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First Floor Theater Presents: Tollbooth: A Clown Show
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Sales for this event have ended. Walk up tickets will be available at the door one hour before show time. To get to the Humboldt Park Field House: If you are coming via the CTA, bike, or on foot, rather than cutting through the park, we recommend searching directions for the intersection of - North Ave and Humboldt Drive (and then walking south on Humboldt) or - Division and N. Sacramento Ave (and then walking north on Sacramento which will turn into Humboldt Drive) and then: - turn up the marked driveway on the west side of the street for the Field House. Driving directions: Driving from the south via 290 W: Take 90/94 W to 290 W; Exit 290 W at California; Continue straight; Turn right at Sacramento; Continue on Sacramento which will turn into Humboldt Drive After you cross Division, there will be a driveway on your left-hand side leading to the Field House if you reach North Ave, you've gone too far. Driving from the north via Western Ave: Take Western Ave south; Make a right on North Ave; Make a left on Humboldt Drive; There will be a driveway on your right-hand side leading to the Field House if you reach Division, you've gone too far. Driving from the south via Western Ave: Take Western Ave north; Make a left on Division; Make a right on Sacramento Ave, which will turn into Humboldt Drive; There will be a driveway on your left-hand side leading to the Field House if you reach North Ave, you've gone too far.


First Floor Theater Presents: Tollbooth: A Clown Show
This spring, First Floor Theater is excited to partner with the Chicago Park District to present the world premiere of Tollbooth: A Clown Show  a clown and object theater piece for all ages, performing in the Humboldt Park Field House Gym. Over the past eight months, First Floor Theater Artistic Director, Will Bishop, and Chicago performer, Scott Ray Merchant, have worked with a core ensemble of clowns/physical performers and a large team of visual artists and builders to create an original piece of theater inspired loosely by Norton Juster's classic children's book The Phantom Tollbooth.

This show also pilots First Floor's education program. Every Sunday before the Tollbooth performance, our teaching artists will lead two teams of up to 20 children each from the Humboldt Park community in a free workshop that focuses on clowning and shadow puppetry to engage and encourage imagination and confidence in the young artists we will work with.  Each workshop will run for about an hour and every child in the workshop will be able to see the production following for free, which allows the children to learn the crafts that made the show, and then witness them in action. Each student will walk away from the workshops ready to share in the experience of watching Tollbooth with a new perspective, ready to learn from the show that the triumph of imagination is something they can take with them for future projects, and knowing that they can see their dreams come to life on the stages around them.

Set in an interactive, re-imagined children's birthday party, Tollbooth explores the wonder inherent in the world around us, celebrating the power of imagination to change the world.

The production team for Tollbooth: A Clown Show includes:

Jackie Valdez (Set Design), Molly FitzMaurice (Dramaturgy), Amanda Cantlin (Light Design), Bobby Huggins (Sound Design), Alexis Chaney (Costume Design), Dav Yendler (Puppet Illustrator), Grace Needlman (Puppet Designer), Evan Garrett (Shadow Puppet Designer), Cara Feeney and Ellie Terrell (Toy Theater Designers), Kelsey Just (Scroll Designer), John Szymanski (Composer), Andrew Rovner (Technical Director), and Markie Gray (Production Manager).

Our performers are: Kyle Geissler, Kate Healy, Alex Knapp, Shaw Nigro, Tim Martin, Chris Mueller, Kasey O'Brien and Angelica Roque.

Location: Humboldt Park Field House West Gym, 1400 N. Sacramento Chicago, IL

NOTE: Please refer to Facebook event for directions! It can be a little tricky to get to.

Dates: April 24-May 18, 2014.

Show Times: Thursday, Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 3pm & 6pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

NOTE: There will be no shows on May 10th.

Tickets: $20 general admission, $12 students. Thursdays are Pay What You Can and Sundays are free for children and accompanying adults.



United States


Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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