Monday, September 29, 2008

Sangamon Auditorium kicks off Family Events with The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

The University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium will kick off its 2008-2009 Family Series with The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m. Family Series sponsors are ABC News Channel 20, Continuous Country 104.5 WFMB, and 99.7 KISS FM.

Based on the popular children's book series by Jeff Brown, this musical tells the story of Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary boy who is flattened when the bulletin board above his bed comes loose and falls on top of him. Now he can slide under locked doors, roll up like a mat or become a trampoline -- his friends even fly him like a kite. But there has to be more, and Stanley knows just what to do. Putting himself in a big envelope, he travels the world as a human letter!

Free pre-show activities for children will take place in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby beginning at 6 p.m. Activities include mask making, a dance presentation by the Springfield Youth Performance Group, and the opportunity for children to make their own Flat Stanley to take home.

Tickets for this event are $25 for adults or $14 for children 12 and under and are on sale now. To order tickets visit or call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217/206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Ticket Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Individual tickets to all Visiting Artist Series and Family Events are on sale now, and tickets to Broadway shows go on sale approximately six weeks prior to each event. Patrons can receive a discount through the Create Your Own Series option by simply choosing at least five events from the Visiting Artists Series, Broadway Series, and Family Events at UIS. Please call the Ticket Office for more information.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About Sangamon Auditorium, UIS
Sangamon Auditorium, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield, hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at 217/206-6150 or by e-mail at