stages

For more than 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has celebrated individuals, communities, and cultures with its vibrant year-round programming. 2015 marks the 16th year of CHF's amazing Stages, Sights & Sounds International Children's Theater Festival. From May 7-20, Stages, Sights & Sounds will feature inaugural theater productions from around the world, world class puppetry performances, and readings with children's book authors.

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This year's Stages, Sights & Sounds festival promises to be one of the largest and most diverse in CHF history, with international and local artists offering 40 programs within a three-week period. Programs are just $7 for children and $14 for adults, making this festival an affordable means to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of live theater!

“This year’s festival is more diverse than ever. We’re bringing terrific international performers to Chicago, and showcasing some of our hometown favorites,” shared CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy. “And in addition to performance, there are film, photography, and writing programs. It’s a great way to celebrate more than 15 years of bringing quality, affordable programs to area families and young audiences.”

Stages, Sights & Sounds will host productions from theater companies as far away as Scotland (The Secret Life of Suitcases by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker) and Canada (Ondin by L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionettes), but will also tackle child homelessness (The Homestretch by Kartemquin Films) and teach children the fine art of creating a manifesto to push their own personal causes and beliefs (826CHI). Hands-on experiences are also on the menu of fun and learning, including a Lego stopmotion animation workshop and a camera obscura workshop with the Liminal Camera.

Performances will hit the stage at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave.). Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children (17 and under) and are on sale now at chicagohumanities.org/stages or via the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.