Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery

Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery
In-Person Production |* Ideal for Ages 7 & Up
Runs September 23 – October 22 |at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine
Public Performances |Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30AM and 11:30AM
School Shows |Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10AM & 12PM
ACCESS Weekend |Sat, October 7 (9:30am: Sensory Friendly & Masks Required, 11:30am: ASL & Open Captions) & Sun, October 8 (9:30am: Sensory Friendly)
Run Time |60 Minutes (Subject to Change)
Runs Sep 23Oct 22, 2023

Through fabulous storytelling and fast-paced comedy, Ben Franklin and his want-to-be-inventor niece, Sarah, travel to France where they use the Scientific Method to test a mystical man’s magical cure-all in MESMERIZED: A BEN FRANKLIN SCIENCE & HISTORY MYSTERY. Kids will laugh as they engage their minds to solve this mystery, fueled with stories about Ben Franklin’s many scientific discoveries and electrifying inventions.

Themes Explored: S.T.E.M.Women in ScienceThe Scientific Method, Ben Franklin

Based on the book “Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France” by Mara Rockcliff 

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Adapted for the stage bySuzanne Maynard Miller
Based on the book “Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France” byMara Rockcliff
Directed byTommy Rapley**
Scenic Design byCollette Pollard***
Props Design byBren Coombs
Costume Design byMieka van der Ploeg***
Wig Design/Associate Costume Design byMegan E. Pirtle
Sound Design & Original Music byMatthew Muñiz
Marie Antoinette/EnsembleChina Brickey****
MesmerTony Carter****
Charles/EnsembleKasey Foster****
SarahRika Nishikawa
Ben FranklinShawn Pfautsch****
King/Ensemble/Ben CoverDustin Valenta
Charles/Second King UnderstudyJohnny Arena
Mesmer/King UnderstudyJordan Tannous
Sarah/Queen UnderstudyKandace Mack
Production Stage ManagerAnastar Alvarez****
Assistant Stage ManagerShannon Golden-Starr****
Assistant Stage ManagerZachary Crewse
Director of ProductionWill Bishop
Associate Scenic DesignerLauren M. Nichols
Scenic SupervisorChas Mathieu
Scenic ConstructionLookingglass Theatre Set Shop
Costume SupervisorJanelle Manno
Wardrobe SupervisorLaura Holt
StitchersAshley Berg Pagano, Riley Sullivan, Mia Thomas
Costume CraftsMelissa Bochat
Wig KnottersFinnegan Chu, Jennifer Lightfoot, Dylan Rodriguez
Assistant Lighting DesignNick Chamernik
Lighting SupervisorHannah Wien
Assistant Lighting SupervisorDare Wedgeworth
Sound SupervisorMatt Reich
Assistant Sound SupervisorSpencer Meeks
Sound Operator CoverAbbey Nettleton
**Denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
***Denotes member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
****Denotes member of Actors’ Equity – Professional Union for Actors and Stage Managers

PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday, October 7th performance at 9:30am of “Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery” will be a Masks Required In The Theatre performance to accommodate immunocompromised patrons. Masks will be provided by CCT for any patron attending.

Note on Lap Seat Tickets
-Lap seat tickets for children 18 months and under are available for $12.25 per show
-Lap seat tickets must be reserved by calling Guest Services ahead of time at (312) 374-8835, or can be purchased at the box office the day of show.

* This production is suitable for all ages – toddlers, children, and teens, but best suited for the recommendation above. However, you know your kids best! We trust your discretion while attending Chicago Children’s Theatre shows.

Free Lobby Activity

Our interactive lobby will stimulate imagination and feed curiosity when your family attends a performance of MESMERIZED: A BEN FRANKLIN SCIENCE & HISTORY MYSTERY. Join MAD SCIENCE at CCT for a free optical illusions booth experience. Audience members of all ages will have fun learning about reflection, diffraction, and other ways of tricking the brain. It’s sure to be an electrifyingly good time ⚡️