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BrightSide Theatre and Naperville Park District present “Summer in the Parks: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein”

NAPERVILLE (May 2021) – BrightSide Theatre, Naperville’s only professional theatre, in partnership with the Naperville Park District, is bringing a new program to the parks in Naperville this summer.  “Summer in the Parks: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” will perform on 3 different Wednesdays throughout the summer at the Wagner Family Pavilion, located at the 95th Street Community Plaza, 3109 Cedar Glade Drive in Naperville.   Performances will take place on June 30, July 21 and August 11 at 7:00 p.m.

As a way to share the music from Broadway’s best with the residents of Naperville, BrightSide Theatre is partnering with the Naperville Park District to provide this opportunity free of charge. BrightSide Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jeffrey Cass says, “With many arts organizations unable to perform during the pandemic, this was a great way to pivot and bring the performances safely to the outdoors.  This is a great opportunity for residents of all ages and backgrounds to come out with their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of music in the Naperville parks.”

“We look forward to hosting these performances at the 95th Street Community Plaza and providing an introduction to live theater for the community,” said Program Manager Brittany Malatt.  

BrightSide Theatre will bring 5 singers and 3 musicians together to celebrate and sing the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.  In this hour-long music revue, songs will be sung from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway Classic Musicals such as Cinderella, The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and many more.  This production is sponsored in part by Republic Bank and partially supported by the City of Naperville’s SECA Fund, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the DuPage Foundation.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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