Redmoon Theater

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Yesterday a group of my family and friends attended a production at Redmoon Theater in Chicago. My brother Joe introduced us to this small company over ten years ago, and we have been hooked ever since. One of the other things I love about Redmoon is how they are involved in giving back to children in the community. I hope to be involved in something like this someday in the community where I live.
Each of Redmoon’s offerings are unique and wildly creative. This particular production is called “Once Upon a Time (Or the Secret Language of Birds). As all of Redmoon’s experiences, it is whimsical, childlike and really hard to describe! This production is called a “spectacle in miniature” as it involves puppetry and live performance. The story-line was beautifully told about a little girl and a retired wrestler that rescue the birds (and hopes and dreams) of the city where they live.

Costumes, puppets, music and sets are all original and meticulously made by hand from every-day objects. Amazing!! Following every show the audience (only around 100 people) is invited to come and ask questions of the cast, touch the puppets and go behind the scenes to see how everything works. As I looked behind the puppet stage, I noticed this quote cut out and taped to the wall as a reminder to the performers:

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he (or she) grows up.” — Pablo Picasso

“Once Upon a Time” runs until April 8, 2007 – take your friends and family to see it! Let me know if you decide to check this out.

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