North Central College - Naperville, IL

Children’s book character Ramona Quimby takes the stage Dec. 3 at North Central College

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North Central College welcomes children and families for two performances of “Ramona Quimby,” a musical theatre production based on the award-winning children’s book by Beverly Cleary.

Recommended for children in first through fifth grades, two one-hour matinees will be performed by Theatreworks USA at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit For an additional $2 per ticket, patrons may attend an ice cream reception, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the day of the performance.

The lively musical production tells the story of Ramona, the exasperating but lovable third-grader who has charmed young readers for more than 50 years through the books of Newbery Medal-winning writer Cleary.

In this production, Ramona's life is a mess. Her older sister Beezus is a pain, her Aunt Bea may marry a dork and her dad just lost his job. To top it off, she has a sneaking suspicion that her teacher hates her. Life is no picnic, and growing up isn’t easy, but Ramona faces these challenges with the help of her loving and patient family and friends—all while audiences laugh and cheer her on.

From the creators of Theatreworks USA’s “Junie B. Jones” and “Click, Clack, Moo,” “Ramona Quimby” is the next installment of charming, captivating and all-around family fun.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Mayer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV’s “Friends”; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).