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Erin Hemenway – You’re taking your families to Romeo& Juliet!

I was wrong.  Romeo &  Juliet  is not just for adults. Or girls.  Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble has adapted one of the greatest love stories ever told for an audience of all ages and genders.  The girls will delight in the love story and lavish 16th century costumes. The boys will revel in a daring sword fight.  All will be taken by the exquisite choreography and beautiful music.  This show is great for introducing elementary and middle school kids to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  The dancing, music and sword fighting make the show interesting for all-age audiences.

Performance timing is perfect for a love story… the weekend just before Valentine’s day.  Here are your choices for performances:

Saturday February 4, 2012 @ 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM
Sunday February 5, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
Performances at St. Cecilia Music Center

We’re happy that C.A.R.E. has donated 5 sets of 4 tickets for us to give away!   The tickets are for either of the Saturday performances….February 4 at 11am or 3pm.  To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling us your favorite Valentine’s memory.  [If you enter via facebook also leave your email address.]

This contest will end on Monday, January 30, 2012 and winners will be notified via email.

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  • Jennifer P says:

    Valentine’s Day is also my hubby’s birthday. My favorite Valentine’s day is when we were not really dating yet, but he sent me a sweet Valentine.

  • Joy Alverson says:

    My daughters 1st valentine. Sharing the day with your child makes it even more special because it’s a love like no other. I brought her a musical card that plays “You are my sunshine” and she still has it (almost 4 years later) and loves to open it to hear the song. She and my son (13 months) are two of the of the special people who helps my sun to shine everyday!

  • Krista Pawloski says:

    I’ve had a horrible “relationship” with Valentine’s day until I had kids. I’ve never even liked the holiday until I had my daughter, and love became something good for a change. My favorite would be the first one she made me a card for.

  • Jake Smith says:

    Definitely the giving of flowers or treats instead of the receiving.

  • Julie D. says:

    Anything involving my Daughter. She’s so full of love! She’s taking ballet for the first time so she would love this!

  • Ruth VW says:

    Most of my favorite moments are not on “holidays”. Spontaneous moments of joy are the ones that stick out for me. Every kid says they love their parents on Valentines Day, I love it even more when it’s not said because society says you should say it.

  • Lianne L. says:

    Making heart cut out cookies with my daughters!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I don’t have a favorite memory, per say, but every year my kids and I enjoy a special dinner together and get to enjoy each other’s company.

  • Renee spica says:

    I love every valentines day and look forward to the homemade cards from my sweet daughter!!

  • MonicaD says:

    My favorite valentine memory was making handprint valentines for family members with my 2 boys. They had a blast making them and everyone loved their very special valentines:)

  • Kristen says:

    I loved it when my mom made us a special breakfast on Valentine’s Day.

  • John Vargo says:

    My fondest memory is of those little cards that were passed back and forth between the students in my various Elementary school classrooms. I remembered feeling so special getting cards from people that I didn’t really even know that well. It made me feel good about myself.

  • Natalie Lambert says:

    My favorite memory is the day my husband and I got married. This year will make our 12th anniversary. We have 3 children and my girls would love to see the show.

  • Dale Jean Valentine says:

    My Favorite Valentine’s memory is with me everyday! My family last name is VALENTINE.

  • aimeeP says:

    My favorite Valentines Memory was the first one after I started dating my huband. He made me a special dinner and bought me a necklace. It was pretty special since we had only met a month earlier :)

  • shawn says:

    2/14/09 – it’s a very LONG story, but that was my best Valentine’s day ever! ms_sunshyne (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Maryann says:

    My best Valentine’s Day was in 2001 when our first granddaughter was born in NJ. We drove all night from MI to be with her and mom.

  • Addie says:

    My favorite memory is on my daughter 1st valentine day. We got her valentine teddy bear and she was so excited, that from then on we have gotten her one ever sense. Granted she’s only 3 but it made me super happy that she liked them so much.

  • Christine Stander says:

    My favorite valentines was when all my kids made homemade cards and they had them on the table when I came home from work. I love it when I get these heart felt gifts.

  • Jill Kuiper says:

    During high school, one of my boyfriends actually left me on Valentine’s Day & went to Chicago with his guy friends. I was devastated. Until, I got a call from the Sears Tower from him asking me to go to Prom. What a topsy turvey day that ended on a good note!

  • Kristy M. says:

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory was on 2/14/08 when I held out until just after midnight to give birth to my first daughter, Jaslene – my little love bug. She is turning out to be a little romantic…almost 4 years old and she is talking about her own wedding, yikes!

  • megan says:

    My son’s first Valentine’s Day- my husband and I decorated his bedroom with homemade valentine’s for our little love!

  • Sara Gunderson says:

    Getting my first homemade card from my kids!!! So sweet!

  • kristen wiersema says:

    My favorite valentines day is when my husband and I each wrote a list of 101 reasons I love you. Very sweet!

  • Elizabeth Siegel says:

    My husband proposed on valentines day, of course that will always be my favorite memory. Would love to take my daughters to this!

  • Marsha Harig says:

    My mom used to leave my sisters and a I a small present on Valentine’s Day on the dining room table. She did this all the way up to when we moved out. It wasn’t the present we loved, it was the fact that we knew how much she loved us, and always found little ways of showing us. It was very nice to know we were loved that much.

