Redmoon to put on spectacle this weekend

2013-10-31T11:30:00Z Redmoon to put on spectacle this weekendEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Just in time for the spooky season, Redmoon has an extravaganza of treats and mesmerizing activities for audiences.

This weekend, the theatrical company kicks off its "Redmoon Indoors" Spectacle Series with two events in its brand new massive space in Chicago.

Redmoon's third annual "Boneshaker," featuring various entertainment and activities, takes place Friday while its "Skelebration," geared to families, will take place Saturday and Sunday.

"We wanted to create a wild, interactive dream world," said Redmoon's producing artistic director Frank Maugeri. He said the company's new 57,000-square-foot building is the perfect environment for Redmoon's larger than life show spectacles. The company, which originated in 1995, has a history of presenting large-scale multi-media productions complete with puppetry, colorful lighting displays, costuming, music and more.

Maugeri said "Boneshaker," geared to the 21 and over crowd, will offer a multitude of entertainment options including an indoor roller skating rink, interactive, underwater-themed shadow world, indoor swing park, performances by punk rock marching band Mucca Pazza, a motorcycle carousel, the opportunity to grill your own hot dogs over fire candelabras, interactive food and drink stations and more.

"For me, Halloween has always been an adventure," Maugeri said, adding he'd like to transport guests to another realm with the theatrical events.

During "Skelebration," parents and children can take part in everything from building masks, watching a puppet opera titled "Laika's Coffin," playing in an indoor park featuring swings and roller skating to building shadow puppets for use in a performance and hearing musical acts.

As a parent to two youngsters, Maugeri stresses "Skelebration" is "not about gore or threatening people." It's simply meant to be a fun and exploratory time in a unique environment.

FYI: "Boneshaker" will be presented from 9 to 2 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $75 including food and drinks. Production is geared to individuals 21 and older. "Skelebration," will be presented from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children 3 and older and free for children under 3 years old. Redmoon is located at 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago.  Call (312) 850-8440, ext. 123 or visit redmoon.org

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