Family Friendly: Campers put on ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’
The Curtains Up! campers of the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts have tackle "Music Man Jr." previously (pictured) and now they are putting on "Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr." The show will be on stage Aug. 18.
Updated: September 2, 2012 10:39AM
There’s no underage drinking in “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” being performed by 55 fourth- through eighth-graders in the Curtains Up! summer camp program at Metropolis School of the Performing Arts. In the original version of this flapper-era musical, characters are arrested for possessing alcohol during Prohibition. In this version, their offense is being too loud.
“It’s a very challenging show,” Director Amy Malcom admitted. “It has huge group numbers full of dancing, including tapping, and singing with harmonies. It has some great characters that can really challenge the kids.”
The plot revolves around the young Millie, a recent New York transplant, who discovers she doesn’t fit in with the “modern” crowd.
Malcom is confident her actors will deliver winning performances.
“This cast is very talented,” she said.
Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Tickets are $7 each, $5 for children 12 and younger.
For details, call (847) 577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com.
A grumpy creature fights to protect his world in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” the Saturday Cinema selection, noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. You’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch to this drop-in showing of the PG-rated film, but no popcorn. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
For details, call (847) 566-8702 or visit www.fremontlibrary.org.
Lasso the kids
... and bring them to the Bike Rodeo, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Youngsters will have a chance to try the rodeo’s course. They will also learn about bike safety from Wheeling Police Department officers.
For details, call (847) 459-2645 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
All fired up
Children can climb aboard fire trucks and attempt the kids’ firefighter challenge course when FireZone visits Family Day, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave. They can also learn what it’s like to waddle like a penguin from Shedd Aquarium staff who will be at the free event, too.
For details, call (847) 385-7500 or visit www.arlingtonpark.com/familyday.
Super fun for everyone
Toddlers will try obstacle courses, play rhythm instruments, blow bubbles and more during Superkids, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, or 9:15 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, at Barrington Park District’s Fitness and Recreation Center, 235 Lions Dr. Parents must participate. The cost is $43 for residents, $54 for nonresidents.
For details, call (847) 381-0687 or visit www.barringtonparkdistrict.org.