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Metropolis Centre for the Performing Arts [Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)]

June 26, 2013


A summer filled with theater, music, comedy and one big gala The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) The Second City, Happily Ever Laughter Chicken Little T. S. 5 Little Lights Up! Showcases Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids Guys & Dolls Jr. The Laramie Project Excalibur: The Story of Young King Arthur Young Lions Roar! Disney's The Aristocats Kids Lights Up! Encore Peter Oprisko Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest Seussical Jr. GayCo Route 66 Sunday Soiree Fundraiser

It's a busy summer at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. in downtown Arlington Heights. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and one hour before showtime. (847) 577-2121.

Run: June 27-Aug. 10

An Eclectic Theater Company Production that's a wild ride through the works of Shakespeare -- all 37 plays in under two hours. From the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, to the witches of Macbeth, to Hamlet's soliloquy, all the Shakespearean highlights are covered, though maybe not quite as you remember them. Rated PG-13. $30.

Run: Aug. 23-Sept. 14

The legendary troupe takes on a wide range of current events, ranging from political gridlock in Washington to talentless reality TV stars. Rated R. $28.50-$33.50

Run: July 8-13

A fun, musical version of the classic folk tale. When something mysterious hits Chicken Little in the head, he's convinced the sky must be falling and rushes to warn the King. $12-$14.

7:30 p.m. July 14

Led by bassist Tim Seisser, T. S. 5 combines R&B melodies with improvised jazz. This Chicago-based band has played Reggie's, The Green Mill and The Taste. Now, they're ready for Metropolis' intimate stage. $15

Our littlest performers are hitting the stage! Each session, campers use a popular children's story to create an original performance piece.

Session 1 -- 10:30 a.m. June 29. Adults $5, children 12 & under $3

Session 2 -- 10:30 a.m. July 27. Adults $5, children 12 & under $3

5 p.m. July 5; 10:30 a.m. July 6

It's Pongo, Perdy, and all of those cute little Dalmatian puppies played by our Lights Up! campers in grades 1-3. Join them on their quest to escape the evil Cruella Deville. Adults $7, children 12 & under $5.

7 p.m. July 5; 1 p.m. July 6

Curtains Up! campers in grades 4-8 take the stage for this musical favorite. Sit down, you're rockin' the boat! Adults $7, children 12 & under $5.

7 p.m. July 25-26; 5 p.m. July 27

Performed by students of our High School Performance Experience program, the play comes from over 200 interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyo. in the aftermath of the murder of a gay University of Wyoming student. Adults $12 - Children 12 & under $10.

5 p.m. July 26; 1 p.m. July 27

Curtains Up! campers onstage in this epic adventure, in which the wizard Merlin tells the tale of young Arthur and how he, a mere boy, accomplished what many strong men had failed to do. Adults $7 - Children 12 & under $5.

7:30 p.m. July 28

The music of drummer Taylor Moore and singer Dakota Horvath has an old school flare with standards like "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Girl from Ipanema," "Autumn Leaves" & "Satin Doll." $15.

5 p.m. Aug. 2; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3

Our Lights Up! campers in this adaptation of the Disney classic about a bunch of Paris cats who have to find their way home. Adults $7 - Children 12 & under $5

Aug. 9 and Aug. 16

Session 1 -- Songs from Disney's "Pocahontas." Lights Up! campers in grades 1-3 tell the story of John Smith and Pocahontas with music and dance. Noon, Aug. 9; $3/

Session 2 -- Songs from Disney's Mulan. Lights Up! campers in grades 1-3 with the story of Mulan's quest to blend in with an army of men so she can fight alongside them to defeat the Huns. Noon, Aug. 16; $3.

3 p.m. Aug. 11

Vocalist Peter Oprisko pays tribute to a variety of pop icons from the 40s, 50s and 60s, like Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more. $25

Final viewing: 7 p.m. Aug. 16

Metropolis partners with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library again this summer on the film fest. Last year, there were more than 20 entries, with prizes awarded to the top films in select categories. Check out the workshops at the library and the classes at Metropolis to take your film to the next level. Free.

10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Aug. 17

A Metropolis School of the Performing Arts Production. Curtains Up! campers take you on a musical visit to the world of Dr. Seuss, in the Jungle of Nool, with the Cat in a Hat and Horton the Elephant, too. Adults $7 - Children 12 & under $5.

7 p.m. Aug. 17

Chicago-based comedy troupe has kept audience laughing with their sketch comedy revues showcasing LGBT themes since 1996. A raucous new show, filled with skits, songs and surprises. $25.

Previews: Sept. 19-22; Regular run, Sept. 26-Oct. 20.

Four service station men from Chicago in 1955 travel the country on Route 66, telling their story through classic road songs like "Beep Beep," "Truck Drivin' Man," "On the Road Again," "King of the Road," and "Route 66." Rated PG. Previews: $28-$36. Run: $40-$44

5 p.m. Sept. 29

The 10th anniversary of the annual Metropolis fundraiser -- a ladies only evening with shopping, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a performance of Midwest Dueling Pianos. The Metropolis Ballroom will be filled with jewelry to clothing to holiday gifts, and much more. The first 100 ticket buyers will be entered into an exclusive raffle. Proceeds from the event benefit Metropolis' theatrical and art education programs. $50.

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