This fall, follow the action – literally – of some time-honored stage productions during the unique Theatre-Hikes® program at The Morton Arboretum. On weekends in September and October, join Mark Twain, Dracula and their cohorts as they share their stories during a beautiful nature hike under the Arboretum’s canopy of trees.
In September, Theatre-Hikes will perform An Afternoon with Mark Twain. In October, enjoy a performance of The Passion of Dracula. As the plays progress, actors and the audience alike will move through the Arboretum’s grounds, using nature as the backdrop.
“Audiences of all ages love experiencing these well-known, well-loved stories in a whole new way, moving through the Arboretum grounds,” says Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. “Nature becomes part of the story, as the actors incorporate our landscapes and settings into the production.”
Performances are held Saturdays and Sundays through October 27. Shows in September begin at 1 p.m., while shows in October start at 3 p.m.
Each performance lasts approximately three hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. All performances begin at the Arboretum’s Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21). The October 6 performance will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs).
Tickets are on sale now at 630-725-2066 or mortonarb.org. Tickets include Arboretum admission, so before or after the action guests can the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres including the award-winning Children’s Garden.
For Arboretum members, tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. For nonmembers, tickets cost $19 for adults and $13 for children. Season tickets are available and cost $40 for member adults, $25 for member children, $60 for nonmember adults and $45 for nonmember children.
An Afternoon with Mark Twain – Weekends in September
Meet Mark Twain as he shares two of his famous stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and The Diaries of Adam and Eve. In our first story, Jim Smiley, a man with all the luck in the world, finds his luck has run out when he gambles everything on a giant frog that he figures can’t lose. Then, Twain retells the creation story, with a reclusive Adam who finds himself unprepared for the arrival of Eve, a talkative, emotional female. Will they find a way to get along? Appropriate for all ages.
The Passion of Dracula – Weekends in October
By Bob Hall and David Richmond based on the Bram Stoker novel
This version of the Dracula legend is set in the English countryside in 1911 where several village girls have died under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Seward presides over a nearby mental hospital and the locality has acquired a new resident, Count Dracula! A trio of doctors, a young reporter and a stouthearted English lord battle the Count for possession of the lovely heroine. With a dash of Holmesian sleuthing in this Baskerville Hound country setting, our heroes save the heroine and dispatch the Count in the traditional manner. "A genuine old- fashioned horror thriller." - N.Y. Daily News. Appropriate for all ages (geared toward teens and young adults, but no inappropriate material).