Barrel of Monkeys’ FANCY SCHMANCY: THE TRIP TO VEGAS Gala – Saturday, April 2, 2016 at The Drucker Center


Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present its annual fundraising soiree, Fancy Schmancy: The Trip to Vegas on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at The Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton Ave. in Chicago. This year’s theme, “The Trip to Vegas,” is inspired by a student-written story of the same name that will be performed at the event. Embracing the playful theme, the fancy schmancy affair will include casino-inspired games, a DJ and dancing, delectable hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, a photo booth and much more. Dozens of great gift packages, including a trip for two to Las Vegas, will be up for bids in the live and silent auctions – plus a raffle for tickets to Saturday Night Live. Tickets are currently available at

Fancy Schmancy: The Trip to Vegas supports Barrel of Monkeys’ creative writing residencies and performances in Chicago Public Elementary Schools and their after school program at Loyola Park.

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 19th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theatre, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.


Event: Fancy Schmancy: The Trip to Vegas

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 7 – 11 pm

Location: The Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton Ave. in Chicago.

Tickets: $65 general admission ($70 at the door); $95 for VIP ticket ($100 at the door). VIP tickets include: exclusive access to the VIP lounge with champagne bar and additional game tokens. A table of 8 VIP tickets with reserved seating is available for $760. Tickets are available at Early bird pricing is available for tickets purchased on or before March 4.

FANCY SCHMANCY: The Trip to Vegas is sponsored in part by Crafthouse Cocktails, Ernst & Young, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, IMC Financial and Punchkick Interactive.

About Barrel of Monkeys

Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997, it has worked in more than 60 Chicago Public Schools. More than 8,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem and confidence in student ideas and abilities.