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Giveaway: Tickets to See Spotlight Youth Theater's 'Peter Pan' in Batavia

Updated on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:49PM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

Do you believe in fairies? Are you ready to clap to show you believe in fairies? 

Well, then I have a show for your family!

I have two sets of four tickets to give away to a production of "Peter Pan" performed by Spotlight Youth Theater's Aurora Branch. "Peter Pan" will be performed on the weekends of Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 22-23 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m on Saturdays and 3 p.m on Sundays. There are also school-day performance on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21.

"Peter Pan" is a musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's 1904 play about a boy who won't grow up, the children in the Darling family he befriends, and his nemesis Captain Hook. Spotlight's performance of "Peter Pan" will feature a cast of about 100 area kids, cool special effects, authentic sword fighting and of course flying!

Spotlight Youth Theater is an after-school theater arts education program for children ages 4 through 18. Spotlight offers classes in the Aurora area, Chicago, DuPage County, Kane County, Northwest Cook County, Oak Park, Orland Park, McHenry County, Lake County and Rockford, as well as Milwaukee and Kenosha in Wisconsin.

Tickets for "Peter Pan" will be for reserved seating, and they can purchased up to three hours before the show online. If tickets are still available, you can purchase tickets the door up to an hour before a performance.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 2 through 17, as well as seniors. Here's the link to follow for ordering tickets, which are e-tickets you print at home to avoid will-call lines. If you would prefer to handle your order over the phone, you can call 847-516-2298 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Holiday Guide 2013: Theatrical Performances in Chicago's Western Suburbs

Earlier this month we brought you a roundup of local productions of "The Nutcracker." Here's a list of holiday-themed theaterical productions, in somewhat chronological order. Please follow the links for exact info on dates, times and ticket prices. Enjoy!

ST. CHARLES: Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles is offering up "Sing-Along With Santa!" on its children's stage. Performances are mostly on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. This is a short production, good for young children, featuring all of Santa's friends and interactive singing. Kids get to come up on stage afterward to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and to receive a special gift. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students age 16 and under. 

OSWEGO: The Oswego Park District's Limelight Theatre Company will be performing its own original version of the holiday classic "A Christmas Carol," adapted from the novel by Limelight writers. Performances are at the Little White School Museum in downtown Oswego. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, 7, 19, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m on Dec. 21. 

A production of "A Christmas Carol." Photo by Blackburn Drama Club on Flickr.

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Giveaway: Tickets to 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in Maple Park

Updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 10:11PM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is such a great organization, working throughout the year to bring music, theater and art to the far western suburbs. Its showpiece festival is held each spring.

Up next, the organization is presenting the family-friendly "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on July 12, 13, 14 and July 19, 20 and 21 at the lovely Performing Arts Center at Kaneland High School in Maple Park. The Friday and Saturday show are at 7 p.m, the Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. 

Go West readers have a chance to win a "Family Ticket," which is good for all the family members who live in a single household. I have two of these tickets to give away. Each is a $25 value.

I'll tell you about how you can win the tickets in a moment, but first, a bit about the show:

"Joseph" is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened on Broadway in 1982. It is based on the "Coat of Many Colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. 

The Kaneland show features dozens of people in the cast, as well as the crew, production team and orchestra. They all come from the Chicago suburbs. For some of the performers, "Joseph" is their first time on stage; others have been acting for many years.

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Mom to Mom: Go and Enjoy the Show!

We're so lucky here in Chicago's far western suburbs to have many options for children's theater. I try to include them all on the Go West Calendar, and I'm always happy to partner with theaters who want to give away tickets to readers. Today, guest contributor Tamara Hickman writes about why she likes taking her daughter to theatrical performances. 

A year ago, I took my oldest daughter to her first musical. She had just turned 3, and when I think about her experience, it warms my heart. 

I had taken her to see "Sleeping Beauty" performed by the Children’s Theatre of Elgin. It was my first experience as well in a children's theater and we had a spectacular time! The singing, dancing, costumes and the humor were incredible.  

But the best part was watching my little girl sit at the edge of her seat in her beautiful dress, with perfect posture, eyes wide open and the biggest smile on her face! She was clapping as hard as she could, and she kept asking me when they were going to start singing again. This really brought tears to my eyes knowing that she's having this theatrical experience and most especially because we were there together. Oh and did I mention sitting at the edge of her seat because if she didn’t the seat would flip up on her? Too cute!

The Children's Theatre of Elgin will be performing 'Seussical Jr.' on April 12-14 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. (Photo courtesy of CTE.)

Since then we've been to see shows at the Steel Beam Theatre and the Marquee Youth Stage, both in Saint Charles. I'm looking forward to going back to the Children’s Theatre of Elgin this weekend to see "Seussical Junior" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. I’d have to say by far this place has overall been the best experience. I will still return to the other theaters and maybe try some others as well.

I think a lot of people don’t realize that these theatrical performances for children are out there, and they don't cost a lot of money. Depending on the places mentioned, tickets range between $7 and $15. So go and enjoy the show!

Tamara Hickman and her husband live in St. Charles with their two girls. The girls keep mommy busy with arts and crafts and daddy busy playing tag. The family loves to "park hop," checking out parks in neighboring communities. 

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Giveaway: Four Tickets to See 'The Little Engine That Could' at Aurora's Paramount Theatre

Updated on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

We have another great Go West Giveaway for you today, courtesy of the wonderful folks at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

"The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle" is coming to the Paramount on Thursday, April 4, for a 9:30 a.m. show. This song-filled production is based on the book "The Little Engine That Could." It tells the timeless tale of the Little Blue Engine that dreamed of one day getting to pull the big cars on the Pine Valley train line. Here's a video preview of the show:


This production is recommended for preschoolers through 2nd grade. It is sure to draw lots of school groups, but the general public is welcome, as well. 

I have four tickets to give away to the show at the Paramount to one lucky Go West reader. Tickets are $8.50 each, so this is a $34 value.

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