Chicago – Drury Lane Theatre welcomes the holiday season by lighting its specially-designed 20-foot Christmas tree inspired by Drury Lane’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
Inspired by Drury Lane’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, this year’s Christmas tree design perfectly captures the magic and wonder of the season. Add to your experience by arriving early to enjoy our A Christmas Carol breakfast buffet or take in a performance of the family-friendly A Christmas Carol after the tree lighting event. Attendees will also enjoy holiday carols and a visit from Santa Claus. Don’t miss your chance to purchase one of our limited-edition holiday ornaments to take home to your own tree!
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is free and open to the public. Tickets to A Christmas Carol and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are available at DruryLaneTheatre.com. Information and reservations for the breakfast buffet and other holiday events are available at DruryLane.com/dining/special-events/.
Record and submit your best version of “Jingle Bells” for a chance to win free tickets to Drury Lane’s production of A Christmas Carol. Fifteen winners will be invited to attend a special pre-event reception, hit the button to light the tree, and then enjoy the 1 p.m. performance of A Christmas Carol following the ceremony. For complete contest information and guidelines, visit www.drurylanetheatre.com/shows/youth-theatre/jingle-bells-contest.
“We are grateful that so many families make a visit to Drury Lane part of their annual holiday traditions,” says Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Productions. “We hope our guests will make cherished memories with us this season and gather for photos around our tree, which was inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”
“For Drury Lane, I wanted to create a tree that showcased the significance of the holiday season,” said Tree Designer Amy Jackson. “It is important to me that I created something that draws in families to honor the spirit of the season. Using Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as inspiration was an awe-inspiring experience. I found myself connecting with the themes, the colors, and the heart of the show. There is so much to draw excitement from the stage that I was able to put together what I think is a true embodiment of the show, the holiday season, and Drury Lane.”
Drury Lane will celebrate the holiday season with a number of other festive events and fun for the whole family. Join Drury Lane for a spooktacular Halloween Brunch, enjoy lavish feasts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, catch up with friends and family on chilly days with our Holiday Afternoon Tea service, or be treated to a royal makeover at our new Princess High Tea. Bring the whole family to Drury Lane to celebrate Christmas during one of our visits with Santa followed by a Christmas themed brunch or dinner, and ring in 2019 with a spectacular New Year’s Eve Celebration. For more information, visit DruryLane.com/dining/special-events/.
Make your visit to Drury Lane extra special by adding tickets to see world-class theatre! This winter, Drury Lane Theatre brings to life the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019) and the Theatre For Young Audience’s production of the holiday favorite A Christmas Carol (November 23 – December 22, 2018). Tickets for Drury Lane Theatre productions are available by calling the box office at (630) 530-0111, Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visiting DruryLaneTheatre.com.
Drury Lane Theatre’s productions this holiday season include:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed by Alan Souza
November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019
(Press Opening: Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.)
Performance Schedule: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets: $60 – $75 ($55-$70 for previews)
Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
Beauty and the Beast is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up.
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents
A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens
November 23 – December 22, 2018
Performances: Mondays, December 3, 10, & 17 at 10 a.m.
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18 at 10 a.m.
Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, 12, & 19 at 10 a.m.
Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, & 20 at 10 a.m.
Fridays, November 23 & 30, December 7, 14 & 21 at 10 a.m. (except Nov 23) and 12 p.m.
Saturdays, November 24 and December 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Additional performance on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
With a lively score and captivating choreography, A Christmas Carol will take families on a timeless holiday adventure with Scrooge as he travels through time with three special ghosts. Over 30 colorful Dickensian characters are brought to life on stage in this uplifting tale of hope and redemption. Complete with falling snow, magical illusions and special effects, the play is a visually-stunning experience, and at one hour long, perfect for children of all ages. On select performance dates, families will have the opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus in Drury Lane’s elegantly decorated dining room.
Tickets for Drury Lane Theatre productions are available by calling the box office at (630) 530-0111, TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visiting DruryLaneTheatre.com. Drury Lane’s 2018/2019 season will conclude with the global smash-hit Mamma Mia! featuring the music of ABBA (February 7 – April 14, 2019). The 2019/2020 season will include two award-winning Regional Theatre premieres – the imaginative Matilda, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, and the beautifully captivating Gershwin musical An American in Paris. The thrilling season also includes the revival of the exhilarating The Color Purple, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; the magical musical for all ages Mary Poppins; and Agatha Christie’s edge-of-your-seat murder mystery And Then There Were None. Subscriptions for the 2019/2020 Season, priced from $157 to $187, are now on sale.
About Drury Lane Theatre
Under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis and Artistic Director William Osetek, Drury Lane Theatre is a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, presenting world-class productions in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, artists, writers, and directors. Over the past 30 years, Drury Lane has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for more than 360 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane is committed to breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing audiences to exciting new works.
Throughout its 30-year history, Drury Lane has employed more than 7,500 actors and 10,000 musicians, designers, and crew members to entertain upwards of nine million audience members. Originally founded by Anthony DeSantis, Drury Lane Theatre remains a family-run organization known for producing breathtaking Broadway classics, top-rated musicals, bold new works, hilarious comedies, and unforgettable concert events.