Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences to Present ‘Symphony of Clouds’

“Symphony of Clouds” by Margaret Larlham, directed by Ann Wakefield, will open Jan. 13 at DePaul University’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago. The musical adventure of the boy Mozart will be presented by The Theatre School at DePaul as the winter production of the 2014-2015 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season.

CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—December 19, 2014. The Theatre School at DePaul University will present “Symphony of Clouds” by Margaret Larlham, directed by Ann Wakefield, as the winter production of the 2014-2015 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season.

This production opens Jan. 13 and runs through Feb. 21 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive at Michigan Avenue. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Special Friday performances at 10 a.m. will occur Feb. 6 and 13. A Sunday performance will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. There is no performance Feb. 7.

The story of “Symphony of Clouds” follows the adventures and joyful milestones in the life of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: boy genius, musical prodigy and gifted composer. Audiences will discover how nature inspires and impacts Mozart, and how his family faces the acclaim, fame, trials and tribulations of his early creative life in this story infused with music, dance and a bit of magic.

This production is recommended for all ages. Themes include, biography; classical music and composition; family; happiness and growing pains; healthy and illness; history; and nature.

The cast features Leo Chappell (Fortissimo), Christian Cook (Leopold), Jalen Gilbert (Legato), Audrey Gladson (Constanza), Jeri Marshall (Empress), Paola Sanchez (Staccato), Lily Rosenzweig (Anna Maria), Sophia Tew (Nannerl) and Wesley Toledo (Mozart).

The production staff includes Ann Wakefield (Director), Jack Magaw (Scenic Designer), Sydney Dufka (Costume Designer), Anthony Forchielli (Lighting Designer), David Samba (Sound Designer), Johanna Orr (Dramaturg) and Dana Stringer (Stage Manager).

More information about pre- and post-show educational activities and highlighted curriculum connections is online at theatre.depaul.edu. Free Teacher Guides also are available online or by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999.

The Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 performances will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY at 773-325-7975.

Jan. 17 is USO of Illinois Day. U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families, with a valid military ID, can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 312-922-1999 for more information.

Join the cast for a post-performance autograph session Jan. 17. The Feb. 5 and Feb. 14 performances will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 people or more) are available. DePaul students, employees and alumni receive a discount (with ID). Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999.

The cast features Leo Chappell (Fortissimo), Christian Cook (Leopold), Jalen Gilbert (Legato), Audrey Gladson (Constanza), Jeri Marshall (Empress), Paola Sanchez (Staccato), Lily Rosenzweig (Anna Maria), Sophia Tew (Nannerl) and Wesley Toledo (Mozart).

The production staff includes Ann Wakefield (Director), Jack Magaw (Scenic Designer), Sydney Dufka (Costume Designer), Anthony Forchielli (Lighting Designer), David Samba (Sound Designer), Johanna Orr (Dramaturg) and Dana Stringer (Stage Manager).

Source: www.depaul.edu