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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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#GivingTuesday is Dec 1, 2015

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. On December 1st, join the movement by giving to your favorite nonprofits. Barrel of Monkeys aims to raise $3,000 on #GivingTuesday to support arts education programs in CPS schools, and we hope you’ll pitch in! Thank you for helping us champion the power of children’s imaginations. Monkey on!

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That’s Weird, Grandma at Stage 773

Don’t miss That’s Weird, Grandma in a special Saturday matinee performance at Stage 773! Join us in the Belmont Theater district at 2pm on Saturday, December 19! We’ll be laughing and thinking and singing and dreaming and having so much fun celebrating great theater written by kids, performed by grownups, and enjoyed by humans. You will like it!

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From the Blog

Monica, you are literally the worst.

Posted by Joe on November 20

Do you need to brush up on your geography? Do you need to go to a party at Santa’s workshop? Do you like reindeer who love cake? Then this week’s That’s Weird, Grandma is for you! We… More

The Holiday Special is Finally Here!

Posted by Joe on November 15

(please read in your best “Newsies” voice) EXTRA EXTRA! Barrel of Monkey’s has started our “Holiday Special” round of That’s Weird, Grandma! Seven weeks packed full of too much turkey, grumpy elves, christmas balls, many Santas, candles burning… More

This Is A Wonderful Thing To Do

Posted by Joe on November 08

‘Tis the season when the entire world starts to think about that one magical winter holiday. The ads have begun, the department stores have hung their holly and bows, and every other house has replaced their pumpkin with twinkle lights.… More

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