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Theatrical “Skippyjon Jones” to charm young audiences Oct. 1 at Pfeiffer Hall

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Families are sure to enjoy North Central College’s presentation of “Skippyjon Jones,” a musical theatre production based on the award-winning children’s book by Judy Schachner.

Recommended for children in kindergarten through third grade, two hourlong matinees performed by Theatreworks USA will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. For an additional $2 per ticket, patrons may add an ice cream reception, taking place from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. the day of the performance.

Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams. Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama and sometimes he pretends to be a whale—anything but a Siamese cat.

When his mom sends him to his room so he can think about behaving like the cat he really is, Skippyjon’s wild imagination takes over again as he catches his reflection in a mirror. “Holy guacamole,” Skippyjon exclaims. “My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat—I am a chihuahua!”

And not just any Chihuahua. He dons a mask, a cape and an accent, and transforms into Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico. He runs into trouble, however, when the local pack of chihuahuas is terrorized by the gigantic bee, Alfredo Buzzito El Blimpo Bublebeeto Bandito. Watch as Skippyjon becomes either a fraidy-cat or the top dog.

From the creators of Theatreworks USA’s “Junie B. Jones” and “Click, Clack, Moo,” “Skippyjon Jones” is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Mayer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV’s “Friends”; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks.

North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors. These performances are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

08-19-2011