Quest Theatre Ensemble Sets 10th Anniversary Celebration for 11/16-18
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by BWW News Desk
Quest Theatre Ensemble celebrates ten years as "the people's theatre" of Chicago with a full weekend of events including an Anniversary Exhibit, Friday and Saturday night performances and an all ages Quest Fest Fun Day. With events planned for everyone in the family, there's plenty of opportunity to support the company that says, "We don’t care if you’re old, young, rich, poor, tall, small, skinny or fat. Art belongs to everyone. Theater should be free. Everyone is welcome." All proceeds support Quest's mission of bringing free theater to the people of Chicago.
Anniversary Exhibit and Performances
About the Anniversary Exhibit
The Quest Anniversary Exhibit features an installation of set pieces, design elements and some of Quest's signature masks and puppets from their colorful ten year production history. Chat with designers and ensemble members while you reminisce about your favorite Quest moments.
About the performances
Quest Fest Family Day
Stop by the Quest Fest Family Day, a non-stop fete of family fun with hourly events for kids. The day culminates in a rousing drum circle led by Sister Drum and Sheboom where everyone gets an instrument to take part in the fun! Specializing in music based on West African rhythms, Sister Drum and Sheboom is an all female percussion ensemble led by Aimee Bass, who lent her heart, hands and drums to Quest productions including The People's Wizard of Oz, National Day of Puppetry, Lollapalooza Opening Spectacle 2005, Quest Fest 2006 and 2007 and Blue Nativity.
Quest Fest Family Day schedule:
Quest Artistic Director, Andrew Park, states, “Quest started with a radical idea—a vision for Free Theatre so unlikely and improbable that we were usually dismissed as dreamers, hippies or worse. It’s hard to discern if we were too dumb to listen, too young to care or too idealistic to see the impracticality of our pursuit, but we believed that art is a basic necessity like air, water, food and shelter and art must be made available to all people regardless of their income or social status. Thousands of people attend our performances every year, and those who are able to contribute a little more do, enabling those who have little or nothing to give to still take part.
It’s a community gathering where all things are possible—and Quest is the only theater that some Chicagoans attend because we’re the only theater that they can afford."
Memorable moments of Quest Theatre Ensemble's ten years