Leo Lionni’s Frederick

Leo Lionni’s Frederick

October 9 - December 1, 2018

Based on the book by Leo Lionni
Adapted for stage by Suzanne Miller
Songs by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs
Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley
Music Directed by Matthew Muñiz

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About the Show
Opening the 2018-2019 season is Leo Lionni’s Frederick, CCT’s world premiere musical based on beloved children’s author Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse.

This new staging is a raucous and playful musical adaptation, featuring six actor-musicians playing spirited folk and blues music.

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.

Recommended for All Ages.

Frederick Extended Experience Workshops

Sunday, November 4 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm, Ages 6-10
$50 – Enroll in the Frederick Musical Theatre Workshop

Students! Join us in November for a musical theatre workshop based around Frederick. Under the direction of Teaching Artist Nicole Laurenzi (who plays Nellie, and who you may have seen in the Mama Mia! national tour) students will learn a song and dance scene from the show and then perform for family and friends on the Pritzker Family Studio Theatre stage.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to training the next generation of actors and performers. Our Education opportunities strive to reflect the integrity and quality of our mainstage work, so children receive the same skills in our training that is needed by the fabulous performers in our productions.

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

Meet the Team

Download the ProgramClick Here (13MB)
Download the Education PacketClick Here (13MB)

Tommy Rivera-Vega: Frederick
Joe Dempsey: Ernest (through Nov. 4)
Shawn Pfautsch: Ernest (after Nov. 4)
Liz Chidester: Sunny
Nicole Laurenzi: Nellie
Leslie Ann Sheppard: Baby
Jess McIntosh: Musician
Nick Villalon: Understudy, Frederick, Ernest
Tina Muñoz Pandya : Understudy, Sunny, Nellie, Baby
Ray Rehberg: Understudy, Musician

Suzanne Miller: Playwright
Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs: Song Writers
Tommy Rapley: Director and Choreographer
Matthew Muñiz: Music Director
John Musial: Scenic Designer
Izumi Inaba: Costume Design
Lee Fiskness: Lighting Design
Kevin O’Donnell: Sound Designer
Eleanor Kahn: Properties Design
Ellie Terrell: Asst. Properties Design
Colin Morgan: Asst. Properties Design
Jamie Abelson: Casting Director

Elizabeth Dauterman: AEA Production Stage Manager
Shannon Golden: AEA Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Ross: Assistant Stage Manager

Production Images by Charles Osgood

Costume Renderings by Izumi Inaba

Access Weekend
Access Weekend for Frederick will be Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. Performances times are Saturday at 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 3PM, and Sunday at 10:30AM and 12:30PM.

ASL interpretation will be available for the Saturday, October 27 at the 10:30AM performance.

Open Captioning will be provided for the 10:30AM and 12:30PM performances on Saturday, October 27.

Our Touch Tour will be at 2pm on Saturday, October 27 prior to the 3pm performance.


On Sunday, October 28, we will offer sensory friendly performances at both 10:30am and 12:30pm. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.

For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, please visit our Accessibility page, or contact the Access department at access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

What Critics Are Saying
HILARIOUSDELIGHTFUL…also seasonally spot-on…AS INFECTIOUS AS A HOOTENANNY…a marvelously invested ensemble. Silliness and seriousness exist side-by-side…FREDERICK captures both with wit and humor. Celebrates the imagination, dreams and the ability to truly see the wonder of the world. ***1/2
Chicago Sun-Times

“…As is always the case at CCT, the set and special effects MAKE THE PRODUCTION MAGICAL.
Chicagoland Musical Theatre.com

“…A CHARMING, COLORFUL SHOW full of warmth and humor…”
My Kid List.com

STEM Kids Chicago.com


Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
100 South Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Getting to the Theatre and Parking
Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.

We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
– Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3 hour maximum

Please see the map below for specific directions to Chicago Children’s Theatre.


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