Some stories never run out of magic. The importance of family and friendships is at the center of Northwestern University’s 2019-2020 ImagineU season, which features the timeless adventures of a bear and his friends and a classic father-daughter fairytale. This family series presents stories that touch the heart.

“ImagineU productions are consistently presented to capacity audiences,” said Wirtz Center Managing Director Al Heartley. “This is due to the vision and expertise of ImagineU founder and theatre lecturer/advisor Lynn Kelso and her education teams. This year the Wirtz Center will build on this success with two well-known titles which will delight young people, their families and audiences throughout our community.”

A charming and whimsical new musical adaptation of A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a story about a honey-loving bear and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood. It will feature a folk music score infused with acoustic harmonies and original poetry from the books. The musical is directed by Nate Cohen and dramatized by Clanché du Rand. The production, recommended for children 3 years and older, will run Nov. 1-17 at the Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater on the Northwestern campus.

 There will be a sensory-friendly performance of “Winnie the Pooh” at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. Adapted performances provide a relaxed and safe environment for students with autism, learning differences or other sensory needs, allowing audience members to engage with the show.

More information about the sensory-friendly performances and yet-to-be announced creative drama workshops for children cn be found on the ImagineU page of the Wirtz Center website.

Tickets are available by phone at 847-491-7282 or in person at the Wirtz Center box office in the Barber Theater on campus.

The Season Opens With

“Winnie the Pooh,” Nov. 1 to 17 and will close with “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Feb. 21 to March 8, 2020. Performances take place at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center or the Performing Arts on the Evanston campus. Tickets are available on the Wirtz Center website.