Quest Theatre Ensemble's 15th annual Christmas celebration of Blue Nativity features visually arresting large-scale puppetry, soaring music and the greatest story ever told. Embraced by many as a holiday tradition, Blue Nativity tells the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ with beautiful large-scale puppetry accompanied by live music. Suitable for audiences of all ages and a favorite of families, Blue Nativity breaks the mold of Holiday productions, portraying “the greatest story ever told” with original puppets guaranteed to dazzle and beautiful music to enhance the experience. The ensemble cast, sings folksongs and classic carols as twelve foot blue moon puppets bring the story to life visually.
Quest Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Andrew Park says“Thematically, the show is a gentle reminder that simple light can rise from complicated darkness,” The show has been performed throughout the Midwest, and as part of a Concert for Peace in Gengenbach, Germany in 2007."
Park adds, "It's hard to believe that Blue Nativity is turning 15! This was Quest's first show, and it's incredible that it's still going strong after all of these years.”
All performances are free, though donations are appreciated. Reservations are not necessary. The production is conceived and written by Quest Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Andrew Park, and directed by Kirk Osgood.
There will be a final special performance of Blue Nativity on New Year’s Day at 5 p.m.at St. Gregory the Great in Andersonville, 5535 N. Paulina. The performance will include a post-show reception with free food, raffle prizes, and music at Quest’s resident space The Blue Theatre at 1609 West Gregory, Chicago, IL 60640.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND VENUES
Produced by Quest Theatre Ensemble
Conceived and written by Andrew Park
Directed by Kirk Osgood
Musical Direction and Narration by Sarah Sapperstein
Performed by Samantha Attaguile, Aimee Bass, James Edward Dauphin, Clara Flaherty, Taylor Galloway, Frank Gasparro, Megan Gill, Hillary Gokenbach, Liz Jarmer, Anna Marck, Kelsey McGrath, Taylor Molandro, Meaghan Morris, Joshua Whitson, and David Wiesenhahn
Accompanied by Ricardo Santiago
Friday, December 16 @ 7:30pm
Christ Community Mennonite Church
888 South Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Saturday, December 17th @ 2:00pm
Berry Memorial United Church
4754 North Leavitt Street
Chicago, IL 60625
Saturday, December 17th @ 7:00pm
Ravenswood Presbyterian Church
4300 North Hermitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
Sunday, December 18th @ 6:30pm
Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church
4900 N. Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Sunday, January 1st at 5:00pm
St. Gregory the Great
5535 North Paulina
Chicago, IL 60640
Admission free, recommended for all ages
More info online at www.questensemble.org or by phone at 312-458-0895
ABOUT QUEST THEATRE ENSEMBLE
Quest Theatre Ensemble, founded in 2002, is known for its productions of established as well as original plays and musicals – and for its innovative visual design, frequently including large-scale puppetry. Past productions have included their annual holiday pageant Blue Nativity, performed in venues around Chicago every year since the company’s founding; Broadway musicals (A Christmas Carol: the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Barnum); original pageants (Evolution/Creation, The Peoples’ History of the United States, The Four Seasons, Drum Circle Pandora) and original book musicals (Tomato Queen, Enter Love, All the World’s a Stage).
Quest Theatre Ensemble is dedicated to being the “People’s Theatre of Chicago” by creating productions that Inform, Delight, Inspire and Unite. Committed to making theatre accessible to everyone, the ensemble chooses stories that have universal appeal, finds innovative ways to engage the community and offers our productions free of charge so anyone can participate. Quest Theatre Ensemble is funded in part by generous grants from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.