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2017-18 Performances:
Arnie The Doughnut
Montauciel Takes Flight
Anna Karenina
You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
Fillet of Solo 2018
Concert Reading Series
Montauciel Takes Flight
Jan 13 – Feb 18, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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"This entertaining little musical by James E. Grote and Russell J. Coutinho, aimed at ages five and up, will enchant audiences of all ages... Lifeline Theatre once again demonstrates that they’re one of Chicago’s finest theatre companies, providing delightful and inspiring plays and musicals for young audiences."  –Chicago Theatre Review
"You know a children’s show is successful if the kids are singing the songs on the car ride home... As a parent I celebrated that this play links science to everyday problem solving and brings to life an exciting but oft overlooked historical event, the invention of the hot air balloon. Parents may well find themselves just as inspired by the show’s spirit as their kids."  –Rescripted

Montauciel’s name may mean “climb-to-the-sky,” but for all her life the young ewe has been stuck on the ground. Then one day, her adventurous spirit carries her to the town of Annonay, where she teams up with the legendary Montgolfier brothers. Bringing her ingenuity and love of science to bear, Montauciel helps the two scientists invent the hot air balloon, and she soon finds herself captaining the first “manned” test flight, with a duck and a rooster as trusty co-pilots. Take a leap into the unknown and realize your full potential with this world premiere musical inspired by the story of the first living creatures to take to the skies in a human-made flying machine.

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

A world premiere musical inspired by true events
Book by James E. Grote
Music & Lyrics by Russell J. Coutinho
Directed by Aileen McGroddy

Special Performances
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, January 27
   Touch tour: 10am
   Performance: 11am

Open Captioning
Sunday, January 28 at 11am and 1pm

Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance
Sunday, February 4 at 3pm
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Selection from Montauciel Takes Flight. Music & Lyrics by Russell J. Coutinho

Join us any Saturday or Sunday at noon during the run of Montauciel Takes Flight (following the 11am show, or before the 1pm show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour.
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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