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A&E calendar: Music, theater and more in Kendall County

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Several downtown Yorkville businesses are hosting a St. Patrick’s festival on Saturday, March 18. The festival will include a 5K race and over a dozen musical acts. For more information, a schedule of music and details about signing up for the 5K, visit facebook.com/stpatricksyorkville.

Theater/Auditions

Limelight Theater presents "The Crooked House" March 18: The Oswegoland Park District’s Limelight Theater Company will presents a radio play adaptation of "The Crooked House" on Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Little White School Museum (72 Polk Street). Adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel, this whodunit finds Charles Hayward investigating the death of his fiancée Sophia’s grandfather in the aftermath of World War II. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors. All seats are general admission and tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information about this show or to purchase tickets, visit limelighttheatrecompany.org.

Murder at the Millhurst March 15: Fox Country Players will present a murder mystery dinner on Wednesday, March 15. Dinner guests will participate in an interactive game to deduce “whodunit” while enjoying a complete dinner. This month’s “Murder at the Millhurst” theme is entitled “Saturday Night Cleaver.” Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, with an entree choice of rotisserie chicken or pasta primavera. Dinner also includes soup or salad, bread, and a soft drink. The Millhurst Ale House is located at 2075 Marketview Drive, which is at the corner of Route 47 and Kennedy Road. For more information or to order tickets online, visit foxcountryplayers.org. Call 630-234-5459 for more information.

Nomad Theatre Company will present "Wizard of Oz": Tickets are now on sale for "The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition" at Nomad Theatre Company in St. Charles for March 17, 18 and 19. The Young Performers’ Edition of "The Wizard of Oz" is a one-hour adaptation specially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged actors. The materials have been prepared to mount the best possible production and to give children an exciting and rewarding experience. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Actors in this production are ages 7 to 12, and are from as far away as Montgomery and Streamwood. The show will be presented at the Arts Center of St. Charles, 2422 W. Main St. Suite 2B, St. Charles. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets should be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com.

"Sex Please, We're Sixty" opens April 28 in Morris: The Morris Theatre Guild Inc. will present Michael and Susan Parker's comedy, "Sex Please, We're Sixty" at the Morris Theatre Guild, located at 516 W. Illinois Ave. (Canalport Community Center) in Morris. "Sex Please, We're Sixty" opens on Friday, April 28, at the Morris Theatre Guild. Additional performances will be held April 29-30 and May 5-7. All Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and both Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information on group sales, house buy-outs or other information, call Director Matt Johnson at 630-417-9014 or visit the guild’s website at morristheatreguild.org.

Morris Theatre Guild seeks script proposals: The Morris Theatre Guild Inc., a not-for-profit community theater, is looking for script proposals for its 2017-18 season. There are slots for four main stage shows (fall, winter, spring and summer). Visit morristheatreguild.org and fill out the director proposal form. Send the director proposal form and a copy of the script to Morris Theatre Guild Inc., 516 W. Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450. All scripts and proposals must be submitted to the Morris Theatre Guild by March 31.

Concerts/Music

Fox Valley Orchestra concerts March 11, 12: The Fox Valley Orchestra, with Maestro Brian Groner at the podium, will perform concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Batavia Fine Arts Center, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Crimi Auditorium on the campus of Aurora University. Concertgoers will hear selections from Mozart, Glazunov and Schumann. Masha Lakisova will be guest violin soloist. Pre-concert discussions, led by Jim Kendros, will be held 45 minutes before each performance. For tickets ($8 to $15) or more information, call 630-891-2526, email tickets@foxvalleyorchestra.orgor visit foxvalleyorchestra.org.

Exhibits

Waubonsee student art display: The Waubonsee Community College Art Department and Aurora Downtown Campus Café present “All Together Now,” a group show featuring the various works of Waubonsee students. The show is open in the Waubonsee Aurora Downtown Campus Café, located on the first floor at 18 S. River St. in downtown Aurora, until April 19. Viewing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Yellow House Artists present "Art Matters”: Yellow House Artists present their winter show, “Art Matters,” now through March 25 at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Artwork will be for exhibit and sale. More information about the group can be found at yellowhouseartists.com or Yellow House Artists on Facebook.

Geneva replica Norwegian Viking ship sets April-October tours: The Viking, a replica Norwegian Viking longship displayed at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva, will host public tours on 10 days during 2017. Traditional visit days include the third Saturday of each month from April through October. Extra visit days include June 24-25 in observance of Swedish Days. Visit days are scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on April 15, May 20, June 18, June 24-25, July 8, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. Guided group tours begin every 30 minutes. Self-guided viewing is also available. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free.

Oswego History: You’ll find plenty of local history at Oswego’s Little White School Museum at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For more information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or visit littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org. The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals and special events

St. Patrick's festival in downtown Yorkville March 18: Several downtown Yorkville businesses are hosting a St. Patrick’s festival on Saturday, March 18. The festival will include a 5K race and over a dozen musical acts. Live performances from Jon Conover, The Gleeson Irish Trio, Stephen Bores, County Line Brothers and more will take place throughout the day. The music begins at 9:30 a.m. at Southbank BBQ and the 5K race starts at 10 a.m. Other participating locations include Casa Santiago, Law Office Pub and Music Hall, Roadhouse Bar and Grill, Rowdys, and Suzy’s Bar and Grill. For more information about the event, schedule of music and details about signing up for the 5K race, visit facebook.com/stpatricksyorkville.

Easter in the Country March 11: The 38th annual Easter in the Country arts, crafts and bake sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at three locations in Sandwich. The show is held at the Sandwich High School, Lynn Haskin Grade School and the Sandwich Middle School. The grade school address is 720 S. Wells St.; it is located between the other two schools. This year's show will only run for one day. Admission is $3; a hand stamp will allow you into each building. There will be a shuttle bus service for easy access to all three buildings. Features beautiful crafts such as painted windows, needle felting, pop can jewelry, hair bows, spoon jewelry, dog treats and handmade baskets. There will be 110 crafters representing 60 Illinois towns and the states of Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. 

Spring craft fair March 18: The Oswego Senior Center will host a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The Oswego Senior Center is located at 156 E. Washington St., Oswego. The fair will be held in the gymnasium, dining room, library and hallways. Admission is free. There will be door prizes and raffles. For more information, call 630-554-5602.

Children's choir fundraiser: A benefit dinner for the Swedish American Children's Choir will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and dessert. Dinner tickets are by reservation only and carry out orders are available. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children 3 to 10 years old, and free for those under 3. Call the choir office 630-414-9700 for reservations.

Holy Angels School Seraphim Ball fundraiser March 11: Holy Angels Catholic School will be hosting its 11th annual Seraphim Ball on Saturday, March 11, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Pipers Banquets in Aurora. This year’s Roaring Twenties-inspired theme, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” promises to be a roaring good time for all. The gala will provide parents, parishioners and local community members with a fun-filled way to celebrate and support a school committed to the spiritual formation and education of children in the Fox Valley area for over 100 years. Guests will enjoy a swanky evening of fundraising, music and spirits – including hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner, a live deejay, raffles, silent and live auctions, and a premium open bar. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, contact Yvette McCue (designsbyyvette@msn.com) or Amy Malatt (amalatt@comcast.net).

Potpourri

“Threads” and More Group: The “Threads” and More group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Historical Room of the Yorkville Public Library, 902 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. This group is a combination of people who like to knit, crochet, quilt, sew or needlepoint. No registration needed, just bring your unfinished project to work on during the meeting.

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