Custard Street Fair Guide — 2012 Edition
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Piccolo Theatre proudly presents a hilarious and spooky line-up for the 2012-13 season. Following a triumphant and laughter-filled 11th Season Artistic Director, John Szostek, has the Piccolo Ensemble back on the boards for three British offerings full of ghosts, spirits and mysterious fun. Speaking of fun, did you know that Piccolo Theatre brings you the Custer Fair? Not bad for your local neighborhood house of fun.


“Catherine of Aragon was one, Young Anne Boleyn was two, lovely Jane Seymour was three, Anne of Cleaves came at four, Catherine Howard was five and Catherine Parr she was last…divorced, beheaded and died, divorced, beheaded, survived…I’m (an inflatable) Henry VIII, I had six sorry wives.” Six Dead Queens and Inflatable Henry! was originally conceived by Foresight Theatre, and visits these ill-fated queens who are stuck together for eternity to share not only one husband, but one bed, on which they each sing, dance and fight to assert themselves as the rightful queen.

BAH HUMBUG! By Tina & Robert Burbidge

Bah Humbug! is a retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, panto-fashion, with well-known songs merrily re-worded to suit the script. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old businessman who believes Christmas is all ‘humbug’ to cheat him out of his money. Can the ghost of his long deceased partner and three Christmas spirits teach him the error of his ways? And will anyone realize that Tiny Tim is not quite as endearing as we thought? Come and celebrate the holidays with Piccolo and a show that the kiddos don’t have to sit through quietly!


Blithe Spirit is a twisted take on the traditional British drawing room comedy. Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for the novel he is writing. He arranges for Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium, to hold a séance—in which she accidently summons Elvira, Condomine’s first wife who has been dead for seven years. What ensues is a comedic ghostly tete-a-tete of new wife versus dead wife that becomes dead wives versus living husband.

All three productions will be at the Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St., Evanston. Tickets are available by calling the box office 847.424.0089 or through the website

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