For the uninitiated, Chicago's famed Redmoon Theatre has built a reputation on spectacle, multimedia, and fun. Their upcoming family-friendly Skelebration will be no exception.
From the moment guests step inside this sensory carnival, they'll be immersed in a world of nostalgia, Victorian delights, and oddities of the most enchanting variety.
Focusing on celebrating Halloween and the fall season in a completely new way, this gore-free event from the minds of Producing Artistic Director Frank Maugeri and Artistic Associate Will Bishop will provide experiences your kiddos couldn't imagine in their wildest dreams: Playing on an indoor park with decorated swings hanging from the rafters? Zipping around on [provided] rollerskates in the Dinky Rink? Building masks for use in a parade alongside Redmoon performers (and soundtracked by gargantuan mobile DJ devices)? They'll do all that and more in Redmoon's 57,000 square foot space - nearly 45,000 square feet of which will be used for Skelebration.
Parents will also have a blast - the likes of which are rarely felt at your typical all-ages experience - while enjoying food provided by Whole Foods Market and Cabot Creamery Cooperative.
Picture getting to view your child perform behind Redmoon's mammoth shadow puppet screen while listening to terrific folk and rock acts from around the city. Or racing your offspring around on bicycles (provided, or you can bring your own!) throughout the gorgeously decorated space.
There's your chance to see Redmoon's famed Laika's Coffin, a heartbreakingly lovely and ingenious suitcase puppet opera . . . or you can just look up and marvel at the overhead acrobats.
My gals and I were able to preview the space and spectacular mechanical devices which will be employed in this celebration; both my two-year-old and four-year-old were mesmerized and jonesing to see more.
Refreshingly sans horror, Skelebration is truly an incredible event for kids of all ages and promises to be utterly wonderful. Admission includes a two-hour entrance, food, activities, and enough wonder to last them all season long.
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 2-3, 2013
2p.m. - 4p.m.
5p.m. - 7p.m.
2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
Tix and info: 312.850.8440 (x123) or www.redmoon.org
Keely Flynn is a Chicago playwright, freelance writer, and blogger living with three young children, an extraordinarily tolerant husband, and two cats who just try to make it through the day without being ridden like ponies. Check out her personal blog, lollygagblog.com.
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