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Miss Buncle's Book
Mr. Popper's Penguins
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Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
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Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
March 19 – April 24, 2016 (No performances Easter Sunday, March 27)
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Illustration by K.G. Campbell

"THREE AND A HALF STARS - When it comes to children’s theater, Lifeline knows what they’re doing... Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is a satisfying treat for families."  –Chicago Theater Beat
"Recommended - Snappy and engaging musical numbers... The small and talented cast plays dual roles and did a great job of it... Discovery’s a thrill so explore this show and have fun with your friends and family."  –Chicago Critic
"Recommended - A silly, sweet, story with much of the pleasure coming from adapter/costume designer Aly Renee Amidei’s hilarious, truly dreadful sweaters."  –Chicago Reader

One terrible morning, Cousin Clara presents young Lester with the gift of a hand-knit sweater… and it is DREADFUL: shriveled yet saggy and smothered with pom-poms. Lester (who likes things just so) is mortified to wear it, but his parents insist and the kids at school tease him relentlessly. When he ruins the sweater “by accident,” Clara just makes others, each more ghastly than the last. To restore his neatly ordered life and save face on the playground, Lester must find a way to stop the endless parade of horrifying sweaters once and for all. Enter a fashion nightmare and embrace your inner clown in this world premiere musical based on the charming 2012 book by K.G. Campbell.

Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.

Based on the book by K.G. Campbell
Script by Aly Renee Amidei
Lyrics by Aly Renee Amidei, Julie Tallarida & Scott Tallarida
Music by Scott Tallarida
Directed by Heather Currie

Special Performances
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, March 26
   Touch tour: 10:00am
   Performance: 11:00am

Open Captioning
Saturday, April 2 at 1:00pm

Autism-Friendly Performance
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00pm

Visit our Accessibility page for more information.

Special thanks to Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative for service as an advisor.

Excerpt from Lester's Dreadful Sweaters.
Music by Scott Tallarida. Lyrics by Aly Renee Amidei, Julie Tallarida & Scott Tallarida

Join us any Saturday or Sunday at noon during the run of Lester's Dreadful Sweaters (following the 11am show, or before the 1pm show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. (No session Easter Sunday, March 27.)
An interactive storytelling session with on-your-feet theatre games exploring the book behind the play — all designed to make positive connections between your children and literature that will last a lifetime.
Only $5 per child for the workshop! Reservations are recommended (though not required).
Contact the box office at 773-761-4477 for more information.

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