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B R O OD th e at e r RISING STARS The students from Highwood’s The Performer’s School will be staging Winnie The Pooh in collaboration with Ravinia. Get ready for narrating bees and a live-action Hundred Acre Wood in this charming adaptation. The Hundred Acre Wood is coming to 100-year-old Ravinia, thanks to The Performer’s School. By Avante Edmonds | Photography by Kristine Militante ACTING THEIR AGE Looking to jump-start the careers of child actors in Chicagoland, co-founders and close friends Liz Fauntleroy and Stacey Flaster launched e Performer’s School (theperformersschool.com) in Highwood three years ago. And in that short time, the school, which caters to children of all ages and skill sets, caught the eye of Ravinia. e festival will be staging this children’s performance—a production of Winnie the Pooh —in collaboration with the school. “It’s important work for all of us in the arts world to engage people at a young age,” says Ravinia CEO Welz Kau man. “ ey are not only our future artists; they are our future audiences.” And helping those young artists to perfect their craft is the passion of Fauntleroy and Flaster. The school offers hands-on interactions and specialty classes about improv, musical theater, voice-over and classes that allow the children to work with experts in the eld, like Jessie Mueller, the multitalented star of Beautiful: e Carole King Musical . “For a two-week period, we bring in two artists a day to teach a master class. Voice-over artists, casting directors, artistic directors and more,” Flaster says. e result of all that work is not only kids performing at Drury Lane eatre, Marriott eatre, Chicago Shakespeare eater and Lyric Opera of Chicago, but also 14 young actors—a mix of newbies and veterans—will take part in this ode to Disney’s adaptation of the original A.A. Milne story. e production will feature a whimsical live-action Hundred Acre Wood and a convincing Christopher Robin (red sweater, bowl haircut and unnecessary rain boots included). Other special additions, such as an exclusive Q&A session with the actors following the show and an adorable swarm of bees narrating the story, add a one-of-a-kind twist to this production. As tiny tots enjoy the story for the rst time and adult fans reignite their childhood wonderment, Flaster and Fauntleroy will also celebrate the landmark collaboration, which is a dream come true for their growing school. “ Winnie the Pooh is going to be the rst show with young actors ever done at Ravinia, and it is thrilling that [Kau man] o ered it to us,” Fauntleroy says. “It’s terri c to be in that o ce talking to Ravinia about our ideas.” Sept. 10-11, 10 AM , tickets $15, Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia, Highland Park, ravinia.org 90 NS FA L L 2 0 1 6

Brood Theater

Avante Edmonds

ACTING THEIR AGE

The Hundred Acre Wood is coming to 100-year-old Ravinia, thanks to The Performer's School.

Looking to jump-start the careers of child actors in Chicagoland, cofounders and close friends Liz Fauntleroy and Stacey Flaster launched The Performer's School (theperformersschool.com) in Highwood three years ago. And in that short time, the school, which caters to children of all ages and skill sets, caught the eye of Ravinia. The festival will be staging this children's performance—a production of Winnie the Pooh—in collaboration with the school. "It's important work for all of us in the arts world to engage people at a young age," says Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman. "They are not only our future artists; they are our future audiences."

And helping those young artists to perfect their craft is the passion of Fauntleroy and Flaster. The school offers hands-on interactions and specialty classes about improv, musical theater, voice-over and classes that allow the children to work with experts in the field, like Jessie Mueller, the multitalented star of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. "For a two-week period, we bring in two artists a day to teach a master class. Voice-over artists, casting directors, artistic directors and more," Flaster says.

The result of all that work is not only kids performing at Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Lyric Opera of Chicago, but also 14 young actors—a mix of newbies and veterans—will take part in this ode to Disney's adaptation of the original A.A. Milne story. The production will feature a whimsical live-action Hundred Acre Wood and a convincing Christopher Robin (red sweater, bowl haircut and unnecessary rain boots included). Other special additions, such as an exclusive Q&A session with the actors following the show and an adorable swarm of bees narrating the story, add a one-of-a-kind twist to this production.

As tiny tots enjoy the story for the first time and adult fans reignite their childhood wonderment, Flaster and Fauntleroy will also celebrate the landmark collaboration, which is a dream come true for their growing school. "Winnie the Pooh is going to be the first show with young actors ever done at Ravinia, and it is thrilling that [Kauffman] offered it to us," Fauntleroy says. "It's terrific to be in that office talking to Ravinia about our ideas." Sept. 10-11, 10AM, tickets $15, Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia, Highland Park, ravinia.org

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