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Jr. Encore Theatre offers two productions

Members Jr. Encore Theatre rehearse for their upcoming plays which include 'Charlotte's Web Musical' 'InWoods.'

Members of Jr. Encore Theatre rehearse for their upcoming plays, which include "Charlotte's Web the Musical" and "Into the Woods."

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Updated: October 3, 2013 5:44PM

The younger members of Jr. Encore Theatre have all the roles in “Charlotte’s Web the Musical,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville.

“We wanted to give the first- through fifth-graders an opportunity to have their own show,” explained artistic director Bob Silton.

Silton noted that when he chose “Charlotte’s Web,” “nobody around here was doing it. Now everybody’s doing it.” But this version of E. B. White’s classic tale about the spider who finds a way to save her friend, Wilbur the pig, is unique because it’s a musical. The music and lyrics are by Charles Strouse, who also wrote “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Annie.”

Silton praised the show’s message that, “No matter how little you are or how insignificant you feel, you can always shine through, find a friend and be the best at something.”

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. For details, call (847) 708-8880 or go to


The sixth- through eighth-graders in Jr. Encore Theatre are heading “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; Friday, Oct. 4; and Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, for Stephen Sondheim’s blockbuster musical intertwining of classic fairy tales.

For details, call (847) 708-8880 or go to


Gather your kids around a cozy campfire for Friday Fall Folktales, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington. Your family will also have a traditional campfire snack.

Reservations are required. Cost is $2 per person.

For details, call (847) 381-6592 or go to


Kids can climb aboard a variety of community service vehicles, meet their drivers and honk horns at Cook Library’s 12th annual Touch the Trucks, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, on Church Street between Brainerd and Milwaukee avenues in downtown Libertyville. The event is free.

For details, call (847) 362-2330 or go to


All things Star Wars will be celebrated at “May the Force Be With You,” 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Deer Park Town Center Barnes & Noble, 20600 N. Rand Road. For details, call (847) 438-7444 or go to

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