Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Following sold-out performances of Lost & Found: A Recycled Circus, the next production at The Actors Gymnasium focuses on the development of new acts. Circus in Progress - An Evening of Daring New Work features professionals from the Chicagoland circus community as well as advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium's own classes. Get a sneak peek at some of Chicago's most exciting new works of circus art.
Performers include Evanston Children's Choir, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Jill Heyser, Lauren Hirte, Will McGowan, Shaw Nigro, Matt Roben, and Meredith 'Tommy' Tomlins.
Two Shows Only - Saturday May 19, 2012 - 4:30 and 7:30pm
Tickets available online at www.actorsgymnasium.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. For additional information on The Actors Gymnasium's innovative programming, please visit www.actorsgymnasium.com or call 847-328-2795.
Check out ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows photo filled feature and review of Lost & Found right here.
About The Actors Gymnasium
The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively.
The Actors Gymnasium
at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes Street ~ Evanston, Illinois 60201~ (p) 847-328-2795 ~ (f) 847-328-3495
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Congrats to this week's theatre ticket winners. Lost & Found at The Actor's Gym is now completely sold out through the end of their run....but we still have 4 tickets today for one of our lucky readers!
Meg M.--4 tickets to (sold out) Lost & Found at Actor's Gym at 7:30pm THIS Friday night. Click here for full show details and links to ChiIL Live Shows' review.
Aviv H.--2 tickets to teen night at The North Plan at Theater Wit THIS Saturday night. Pre-party 7pm. Show at 8pm. Pizza and talk back with the actors after the show. Click here for ChiIL Live Shows' review and show details.
The North Plan is Jeff recommended, which complete a trifecta of
Jeff-y goodness, with all three shows currently at Theater Wit considered excellent by the hard-attending members of the committee!! Big congrats from ChiIL Live Shows. We saw The North Plan and Punk Rock and highly recommend both. Great stuff happening over at Theater Wit these days.
As always, check back with ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often. We have loads of great nationwide give aways and free Chicago concert and theatre tickets.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Lost & Found: A Recycled Circus
Back by popular demand!
February 11 – March 11, 2012
"This production will charm, warm and wow you…sly and nuanced clowning…wordless, impressive poetry" - Chicago Theatre Blog.
"Director Lawrence DiStasi showcases a wry sense of humor and some superb acrobatics in this quirky Actors Gymnasium show" "Recommended" - Chicago Reader.
We had the great pleasure of checking out opening night of Lost & Found at The Actors Gymnasium last Saturday. The caliber of their circus arts is truly top notch. This colorful extravaganza combines all of our favorite elements--aerial acts, steampunkery, a funky, rag tag band of urchins playing instruments and making mischief, a love triangle, technology as art, low tech fun, recycled and upcycled outfits, drums and toys. We'll be returning to catch the show again with the kids as soon as possible. Lost and Found is highly recommended, family friendly fun for all ages. We were quite impressed with the cast, and the cast off set dressings. We're also enamored with Co-Artistic Director, Lawrence E. DiStasi's statement about the show. He says:
I didn't used to like old things. They kind of depressed me. But now, when someone takes an old chair or something, a thing that has managed, against all odds, to survive the world for many years, and they give it a little careful attention-I think it's incredibly moving. And these things have so much personality. It's almost like they're alive. Like people. They have souls in a way. Unfortunately most of the stuff we all bring into our lives is disposable. And things that are made to be thrown away, are sad company. It's so hard to stay away from them, but who needs that kind of sadness? Anyway, I think there is treasure in our garbage-in what we throw away, and overlook. And those people we throw away and overlook too. There is magic in our trash. And probably our future there too.
ChiIL Mama has potential video interviews in the works with the Artistic Directory and also actor/Chicago Dad, David Catlin, who plays alongside both of his daughters in the show. Saylor, who is 9 and in 4th grade, went to preschool with ChiIL Mama's Sage. Saylor's younger sister, Emerson, is a 6 year old first grader and Lost & Found 2012 is her first circus show! So check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often. We have lots of exciting things in store.
The Opening Night Gala was lots of fun, too. We saw a zillion familiar faces including our past video interview subject, Director-David Kersnar, who can be seen HERE. (in his fabulous "Ernie & Bert style bed interview" with Mark Messing) on the set of Goodnight Moon.
We also sat next to an accomplished aerialist, whom we photographed and chatted with in the past, when she played Alice in Lookingglass' last remount of their namesake story. We also saw familiar faces from CircEsteem, including Will, a talented high school senior, who plays the lead juggler in Lost & Found. We highly recommend checking it out.
Lost & Found gets ChiIL Mama's GRRREAT GREEN SEAL OF APPROVAL: 99% Recycled! - Costumes, props and set pieces used in this show are re-purposed, recycled, found-object art.
Last year's runaway hit, Lost and Found: A Recycled Circus returns to The Actors Gymnasium! A collaborative original work by Co-Artistic Directors Larry DiStasi and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, together with an amazing team of designers and performers, this circus production explores the world of second-hand treasure. Cast-off junk and cast-off characters are saved in this show and given thrilling, new life. Lost and Found: A Recycled Circus features aerial acrobatics, live music, and magical, found-object invention.
Shows run every Friday through Sunday till March 11th.
The Actors Gymnasium
927 Noyes St
Evanston, IL 60201
927 Noyes St
Evanston, IL 60201
Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Students with ID and kids under 13 are $10