Tracey and I had a fantastic (and emotional and fun and exhausting and exhilarating) audition weekend! Thank you so much to those of you who came to share your stories with us; we are finishing up our deliberations and will be making our cast announcement in the next few days!
Our audition space was generously provided by local sponsor Emerald City Theatre, which was founded in 1996. Their goal is to create theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City’s administrative offices and classroom are located at the Athenaeum Theatre, which happens to be the home of LTYM Chicago!
You have no idea how long it took to get a picture that I deemed acceptable.
Being able to wander the halls of our theater (well, wandering from the front doors to the classroom and from the classroom to the restrooms and back STILL COUNTS AS WANDERING) and even turn on the lights early in the morning was exciting and, for the first time ever I sort of wished I had been a part of the drama club in high school.
Anyway, the Emerald City classroom was bright and sunny (and green! Imagine that!), and such a wonderful place for us to listen to the stories of our auditioners. We can’t thank Katie and the rest of the Emerald City Theatre folks enough, but we can start by telling you about one of their shows going on right now at Lincoln Park’s Apollo Theater through May 24: “Fancy Nancy the Musical”!
“Fancy Nancy the Musical” (Photos used with permission)
From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy’s eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that’s a fancy word for star of the show) Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series, this show is full of funny, frilly ballet ballads.
“Fancy Nancy the Musical” is geared towards kids between three and nine years old, and naturally it’s great for families. Tickets begin at $15 for children and adults (before fees). A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each performance.
From Chicago Parent magazine: “The show was adorable, sweet and engaging for all ages – even for adults. During the quiet sections, not a peep could be heard, and during the funny parts (there were many of these), the audience exploded in giggles.”
If you’ve got young kids, get “Fancy Nancy the Musical” on your calendar, and stay tuned for more news from us on upcoming Emerald City Theatre shows!
Our next post…will be our cast announcement! More soon!