Showing posts with label six stories tall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label six stories tall. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winners Announced-Fam Friendly Chi-Town Tickets #Giveaway

Big congrats to Melissa K.   You've won ChiIL Mama's 4 ticket give away for Harold and the Purple Crayon at Chicago Children's Theatre at 6:30 this Friday, 10/19.   Your name will be on 4 tickets at the box office.   Tickets include a craft making post show pajama party with Wishcraft.   Wear your PJs if you wish.  Full show location and details are here.    Congrats again!

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Shows are selling out for this limited run.   Click here for ChiIL Mama's past Harold coverage then order your tickets today.

Big congrats to Nicole F.  You've won ChiIL Mama's first 4 ticket give away for ChiTAG--Chicago Toy and Game Fair.  Enjoy!

Click here for ChiIL Mama's past ChiTAG coverage then enter below for your chance to win.   We have a total of SIX family 4 packs to give away weekly, leading up to ChiTAG's big 10th anniversary.   Prior entries do carry over, but you can Tweet and share for additional entries throughout the duration.   Good luck! 

Remember to Check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

Great Chi-Town Family Friendly Ticket Give Aways & Winning Wednesdays #giveaways

Fall into free fall fun with ChiIL Mama's Winning Wednesdays

ChiIL Mama has a full plate of fun fall give aways.   Our free kindie concert and theatre tickets are for our Chicago readers (or for you if you can get yourself to Chicago for the show).    

Here's a run down of ALL our current give aways.   Remember....check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often!   Entry is easy and winning rocks.

Chicago Tickets:

4 tickets to Harold and the Purple Crayon at Chicago Children's Theatre (theatre ages 3+)  Enter through midnight 10/16.

*check out our past coverage and click here to enter to win tickets.

4 tickets to Six Stories Tall at Adventure Stage Theatre (theatre ages 8+)  Enter through midnight 11/2.

*check out our past coverage and enter to win tickets here.

4 tickets to Beat Kitchen's Concerts for kids
(kindie rock)-ChiIL Mama has free tixs to EVERY show.  New winner announced every Friday.  
New winner announced every Friday (ongoing).

Show are aimed at birth through 10 with parents, every Sunday at noon in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood.   Bands vary weekly.   

ChiIL Mama is stoked to be back again as media sponsor for the series.   Check here and on ChiIL Mama's YouTube Channel for 175+ original band video interviews & live show footage.   We have loads of kindie music reviews, new release news and free give aways!


*Check out our past coverage and enter to win tickets here every week.   All October Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids shows are open for entries right now.

4 tickets to Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Dragons!   Enter through midnight 10/21.

*Enter to win tickets here and check out our past coverage. 

4 tickets to ChiTAG(Chicago Toy & Game Fair)-new winner announced every Wednesday leading up to the fair/6 total.

*Check out our past coverage and enter early and often to win tickets here.  We have 6 family 4 packs and will announce new winners weekly!

There's an autumn chill in the air, and loads of rockin' fun to be had.  So get out to see family friendly theatre or rock out at a kindie concert.  ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and be sure to check back like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often for the latest entertainment news, photo & video filled reviews, great give aways and more.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ACT OUT: Six Stories Tall at Adventure Stage #giveaway

We're so excited to offer one of our lucky readers 4 free tickets to the opening performance of Six Stories Tall at 4pm on Saturday, November 10th.   Enter right here for your chance to win! 

*Wait for Rafflecopter to load up right here (if you've gone through RSS feed or are scrolling down the blog and don't see it, click on the actual page title and it should pop right up).   Enter like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.   Entries accepted through midnight on 11/2/12.   Winner will be announced on Saturday 11/3.   

Thanks to Adventure Stage for once again providing us with rockin' awesome tickets for our 
give aways.

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Check out ChiIL Mama/ ChiIL Live Shows Past Interview With Director Tom Arvetis right here.

We have an exclusive interview with Tom Arvetis, Adventure Stage's Producing Artistic Director, and his infant daughter, Vivian, which we first ran in December of 2011.   Check out our video below for insights into balancing creative work and parenting, life after birth with 3 girls under 6, their past productions Walk Two Moon, and The Giver.   Walk Two Moons was adapted by Tom, who also expounds on "adapting" to fatherhood & life in theatre.   We continue our series on "How Creatives Parents and How Parents Create".

