2017-2018 Season

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to share with you and your children Chicago Children’s Theatre 2017.2018 Season – our first full season in our new home, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave. This season promises to be moving, innovative, and truly adventurous, as we reaffirm our commitment to bringing young theatre goers of every age the very best in professional family theatre.

Scroll down to explore the programming we have planned for you in our intimate new Pritzker Family Studio Theatre. This season boasts three unique world premieres, all created by Chicago Children’s Theatre to excite and inspire your whole family. We’re also happy to offer a new addition to your experience: free onsite parking, on a first-come, first-served basis!

I invite your family to subscribe to CCT and enjoy and celebrate all the amazing family experiences we have planned for you thorughout the year.

I look forward to seeing you at The Station!

–Jacqueline Russell
Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre


My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Written and Directed by Gloria Bond Clunie

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
January 16, 2018 – February 18, 2018

After the new year, at a magical birthday party, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children explore their friendship in My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, a world premiere written and directed by Gloria Bond Clunie. When hurtful words about skin color slip out, best friends discover how to appreciate outer beauty while learning to seek the remarkable gifts inside each of us. Music, surprise and the wisdom of the splendiferous Thinking Tree make My Wonderful Birthday Suit! a very special celebration, complete with hands-on pre and post show experiences to explore outward appearances and inside gifts.

Recommended for Ages 4-7.

Red Kite Treasure Adventure

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
February 2, 2018 – March 4, 2018

Red Kite Treasure Adventure is an interactive theatrical experience with live music and sensory moments created specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. Audience members will join the chivalrous Oswald and his precocious siblings as they attempt to replace a priceless family heirloom. The children’s  journey to track down a rare Chinese vase leads them through a hole in the Earth to Chinatown where they arrive just in time for New Year’s festivities, dragon puppets, fireworks, lanterns, and shadow play. After conquering their fears (and a sea serpent named Gong Gong) our heroes return home with a newfound appreciation for bravery, honesty, and family tradition. Inspired by characters from Edith Nesbit’s The Story of the Treasure Seekers, this intimate production creates a safe and exciting theatrical environment for young people with autism and their families.


An Epic Tale of Scale

Created and Directed by Jo Cattell and Henry Wishcamper
Music and Lyrics by Gabe Ruiz

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
March 10, 2018 – April 8, 2018

In the spring, The Station itself transforms into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, titled An Epic Tale of Scale, created and directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by CCT Community Programs Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, with original music by Gabriel Ruiz. Think The Magic School Bus meets Sleep No More, and you’re close. Its an encounter that defies description. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere, interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station. Kids will explore the wonders and mysteries of scale while journeying deep inside the human body and out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

Recommended for Ages 6 and up.

Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson 
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West 
Music and Lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier
Directed by Henry Godinez
Arranged and Music Directed by Andra Velis Simon

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
April 24, 2018 – June 3, 2018

Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will open Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated contemporary children’s books ever. Kids (and parents) love Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in everyday city life. Speaking of the mundane, the music will be anything but, as CCT is welcoming Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier, the duo behind the music in CCT’s 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, back to Chicago to create the show’s original score.

Recommended for Ages 6 and up.


Past Productions

A Year With Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Carden
Music Direction and Musical Reductions by Andra Velis Simon

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
September 19, 2017  – November 12, 2017

Our twelfth year opens in The Station’s new, 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre with a celebration of the joyful energy that launched the company, a new take on the smash hit A Year with Frog and Toad. Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons, telling the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Recommended for All Ages.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Directed by Will Bishop
Designed by Grace Needlman

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
December 2, 2017 – December 17, 2017

Children of all ages are cordially invited to enjoy a spot of tea (or hot cocoa) with CCT’s friends from the English Lake District at the The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Enjoy an elegant tea party, create your own puppets and mini-puppet show and pose for photographs with the cast.

Recommended for Ages 2-6.