85. Bataille Academie of the Danse Spring Show Opening Night

Bataille Academie 2013 Spring Recital Dress Rehearsal

 Tonight is opening night of the 44th annual spring recital presented by Barrington’s own Bataille Academie of the Danse. Over 400 area dancers will perform in this year’s show which has an Olympic theme and is called Go for the Gold. The last time I attended a Bataille recital was when I was performing on … Read more…

79. Get a Golden Ticket to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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 It’s a great weekend for Oompa Loompa spotting in Barrington!  Tomorrow is opening night for Barrington High School Theater’s latest performance, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I hear it’s shaping up to be a great show for adults and kids of all ages. It’s a quick show running just over one hour with no … Read more…

30. Guys and Dolls at Barrington High School

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 Over 100 student cast and crew members are in the midst of final rehearsals this week before opening night of the musical, Guys and Dolls, at Barrington High School this Thursday.  The school’s Choral Director, Nancie Tobison, is already giving the show’s performers rave reviews.  “I’ve lived in this town since 1976 and several of … Read more…

154. Discover “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift”

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For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night.  Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.

The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools.  She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain?  A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.

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101. Treat Your Tushie to the “Best Seat in the House”

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 Isn’t it always great to have the best seat in the house? Wouldn’t it be even better if that seat wasn’t 63 years old and “…re-stuffed, re-sprung and re-upholstered too many times to count!” Well, your dreams are about to come true and the booties of Barrington will benefit with a fun event happening this … Read more…

83. “A Christmas Carol” at Prairie Middle School

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

He’s cold.  He’s cranky.  And he’s coming soon to a theater near you! Ebeneezer Scrooge and the cast of A Christmas Carol will take the stage at Prairie Middle School this weekend and I hear eighth grader, Scott Jonske, plays one mean miser!

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

Because we could all use a close encounter with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come from time to time, the students at Prairie Middle School have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s performances.  They’ve practiced their lines, fine-tuned their adaptation and hope we’ll come out to see the shows this Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  After all, it’s just not Christmastime until you hear at least one “Bah Humbug!”

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3. Audition for the First Barrington Community Follies

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

Do you like to sing in the shower? Do your toes start tapping when you hear a snappy tune? Does your car become your stage when you sit down in the driver’s seat? Don’t waste all of that untapped talent by performing for yourself! Why not share it with the world in the first ever Barrington Community Follies?  That’s right, the Follies are coming to Barrington High School this summer and the sign-up and auditions begin this weekend.  How cool is that!!!

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

If you’re a singer, dancer, musician, comedian, writer or if you want to be part of the tech or costume crews, come on out to sign-up or audition for the ALL-AGES Barrington Community Follies this weekend.

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337. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 3-6

Mardi Gras Package at L'Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington

Because there are so many things planned for weekends in Barrington, today we’re debuting a weekly list of “Hot Happenings” for Thursdays through Sundays in Barrington. Our first event is a cool party that’s going on TONIGHT at L’Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie in South Barrington.

Mardi Gras Package at L'Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington

It’s a Mardi Gras celebration with Carnival Brazilian Dancers and a special Cajun 3-course dinner…

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290. Celebrate Dr. King by "Delivering the Dream"

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There’s a special celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy happening at Barrington High School tomorrow at 2PM. The Barrington Children’s Choir, Bataille Academy dancers, student groups and local church leaders will come together to share Dr. King’s message of pursuing dreams that make the world a better place.

The program is called “Delivering the Dream” and will last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Performers will bring to life specific voices from the past of great leaders like Dr. King, Cesar Chavez and Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Abraham Lincoln. “And in each case they will describe the dream they had to make the world better and how they were able to persevere and either achieve the dream or set in place the mechanism for others to live it out so that it wouldn’t die.” Community Church of Barrington Reverend, Dr. Zina Jacque, invited me to drop by their rehearsal yesterday.

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289. DASH to Cure Diabetes Presents The Second City

The Dash to Cure Diabetes Presented by The Second City

If you’re up for a little comedy to lighten the mood tonight, you’ll find it at Barrington High School. Performers from The Second City’s touring comedy group will take the stage at 8PM and you’ll be helping raise money for a great local cause in the process.

The Dash to Cure Diabetes Presented by The Second City

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for students and the show starts at 8PM. Founded in Chicago in 1959, THE SECOND CITY has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest stars. According to the touring performers’ website, SCTourco.com, you can expect the following at tonight’s performance:

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