Fall Children’s Theater {2016}

As much as kids love movies, it is so magical for them to see their favorite books and stories literally come alive in front of their eyes. Lake County has some incredible, family-friendly stage productions for your budding thespian.

fall children's theatre lake county


Fancy Nancy, the musical
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook | 847-291-2367
Saturday, October 8th – November 12, 10:00 a.m  and 1:00 p.m.
Fancy Nancy is excited to be in her very first show. When another girl gets the role she wanted, Nancy learns that with a little imagination, anything can be fancy.

Billy Elliott
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences

3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook | 847-291-2367
October 21 – November 6, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. 
Billy Elliot the Musical is…the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. Note: Billy Elliot contains material that may be unsuitable for younger or more sensitive audience members.

James and the Giant Peach

Spotlight Youth Theater
Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center| 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove
October 20 – 30. See website for showtimes.
Roald Dahl’s beloved James and the Giant Peach comes alive onstage in this delightful adaptation of this classic adventure story. James and the Giant Peach is a musical the whole family will love with its vibrant colors, toe-tapping musical numbers, and its outlandish and larger-than-life human and insect characters.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. BOGO ticket offer to Little Lake County
readers!  Call the  box office @847-516- 2298 M-F from 8am-4pm and use the code PEACH BOGO to receive a free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. (not eligible on school performances)

Big, the Musical
Deerfield Family Theater
Caruso Auditorium| 1801 Montgomery Rd., Deerfield
November 11 – 20. See website for showtimes.
Deerfield Family Theater presents Big: the musical!, the musical adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film. When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were “big” and wakes up the next morning as a 30 year old, he discovers there’s more to being an adult than he bargained for – and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time. A witty, moving, insightful book and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score makes this already classic motion picture fantasy into an unforgettable musical experience.
No one under age 3 are admitted to the show. For more information, please contact Susan Redondo at 847-223-2659

The Lion King Jr. 
Big Deal Productions
Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove | 847-850-2132
November 17 – 20. See website for showtimes.
Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.

Big, the Musical
Deerfield Family Theatre

Caruso Auditorium, 1801 Montgomery Rd., Deerfield |847-223-2659
November 11 and 18,  7:30 p.m.; November 12 and 19, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; November 13 and 20, 2:00 p.m.

lambs farm lion kingThe Lion King
The Participant Theater of Lambs Farm at the Gorton Community Center

400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest | (847) 234-6060
September 24, 7:00 p.m. and September 25, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Grayslake High School
400 N Lake St, Grayslake | (847) 986-3300
November 18, 7:30pm; November 19 2:00pm and 7:30pm; November 20 2:00pm
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.  A riotous ride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite. (Adapted from MTI.com) *This musical has a suggested rating of PG-13

Metropolis School of the Performing Arts
111 W Campbell Street, Arlington Heights | 847-392-0100
November  10, 10:00am and 6:00pm; November 11, 10:00am and 6:00pm; November 12, 1:00pm
Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under
The Prince is giving a ball and every girl in the kingdom is hoping to be the one he chooses for a bride, including Cinderella. Mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters Cinderella spends her days in the corner dreaming and wishing for a different life. A visit from Cinderella’s Godmother teaches her that if you wish hard enough even foolish dreams come true. Recommended for grades K-8.

© Chicago Children's Theater
© Chicago Children’s Theater

Worth the Trip
Another Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter
Chicago Children’s Theater

Ruth Page Center for the Arts |1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago | (872) 222-9555
Weekends November 1 – 20, ideal for children ages 2-6
Featuring iconic animal characters like Peter Rabbit and celebrating British country life, Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories are told through a series of mechanical suitcase sculptures, which invite visitors to pull levers and turn cranks, revealing images that surprise and delight.
Tickets are $25.

Diary of a Worm, A Spider, and a Fly
Emerald City Theater at the Apollo Theater | 2540 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago | (773) 529.2690
October 1 – January 7
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, “There’s an alternate world that’s very cool beneath your feet and in the air!”
Tickets are $19.

Let us know if you attended any of these productions and which was your favorite!



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Jessica is a mom of 3 girls from Spring Grove, IL. Next to her relationship with the Lord, her other passions include cooking, playing the violin, photography, and helping other moms to realize their true potential.

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