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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Grandma is on Vacation

“That’s Weird, Grandma” is on hiatus for two weeks as we prepare to open “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma” on Monday, October 27! For “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”, Barrel of Monkeys joins forces with the Chicago Performing Arts Community to celebrate the incredible imaginations of children. Partners for opening night include cast members of Lookingglass Theatre and Manual Cinema!

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Barrel of Monkeys is partnering with some of Chicago’s best performing arts companies for its third iteration of “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”, from October 27 – December 1, 2014. Each week, different guest companies will bring their unique talents to transform stories written by Chicago Public School students into entertaining sketches incorporating puppetry, sketch comedy, clowning, music, dance and other disciplines.


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From the Blog:

Yoga and eggs at That’s Weird, Grandma

Posted by Joe on September 28

Need a break from your busy life? Need a tasty treat? We understand! And so do our student authors! This week’s show will feature two That’s Weird, Grandma debuts! Check them out! The Nasty Egg By Eryion H.,… More →

WONDERS IN A CAVE, wonders in a play

Posted by Joe on September 19

This week: That’s Weird, Grandma features a story about a cave of wonders! WONDERS IN A CAVE By Vanessa S. Columbia Explorers Academy Once upon a time me and my nephews and nees went to a cave. Then we… More →

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