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Magical Starlight Theatre to Present “Tarzan the Stage Musical”

Shows at Naperville Central High School Auditorium Jan.11-13 and 18-20, 2019

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Tickets are now on sale for Magical Starlight Theatre’s January 2019 production of “Tarzan: The Stage Musical.” Performances will be held at Naperville Central High School Auditorium on Jan. 11-13 and 18-20, 2019.

Based on the Disney movie, “Tarzan the Stage Musical” tells a story of adventure, family and love, featuring music and lyrics by Phil Collins. Magical Starlight Theatre’s creative costumes, lively dance numbers, and stage acrobatics make this a fun, entertaining show appealing to audiences of all ages.

“It’s fun that we get to do a musical that is not often performed by community theater groups,” said Kristin Irvin, who plays Jane in the production.

“‘Tarzan, the Stage Musical’ for us is a story of discovery,” explained Director Kris Visher. “Our cast members are discovering how to tell the story beyond the words on the scripted page. We are discovering how to draw our audience into Tarzan's heart of discovering who his family is and where he belongs. We are uplifted by family; we are accepted for who we are.  The production is full of spectacle and fun and the unexpected.  We encourage people to take time to discover this ‘new world’ on the coast of West Africa with all of the adventure that goes along with that.”

The cast of 43 talented community actors includes children and youth from grade 4 and up and adults of all ages. The emphasis on family runs through the culture at Magical Starlight Theatre, where entire families work together, both on stage and behind the scenes, to produce quality theater for the Naperville community and beyond.

Tickets for the show may be purchased in advance for $12 until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday of the performance weekend. Advance tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 630-848-5000, or during regular business hours at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 305 W. Jackson Ave., at the 95th St. Center at 2244 W. 95th St., or at Fort Hill Activity Center, at 20 Fort Hill Dr. Or tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.

A sign language interpreter will be present at the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, Jan. 13 and at the 6:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Magical Starlight Theatre is a program of The Naperville Park District.  This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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