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Family Friendly: Drury Lane Theatre’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ offers silliness and satire

There will be slapstick, comedy and general silliness when Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults’ presents “Sleeping Beauty” throughout the month of May.
There will be slapstick, comedy and general silliness when Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults’ presents “Sleeping Beauty” throughout the month of May.

Grownups will be as entertained by the Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults’ production of “Sleeping Beauty” as will their kids. “There are times when somebody falls down and crashes, and the children will laugh hysterically,” said director and choreographer Tammy Mader. “But there’s also some adult-type satire. There’s a nod to a famous movie here and there.”

Mader praised Marc Robin’s reimagining of the classic tale. “There’s a lot of charm in the comedy of it,” she said. “Also, he investigates a lot of different musical styles. We’ve got three fairies who sing like the Andrews Sisters. Then we’ve got this evil fairy who comes on like a rock star.”

Costumes are bright in this version set in Colorland, with each character associated with a different color.

Performances are 10 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays (excluding May 1, 3, 28, 29 and 30) at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets are $15.

For details, call (630) 530-0111 or go to www.drurylane.com.

SAMPLE SUMMER

The Clarendon Hills Park District has lots of classes planned for this summer. Your kids can sample some at a Summer Kick-Off, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Clarendon Hills Middle School Gym, 301 Chicago Ave. Staff members will answer questions.

For details, call (630) 323-2626 or go to www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.

UNDER THE BIG TOP

Kids can picture animal acts at Here Comes the Circus Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They will hear “Extraordinary Jane” by Hannah E. Harrison and “The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

GEM OF AN EVENT

Creations by artists from around the world will be displayed at Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in Wilder Park outside the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. There will be lapidary art demonstrations outdoors. Museum admission is free both days.

For details, call (630) 833-1616 or go to epd.org.

TRIPLE TREAT

There will be three great things to do at Family Fun Friday Night, 6-8 p.m. May 9 at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Leisure Hobbies of Naperville will demonstrate remote control cars. Everyone can accompany on air guitar top students from Naperville’s School of Rock. Salt Creek Ballet trainees will lead an introductory class.

For details, call (630) 637-8000 or go to dupagechildrens.org.

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