2016-2017 Season


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A Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Production
Based on the stories of Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carlo
Ruth Page Center for the Arts – 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago
May 2 – 28, 2017

Enjoy a whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, this story has served to introduce generations of toddlers to the delights of identifying colors and objects.

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Past Productions

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By Thodos Dance Chicago
Co-Choreographed by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
October 12 – 23, 2016

A Light in the Dark: the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan explores how a caring teacher helped guide a blind and deaf girl into a career as an internationally acclaimed writer and political activist.

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Theater Unspeakable’s “Moon Shot”
Commissioned by Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Developed and Presented in Association with Chicago Children’s Theatre
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
November 1 – 20, 2016

Biggest Story, Smallest Stage – From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company’s tongue-in-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere—one where the rules of gravity no longer apply.


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Devised by Will Bishop – an original CCT production
Based on the stories of Beatrix Potter
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
November 5 – 20, 2016

The Chicago Reader called Chicago Children’s Theatre’s A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter & Friends “exquisite…and the performers are too.” Hot on the heels of that highly successful run, this interactive show is back, but with a brand new tail (pun intended).

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Adapted and created by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
Music by Ralph Covert
Directed by Sean Graney
From the book by Eleanor Estes
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
January 17 – February 12, 2017

One of our audiences’ favorite is back this season! A timeless tale that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself, and the courage that it takes to stand up to others—even when you’re standing alone.

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By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit
The Station – 100 s. Racine Ave, Chicago
January 31 – February 26, 2017

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, The Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater,  and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of The Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Directed by Lookingglass’ Artistic Director Heidi Stillman
Co-adapted by Heidi Stillman and Caroline Macon
Based on the book by Giselle Potter
Produced in Association with The Actors Gymnasium
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
February 28 – March 19, 2017

Created by Lookingglass Theatre’s Heidi Stillman and based on the children’s book by Giselle Potter, The Year I Didn’t Go to School: A Homemade Family Circus is an all-new production sure to thrill all ages. This new work combines circus arts with the story of seven-year-old Giselle, who shares some of the best things that happened to her the year she didn’t go to school.

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A Neverbird Project
Co-written and co-directed by Levi Holloway and Katy Boza
The Station – 100 s. Racine Ave, Chicago
April 20 – May 7, 2017

The story of Pinocchio is about allowing joy and grief to exist in your heart simultaneously. It’s a love letter to the youth we lose, no matter how hard we try to hold onto it – and the life that’s ahead of us – just so long as we put one foot in front of the other. With the collaboration of Deaf and Hearing actors, it is the story of a puppet, a toy maker, and the girl who strings them together.

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