Open Eye Figure Theatre’s adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for the marionette stage is a look at youth, aging, and the allure of power. Creator Michael Sommers uses Goethe’s 1797 poem Der Zauberlehrling as inspiration, expanding on the young apprentice’s mishaps and mistakes in this original work with a unique Open Eye approach. With it’s highly-designed production, original score, and masterful puppetry, the show appeals to both adults and children.

Limited school matinees available January 25-27 
Reserve at adventurestage.org

ABOUT THE SHOW

Open Eye Figure Theatre’s adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for the marionette stage is a look at youth, aging, and the allure of power. Creator Michael Sommers uses Goethe’s 1797 poem Der Zauberlehrling as inspiration, expanding on the young apprentice’s mishaps and mistakes in this original work with a unique Open Eye approach. With it’s highly-designed production, original score, and masterful puppetry, the show appeals to both adults and children.

 

 

ARTISTS

Open Eye Figure Theatre is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was created by Michael Sommers who serves as Artist-in-Residence and is Co-Founder of Open Eye. He is recognized as one of the country’s most ingenious theater artists and is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Sommers’ numerous awards include two Bush Fellowships, two McKnight Theatre Fellowships, a Ford Fellowship and the Bush Enduring Vision Award. Most recently he received the Doris Duke Impact Award. His signature work includes A Prelude to Faust, Elijah’s Wake, Strumply Peter, The Clumsy Man, The Holiday Pageant, and many others.

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Michael Sommers

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PRESENTERS

Blair Thomas & Co. is the organization behind the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Blair Thomas, the company has been creating original, intimate puppet theater works since 2002.

A program of Northwestern Settlement, Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) is one of the only theaters in Chicago to develop and present works specifically for the pre-teen and teenage audience. Adventure Stage Chicago creates and tells heroic stories about young people in order to engage the community and inspire everyone to be a hero in their own lives. ASC also offers: Neighborhood Bridges, the in-classroom arts residency program; Trailblazers, a youth mentoring arts program; summer drama camps; and drama instruction in the Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School. Adventure Stage Chicago is a member of IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and TYA/USA.

The Vittum Theater is owned and operated by Northwestern Settlement. The 299-seat theater was built in 1998 and is named after Harriet Elizabeth Vittum, head resident of Northwestern Settlement from 1907 to 1947. Vittum Theater is located at 1012 N. Noble St. in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. In addition to hosting multiple performances and other events, Vittum Theater is also the home of resident theatre company Adventure Stage Chicago.

 

 

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