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Wonder Works Announces 2007/2008 Concert Series Performers

Mattel Inc. on behalf of Eugene P. Beard and the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation sponsors concert series kicking off with children's comedian and storyteller Chris Fascione on Sunday, October 21

Oak Park, Illinois - October 18, 2007 - Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, kicks off its Sunday Concert Series with a live performance by Chris Fascione on Sunday, October 21 at 4 p.m.

This year's concert series will be underwritten by Mattel Inc. on behalf of Eugene P. Beard and the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation. "Thanks to Greg Beard and his wife Tamara Faulkner Beard, Wonder Works was able to open in 2003. As board members, they contributed tremendous energy and ideas," says John Harris, board president. "Four years later, their support, with Greg's parents, will enable us to make our popular concert series bigger and better."

Wonder Works 2007/2008 Concert Series performances include:

  - Comedian and storyteller Chris Fascione will perform Sunday, October 21. An Oak Park resident, Fascione brings traditional children's literature to life with his high-spirited and innovative performances.

  - Singer and songwriter Jim Gill will appear Sunday, November 18. An Oak Park resident, Gill is a trained child development specialist and has been educating and inspiring children for over 20 years.

  - Folk singer, troubadour and American treasure Jim Post will make his Wonder Works debut Sunday, January 27. A Galena resident, Post is known for performing children's songs and currently stars as Mark Twain in the one man show "Mark Twain and the Laughing River".

  - Singer and songwriter Joel Frankel returns Sunday, February 17. A Chicago resident, Frankel has developed a creative and stimulating musical performance that captivates listeners of all ages by combining his musical talents with his teaching background.

All concerts will begin at 4 p.m., and the museum will have special hours on concert days. Wonder Works will close at 3:30 p.m. for non-ticket holders but will remain open to concert-goers. Tickets are $5 for members, $8 for non-members and free for children under age one. Tickets are on sale now for the Chris Fascione concert; Jim Gill tickets go on sale October 21 and are $6 for members and $10 for non-members.

To learn more about the Sunday Concert Series, visit

About Wonder Works
Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400 square foot museum, located at 6445 West North Avenue in Oak Park, includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children's party room. The museum is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5 per person and free for members and children under age one. For more information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties call 708.383.4815 or visit