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Theatre-Hikes® at The Morton Arboretum

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SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

Select Weekends:
July, August, September, and October, 2017
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 hours in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance.

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The second Sunday of each month is the Low Impact Hike. Low Impact hikes are designed for guests with lower mobility; the hike covers a much shorter distance, and tries to stay near paved paths wherever possible.

The third Saturday of each month will feature ASL interpretation. 
 

2017 Season:

July (6:30 p.m.) Performance : A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dates: July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 

Join us for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in the woods around Athens.  The play is perfect for for our hiking format.  As a family-friendly company we strive to reach a varied audience and this production is great for all ages, but intended to introduce younger audiences to the bard.  The light-up faeries, led by the sprite, Puck, take us on a tale of a midsummer night and it’s "dreams”.  

August (6:00 p.m.) Performance: Around the World in 8 Plays

Dates: August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 

Around the World in 8 Plays takes us on a fantastic voyage via tales from ... around the world.  The show is geared to all ages and is multicultural.  A traveling group of artists perform 8 tales throughout The Morton Arboretum from around the world.  These performers take the audience from Czechoslovakia through South Africa, Japan, Russia, India, Native America, Brazil and finish in an ancient Celtic tale from the UK.  

September (1:00 p.m.*) Performance: The Complete History of America (abridged)

Dates: September  9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 

The Complete History of America (abridged), is for anyone with a sense of humor.  Another masterpiece created by Adam Long who brought us The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).  This piece begins with our ancient ancestors crossing the Bering Strait and finishes with an appearance of Barack Obama.  As with their other works, this piece incorporates audience participation, physical jokes and intellectual humor for an entertaining afternoon that will make your cheeks hurt from laughter. 

October (3:00 p.m.*) Performance: Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe

Dates: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29 

Celebrate the season with Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, the four tales that Poe himself thought were his most spooky; The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart.  Edgar Allan Poe is the lead character through each tale, sometimes observing, but mostly experiencing these horrors along with you, our audience.

 

*Fall weekends are popular days for visitation. Please allow up to 45 minutes to park and get to where the hike commences (Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21).
 

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FEES AND ADMISSION: 

Individual ticket:  

Adult $15 member/$20 nonmember
Child $10 member/$15 nonmember 

Season Pass: (All 4 shows)

Adult $45 member/$60 nonmember
Child $30 member/$45 for nonmember

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

VISIT: In person at the Visitor Center during open hours

 

ONLINE: BUY TICKETS NOW 

Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

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