UniverSoul Circus Plays Chicago #BestCircusEver

UniverSoul Circus  Plays

Chicago Sept. 28th - Oct. 30th

With 63 Shows in Chicago


UniverSoul Circus Plays Chicago #BestCircusEver

UniverSoul Circus is a  Tour de Force of Circus Artistry on a Global Scale

UniverSoul is bridging cultures from around the world – 1 Smile, 1 Thrill and 1 Song at a time

A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016  production of  UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul.  Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances. Hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus plays Chicago in Washington Park, Sept. 28-Oct. 30, 2016. Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.com

UniverSoul Circus Plays Chicago #BestCircusEver

As has become its trademark after 23 years, UniverSoul Circus will present a multicultural/multinational cast  of rock-star performers in 2016. Only under the UniverSoul Circus one ring big top will you be lucky enough to witness the Comedy Dog Act from Chile, Aerial Duet from Colombia,  Pagoda Bowl Acrobats from  China,  Airborne Motorcycles from California, Caribbean  Dynasty from Trinidad and Tobago, Russian Bar from Cuba, Contortionists from Ethiopia, Magical Tigers and disco dancing Elephants from the United States.

UniverSoul Circus Plays Chicago #BestCircusEver

Leading the charge this year as Ringmaster for UniverSoul Circus is the multi- talented Lucky Malatsi of Johannesburg, South Africa. Lucky, 27, has been performing in front of an audience for 23 years. In 1999, while performing in South Africa, Lucky caught the attention of Cedric Walker. By 2000, at the age of 10, he was  performing a popular duo contortionist act for UniverSoul. Married with two young kids growing up in the back lot, Lucky brings new meaning to the term, multi-talented. He has been an acrobatic hip hop dancer, acrobat, contortionist, trapeze artist, teeterboard flyer, trampoline artist and an acrobatic-dunking whiz kid with basketballs.

WHO: UniverSoul Circus

WHAT: Plays Chicago, IL

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28 thru Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 28th 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 29th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 30th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 1st 12:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 2nd 12:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 5th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 6th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Friday, October 7th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 8th 12:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 9th 12:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM

Monday, October 10th 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 12th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 13th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Friday, October 14th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 15th 12:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 16th 12:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 18th, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 19th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 20th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Friday, October 21st 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 22nd 12:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 23rd 12:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 26th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 27th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Friday, October 28th 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 29th 12:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 30th 12:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM

WHERE: Washington Park, E. 51st Street and S. Cottage Grove,Chicago, IL 60615

TIPS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Children ages 12 months to 10 years require a ticket to enter the Big Top.

  • Doors open one (1) hour before your scheduled show time. Shows begin promptly at its scheduled time.

  • Arriving as early as possible is recommended to avoid heavy traffic and long lines.

  • Will Call tickets (Ticketmaster ordered) are available for pickup one (1) hour prior to your scheduled show time

  • Parking: Street parking is available at the UniverSoul Circus including parking accommodations for limousines and buses.

Visit www.universoulcircus.com

About UniverSoul Circus: UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including  Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey andCirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 23 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.

Disclosure: I will receive complimentary tickets for my family in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!

July 8 – August 14, 2016

The cherished children’s tale springs to life for a whole new generation in a wonder-filled musical production.

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

From The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences’, The Velveteen Rabbit, previewed July 8, running through August 14, with a press opening on Saturday, July 16th at 10 a.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. I attended the press opening and was so pleased with the performances!

This was our 3rd visit to The Marriott Theatre and as soon as we walked in, and I brought my son along to this performance. My daughters were telling him how fabulous the plays were, so he agreed to attend. But, I truly think the draw of The Velveteen Rabbit was too high.

We love the stage and the seating at this theater. The stage is small and all the seats are surrounding the stage, which is in the center. I can't image there is a bad seat in the theater at all. stage with the seats surrounding the center stage is an ideal setup for a young audience. 

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The Velveteen Rabbit was sweet and tender, age-appropriate and really delightful take on the much beloved storybook. The actors were great and we were happy to see Dara Cameron again! Everyone in the audience was well engaged.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The on-hour presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit was a play presented with a new twist on a much cherished children's tale. We discover the boy's name in this play and his brother is brought into the mix.  The toys still come to life and they make us laugh and cheer for them.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

Batteries Not Included

The boy comes to cherish his forgotten toy, the Velveteen Rabbit, and learns that even a stuffed toy can emote wonderful play time with great imagination. The toy boat is a sassy, perky, vivacious, red boat that garners many laughs from the audience. The wooden rocking horse is just as wise as ever and full of wisdom for the Velveteen Rabbit.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The Velveteen Rabbit, Dara Cameron, shows the rabbit's sweetness and really exemplifies the tenderness of the rabbit. The two brothers, the boy and his older brother had a great rapport. The older brother was funny, perfectly sarcastic and full of older brother angst.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

Toy Magic

The actors were really able to show the words of The Velveteen Rabbit through their tones, bodies and their speaking and interactions. This is a much loved story in my home, really one of my daughter's favorite stories. I have spent many nights reading this book over and over. 

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

I was wondering what The Marriott Theatre would do with The Velveteen Rabbit and I loved the play. This is a play you really want to take your children to see, especially if you love the story as much as my family does!

A joyous testament to the eternal power of a child's imagination, The Velveteen Rabbit springs to life July 8 through August 14, continuing The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences’ 2016 season. A musical adaptation of the classic Margery Williams’ tale, with music by composer Jimmy Roberts (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), book and lyrics by James Still, and direction and choreography by Amanda Tanguay (Pinocchio at The Marriott Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit fuses the power of childhood play and fancy with the timeless need for unconditional love. Followed by a special Q&A session with the cast, The Velveteen Rabbit is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

When Steve comes upon one of his long lost toys, it sparks a memory that takes him back in time to when he was an inspired 6-year-old. We meet his 12-year-old brother, Ben, a typical tween who’s more interested in playing videogames and meeting girls then playing with his little brother. Left alone with his toys, Steve’s imagination leads him on exciting adventures with his new best friend, the Velveteen Rabbit, whose dream is to someday become “real”.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

As Steve and the Velveteen Rabbit’s bond grows, the other toys’ spirits are brought to life on stage as they learn what it means to love, and be loved in return. Return to a simpler time with this heartwarming retelling of the enchanting children’s story, reminding audiences of all ages of the true power of love.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The Velveteen Rabbit stars Jeff Award nominee Devin DeSantis as “Steve” (City of Angels, Godspell and Pinocchio at The Marriott Theatre), Jonathan Butler-Duplessis as “Ben” (Sister Act and Dreamgirls at The Marriott Theatre), Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron as “Velveteen Rabbit” (Sister Act, ELF and October Sky at The Marriott Theatre), Jeff Award nominee Sharriese Hamilton as “Boat” (Sister Act at The Marriott Theatre; World Premiere: Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure at Lookingglass Theatre Company), Jeff Award winner Mark David Kaplan as “Rocking Horse” (The Lion King Broadway National Tour; Anything Goes and The Wizard of Oz at The Marriott Theatre), and Zoe Nadal as “Wild Rabbit” (ELF and City of Angels at The Marriott Theatre; West Side Story at Paramount Theatre).

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The production will feature musical direction by Ellen K. Morris, set and properties design by Greg Pinsoneault, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Nick Belley and sound design by Bob Gilmartin.

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences has presented numerous original works as well as classic fairy tales. Through these special one-hour productions, over 2 million children have experienced the joy and magic that is live theatre. To date, The Marriott's Theatre for Young Audiences has presented more than 75 productions to critical (and kids’!) acclaim.

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences team created an engaging play for all ages. Although The Velveteen Rabbit may be tailored more for a young audience, I took all my kiddos to see The Velveteen Rabbit. This is a much loves story in my home and they have had this book read to them throughout their young lives numerous times. All my kids, even my teen son, enjoyed The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

Directly following the one-hour presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit, there is a Question & Answer session with the cast. They come right out on the stage and the audience is allowed to ask questions. They especially foster relationships with young children and encourage all questions.  I have said this so many times, but it is just such a true fact . . . I think it is so very important to take our children to see the arts. Children need exposure to theater, live theater in particular and to be able to interact with the artists is just an added bonus. When theaters include the children during these Q&A sessions, it just brings so much more to live theater and joy to the children in the audience.

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences {Review}

The Velveteen Rabbit will continue at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, located at Ten Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire (Entrance is on the east side of Rte 21/Milwaukee Avenue, one light south of Half Day Road/Rte 22) through August 14th with plays most Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 AM and 12:30 PM.  Single ticket prices are $17.23 per person (includes fees and taxes).

Free parking is available at all shows.

Buy Tickets at www.marriotttheatre.com

Disclosure: The Velveteen Rabbit Production Photos All photos are courtesy of The Marriott Theatre and used with permission. I received tickets to the performance. As always, my opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any manner.