee. As fame carries Louise beyond Rose’s grasp, Rose begins to question her own blind ambition.

Inspired by the memoirs of famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee—with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim—Gypsy boasts a musical score both entertaining and hard-hitting, refusing to shy away from the darker side of show business. When shy daughter Louise transforms into her on-stage persona of Gypsy during the striptease to “Let Me Entertain You,” the song starts off demurely but grows more and more aggressive with the entrance of cymbal crashes and woozy horns. This brassiness characterizes many of the tunes in Gypsy, particularly “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” where the music’s bouncy optimism counterpoints bullying lyrics such as “I had a dream about you, baby / It’s going to come true, baby.”

Raue Center For The Arts

When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center For The Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant—it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls.

El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar—seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.

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