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Support Chicago Childrenís Theatre with a donation and youíll receive an exclusive link to your favorite songs* from world premiere musical.

This generous gift is made possible by the production’s composers and lyricists Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier.

If you believe children across Chicago should have access to relevant, groundbreaking productions like Last Stop on Market Street, please make a tax-deductible donation today.

*Note these are studio recordings, not cast recordings.

Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement that we announce Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2018.2019 Season. This year we build on the successes of our first full season in our new home, The Station at 100 South Racine Avenue, bringing the very best in professional family theatre and theatrical arts education to theatregoers and makers of every age.

This new season brings three entertaining and enlightening world premieres to the stage in the intimate Pritzker Family Studio: The World Inside of Me, X-Marks the Spot: A Show to Xcite Your Senses, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963.

I invite your family to subscribe to our season and enjoy all the amazing family experiences – shows, classes, camps, and special events – we have planned for you throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you at The Station!

–Jacqueline Russell
Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre

Leo Lionni’s Frederick

Adapted for stage by Suzanne Miller
Songs by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs
Directed by Tommy Rapely

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
October 9 – November 12, 2018

Opening the 2018-2019 season is Leo Lionni’s Frederick, the smash hit family musical based on beloved children’s author Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse.

While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world.

Recommended for All Ages.

 

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Devised and directed by Will Bishop
Designed by Grace Needlman

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
December 8 – December 24, 2018

The perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! The latest Chicago holiday tradition returns with two new stories after a smash success last year. Children of all ages are once again cordially invited to dress up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with CCT’s friends from the English Lake District at the The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with beloved literary characters as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Children and parents are invited to the stage following the performance to pull levers and turn cranks, revealing images that surprise and delight.

Guests exit into the lobby, which will transform into a Victorian-style dining hall where they will enjoy cocoa and cookies, beautiful decor, and have the rare opportunity to meet and pose for photos with the cast. This family-friendly event is a delight for theatre lovers of all ages!

Recommended for Ages 2-6.

 

X-Marks the Spot
Listen! Smell! Touch! – A Show to Xcite Your Senses!

Conceived and directed by Jacqueline Russell

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
January 22 – March 3, 2019

X-Marks the Spot is a play presented with sounds and voices, and with touchable and scented props. A low-light setting and/or the use of blindfolds gently encourages audience members not to rely on their senses of sight, but instead to tune-in to their other four senses to experience EST, “Extra Sensory Theatre.” EST aims to give children insight into what it is like to encounter the world as a person who is blind or low vision.

Following up on her successful Red Kite Project productions for children with autism, and informed by her work with LV students at Otis Elementary School, Jacqueline Russell drew inspiration for this new production from a Victorian children’s novel by E. Nesbit, “Five Children & It.” X-Marks tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand—only to learn the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”

Recommended for Ages 8 and up.

 

The World Inside of Me

Directed by Lauren Jost
Music by Jono Waldman
A Co-production with Spellbound Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
February 9 – March 10, 2019

The World Inside Me is a new form of educational arts experience designed specifically for Pre-K youth. This world premiere production is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age 5 (the age span of the participants). Artists will lead the audience through a series of interactive vignettes that engage the body and senses, delighting the imaginations of participants.

Recommended for Ages 1-5.

 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Based on the book: The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Adapted by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
March 26 – April 28, 2019

Rounding out the 2018-2019 Season, Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Seattle Children’s Theatre and the University of California- Santa Barbara, will open a brand new adaptation of acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis’ groundbreaking, timeless work, The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963.

When Kenny’s older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it’s decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family – Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta – sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the “Brown Bomber.” When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.

Cheryl L. West returns to adapt the work for the stage after penning the world premiere musical adaptation of Last Stop on Market Street.

Recommended for Ages 9 and up.

Red Kite Green Mountain

Conceived by Jacqueline Russell with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT
Designed by Will Bishop

Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
Spring 2019

Red Kite, Green Mountain is an interactive, immersive theatrical production designed for young people with autism and sensory sensitivities and their families.

With the flora and fauna of the Green Mountain State of Vermont as its inspiration, audiences explore nature while experiencing “impressionistic and fantastical” animal puppetry according to designer and puppeteer Will Bishop. On their theatrical journey, audiences are introduced to a Mountain Music Man and band of handcrafted, interactive, larger-than-life, yet approachable puppets including foxes, hares, an owl and caterpillars.

