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BLOOMINGTON  — Prairie Fire Theatre is currently touring “How To Be a Superhero,” its annual opera for children.

The show, featuring students and faculty from Illinois Wesleyan University, will be performed at almost 50 schools and public venues this month.

This 40-minute romp is full of classical music adapted to fit a funny, but heartfelt, story. “How To Be a Superhero” asks the question, what if the things we get teased about also can make us strong, even superhero strong?

Robert Mangialardi produces the show, now in it’s 17th year, and also is featured in the cast. The show is written by Nancy Steele Brokaw and directed by Rhys Lovell, with musical direction by Andrew Voelker and Charlie Berggren.

Free public performances include:

— 6:30 p.m. May 14, Bloomington Public Library

— 10 a.m. May 18, Normal Public Library

— 3 p.m. May 18, Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington

— 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 22, The Normal Theater, uptown

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