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HWAH Comes to Illinois for Four "Sunny Days" of Live Shows, Talks, and Workshops

Can you tell me how to get to a sidesplitting, thought-provoking show for adults? How about one for kids? What if I want to make puppets and learn how to perform and create characters from a Sesame Street/Muppet performer or learn from a multiple Emmy award-winning artist how music is created for television? It's all in one place, and it's only this week!

Humor With a Heart partners with Illinois Art Station for FOUR DAYS of live shows, talks and workshops for both adults and children in "Sunny Days" with events taking place September 7-10 in Peoria, Bloomington, & Normal, Illinois... yes, there is a town called Normal and it rocks! Just ask Emmy Award-winner Paul Rudolph who grew up there!

Check out these PUBLIC events & get your tickets before they're gone!


September 7th: A show for kids that adults will love...

7pm Thursday, September 7th
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Tickets are only $10!!!

This interactive family comedy concert features puppetry, live music, and fun for

all ages. Recommended for ages 5+ (adults have as much fun as the kids).

Watch a preview of Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up featuring original song "Be A Present" sung by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph.


September 8th: Fun for the adults, ages 13+ permitte

What Just Happened

A Comedy Concert Cabaret for Adults

Friday, September 8th | Show begins at 7:30pm
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

* Benefitting Illinois Art Station

Leslie takes a break from Sesame Street to perform her ADULT cabaret. With live music, stories, and unexpected whimsy, ANYTHING can happen! Starring Leslie Carrara-Rudoph and her cast of quirky characters. Live music from Emmy Award-winner and hometown hero Paul Rudolph and Michael Hicks.

6:00-7:00 p.m. VIP Reception

7:30 p.m. What Just Happened?!

9:00 p.m. After Party

10:00 p.m. After After Party

"If there is anything to take away from a Leslie Carrara-Rudolph show, it is that reconnection with your inner child who wants so badly for there to be magic in the world... knows, now, for certain, that magic is real." Bobby Patrick, Beoadwayworld

Watch these videos to get a taste of what you won't want to miss...and for a hearty laugh.


September 9th: Puppet making & performance workshop!

Noodling Around

Saturday, September 9th
10am & 1pm Illinois Art Station

Puppet-Making workshop for ages 8+

Participants let their imaginations run wild making original puppet creatures from pool noodles, pipe cleaners and craft foam (no glue!). Then...

Learn character development and performance from Humor With a Heart’s Jamie Donmoyer and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street, Muppets) who between them have nearly 80 years of experience not only creating and performing characters but teaching kids and adults how to do it too!


TWO timeslots available!


September 10th: Hear Directly from Paul and Leslie!

3 humans standing with a puppet

How They Got to Sesame Street with Paul Rudolph and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

11am Sunday, September 10th
The Normal Theater FREE!

Did you know that the music director and the performer of Abby Cadabby/Tango on Sesame Street are married? Musician Paul Rudolph and entertainer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph came from two different worlds when they met on Muppets Tonight back in the 1990's. Learn how they each made their way to Sesame Street in this entertaining behind the scenes look at the lives of two creatives!

FREE! No Registration Required

Watch Paul and Leslie BTS of filming Outstanding Original Song "Friends With a Penguin" with THE Billy Porter.

Your ticket purchases support Illinois Art Station’s mission to provide young artists and their families from all neighborhoods and backgrounds with transformative experiences in the visual arts.

Sunny Days is brought to you by:

OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois

with Simantel & the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Straza Consulting, Blooming Tree Wealth Management, Broadleaf Video Production, Klean Korner, Little Jewels Learning Center, John & Marilyn Freese, Vrooman Mansion, Town of Normal, City of Bloomington, & Fox & Hounds Hair Studio & Day Spa



Listen to, read, and watch interviews with Leslie and Paul about these events

WGLT (links to website - article and recording)


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