June, August, September, and October
1:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. start time during October)
Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21)
Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Theatre-Hikes® are approximately two and one half hours in length and will not exceed 2.5 miles in hiking distance.
Plan Your Experience:
The first Sunday performance of each month, June 5, August 7, September 11, and October 2, will be a low-impact walk (suitable for strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs). This walk will be much shorter than a typical Theatre-Hikes performance.
Each performance lasts approximately two and one-half hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle, and insect repellent.
All performances begin at the Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21).
2016 Theatre-Hikes® Season:
June: The Jungle Book
Performances on June 4, 5, 25 and 26 only
Experience the colorful and exotic jungle of the Indian subcontinent with a creative retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale, The Jungle Book, adapted by Tracey Power. Mowgli, the man-cub, is orphaned in the Indian Jungle, and raised by wolves. As he grows he makes many friends, like Baloo, the lovable bear and Bagheera, the wise black panther, who teach Mowgli "The Laws of the Jungle". There are also dangers in the jungle, the mischievous monkeys and their Monkey King and Kaa, the snake. Along the way Mowgli makes a powerful enemy in Shere Khan, the tiger, who wants the boy out of the jungle at any cost.
August: The Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek Mythology, in 99 Minutes or Less
Performances on August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28
Join us as we travel to the ancient Mediterranean for a crash course in all things Greek in this spoof, The Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek Mythology, in 99 Minutes or Less by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter. With your beautiful backdrop of nature and a ticking clock for all to see, the cast speeds through all of Greek mythology. It's funny, updated and easy to understand, as the cast of five ridiculously talented actors present all the goofy characters with lightning-bolt speed, stopping the clock with only seconds to spare!
September: Driving Miss Daisy
Performances on September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25
Experience Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Driving Miss Daisy. A warm-hearted and humorous study of an odd-couple relationship between an aging Jewish widow and her proud, soft-spoken African-American chauffeur. Set in the deep south, spanning 25 years against a backdrop of the civil rights movement, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and dependent on, each other, and in the end, realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible.
October: 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Performances on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Join us in October with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. It's the end of the world and gangs of brain-eating Zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Turn to this hilariously helpful hand-book to survive the apocalypse. (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number 1.)
Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency