Improv Playhouse announces summer programming

Young audiences targeted with ‘Ranger Tales: True Stories from America’s National Parks’

LIBERTYVILLE – Libertyville’s Improv Playhouse announced its Theatre for Young Audiences summer programming will be “Ranger Tales: True Stories from America’s National Parks.”

“Ranger Tales” is an engaging, theatrical, interactive show that educates youth about real-life events that have occurred in America’s diverse park system. Audiences will discover stories and facts they’ve never known in this funny and educational anthology exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, The Everglades and Mammoth Cave.

“I love that ‘Ranger Tales’ is engaging for both audience and actor. This show does a great job in making these topics fun and digestible for everyone,” actor AnnaMae Durham said.

The show originally was devised for the Chicago Public Library system in 2019. Professional actors tell the stories through song, puppetry, musical instruments, movement and a silly “Catching Bigfoot” number.

“ ‘Ranger Tales’ is incredibly relevant and needed right now,” director Kat Phillips said. “After missing out on so many adventures this past year, my heart feels genuinely inspired and joyful every time these actors tell this story. I can’t wait for kids and adults alike to feel empowered and excited to be their own explorers.”

‘Ranger Tales’ will be performed safely at Improv Playhouse’s black box theatre in The Liberty Square Center, 735 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville.

Performances will take place on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. starting July 31 and running through Aug. 21.

Primary audiences are kindergarten through fifth grade, but the show easily can be enjoyed by younger and older children.

Cost is $5 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families of four or more.

For information, visit or call 847-968-4529.