Kids Write It. We Do It. World Saved.

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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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That’s Weird, Grandma

Come see what TimeOut Chicago calls “The best reason we can think of to live in Chicago on a Monday”! And it is every Monday, all summer long!

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“From start to finish the show is high-energy, silly and, at times, utterly ridiculous in the best possible way. ‘That’s Weird, Grandma’ can be likened to watching a live version of ‘The Animaniacs,’ but with original pieces that change every performance.”

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From the Blog:

A Scary Mystery and a Bad Cat

Posted by Molly on August 17

Please join us for this week’s celebrity-studded “That’s Weird, Grandma”.  In this week’s new stories, Michael Jackson and a Bad Cat learn a lessons messing with something they shouldn’t.  THE BAD CAT by Victoria K, Poe Classical School There once… more »

Brand New Cast! Come enjoy Summer Grandma!

Posted by Molly on August 11

Tonights lineup includes these great Monkeys:  Nicholas Hart, Brad Stevens, Nancy Casas, Linsey Falls, Katie Suib and Eunice Woods! Here are the stories… 10,000 POUNDS by Brooke B, Poe Classical School One day a girl was training for the Olympics… more »

Two Stories from LEARN Academy, Campbell Campus

Posted by Molly on August 04

Barrel of Monkeys has been working with the LEARN Academy, Campbell Campus for three years.  We are very excited to present two stories from this school! UNTITLED ARGUMENT (Summer better than Winter) by JlynT., LEARN Academy, Campbell Campus I believe… more »

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