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Magic of ‘Brigadoon’ perfect in any season

Try change from usual holiday fare with Jr. Encore Theatre's producti'Brigadoon.'

Try a change from the usual holiday fare with Jr. Encore Theatre's production of 'Brigadoon.'

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Updated: January 15, 2014 6:11AM

There’s more than one way to celebrate the holidays. Jr. Encore Theatre offers families a change of pace with “Brigadoon,” 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15 at Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

“I like that it’s not necessarily a holiday show,” said Artistic Director Bob Silton, pointing out the magic in this tale of a Scottish Highlands village that only comes to life one day every hundred years.

As with the usual holiday fare, you have to find “your inner child to believe this story and to accept that this village has a spell cast on it,” Silton explained. You also must accept “the power of love prevailing at the end.”

The artistic director praised the big dance numbers, great music and story of this Lerner and Loewe classic. The cast is comprised of 23 young people, ages 6-14.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For details, call (847) 708-8880 or go to


You will find out when you and your children, ages 6 and older, go on an Owl Prowl, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. There will be a night hike, games and activities. Cost is $6. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 17.

For details, call (847) 433-6901 or go to


Those invisible Whos are joined by Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters in Lynn Ahrens’ and Stephen Flaherty’s “Seussical Jr., The Musical.” Improv Playhouse Libertyville Showstoppers performs the show 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

For details, call (847) 968-4529 or go to


You don’t need reservations to have Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church, 244 E. Center St., Lake Bluff. Meal includes pancakes, sausages, juice, milk and coffee. Cost is $5 ages 3-12, $10 ages 13-adults. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis Charities. For details, call (847) 234-4150 or go to


Families are invited to drop in and create holiday cards, 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. All materials are provided. For details, call (847) 362-2330 or go to

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