When Rola Osman, property manager of Roosevelt Square, a mixed-income development on Chicago’s Near West Side that houses more than 800 residents, began thinking of ways to engage children living in the community and keep them off the streets, she came up with the idea of sponsoring a musical production that would bring the entire neighborhood together.
This weekend, after 3 months of planning and rehearsals, Rola’s idea becomes a reality as Roosevelt Square residents and neighbors present “A Magical Musical Journey,” the community’s first-ever theater performance. In this magical journey, a young boy from Chicago gets into an argument with his mom only to wake up and find himself lost in a dream. He is sent on a magical, musical journey through various world settings and must learn a positive message in each scene in order to earn the key that will help him get back home.
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday, June 8, 3 p.m. (Closing Matinee)
WHERE: John M Smyth IB World School
1059 W. 13th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Residents and neighbors of the community, ranging in age from 8 to 56, have participated in the production, including a cast of 12 as well as those involved in production, sound and lighting, set design and creating costumes.
Sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority and Roosevelt Square, the production will be presented as a free performance for the residents, friends and family of participants, and members of the surrounding neighborhood. Please come and support this wonderful event and see our talented neighbors.