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(March 6, 2017) March thrrough May are when things get pretty gonzo around here, with 10 of the 14 touring shows having performances, and a lot of miles being racked up driving from one venue to the other. That being the case, we're at the point where there are only a few dates still available for in-school shows this spring, and those remaining dates are starting to fill.

That being said, there's still room for almost all of our field trip shows in April and May, at venues throughout the Chicago area. A few highlights.

  • Our newest Greek mythology production OLYMPIAGANZA has shows coming up in Chicago, St Charles, and Palatine. This is a great show for grades 4 through 8, and is designed to put a modern comic spin on classic stories from your mythology unit, underscoring what you're already teaching while having some fun with the more unusual facets of the original stories. It's also available to tour to you, though, again, available dates are closing fast.
  • Our Chicago history show CHICAGO, MY KIND OF TOWN has some tickets remaining for the April 27th show at the Irish American Heritage Center at 10:30am. If you want to get your kids in for this very popular show about the cultural history of the city, call us at 888.588.7850 or book them today by clicking on this link!
  • and NUMBER THE STARS has added a show on May 24th in Chicago, to accommodate the overflow from the sold out show on May 23. NUMBER also has tickets available for shows in Palatine, Winnetka, and St Charles, and if you're interested in getting your kids in for these two very popular middle-school shows, again, touch base with us asap, so we can make sure we get you booked.

Cinema Academy & GreatWorks Merging Into One Company
(September 11, 2014) Cinema Academy started representing GreatWorks as our booking agency back in 1995, when GW's shows were still part of Splinter Group Theatre's programming mix. That first year had one production on offer ("The Investigation"), playing to a few thousand middle-school audiences at Theatre 773 on the northside.

Since that time, a lot of things changed. Splinter Group became Irish Repertory of Chicago in 2000, then spun off the educational programming as a stand-alone company in 2005. At the same time, Cinema Academy shifted from primarily selling tickets to films (hence their name) into being ocused on live performances, with GW's touring shows and educational tours being the bulk of their business.

But effective this month, GreatWorks and Cinema Academy have become one, operating under the name Cinema Academy/GreatWorks, Inc.

We'll be looking at the possibility of renaming the combined company over the course of this school year, but in the meantime, we've already taken steps to improve the overall experience of working with us.

We've moved all of our order confirmation and processing to a new online format, where you'll receive emailed confirmation of your order the same day it's placed, and take care of processing your group's deposit at the same time you call in your order.

Each field trip show now has an Event Manager to make sure you've got all the information and materials you need prior to the day of performance, and check you in when you get there.

New dates and shows at Cutting Hall in Palatine and at College of Lake County, and increased shows in Chicago, many of them in the 600-seat theater at the Irish American Heritage Center at Wilson and 90/94. Easy to reach, and easy to unload and reload your busses, since they never have to leave the secured parking lot adjacent to the theater.

More changes to come - stay tuned!