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

Rosary's "The Wizard of Oz" cast features (from left) Andreas Noel as the tin man, Greg Hoover as the lion, Julia Beltz as Dorothy, and Jared Beltz as the scarecrow. Lexie, who belongs to cast member Evelyn Scheel, is playing Toto.
Rosary's "The Wizard of Oz" cast features (from left) Andreas Noel as the tin man, Greg Hoover as the lion, Julia Beltz as Dorothy, and Jared Beltz as the scarecrow. Lexie, who belongs to cast member Evelyn Scheel, is playing Toto.


Rosary presents "The Wizard of Oz" Nov. 8-11: "The Wizard of Oz" will touch down Nov. 8-11 at Rosary High School, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora. Travel over the rainbow with Dorothy to the merry old land of Oz where she learns that no matter how far our journey takes us—there’s no place like home. The cast, crew, and pit orchestra includes more than 75 students from Rosary High School and Marmion Academy in Aurora, and a number of younger area students. Music is provided by members of the Rosary Symphony Orchestra, the Rosary Chamber Orchestra, and the Marmion-Rosary Band, and some local musicians. Show dates are Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online at Tickets may also be purchased by mail and in the Rosary school office. An order form can be found online. For additional information, call the school at 630-896-0831.

YPAC will present "Annie" Nov. 9-10: Scores of community youth will bring an American classic to life Nov. 9-10 with Your Performing Arts Center. Two casts – one based in Yorkville and one from Plainfield – will stage “Annie,” the Broadway musical, featuring favorite songs like “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” The shows feature youth, ages 5 to 17, who have been working closely together on the show for weeks, under the direction of YPAC staff. The 89 cast members represent towns including Yorkville, Plainfield, Plano, Oswego, Montgomery, Naperville, Joliet, Newark and Romeoville. Tickets now are on sale for all four shows. The Plainfield cast will take the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 11 a.m. Nov. 10, and the Yorkville cast performs at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 10. All performances are at Community Christian Church, 24035 W. Riverwalk Court, Plainfield. To order tickets online through Nov. 7, visit; they also will be available at the door for an additional fee.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Nov. 30 and Dec. 1: Tickets are now on sale for a family-friendly, local production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the classic story of a family of hoodlums who, in the process of wreaking havoc on the annual Christmas pageant, manage to find the meaning of the season after all. The play will be presented Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Sandwich Opera House, 144 E. Railroad St. The ensemble cast includes roles for 21 children and eight adults. The cast includes community actors from Sandwich, Somonauk, Yorkville and Newark. All proceeds will benefit the Gil Morrison Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Tickets and more information for the three performances are available at, or check out the Facebook Event Page.

Paramount Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz: You may have been to Oz before, but never like this. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scarecrow … and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. The Wizard of Oz will run Nov. 14 through Jan. 6 at the Paramount Theatre located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. For times and ticket information, visit


Yorkville Big Band: Yorkville Big Band invites you to end your weekend with some swingin' tunes and dancing at the Yorkville American Legion. Join the band on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. for swing dance lessons from Patricia Ray. Then, put your skills to the test with live music from the 21-piece Yorkville Big Band from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for ages 18 and under. Learn more about the band's monthly swing dances at

Christmas program to benefit Open Door: The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will perform a benefit concert for the Open Door Rehabilitation Center of Sandwich. This Christmas music program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Sandwich Opera House. Buy tickets online at or in person at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St.; Just in Time Heating & Air, 115 S. Wolfe St., Sandwich; and Platinum Tan, 1310 E. Church St., Sandwich. General admission prices are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students.

Indian Valley Community Band holiday concert: A Holiday Concert performed by Indian Valley Community Band will again benefit the Franklin Mall Christmas Project. The concert will be held at the Opera House in Sandwich, 140 E. Railroad Street, on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 2 pm. There is no admission charge, but non-perishable food items or monetary donations will be accepted to benefit the Sandwich Lions Club Franklin Mall Christmas Project. For more information about the Indian Valley Community Band Holiday Concert, feel free to contact Deb at 815-786-6752.


Remembering Our Veterans: Discover Oswego’s fighting men and women through an extensive display of rarely seen military artifacts selected from the Little White School Museum’s permanent collection, including items used during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A Wall of Honor will feature photographs of over 200 Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force personnel from the Oswego area, and a special exhibit honors those military personnel with direct Oswego connections who were killed in action from the Civil War to Vietnam. All ages are welcome to this free event, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 11. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St., Oswego. For more information, visit

“A Fox River Testimony” at Schingoethe Center: A project featuring the Fox River in 73 original oil paintings will be exhibited at the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora, through Dec. 14. The paintings are the work of plein air artist Joel Sheesley, who partnered with The Conservation Foundation for Art of the Fox as part of its Fox River Initiative. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his field experiences along with photos of the paintings in a 160-page coffee table book titled “A Fox River Testimony,” which will be available for purchase at the exhibit for $49.95. For information on the exhibit, visit and

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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email or visit The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals/special events

Veterans Day Parade: The City of Aurora recognizes the dedication of local military service men and women that have served our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Nov. 11. The parade steps off at the corner of Benton and Broadway at 10:15 a.m. ending at the GAR Memorial Hall, where the "Honoring All Who Served" ceremony takes place. During the ceremony, Mayor Richard C. Irvin and other dignitaries will pay tribute to veterans, and a special military rifle salute will commence at 11:11 a.m. The Keynote Speaker is Lieutenant Lauren Carthan, Senior Naval Science Instructor of the East Aurora Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. After the ceremony the GAR will be open for tours. Veterans Day parade, ceremony and tours are free and open to the public.

Viking ship tours: Geneva’s life-size replica Viking ship, called the Viking, will host tours at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva. Upcoming tour dates include Nov. 11. Guided and self-guided tours will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes until 3:30 p.m. For information, call 630-753-9412, email or visit

Annual Bridge Bust Jan. 12: Registration is open for seventh annual Bridge Bust Competition on Jan. 12. Families, community members, 4-H’ers and students from DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties once again will put their engineering skills to the test in the annual 4-H competition. Registration is now open until Nov. 12, building begins in late November, and bridges will be put to the test in January. There are opportunities for a variety of ages, groups and levels. More information is available at

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