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An Evening at Highclere Castle



Peter & the Wolf with the Magic Circle Mime Company 

Kids of all ages are invited to attend a special performance of Peter and the Wolf, presentedy by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Magic Circle Mime Company on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Springfield and Friday, April 15, 2016 in Bloomington.

Music Director Alastair Willis unites concert orchestra with visual theater for the classic children's story of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. The Prokofiev classic becomes an exciting theatrical and musical experience in this fifty-minute production with the Magic Circle Mime Company. The narration is replaced by movement and the concert hall becomes the scene of action as the conductor's assistant, Peter, tries to capture a vicious wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. With the help of the musicians, good triumphs over evil and the concert ends in victorious celebration.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra Education and Community Engagement Committee has created a teacher's guide that includes a variety of of lessons and activities that may be incorporated into your classroom to enhance your classes' experience at the concert. The Committee also invites your students to participate in an art contest for this fabulously fun concert. The teacher's guide and art contest information is available below. Please press the links to print a copy. For more information or questions, please contact ISO's Marketing and Communications Manager Beth Wakefield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 217.522.2838 Ext 10. 

Teacher's Guide for the Peter & the Wolf Concert          Illinois Symphony Orchestra Peter and the Wolf Art Contest Rules



Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 10 AM | Sangamon Auditorium, UIS
Grades K-6 | Tickets $6 per person, Every 16th Ticket FREE
Call Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or 
CLICK HERE to make a reservation TODAY!

Springfield Ordering Information: You must confirm the total number attending three weeks prior to the performance. Payment must be received two weeks prior to the performance. Payment may be made by credit card, money order, cash, or check payble to Sangamon Auditorium Tickets and mailed to Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza, MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703. Each order placed over the phone will be assessed a $5 processing fee. Patrons who come to the Ticket Office in person and place a complete order (including payment) on the same day will not be assessed the $5 fee. 


Friday, April 15, 2016 | 10 AM & 12:15 PM | Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL
Grades K-6 | Tickets $6 per person, Every 16th Ticket FREE
Call the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309.434.2777 to make reservation TODAY!

Bloomington Ordering Information: You must confirm the total number attending by March 23, 2016 and payment received by March 30, 2016. Please make payment by check, credit card (MasterCard, VISA, and Discover Accepted), or by cash in larger bills (preferably no ones or coins) and mailed to the BCPA Ticket Office, 600 N East St, Bloomington, IL 61701. There is a $5 administrative fee for each order.

Classes should have one chaperone for every 15 students. Everyone must be included in your total if they want to watch the performance. When placing your order, inform the Ticket Office if anyone in your group needs accessibility services.

Financial Assistance: If a student or class needs financial assistance, please contact Development Director Theresa Lage at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 309.662.9840.

Community and Education Programs Partially Supported by:

 State Farm Insurance -  St. John's Children's Hospital - Illinois Arts Council - PNC
Shirk Family Foundation - Sandra & Kenneth Jesse Endowment Fund for Children
City of Springfield - Crawford, Murphy & Tilly - The Harmon Arts Grant
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Mirza Arts Fund - Springfield Area Arts Council
Susan Cook House Educational Trust

Click Here for a Sneak Preview of the Magic Circle Mime Company!


Concert for Kids 2015 Photo Credit:  Laura Kay Coffey



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