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Ascension Day
April 30, 2010, 1:51 am
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February 24, 2010

We’re breaking new ground at Chicago Street Theatre once again.  Ascension Day is a teen drama, written by Timothy Mason.  It is hard to describe the excitement I feel when I talk about this show and what it means for CST – our artists and audiences.

First, let me say that if I had to give this show a rating, it would be PG-13.  It is set at a Bible camp in 1947… and teen exploration into adult behaviors had already been invented by then.  I wouldn’t describe this show as racey, but I want to make it clear that this isn’t Father Knows Best either. 

And that is why this show is so exciting.  The “real” teen years are largely ignored by theatres, playwrights and publishing houses.  This is a rare opportunity to witness an honest glimpse into the rollercoaster ride that is burgeoning adulthood. 

We’re not just giving audiences an intriguing production, we’re offering our teen artists something that doesn’t come along very often… the opportunity to explore the real issues of the script on stage and the tumult of running a show back stage.  Yep, the entire cast and most of the crew of Ascension Day is teenagers; teens who are given training and direction and expected to deliver professional results.  And they’re doing it – it’s amazing to watch!

This ground-breaking show is something we hope to include in our seasons for many years to come.  Our spring family show, will not only focus on and provide great roles for our talented teens, but will also include our Mentorship Program, developed by our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano.  Interested young folk are given options such as lighting, sound, set design, decoration, costuming and marketing from which to choose.  In each of these categories, they’re not only given a hands-on education, but they are responsible for their arena of work.  They’re learning a whole new perspective on the phrase “the show must go on” ‘cause they’re the ones running it.

Please join me in supporting our teen artists by supporting this production.  Bring your friends and tell you neighbors.  We’re making something really great and necessary happen here – be a part of it and let us know what you think. 

The show opens this Friday and runs through March 7th.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and US Veterans and you will receive one free ticket for a child 12 and under with each purchase of an adult ticket (please use your discretion for age appropriateness – see paragraph #2).

And two more things (now that the hyperlink function works on these emails, I’m going to use it!): Classes for kids and adults begin in March: and it’s time for our annual fundraiser, Encores!:

 See you soon!

 Donna Blanchard

Managing Director

Chicago Street Theatre

Sponsored by Bang Bang Salon and Boutique


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