  • emily says:

    My husband and my first valentines day together. He showed up with the biggest balloon I’ve ever seen and a giant teddy bear. that my daughter now sleeps with.

  • Kim K says:

    I love valentines day with my kids – home made cards and gifts… those are the BEST.

  • emily says:

    Growing up my gpa would always buy all of us grandkids our own pkg of Andes mints and deliver them to us on Valentines day. I loved having my gpa as a valentine :)

  • Erin Hemenway says:

    A year after I started dating my husband he took me to Chicago for Valentine’s Day. I am kind of a history fanatic, so he took me to the Field Museum. We walked around downtown Chicago, ate at the Cheesecake Factory (yum) and spent the night in a hotel room with a jacuzzi. It was the best V-day I’ve ever had!

  • Jody S. says:

    My favorite Valentines Day as a child was when I received a Beauty & the Beast cd in my cereal bowl before I went to school! As an adult it is when my husband & the kids surprised me w/chocolate dipped strawberries that they enjoyed making together & they kept the secret for a whole day! :)

  • Jennifer Courtney says:

    Last year my oldest helped me make cards with my old paper scrapbooking supplies. We had such a good time together!

  • Christine Stander says:

    I just pulled out the homemade hearts my daughter made for me all faded and edges worn. The best ever valentine day.

  • As a single parent, Valentines Day can be a challenge. My favorite memory goes way back to when my daughter was in Kindergarten. I had found a deal at the florist, on baby roses- so I summoned up my crafting skills and created some corsages in the shape of pink and red hearts, and then fastened the roses to each. Seeing the looks on the faces of these Kindergarteners when I showed up at school in a bright pink blazer handing out mini-corsages was classic. Best Year Ever!

  • carolyn says:

    The Valentine day my husband proposed to me…..oh so many years ago ;)

  • Erica says:

    I loved passing out Valentines day cards at school and of course getting candy!

  • Pat says:

    Making home-made valentines both as a kid and as an adult!

  • Kelly says:

    My mom still loves to give each of us kids gifts on Valentines…I love how thoughtful she is still even though we are grown and have our own kiddos!

  • Pamela Scholten says:

    I would LOVE to see this! My favorite Valentine’s Day memory is a spontaneous trip my husband & I took to a B&B in the Appalachian Mountains (pre-kids). It was fun to be spontaneous and to ‘run into’ a restaurant w/ one of the best meals we’ve ever tasted. :)

  • Stephanie Pearson says:

    I’ve had a pattern of going for ‘romantics’, so I could tell some stories, lol. But, my favorite…as in ever!? Hrmph. Never thought I would say this, but these years with the kids…making Valentines [my fav], watching them read and re-read the cards they get, and the spunky homemade cards they give me…the best.

  • Jane Zomerlei says:

    I remember being a kid and getting special treats and little presents in my lunch on valentines day. It didn’t matter if it was a pencil with hearts on it, a box of conversation hearts, or a stuffed bear, it was all special!

  • nancy kucks says:

    My favorite valentines memory would have to be when I was in high school. They deliver those flowers, I got one. Still don’t know from who. Just nice to be thought of on that day

  • Tracey says:

    Our family trip to Florida–we left on Valentine’s Day!

  • Karen L says:

    I always liked Valentine’s Day in school, making our card holder and passing out/receiving cards.

  • tiffany says:

    going on a snow picnic as a child…my mom surprised my siblings and I and picked us up during the school lunch hour for a Valentine’s Day picnic. We went to a park, drank hot chocolate, ate heart shaped sandwiches and squirted red hearts in the snow from a spray bottle filled with water and red food coloring.

  • Linette Kamrad says:

    My favorite memory of Valentines day is getting my 8 yr old a stuffed animal and card and hiding it for her the morning of and letting her be suprised when she finds her treasure….Hope I win and can take her to the ballet for her first time ever…

  • Nancy E says:

    I love getting the hand made Valentines. Way back from my girls and now from my grand daughter.

  • wendy mcevoy lofquist says:

    My fave memory for Valentines day is when my kids all went to the same school I would go to their school after school got out the day before V-Day and would walk kids to my van then go back into the school and put their special V-day treats from mom in their lockers/cubbys…so the next day when they would walk into their school open their lockers or look into their cubbys they would see moms vday treat for them they would start their day knowing that they are appreciated by mom … :) Would love to hear how they were surprised never got old as they got bigger and went to different schools I would stick the treats in their book bags still surprising them :) Those are my fave Valentine Days memories…

  • Heather says:

    Valentines Day always reminds me of the candy hearts and all the cute little sayings and of course LOVE. A reason to have a date night with your spouse and give your children a little something to remind them how much you love them!

  • Jen A says:

    when we were young my mom made us peanut butter cookies with hershy kisses. This was a huge treat for us, plus she gave each of us our own bag so we got to eat them whenever we wanted! Super big deal :)

  • Dawn Hatchew says:

    Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorites, but much more now that I have 2 loving little girls to share it with! I enjoy helping them with their Valentine’s and helping out with their parties a school!

  • Gladys says:

    Being with loved ones!

  • Rich Worth says:

    My oldest daughter’s second valentine’s day, she made me card :)

  • Lara Raymond says:

    Favorite memory is creating unique valentines with my daughter for school. Now I have another baby girl to do the same with. Being creative is what we love to do. We LOVE LOVE LOVE Art!