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Aidan Edwards (from left), Haley Jane Schafer, Michael Vaughn and India Rose Renteria will appear in the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind," directed by Dante Orfei. (Photo provided by Emily Schwartz)

The Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical "Whistle Down the Wind" opens Friday, July 26, in the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero. The plot follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young.

The store is reset in 1959, where Swallow, a 15-year-old-girl growing up in America’s deep South, discovers a mysterious man hiding in a barn. When she asks who he is, and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ,” it’s as if all her prayers have been answered. Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world outside, while the townspeople are determined to catch a fugitive.

Show times
Directed by Dante Orfei, it plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 26 to Aug. 10. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center is at 3801 S. Central Ave. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors. Contact or 708-656-1800

Suburban cast members
Edward J. MacLennan of Bolingbrook
Juliana Tomecki of Lemont, age 9
Killian and Moira Hughes of Hinsdale, brother and sister age 4 and 6, respectively
Jacob Craig of Berwyn
Amara and Eliseo Gonzalez of Berwyn, siblings age 12 and 9, respectively
Cara Cundari of Cicero
Carlos Garcia of Cicero
Joy Ciancanelli of La Grange, age 11