Freedom Hall Announces 2008-2009 Series

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Nancy Hays salutes Henry Mancini in February at Freedom Hall. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Freedom Hall announces the 2008-2009 Series for the intimate 330-seat Nathan Manilow Theatre in Park Forest. For over 30 years, internationally renown performers plus inexpensive tickets, free parking and a convenient location have brought patrons to Freedom Hall to experience live theatre. This year, fourteen events are offered in the main, children’s, and seniors series. Ticket are on sale now, pleases visit the web site at www.FreedomHall.org or call 708-747-0580 for more information.

2008-2009 Season

The Queen of Bingo
Saturday, October 18, 8 pm
In the tradition of the hilarious Harvey Korman and Tim Conway sketches from the old Carol Burnett Show, comes the stage comedy The Queen of Bingo! Two zany guys (portraying two crazy gals) want to add a little zest, fun and excitement to their lives…but where to find it? BINGO! The audience joins in the fun during the “Middle Bird Special” – a real Bingo game where some lucky audience member wins a 10lb. frozen turkey
This performance is sponsored by Bimba Manufacturing and Sun Ray Heating, Inc.

Mama’s Night Out
Friday, November 14, 8 p.m.
You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy the hilarious comedy provided by the finalists of Nick at Nite’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America. The three talented ladies will leave you wanting to hear more of their views on life and laughter!
This performance is sponsored by Michael J. Cap, Ltd. and J. Murray and Associates, Inc.

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Cherish the Ladies
Friday, December 12, 8 p.m.
Whether they are singing traditional Irish melodies and carols like "The Holly and the Berry " and "The Wexford Carol" or holiday standards like "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Silent Night," Cherish the Ladies reinvent the holiday songbook with Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and world-class Irish step-dancing.
This performance is sponsored by Michael J. Cap, Ltd. and Sun Ray Heating, Inc.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Saturday, February 21, 3 p.m.
The company of dynamic dancers and musicians celebrate the human spirit through traditional and social African and African-American dance. Muntu offers a repertoire that ranges from ritual African dances, performed as they were centuries ago, to contemporary choreography.
This performance is sponsored by Michael J. Cap, Ltd. and US Bank Park Forest

The Chenille Sisters
Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.
Celebrating Women’s History Month, The Chenille Sisters weave a tapestry out of their own fresh inimitable creations, obscure covers and a classic here and there for good measure.
This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Michael J. Cap, Ltd.

The Four Aces
Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.
The Four Aces, one of the finest singing groups of all time, bring their hits, soft shoe routines and subtle brand of humor to the intimate Nathan Manilow Theatre. Classics such as “Three Coins in a Fountain”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, “Stranger in Paradise” and many more wonderful songs will be performed by these internationally acclaimed showmen.
This performance is sponsored by La Quinta Inn and Suites, Matteson

Senior Series
The Senior Series is sponsored by Great Lakes Bank

Jack Benny starring Eddie Carroll
Tuesday, October 7, 11 am
Veteran stage and television actor Eddie Carroll’s one-man show, Laughter in Bloom, goes beyond mere imitation of Benny’s familiar catch phrases and mannerisms. It’s a captivating performance that has Jack Benny himself leading us on a fascinating tour of his rich and colorful life and illustrious career that spanned six decades…from vaudeville to films, from the Broadway Stage to radio and television, to concerts and personal appearances.

“Let Freedom Sing”
Tuesday, November 4, 11 a.m.
The ever popular Maureen Christine and ensemble return with an all new patriotic performance featuring herald trumpeters. The salute to our veterans will include medleys and favorite selections including The Stars and Stripes Forever, You’re A Grand Old Flag, and Proud to be an American.

Sister’s Christmas Catechism
Tuesday, December 9, 11 a.m.
It’s "CSI" meets Bethlehem! The infamous Sister of Late Nite Catechism is back and on the case, solving the greatest story never told: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. With special forensic tools and audience-participation, Sister proceeds to solve the mystery in a hilarious morning of fun!

Nancy Hays’ Salute to Mancini
Tuesday, February 3, 11 a.m.
Renowned New Orleans orchestra leader, Jimmy Maxwell, joins musical hostess and accomplished vocalist Nancy Hays, for a "Tribute to the great Henry Mancini" This concert takes the audience on a journey through Mancini’s music from his early days with the Glen Miller Orchestra to his latter years as a film composer, musical stylist and prolific writer of American classics.The program includes historical information about Mancini’s public and private life and is a trip down memory lane! This is a real treat for anyone who appreciates Mancini’s contribution to contemporary orchestral and popular music.

Lee Murdock and Friends
Tuesday, March 3, 11 a.m.
Join Lee Murdock and friends for a musical celebration of Ireland – with songs from the Emerald Isle and from the Irish-American immigrant experience. Be ready to join in a boisterous chorus of a famous Irish Pub song, share the sly joke in a humorous old ballad and follow along to a soft Irish melody.

Megon McDonough “Her Way”
Tuesday, April 7, 11.a.m.
Megon McDonough’s Her Way — An Interesting Bunch of Gals — highlights some of the most prolific and memorable female singers of the last 60 years. The stage is set for a fabulously engaging and ultra-amusing morning of entertainment with the powerhouse ensemble, Big City Jazz. Megon adds a Midas touch to the performance while masterfully blending her wittiness and snappy patter with Jazz, Pop, Country, Folk and Rock for an entertainment experience you’ll never forget.

Children’s Theatre

“Kids for President”
Thursday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. (school groups)
Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. (school groups) and 7 p.m.
The professional adult actors from Child’s Play Touring theatre present a show timed to coincide with children’s election year curiosity and excitement. “Kids for President” runs the gamut from silly to serious with campaign speeches, suggestions for improving the world and kids’ own ideas about what it’s like to be president. This performance filled with music will with the hearts and votes of both children and adults.
This performance is sponsored by AAA Rental System and J. Murray and Associates, Inc.

Max and Ruby”
Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. (school groups)
Friday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. (school groups) and 7 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by
Big sisters have big responsibilities, especially when the little brother is a big trouble-maker! Follow the escapades of bunny siblings Max and Ruby in this new musical inspired by Rosemary Wells’ books and based on the popular television program on Nick Jr. and Noggin.
This performance is sponsored by Homewood-Star Disposal, Inc.

Artists’ accommodations provided by LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Matteson.