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Top 5 Shows of November in Lake County

It’s that time of month folks: The top 5 shows of November in Lake County.

See them all! You may frolic with a toy soldier, embark on a magical journey to see a sugar plum fairy. You may switch bodies with a child as the child takes yours. It may be a beautiful and depressing love story. You may aspire to be the next big act in motion pictures or you’re trying to be Sheriff Ralphie so you can take down black Bart.

Whatever your story is, be whisked away in another world this November – especially as we move towards the holiday season.

Here are your top 5 shows of November, that are sure to win a major leg lamp award.

Top 5 Shows of November in Lake County

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1. Deerfield Family Theater Presents Big The Musical

A New Jersey 12 year old named Josh Baskin is told he is too short to ride the Ring of Fire carnival ride. Being the suave little gent he is he is trying to impress an older girl named Cynthia Benson. After putting a coin into the arcade, he makes a wish to be tall enough to take the Ring of Fire Challenge to grow up over night. This musical adaptation made famous originally in the 1988 movie format by Tom Hanks was nominated  for five Tony’s in 1996. Bring the whole family to show your youngsters, no one wants to grow up too fast.

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2. Blink at Three Brother’s Theatre

Truman and Daisy are a young couple living in New York and trying to make it to Broadway. They’re mad in love if not, occasionally, mad at each other and they’re preparing for their wedding. Shortly after their wedding though Daisy starts getting splitting headaches, which leads to a diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. The young couple must decide how to live out the rest of Daisy’s life. This play is loosely based on the Britney Maynard story and was written as part of the Keen Playwrights Lab.

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3. A Christmas Story, the Musical at Citadel Theatre

There’s that part of us that always have that phrase, ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,” and Santa Clause saying ‘Ho, Ho, Ho,’ extremely menacing. This musical received rave reviews on its Broadway run and is based on the movie classic. Set in the 1940s, it follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Careful to not stick your tongue out this winter on a dare.

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4. The Nutcracker @ Marriott Theatre

The Nutcracker is a staple of the holiday season. The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is opening their curtain for this ballet originally composed by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This legendary story follows a group of family and friends gathered together for a Christmas celebration. Clara, the story’s protagonist, is given a Nutcracker gift from her godfather. When the children go to bed, Clara stays awake and finds herself in the middle of a battle between a slew of mice and gingerbread soldiers – and thus the magic ensues with the soldiers led by the Nutcracker himself. This ballet runs until December 30.

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5. Singin’ in the Rain at Marriott Theatre

Who doesn’t love that classic flick starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. It’s even better in the interactive version live on Marriott Theatre’s stage.  Singin’ in the Rain follows three silent film stars trying to make the transition from the ‘talkies,’ to the big screen. The movie itself is ranked in the top 10 on pretty much every major film category and is preserved in the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Film Registry. Marriott Theatre always knows how to pay tribute to classic and there is no doubt they will deliver again. Show runs through December 31.

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