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A Season to Celebrate

Dear Friends,

You are invited to join us for our 2019/2020 Season, A Season to Celebrate!

Celebrating the remarkable beauty of growth, we open our season with a gorgeous staging of several of Eric Carle’s most beloved stories in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. 

We then celebrate curiosity with Chicago’s newest annual holiday tradition for children, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party.

Together we will ring in the new year and celebrate the courage of youth with Wake Up, Brother Bear: an interactive show for the very young child featuring music, art, and hands-on sensory experiences that connect little ones to the wonder of nature.

In a theatrical experience that is unique to Chicago Children’s Theatre, we will celebrate family in Red Kite, Brown Box: an experience designed to engage young people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Our season closes with a celebration of the one and only Jane Goodall and her imaginative adventures and dreams as a young girl in Me…Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall.

Throughout the entire year, we will celebrate learning through a variety of professionally taught classes and camps that explore the joys of making theatre, movement, design, film, and more.

We hope you will take advantage of all of the fantastic family experiences that we have planned for you throughout the year, and we look forward to seeing you at the best place to play in Chicago – The Station!

Jacqueline Russell
Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Previews begin September 24, 2019 | Opens September 28, 2019

Based on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the tales of Brown Bear, Brown BearThe Very Lonely Firefly, Ten Little ­Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – this new show captures the ­magic of Carle’s world.

Based on the books by ERIC CARLE
Created by JONATHAN ROCKEFELLER
Directed by JERRELL L. HENDERSON

Limited Run | December 7 – 29, 2019

This annual tradition is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! You are cordially invited to dress-up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with Chicago Children’s Theatre and our friends Jeremy Fisher, Simpkin the Cat, and Peter Rabbit.

After this interactive trunk and puppet show, audience members are invited on stage to pull levers and turn cranks that reveal images of surprise and delight and pose for memorable photos with the cast.

Guests then meander into a Victorian-style dining hall, adorned with beautiful holiday decor and of course, cocoa and cookies! This family-friendly event is a delight for theatre-lovers of all ages.

Based on the stories by BEATRIX POTTER
Created by WILL BISHOP, LARA CARLING, KAY KRON, GRACE NEEDLMAN, & RAY REHBERG
Directed by WILL BISHOP

Previews begin January 21, 2020 | Performances begin January 25. 2020

Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.

Written by JANET STANFORD & KATHRYN CHASE BRYER
Directed by JAMIE ABELSON

Previews begin February 28, 2020 | Performances begin February 29, 2020

Red Kite, Brown Box is a nationally unique, live theater experience that leads children with autism and their caregivers on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play.

Conceived by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, Red Kite, Brown Box is a transformative educational experience created for children on the autism spectrum.

Conceived and directed by CCT Artistic Director JACQUELINE RUSSELL

Previews begin March 31, 2020 | Performances begin April 4, 2020

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall is an original musical about Jane Goodall, renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist.

With anecdotes taken from Dr. Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation by Patrick McDonnell (who also authored the book by the same title), makes this true story about protecting living species accessible for the young—and young at heart.

Adapted by PATRICK MCDONNELL, & AARON POSNER
Music and Lyrics by ANDY MITTON
Based on the book Me … Jane by PATRICK MCDONNELL
Directed and Choreographed by ERICKA MAC
Musical Direction by ANDRA VELIS SIMON