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‘Garden’ blooms onstage in Deerfield

Reid Graham as ColOanOdean as Lily will appear Deerfield Family Theater's producti'The Secret Garden.'

Reid Graham, as Colin, and Oana Odean, as Lily, will appear in Deerfield Family Theater's production of "The Secret Garden."

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Updated: January 1, 2014 2:38AM

A recently orphaned girl, brought to live with her uncle and sickly cousin, discovers a mysterious, neglected place in “The Secret Garden” at Deerfield Family Theater.

“It’s such a great story and the music is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard for the theater,” said Stephen M. Genovese, director of the Lucy Simon (music) and Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) musical.

Genovese believes it’s a perfect show for families because, “It really shows what hope and love and redemption and the search for those things does to strengthen the bonds of family.”

Genovese thinks the vocal talent of his cast will make this production stand out. “I was so excited with the talent we got this year,” he said. The director also praised the set and costume design. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 8-17, at Caruso Middle School, 1800 Montgomery Road, Deerfield. Tickets are $18.

For details, call (847) 945-0650 or go to


Interactive exhibits will educate and entertain all ages when the Busy Brains Children’s Museum of Lake County comes to the Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Entrance to the museum will be staggered at 40 children each half-hour.

For details, call (847) 362-2330, ext. 1184, or go to


Or wallyball, basketball, or driving golf balls at an indoor range? You and your children can enjoy all of those activities together during Family Tennis Night, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Deer Creek Courts, 701 Deer Creek Parkway, Highland Park. Cost is $30 per family.

For details, call (847) 433-5450 or go to


But only if you register for Magic By Randy, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Highwood Public Library, 102 Highwood Ave. There will be illusions, music and comedy for the entire family when Randy Bernstein appears.

The Chicago magician and entertainer has been pleasing audiences of all ages for more than 25 years.

For details, call (847) 432-5404 or go to

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