Lifeline emeritus ensemble member Eric Lane Barnes making splashes across the nation
It has been 10 years since Eric left Chicago for Seattle to become the assistant artistic director of and composer for the prestigious Seattle Men’s Chorus. You can check out all that he’s doing and his ginormous catalogue of musical compositions and the recent feature article on him by Seattle Magazine at his website, www.ericlanebarnes.com. Lifeline KidSeries fans will be pleased to know that the kids’ shows that Eric created at Lifeline Theatre continue to play across the nation. Remember these goodies…?
The Amazing Bone
Adapted from the book by William Steig (Shrek, Doctor DeSoto) The Amazing Bone was originally presented at Lifeline Theatre in 1997. It follows Pearl the pig and her adventures with a magic, talking bone. If you happen to be in California in January, you can see it at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Adapted from the book by Virginia Lee Burton, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel premiered at Lifeline Theatre in 1998 and was remounted here in 2003. It was toured by TheatreWorksUSA and has been performed by several notable children’s theater companies in the USA. Know anyone who might be in North Carolina this winter? Look for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s production February.
Simple Jim and His Four Fabulous Friends
An original creation by Eric Lane Barnes, this 3-person tour-de-force was a big success at Lifeline, where it was first performed in 1999 and then remounted by Lifeline in Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ Storefront Theatre in 2002. There are no current productions of this piece… but we’ll keep you posted when it next hits the road!