Frederick

Frederick

October 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Box Office: 872-222-9555
Box office hours: Mon–Thurs 9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 2pm

 

First up this season is Leo Lionni’s Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children’s author Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse. Stuart Carden, the Chicago-based director and new play specialist responsible for Writers Theatre’s wildly acclaimed The Old Man and The Old Moon with PigPen Theatre Co., will make his CCT debut with this new family musical, adapted for the stage by Suzanne Miller, featuring songs by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.

While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. 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.

In Chicago Children’s Theatre’s hands, Frederick is getting a decidedly raucous and playful adaptation via a new musical featuring six actor-musicians playing spirited folk and blues music. The world of Frederick will also feature an inventive, homemade, do-it-yourself, trunk show style of production that will be highly physical and transforms ordinary objects and everyday ideas into the extraordinary.

Leo Lionni (May 5, 1910 – October 11, 1999) was an author and illustrator of children’s books. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to Italy and lived there before moving to the United States in 1939, where he worked as an art director for several advertising agencies, and then for Fortune magazine. He returned to Italy in 1962 and started writing and illustrating children’s books. In 1962 his book Inch by Inch was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

**If you have special seating accommodations, please inform the Box Office 72 hours before the performance.

Venue:
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1016 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

*Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office one hour prior to performances with no additional fees.

 

 

Plan Your Visit

Directions

The Ruth Page Center for Arts is located in Chicago’s Near North Side just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a historic district roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Parking

The Ruth Page Center validates discounted parking for the LAZ structure at 1250 N. Dearborn Street ($10 for 4 hours) and the Newberry Plaza structure at 1030 N. State Street ($12 for 6 hours). There is also paid street parking throughout the Gold Coast neighborhood within walking distance of The Ruth Page Center. Chicago Children's Theatre patrons are not allowed to park in the lot adjacent to the Ruth Page Center (on the north side of the building).

Dining

The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, with a very high concentration of restaurants and bars. Many of them are located on famed Rush Street. A densely packed area known for its energy and its lights, Rush is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. Even in cold weather, throngs of people can be found mingling outside each of the restaurants and bars in this area. It is, to many, the place to be. Many establishments, aware of the draw of Rush Street, use the moniker when naming their business. There is the Rush Street Restaurant, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush and Tavern on Rush, to name a few. Restaurants that are unique to Chicago include Tavern on Rush, Carmine's, Gibson's, Bistrot Zinc, Morton's Steakhouse and PJ Clarke's. Well-known chains also abound here. There are Dave and Buster's, Johnny Rockets, Big Bowl and the world-famous Cheesecake Factory. For faster food, visitors can try Corner Bakery or Gold Coast Dogs. After hours, check out Hugo's Frog Bar, The Back Room and Luxbar.