Launched in 1984 during the Ugandan civil war, the British Columbia-based African Children’s Choir project aims to provide educational opportunities for young people in East Africa who might otherwise never see the inside of a college classroom. The focus of that mission is the sharing of song, and the 40th choir in the organization’s history is scheduled to make two Lake County stops on its current Midwestern tour, starting with a free performance this Sunday, Dec. 8, at Waukegan Community Church.
Storefront windows along Genesee Street were painted this week with images of Christmas trees and the Mouse King from “The Nutcracker,” as volunteers from Waukegan Main Street prepared for the annual HolidayWauk on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Second City’s “Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Mainstage Theatre at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.
1. “Godspell,” a musical based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch. Jesus Christ, the disciples, John the Baptist, and more are depicted as the cast presents a series of parables and the Passion through skits, dancing, and singing to a variety of musical styles. Tickets are $10-16. (847) 395-3055; www.pmltheatre.com.
“The Magic of the Nutcracker’s” 25th anniversary will be the place of a very special reunion for three professional dancers. Former Joffrey Ballet dancers Stacy Keller, Mauro Villanueva and David Gombert will grace the stage in both Libertyville and Waukegan in starring roles. This will be the first time the three of them have performed together since their company days at Joffrey Chicago.
The Improv Playhouse Radio Players, the professional drama troupe of the Libertyville-based theatre company, is performing the live-staged radio drama of “Miracle on 34th Street”. David Stuart, Improv Playhouse Executive Producer, is thrilled to be directing and starring in one of the roles as well as casting Lake County talent.
Country music megastar Trace Adkins currently finds himself out on his very first Christmas show tour, putting on a production that elegantly combines the history and carols of the holiday season with some humor only the burly baritone can offer up.
“It’s a Wonderful Life ... in Lake Bluff” — the family-friendly celebration in the downtown business district — will mark its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Kids of all ages love the tale of “The Nutcracker,” but the ballet is sometimes a little long for preschoolers’ attention spans. Dancenter North has the answer.
“Mary Poppins” will be performed through Jan. 1. The musical, based on P.L. Travers’ beloved stories and the classic Disney film, features a magical score and thrilling dancing.
HolidayWauk will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown, Genesee Street between Lake Street and Grand Avenue.
Fans of famed Hollywood screenwriter, director and producer John Hughes will have a rare chance to tour his Lake Forest home — even the library where he wrote some of his most famous works — during the Winter Wonderwalk & Holiday Boutique benefit for Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The actor, who died Saturday, made five action films as cop Brian O’Conner, and that’s what fans would call him. “When I hear ‘It’s Brian!’ it’s cool,” Walker said last week. “I like Brian.”
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Wonderland Express, a light show, a miniature railroad garden, and the city of Chicago in miniature, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Jan. 5 at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
The Kirk Players will present “The Velveteen Rabbit” Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 at Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.