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Leo Lionni's FREDERICK
Runs Aug 17, 2020 - Nov 1, 2021

Frederick marks our first, but not last, venture into releasing fresh online content for children and families via CCTv. The Caldecott Award-winning picture book by Leo Lionni comes to brand new life as a clever and colorful virtual puppet show gently narrated by Michael Shannon, a founder of Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre and star …

Doll Face Has a Party!
Runs Aug 17, 2020 - May 21, 2021

Doll Face Has a Party! is a charming, zany, 10-minute toy theater show directed by Brian Selznick, writer and illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabaret” and “The Houdini Box,” and the illustrator of the 20th anniversary “Harry Potter” box set. The show is based on the 1994 children’s picture book written by Pam Conrad and …

My Magic Breath
Runs Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 10, 2021

My Magic Breath combines animated storybook illustrations, solo musical performances by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and narration by First Lady of Chicago Amy Eshleman to help young children—along with their parents, caregivers, and teachers—harness the calming and restorative power of mindful breathing. We developed the piece in partnership with the CSO as a …

Walkie Talkies
Runs Nov 6, 2020 - Aug 6, 2021

Walkie Talkies are fun, totally original audio experiences families can listen to together while exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. Each episode was commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre and created by a different local theater artist, resulting in a fun and educational new audio series that children and families can enjoy together while learning more about the …

Diamond's Dream
Runs Jan 18 - Jun 22, 2021

Diamond’s Dream is a virtual puppet production that takes place on a CTA Red Line train traveling south through pandemic-era Chicago. Diamond, a pre-teen African-American boy, has fallen asleep on the train while on his way to visit his dying grandmother. When he awakes, time and reality have shifted, and he meets the ghost of …

X-Marks The Spot: An X-Tra Sensory Podcast Series
Runs Jan 29, 2021 - Jan 29, 2022

 X-Marks the Spot is a five-part, serialized audio play based on Chicago Children’s Theatre’s acclaimed 2019 world premiere production of the same name, conceived and directed by CCT Artistic Director, Jacqui Russell. Both the stage play and the new podcast were inspired and informed by Russell’s 2018 residency at Otis Elementary, a CPS school in Chicago’s …

Beatrix Potter & Friends
Runs Mar 22 - Sep 22, 2021

You are cordially invited to meet our friends Mrs. Tittlemouse, Jeremy Fischer, Simpkin the Cat and Peter Rabbit. Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music on mandolin, violin, toy piano, and banjo. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to reveal images …

Maybe Something Beautiful
Runs Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 1, 2022

Maybe Something Beautiful is a bilingual virtual production featuring murals, music, and puppetry from Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Inspired by the award-winning book by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López, the piece brings together five CSO musicians performing classical works by Latino …

Runs May 12, 2021 - May 12, 2022

Before Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was a little girl who dared to dream. Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks introduces viewers to one of Chicago’s most treasured poets, who …

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