BOING! 2020

Airs on June 20 at 10 AM CDT on CCTv

We’re partnering with theatre artists and musicians all over the country to bring you a FREE one-of-a-kind line-up of music, interactive performances, games, puppetry, and more!

Learn epic dance moves, meet special guests, solve a mysterious puzzle, draw a brilliant masterpiece, sing the world’s longest birthday song for all of those who have celebrated their big day sheltering-in-place, and fun for the whole family!

Headlining this Saturday Morning Must-See TV webcast is the world debut of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s newest virtual puppet show, Doll Face Has a Party!, directed by Brian Selznick, writer and illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Houdini Box,” and the illustrator of the 20th anniversary “Harry Potter” box set. 

CCT’s new virtual puppet version of “Doll Face Has a Party!” is based on the picture book written by Pam Conrad and illustrated by Selznick. It is designed and performed by Chicago theater artists Will Bishop and Grace Needlman, features music by Tuba Skinny and voice talent by James Lecesne.

Event proceeds will benefit The Red Kite Project, Chicago’s original (and internationally-known) theatrical and educational experiences for youth on the autism spectrum. Each year, Red Kite serves hundreds of children through classes, camps, productions, and school residencies, providing financial aid to over 50% of participants. Pivoting quickly when quarantine began, Red Kite transitioned online with Fly@Home programming, continuing to serve our community through live classes via Zoom, and pre-recorded content.

We hope you will join us on June 20!

Appear in BOING! 2020

We warmly welcome you to share the spotlight with us! There are many ways to participate. 

Did you celebrate a birthday during quarantine? 
We want to sing your name in the world’s longest birthday song! To participate, email your name as you’d like to hear it on the screen to ekron@chicagochildrenstheatre.org. Also, please consider sending a picture of yourself celebrating!

You can also include a short video explaining how you celebrated your birthday in quarantine, and we may include a portion of it in the program.

Have you made a rainbow poster or other sign of hope? 
Send us a picture or video (and make sure you’re in frame)! Whether you went with rainbows, bears, sidewalk chalk, or something else entirely, we want to include you in our event finale, featuring the original song by GQ, founder and creative director of The Q Brothers. 

Do you have a creative take on the meaning of BOING!?
We’re looking for short videos of things going BOING! Leap off a trampoline, bounce a ball, capture some eye-popping surprise, or create a loop of your Grandma dancing the floss. Be safe, but be creative! Ask your children, see what they come up with, and send us the result. 

– Upload a 5-15 sec video clip, a series of photos, or drawings of your BOING! and send via Google Drive, Dropbox, We Transfer, or as an email attachment to ekron@chicagochildrenstheatre.org
– Landscape / horizontal format, please. 
– Original content only. 
– Be creative. Use your imagination. Don’t think too hard. Just have fun. Use anything at your disposal. Just don’t hurt or break anything or anyone. 
 – Please submit your BOING! by Friday, June 12.

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Please submit all content by Friday, June 12 by emailing ekron@chicagochildrenstheatre.org!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Now in its fourth year, BOING! has come to fill a distinct position as Chicago’s most imaginative and interactive street festival for children and families. On Saturday, June 20 at 10 AM CDT, we are sharing the same spirit and creativity, re-tooled for the virtual viewing. Event proceeds will benefit The Red Kite Project, Chicago’s original (and internationally-known) theatrical and educational experiences for youth on the autism spectrum. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, or to request a full sponsorship packet, to Kay Kron, Associate Director of Development, at ekron@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

All sponsorships are fully tax-deductible. 

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