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How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, April 10 - 12

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April 10 - 12
Fri: 7 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sun: 2 p.m.

Ethel M. Barber Theater

Book, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler
Directed by Rives Collins

Based on some of Aesop’s best-loved fables—Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Androcles and the Lion and The Ant and the Grasshopper—six students and a substitute teacher combine forces to turn an after-school detention into the madcap world of make believe. A charming children’s tale of joy and goodwill written by Northwestern University alumni Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler and directed by Rives Collins, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? is a critically acclaimed and high-spirited musical reveals universal truths for all ages.

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How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? [mp3]
Stuck in the Library [mp3]

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Look for the Children’s Humanities Festival, an interdisciplinary family arts festival offering dynamic multi-national performances and interactive events, in residence at the Josephine Louis Theater May 11-17, 2009.

Production Team

Dan Green, Music Director
Katie Spelman, Choreographer
Ryan Grossheim, Set Designer
David Hyman, Costume Designer
Alec Thorne, Lighting Designer
Florian Staab, Sound Designer
Katie Adams, Stage Manager

Featuring Devin Archer, Jennifer Ashley Eskew, Andrea Hochkeppel, Hannah Kahn, Nate Lewellyn, Annie Middleton, Drew Principe, and Danielle Gaines.