Click here for our full past feature on Tom Arvetis and Walk Two Moons at Adventure Stage

Adventure Stage Chicago presents the Midwest Premiere of
Marco Ramirez’s Six Stories Tall: a play about mermaids, monsters and spray paint! directed by ASC Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis

Nov. 10 – Dec. 13 at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago.
Tickets $15-25. Call 773.342.4141 or visit
Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) at Northwestern University Settlement House is thrilled to present the Midwest Premiere of Six Stories Tall: a play about mermaids, monsters and spray paint!, written by Marco Ramirez and directed by ASC Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis.

Pictured top to bottom: Lance Newton, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Alexandar Knapp, Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Sarah Rose Graber, Kevin Brown and Danielle Davis.    Production Photos by Johnny Knight.

What Does It Mean To Be A Hero?
Inspired by Hispanic folklore, Six Stories Tall is a storytelling spectacle unlike anything ever seen on our stage. Featuring a live DJ and incorporating a unique mix of narrative influences including comic books, video games, hip-hop music and mythology, the six fantastical tales that comprise this remarkable play create a thrilling, heartfelt journey that families will not soon forget. *Recommended for ages 8 and older (grades 3 and above).

Six Stories Tall is a play of six stories commissioned by Washington D.C.’s The Kennedy Center, where it made its premiere in October 2008 under the title Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. One of the stories in the play, “I Am Not Batman,” was part of the 2007 Humana Festival and won the Heideman Award for Best 10-Minute Play before being incorporated into the complete script of Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple. This Adventure Stage Chicago production marks only the second time the complete play has been staged, and the first time under its new title Six Stories Tall: a play about mermaids, monsters and spray paint!

Tom Arvetis (Director/ASC Producing Artistic Director) says of the play: “The gift that Marco Ramirez has given us with Six Stories Tall is the joy derived from the power of youthful imagination and the conceit that young people can be superheroes, guardians and saviors. Through six uniquely wrought adventures we see a boy save a mermaid, a girl defeat the devil at the crossroads, another boy become Batman, another girl defeat a legendary monster relying on video game skills, a boy and a girl invent a musical language together, and a boy express his love for his grandfather by literally changing the world.“

Previews: 10:30am
Thu, Nov. 8 | Fri, Nov. 9

Weekday Education Matinees: 10:30am (also open to general public)
Tue, Nov. 13 | Thu, Nov. 15 | Tue, Nov. 20 | Tue, Nov. 27 | Thu, Nov. 29 | Tue, Dec. 4 | Thu, Dec. 6 | Tue, Dec. 11 | Wed, Dec. 12 | Thu, Dec. 13

Weekend Evenings: 7:30pmFri, Nov. 16 | Fri, Nov. 23 | Sat, Nov. 24 | Fri, Nov 30 | Sat, Dec. 1 | Fri, Dec. 7 | Sat, Dec. 8

Weekend Matinees: 4:00pm
Sat, Nov. 10 | Sat, Nov. 17 | Sat, Nov. 24 | Sat, Dec. 1 | Sat, Dec. 8
Adult: $25.00
Child: $15.00 (14 and under) 
Educator/Industry: $10.00
Neighborhood Discount (zip codes 60642 and 60622): $10
Previews: $10
Groups: $13.00 (10 or more)
School Groups: $8 per student, with one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 10 students.
For tickets, call 773-342-4141 or visit

Sunday, Oct. 7, 4:00-5:00pm
Please join us for a FREE open rehearsal of Six Stories Tall and gain a glimpse into the journey that awaits you as we pull back the curtain for a sneak peek into what you can expect on show day. Refreshments provided. Limited seating - register at 773.342.4141 or

Saturday, Nov. 10, 4:00-8:00pm
Celebrate opening day with us and mingle with the cast after the show while enjoying yummy cupcakes from Kyle’s Cupcakery. 
*ChiIL Mama's four pack ticket winner can have a show and cupcakes too!! 


Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:00-8:00pm
Settlement Saturday is a day to celebrate our parent organization, the Northwestern University Settlement House, as well as the Settlement's neighbors. This performance includes Spanish supertitles, and the pre- and post-show discussion are conducted in both Spanish and English. The show is followed by a food and game reception in Vittum Theater's Burnside Hall for all audience members to enjoy.

Kevin Brown (Drummer/Chorus)

Danielle Davis (Rebecca/Marta Elena/Yennifer/Chorus)
Mikhail Fiksel (DJ/Chorus)
Mark Anthony Gonzalez (Tomas/Stranger/Abuelo/Chorus)
Sarah Rose Graber* (Sirena/Abuela/Lawn Guy/Chorus)
Alexander Knapp (Alfredo/Carbon/Warrior 2/Store Clerk/Chorus)
Lance Newton (Boy/Warrior 1/Chester/Chorus)
Alyssa Vera Ramos (Emilia/Lupe/Chorus)
Sara Sawicki (Understudy)
Tony Garcia (Understudy)

Director: Tom Arvetis*
Asst. Director: Emilio Robles
Stage Manager: Phil Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire
Dramaturg: Brian Bell*
Music Direction/Composition/Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Movement Director: Stephanie Paul
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell*
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell*
Props Design: Catherine Campbell
Technical Director: Jarrod Bainter

*denotes ASC company or ensemble member

Marco Ramirez (Playwright) is a two-time Latino Playwriting Award winner at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival and has had plays produced at The Juilliard School, The Arsht Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays (where he's twice received the Heideman Award). TV writing credits include FX's "Sons of Anarchy." He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School.
Tom Arvetis (Director) founded Adventure Stage Chicago in 2004 and is responsible for the creative vision of the company, the implementation of all programming, and the supervision of the theater staff. Tom's directing credits for Adventure Stage Chicago include And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade, Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay (world premiere), The Blue House by José Cruz González (world premiere), and A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Tom also directed a reading of Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back as part of the 2008 New Visions/New Voices Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Other directing credits include Dragon/Sky by Elizabeth Wong (workshop reading for Silk Road Theatre Project), The Search for Odysseus by Charles Way (The Simple Theatre) andThe City Wears a Slouch Hat by Kenneth Patchen  (Wanderlust Productions). Playwriting credits for Adventure Stage include Walk Two Moons (honorable mention in Chicago Theatre Beat's Best Shows of 2011) and I Dream in Blues (dubbed "the sleeper hit of the season" by the Chicago Tribune). Tom was an Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA in 2009 and a finalist for a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellowship. He is a board member with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
Adventure Stage Chicago creates dynamic and transformative theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and strengthens community among families, educators and artists. We strive to become Chicago's premier destination for theatrical productions and programming designed for young people and the adults in their lives; we aim to be leaders in theatre education through professional development workshops, residencies and resources that offer innovative ways to infuse theatre into the classroom; and we seek to cultivate and create challenging new work as well as produce celebrated stories. This is Adventure Stage's ninth season.
Adventure Stage has received numerous honors since its inception in 2004, including:
  • Recipient of a prestigious Continuing Innovation Stage II grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Selected participant in EmcArts' Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, a program generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Zeta Phi Eta Winifred Ward Award for Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • Two-time Finalist for the Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award
  • Participant in the New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
  • Four-time Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant
Adventure Stage Chicago is a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, the oldest continually operating settlement house in Chicago. Throughout its 121-year history, the Settlement has remained committed to providing resources that empower neighbors to overcome the obstacles of poverty. Adventure Stage extends this mission by presenting Chicago's young audiences, educators and families with an affordable artistic experience rooted in performance. Last season, Adventure Stage served over 7,000 students from 85 schools throughout the Chicagoland area and over 2,600 audience members for our weekend performances. 
Each Adventure Stage Chicago production presents weekday matinees primarily for school groups, as well as weekend performances for the general public. Every performance includes a post-show audience talkback with the cast. Out of respect for our actors and audience members, children under age 5 are not permitted in the theatre during a performance.
All shows are performed at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., in the heart of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Street parking is available, and the theater is close to the Noble St. stop on the #56 Milwaukee bus line and the Division stop on the CTA Blue Line. The theater is wheelchair accessible.

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