Red Kite, Green Mountain is the seventh installment in CCT’s Red Kite Adventure series which has played locally and toured nationally since 2008. This production is s a co-commission with the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, where CCT has returned to the delight of special educators and families affected by autism in the New England region for the past three years.

Join us for our Second Annual, Extraordinary Family Festival this June

Celebrate with CCT and 500 of our closest neighbors and friends as we spring into summer! Enjoy unique family experiences, from Aerial Circus Arts to a Black Light Dance Party to Airbrush Tattoos to summertime food & drinks and more! Performances by The Happiness Club, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Yuri “the human beatbox” Lane.

NEW THIS YEAR, become a hero when you build your own adventure gear, roll enormous dice, and set out on a large-scale Outdoor/Indoor quest packed with mysterious clues, discoveries, and a surprise finale.

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 12pm – 4pm
Where: Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station 100 South Racine Ave
Tickets:$10 per person

Sponsorships: Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. To become a sponsors and see the full list of sponsorship opportunities and benefits, click here.

Reserve your tickets before they’re gone!

BOING is made possibly by the generous support of our sponsors.

Premiere Sponsors
The Leland Family

Lead Sponsors
The Neveux Family
Goldman Sachs
PWC

Supporting Sponsors
HBK Engineering

Good Neighbor Sponsors
The Murphy Family
David Chung

Sunday, April 22, 12:00-2:00
The Station, 100 South Racine Ave

Celebrate Earth Day at CCT at our FREE Open House. Join us for a “make a statement” craft workshop, showing the world what you believe, and attend legendary and mythical workshops with our fabulous summer camp teaching artists.

Explore our summer camp themes of myth, legend, fairy tale, and folktales using craft, drama, song, and play! 25-minute workshops will be offered throughout the day. Take one! Take them all! AND, meet our fabulous teaching artists!

Ages 3.5 – 5 can enjoy our summer Play Time Camp activities and instructors.
Ages 6-12 are welcome to celebrate our unique Summer Camp curriculum.

Registration is free, but space is limited and we ask that you pre-register.

Tuesday, April 24, from 4:30pm – 7:00pm
925 W. Randolph Street

Join CCT staff, friends and supporters  to raise a glass at this distinctively chic, vino-centric establishment from the folks behind Balena and The Bristol. Indulge in passed appetizers from Executive Chef Todd Stein’s classic and contemporary Southern Italian menu, paired with delicious drinks, in an atmosphere of casual elegance synonymous with West Loop hospitality.

This is the perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with CCT and the Ambassadors Circle – a unique way to support Chicago Children’s Theatre, build your personal network, and enjoy exclusive insider benefits!

Event tickets are $15 and cover appetizers and two (2) drink tickets for a single guest.

Spring 2018 Class Schedule: April 9 – June 2

From newborns to young teens, Chicago Children’s Theatre has a fantastic 8-week class for your child at The Station this spring. CCT Education Classes are unique to the performance and education landscape of Chicago. In addition to old favorites like Bubble JamsHipHop4Kids, Intro to Piven Theatre Workshop, and more, we’ve added some exciting NEW CLASSES that you won’t find anywhere else!

Celebrate your child’s big day with an awesome birthday experience! Whether you’re looking for a blank space, a fixed package, or custom party experience where the sky is the limit, Chicago Children’s Theatre can help.

Learn more and get started!

JOIN US FOR A SUMMER OF ADVENTURES!

Enrollment for Summer Camp 2018 at Chicago Children’s Theatre is OPEN!

Every week is unique and will culminate in an original, camper-driven story. Legends, myths, folktales, fairytales, and fables! Telling modern stories, making new friends, and creating big, wonderful shows for ages 6 through 10. Your child will learn the basics of acting, song writing, and singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, scene and prop construction, and gain new, specialized skills each week.

Enroll your child in one week of camp or many! Campers will grow their skills in acting, dance, spectacle, craft, and collaborative storytelling.

From newborns to young teens, we’ve got something for everyone this winter at The Station! Flip through our Winter Education Brochure below.

WINTER OPEN HOUSE
January 13, 1:00-3:30
The Station, 100 South Racine Ave

Join us in celebrating the 2018 Year of Creative Youth! Try FREE classes at The Station and be the first to hear from our partners about how your child can a part of this city-wide program.

Featured Guests include:
Justin Kaufmann, WGN
Melanie Wang, DCASE
Piven Theatre Workshop
The Second City
Old Town School of Folk Music
Actors Gymnasium

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