Sangamon Auditorium
UIS Studio Theatre
UIS Ticket Office
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Intended for an inclusive audience of all ages with sensory or other needs

60 minutes
$7.00 per ticket

Performance held in the UIS Studio Theatre; limited seating available

Musician Chris Vallillo leads audiences through a history of Illinois music featuring a selection of unique and interesting instruments including an 1880 hammer dulcimer, an 1890 skin head banjo, a 1936 Dobro playing bottleneck slide guitar, and a jaw harp.

This performance is specially designed to offer a sensory-friendly experience in a welcoming and inclusive environment.


Teacher's Guide - click here

Post-show Teacher Surveyclick here


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About the Show

This is an event in the Staley Class Acts Series.

To Reserve Tickets:

1. Call the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or or click here
--- Be sure your estimated number of attendees includes everyone who will be watching the performance - students, teachers, parent chaperons, and bus drivers. Classes should have one chaperon for every 15 students; every 16th ticket is complementary.
--- Inform the UIS Ticket Office if anyone in your group needs accessibility services.
--- Limited space is available for groups who bring sack lunches.  Please call the UIS Ticket Office to see if space is available for your group. Lunch space must be arranged in advance.

2. After your reservation is processed, you will receive a letter requesting that you confirm the details of your order and submit payment.

3. When confirmation and payment are received by the UIS Ticket Office, your group will be placed in the best available seats.

4. A voucher with your seating information will be mailed to you.  Please bring the voucher with you to the performance.

Confirmation & Payment: You must confirm the total number of attendees 3 weeks before the performance.  If your order is not confirmed by this deadline, your seats will be given to the next group on our wait list.  Once the final number is confirmed, no seats may be released; based on availability, seats may be added to your confirmed order.  Payment must be received 2 weeks before the performance. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check payable to UIS Ticket Office.  Please include your order number and the performance name on your check and mail it to:

    UIS Ticket Office
    One University Plaza, MS PAC 292
    Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Cancellation: All sales are final. If your school is officially closed or delayed on a performance day, you will be allowed to exchange your tickets for another Staley Class Acts performance within the same school year.  You must notify the UIS Ticket Office by calling (217) 206-6160 within one day of the performance if your school is cancelled or delayed before any adjustment can be made to your account.

Accessibility Services: Students with accessible seating needs will be seated with their escort in the appropriate area, which may be separate from the rest of the group. If advance notice has not been arranged, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your group based on remaining available seating upon your arrival. Accessibility services may not be available for every performance. Services are not arranged until requested and are contingent on the availability of the service providers.

Recommended Grade Levels: We recommend grade levels based on information provided by the performance company. If you have questions about the content of a performance, please contact Betsy O'Brien at (217) 206-6150 or

All events are subject to change.