Emerald City Theatre’s “Skippyjon Jones ni the Cirque de Ole” opens this Saturday


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Emerald City Theatre’s production of Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole, directed by Michael Rashid, opens this Saturday, February 13, 2016. This marks Emerald City’s 19th year of inspiring early learners through play.

February 13 – June 8, 2016
at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park
Directed by Michael Rashid
Book and lyrics by Dave Morgan
Music by Ricky Hernandez
Additional music and lyrics by Shannon Morgan
Based on the book by Judy Schachner
“Skippyjon the Hero Theme” & “Circus Beserkus Theme”
composed by Michael Rashid and Chris LaPorte


Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.

Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole opens February 13, 2016 at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park (2540 North Lincoln Ave.) Performances take place at various times weekends and weekdays. Check our website for a complete schedule.

Tickets are now on sale. Prices begin at $15.

The Cast:

Yando Lopez
Skippyjon Jones
Amanda Giles
Mama Junebug Jones/Ring Master
Kiersten Frumkin
Ju-Ju-Bee Pintolito
Jordan Shomer
Jilly Boo/Don Diego
Ethan Warren
Jezebel/Poquito Tito
Matt Frye Putzi
The Production Staff:

Michael Rashid

Alex Benjamin
Music Director

Jordan Shomer
Circus Choreographer/Captain

Alarie Hammock
Resident Costume Designer

Tierra G. Novy
Resident Scenic Designer

Claire Chzran
Resident Lighting Designer

Elyse Balogh
Props Designer

Chris LaPorte
Sound Designer

Daniel Friedman
Master Electrician

Morgan Madison
Associate Producer
Meredith Matthews
Production Stage Manager

Ellen Osborne
Rehearsal Stage Manager
About Emerald City Theatre:

Founded in 1996, Emerald City Theatre is one of Chicago’s most attended non-profit theatres with an annual programming reach of 80,000 children and their grown-ups.

Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading educators, Emerald City Theatre is a national leader in developing new work for young audiences, having created over 30 world premieres and worked with best-selling children’s authors such as Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, and Laura Numeroff, as well as Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts. The company creates performances for all ages, including babies and toddlers, at their performance locations: the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and Emerald City’s Little Theatre in Lakeview.

Emerald City Theatre is also home to Chicago’s most enrolled theatre camps and classes, serving ages three through thirteen with a focus on teaching important life skills through arts education. Camps and classes are take place year-round with locations in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Lincoln Square.

Emerald City Theatre is the proud recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Arts and Culture Award from Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.

Emerald City’s lead funders include Amita Health, McArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, The Land of Nod, KPMG, and iHeartMedia Chicago.

For more information, visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com.