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As we ease into the season of the holidays, our thoughts turn naturally to food, fun, drinks and…great local theatres…

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“I’ll Be Seeing You”
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

An original story by Reba Hervas and Megan Schier featuring popular music from the 1940’s. November 24 – December 16 World Premier! In December of 1941 lives of American citizens were forever changed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. All Americans rallied together to show support and USO canteens sprang into action. The lives of radio stars, entertainers, soldiers and the girl next door intertwine in Chicago. As the pages on the calendar turn, the music of the 40’s brings home to the front and the holiday spirit to each heart. Alive with high-octane dance numbers, and dreamy ballads this original musical is one you want you won’t want to miss. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets, visit http://www.overshadowed.orgor call 630.634.2100.
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“The Nutcracker”
Prairie Center for the Arts

The Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends December 1 through December 10. Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 18th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  The Schaumburg Youth Choir and Children’s Chorus join the orchestra in a variety of carols and audience sing-alongs.  For tickets, visit www.prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.
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“The Original Harlem Globetrotters”
Allstate Arena

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for our action-packed World Tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.  Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). Friday, December 29th at 2pm + 7pm. 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Tickets are available at the Allstate Arena Box Office, www.Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster retail locations.

“Magical Holiday Extravaganza”
Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Bring the entire family and create joyful memories together at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Holiday Extravaganza. Stephen Squires, conducts, with Leila Bowie, soprano, Joe Shadday, tenor, the Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective all performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. December 9, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 10, 2:30 pm. Hemmens Cultural Center.  Tickets: www.ElginSymphony.Org  or 847-888-4000. The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience.
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“Jersey Boys”
The Genesee Theatre

Celebrate the greatest songs of the ‘60s with the Midtown Men, four stars from the Tony® Award winning musical “Jersey Boys.” They’re bringing their Rat Pack-style holiday concert plus songs by The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Seasons and more! Friday, Dec. 1st at 8 p.m.
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A Garfield Christmas: Live On Stage!”

The Genesee Theatre

A Garfield Christmas: Live On Stage! Everyone’s favorite feline, Garfield, is ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 3 p.m. Garfield will brighten your holiday season with his token wisecracks. This lively holiday musical features timeless sing-along favorites the whole family will enjoy.
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“Michael Carbonaro Live!”
The Genesee Theatre

From his hit TV show “The Carbonaro Effect,” comes Michael Carbonaro Live! Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Using magic and pranks to keep unsuspecting targets guessing and viewers laughing, each show is packed with laughs, audience interaction and hilarious video clips. It’s great family fun!
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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo”
The Genesee Theatre

Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings incredibly life-like prehistoric creatures to the stage like you’ve never seen them before. Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7 p.m. Your paleontologist/host and his master puppeteers take you through an unforgettable interactive adventure. 203 N Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085. www.GeneseeTheatre.com Tickets are available on www.Ticketmaster.com and at the Genesee Theatre Box Office.
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“Elf The Musical”

Paramount Theatre

ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS? BUDDY THE ELF IS!

Join Buddy as he journeys past the Candy Cane Forest to New York City, in search of his long lost father. Imagine Buddy’s horror when he finds out his dad doesn’t share his love for Christmas. But this infectiously-cheerful wannabe elf won’t let a little problem like that deter him from changing people’s hearts and minds.

Based on the hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell movie, Elf The Musical is one of those rare holiday shows that will have both kids and adults lighting up with laughter, humming tunes like “A Christmas Song” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” and rediscovering what it means to be a family. So grab your buddies – and your Christmas cheer – and get ready to sing loud for all to hear! The magical holiday treat runs November 22 through January 7 at Paramount Theatre in Aurora.  Rated G. Tickets at www.paramountaurora.com or 630-896-6666.
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