Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore," for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. With stage design inspired by illustrations straight from the book, this treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite.
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
Dew Drop just landed her dream assignment: training to become the next Tooth Fairy! But after coming on board, she learns that there's more to the job than simply being sparkly: it's going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed. Working closely with her mentor - and a flashy flock of firefly assistants - Dew Drop must learn the rules of Command Central, master "Tooth-o-Finder" technology, and bench press mountains of quarters before she can fly on her own. Tackle a new challenge and learn what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced tooth collection industry with this world premiere musical based on the 2007 book. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
Honey and Blanca are twin fish out of water in Chicago until they stumble into the Ceiba Network, an online game with real world consequences. Our hero sisters struggle to level up in a mysterious digital underworld where they discover something strange to them - a heritage worth fighting for. In his new play Roots in the Alley, Lucas Baisch reinvents the Mayan creation myths of The Popol Vuh, provoking questions about history and heritage.
The Ugly Duckling is an updated musical version of the classic tale about belonging. The story follows Sophia, a new duckling at Lucky Ducky School who isn't quite the same as the other little ducks. Chicago Kids Company's new bilingual musical is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers--there's no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale about accepting the wonderful ways in which we're all one-of-a-kind. Recommended for grades PreK-3.
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure ... but what will mum find when she gets home? Enjoy Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago.
This magical production is a celebration of the classic 1939 MGM movie, and will be presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Featuring the classic songs, composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, "Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "If I Only Had A Brain," along with the beloved characters, "THE WIZARD OF OZ" will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable day at the theater.
Based on the immensely popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.