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1 Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools, and in our own after-school program.

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2 The ensemble adapts the stories into sketches and songs which are performed for the school, and later for the public.

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3 The kids become stars, and the world is saved. The End.

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Holiday Tickets Sell Fast

That’s Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special begins Monday, December 8! Don’t miss all your favorite holiday stories written by children.

Please remember: Holiday shows do sell out, so please make your reservation or purchase your tickets today!

These performances feature a festive array of holiday-themed sketches like Santa and Taco Bell, Nightmare In My Eye, The Shopping Habit, Snowmen From Pluto, Santa’s Mean Day and many more – all written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members.

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From the Blog

The Holiday Round Won’t Be the Same Without…YOU!

Posted by Marika on December 11

If you are anything like me, you grew up loving the holidays.  Eating great food (I’m talking to you, cranberry sauce in a can), seeing your favorite relatives, sleeping in…  Hopefully, during these festive gatherings, nobody made… More

That’s Weird, Grandma: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Posted by Joe on December 05

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Star Wars? We Got Your Star Wars Right Here!

Posted by Jason on November 30

Much of the online universe - including yours truly - was understandably abuzz this week after seeing the new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  A long time ago (fall of 2004) in a galaxy… More

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