ALL NEW 2012 MIDWINTER’S TALES: MIRACLES AND MIRTH
A Celebration Of and For Everyone
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday, December 8th
An invitation to you and your family and friends of all ages to welcome in the December holidays with Festival Theatre and the Oak Park River Forest Walk In Ministry.
Once again this year, as we have for five previous Decembers, professional performers and talented neighbors of all ages from nine to ninety plus come together to celebrate all the marvelous, merry madness of the holiday season. Following on last year’s record breaking community performed benefit Midwinter’s Tales: Peace, Joy and Hope, this year’s Midwinter’s Tales is subtitled Miracles and Mirth and feature all new material.
But this year this very special and cherish tradition will be held only ONE NIGHT, December 8.
To mark the first night of Hanukkah we’ll light the first candle as we hear musings by Paul Rudnick, Dani Shapiro, Steven Schnur, and Lemony Snickett’s “The Latke That Couldn’t Stop Screaming”. Christmas memories are conjured with the words of Mike Royko, Frank McCourt, John Henry Faulk, and Bill Bryson while the December child in us all will be delighted by Daniel J. Pinkwater and Jean Shephard and inspired by Maya Angelou. These and more delights will be performed by Festival Theatre all-stars such as (in alphabetical order) Belinda Bremner, Lucy Carr, Tony Dobrowolski, Jack Hickey, Mary Michell, Sara Nichol, Chris Rickett, Carin Silkaitis, and Kevin Theis and youngsters Miranda and Gwendoline Theis and Linus Engelhardt. Joining them are neighbors Lynda and Jake Shadrack, Rose Meyer, Ann O’Connor ad Margaret Moragne, Jerry Bloom, and Ken Trainor.
Music begins with The Madrigal Singers of Grace Episcopal and continues with performances by Ella Gill and Scott Daniels, Michael Swisher, Mark Pedigo, Jim Parks and students from North Central College. As a special treat there will be a visit from the Maiden Street School of Irish Dance.
Following the family friendly performance there will be the traditional and delicious all generations cider and home-made sweets and savories reception before the hearth in Unity House.
And once again, you’ll have the chance to win one or more of the dozen dazzling gift baskets donated by both Walk in Ministry and Festival Theatre. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece or 5 for $20.
Advance sale general admission is $20, seniors and students $15; $5 more at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE.
If you can’t attend but wish to donate, you can use this Network for Good link – all proceeds will be shared between OPFT and WIM.
Or just send us a check!
(Only checks from Illinois can be accepted. All others, please use the Network for Good link.)
Oak Park Festival Theatre
PO Box 4114
Oak Park IL 60303