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"Big River" brings the story of Huckleberry Finn to the Hoogland stage. 

Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a young boy from Missouri, joins a runaway slave, Jim, as he attempts to travel north to Canada to flee his life as a slave. During their time together, Huck finds that many of his beliefs about slaves in the United States are wrong. He is told by the adults around him that to help Jim escape is to sin against God. 

Huck decides that he would rather be a "sinner" than abandon his friend. 

The Springfield Muni Opera holds special auditions for children every year to fill a handful of roles in their summer lineup of shows. 

The auditions bring out hundreds of kids, but former Muni president and current board member Mac Warren says the auditions always end with the "especially gut-wrenching" process of choosing who will and will not be cast. 

Last year, the "Muni Trolls" program, named after the popular movie, opened the door for young thespians to explore the world of theater even if they hadn't been cast in one of the four main shows.

Bringing a message of hope, happiness, and family to the stage, 'Annie' is set to make its fourth run at the Springfield Muni Opera starting August 3rd. 

The Chicago theater community is working to provide options to disabled theater-goers, according to the Director of Audience Experience, Evan Hatfield at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 

In addition to captioned performances and pre-show tours, Steppenwolf and other theater companies are adding sensory-friendly performances to their shows to be more inclusive of those who may be sensitive to certain sensory experiences such as bright lights or loud noises. 

Written by Ken Bradbury and Robert Crowe, 'Distant Thunder' is the story of New Salem during Abraham Lincoln's days in the village; however, the show isn't just another Lincoln story. 

"Nothing against our 16th President, but in New Salem in those days, he wasn't the most interesting man in town!" Said writer Ken Bradbury, "Distant Thunder is a fun explanation of how Lincoln became Lincoln while he was in New Salem." 

This Summer, the Springfield Muni celebrates what Legally Blonde star Zoey Zara calls the "Summer of women" sporting a lineup of shows all with female leads. 

Mamma Mia the story of a young girl who decides to invite her three potential fathers to her wedding in Greece. The setting of a beautiful Greek island is perfectly accented by an ABBA sountrack that's sure to have you singing along. 

For the last 25 years, the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels baseball team has been keeping traditional "base ball" alive. The team's founder, Lee Slider, explains the team's origins stem from an invitation from the Ohio Village Muffins in 1993 to pull a team together to play a game by the 1858 rules. 

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Springfield Muni

Directed by Andrew Maynerich and Morgan Kaplan, Sister Act is coming to the Muni's stage for the first time. 

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