Fall Children’s Theater Guide presented by Deerfield Family Theater

The Fall Guide to Children’s Theater in Lake County is presented by The Deerfield Family Theater‘s production of Mary Poppins, playing November 13-15 and 20-22 at the Caruso Auditorium.

Fall Children's Theatre Guide Mary Poppins

I have always loved theater and now I have two little girls who love it too! We try to go to 2-3 shows a year and thankfully there are tons of great performing groups in the Lake County Area putting on quality shows that are perfect for children and families. While there are some shows that are worth the cost and time for a trip into the city it’s not necessary to see a great show. We’ve rounded up the upcoming shows that are suitable for children and families in the Lake County Area.

Fall Children’s Theater in Lake County

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, very Bad Day
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook
October 10 – November 21, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturdays
Everything goes wrong for grumpy Alexander in this musical adaptation. Recommended for families with children ages 3 and older.  Tickets $10-12

Shrek the Musical
PM&L Theatre
877 Main Street, Antioch
October 30 & 31; November 6, 7, 13, & 14 at 8:00 p.m/
November 1, 8, & 15 at 2:30 p.m.
A TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.  Tickets are $10-18

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical
Spotlight Youth Theater
Christian Arts Auditorum, 2500 Dowie Memorial Dr., Zion
October 30 – November 8, see weebsite for showtimes. 
A classic story of rivalry and power, Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown!  Ticket price is $14 adults and $12 for children.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Gurnee Park District Family Theatre
Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee
November 7 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. and November 8 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.  Tickets: $10 children 3 & younger are free

Seussical the Musical
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
November 11 –  December 19
Plays most Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with occasional 12:30 p.m. performances.
Favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. These classic tales are brought together by Jojo a young “thinker of strange and wonderful things” Tickets $17.23

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Big Deal Productions
Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove
November 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and November 14, 15 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.
This cherished and timeless musical centers on the tale of Tevye and his 5 daughters in the village of Anatevka. The famously celebrated score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over, including Tradition, If I Were A Rich Man, and Sunrise, Sunset. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.

Mary Poppins
Deerfield Family Theatre
Caruso Auditorium, 1801 Montgomery Rd., Deerfield
November 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., November 14 and 21 at 1:00 and 7:30 p,m., November 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Photo Source: Deerfield Family Theater (left to right) Gemma Gardner (Jane Banks), Tressa Greschak (Mary Poppins), Brody LaForce (Michael Banks), Gretchen Kimmeth (Winifred Banks), Dave Lemrise (Bert), Mike Weaver (George Banks)
Photo Source: Deerfield Family Theater
(left to right) Gemma Gardner (Jane Banks), Tressa Greschak (Mary Poppins), Brody LaForce (Michael Banks), Gretchen Kimmeth (Winifred Banks), Dave Lemrise (Bert), Mike Weaver (George Banks)

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and Walt Disney Film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New Songs and additional Music and Lyrics by George Stile and Anthony Drewe Co-Created by Cameron Makintosh. Tickets are $18.  Check out Jennifer’s interview with the show’s Director.

The Frog Prince
Performing Arts Theatre Academy {P.A.S.T.A.}Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
November 14 at 1:00 p.m.
When a handsome but arrogant prince insults a witch, she turns the prince into a frog! And the only way for the prince to return to normal is to get a beautiful princess to kiss him. The hard part is finding a princess who will believe his story!

Hansel and Gretel
Performing Arts Theatre Academy {P.A.S.T.A.}Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
November 15 at 1:00 p.m.
The classic story of two young children who wander off into a creepy woods leaving a trail of bread behind them. But when the trail of crumbs is eaten by a flock of mean crows, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods. And the woods are full of witches!

Sleeping Beauty Jr.
Studio 13! Musical Theatre Club
Park School Campus Stage, 400 West Townline Rd., Round Lake
November 20 at 7:00 p.m. and November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
This production is performed by students, ages 12-18.
Tickets are $5 per person in advance or at the door.

Grayslake Central High School
Grayslake Central Theatre, 400 N. Lake St., Grayslake
November 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., November 21 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.
This 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic 1957 version is performed by Grayslake Central’s ENCORE! student performance company. A Royal Tea Party  and meet and greet will be held at  12:30 pm before the November 21st afternoon show.  Children and their parents can meet the characters, enjoy refreshments, play games and make a royal craft in the theater lobby prior to the show. Cost for the Royal Tea Party is $5 (show ticket not included.)  Reservations are being taken until November 6 by contacting Kevin Farrell at 847-986-3300 x5519 or by email.

Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World
Performing Arts Theatre Academy {P.A.S.T.A.}Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
November 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Nine-year-old Danny lives happily in a gypsy caravan with his father but his world is turned upside-down when he learns that his father poaches pheasants from the estate of old Victor Hazell. One night his father doesn’t return from a poaching run and Danny fears the worst. Danny sets off on a courageous journey to find his father and with a little help from the village soon finds himself masterminding the most incredible and exciting plot ever attempted against the nasty, greedy Victor Hazell.

Charlie Brown Christmas
Performing Arts Theatre Academy {P.A.S.T.A.}
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
December 4 and 5 at 6:00 p.m. and December 6 at 3:00 p.m.
The classic animated television special, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the other Peanuts characters grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Kirk Players
Kirk of the Lakes Church, 1500 West Hawley St., Mundelein
December 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Returning for the holiday season, our production of Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit is fast becoming a family tradition.  This timeless story allows young audiences to join in the fun, experiencing the magic that only a live theatre production can offer.  Scott Davidson’s lively adaptation stretches the imagination and encourages audience participation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Shows that are Worth the Trip

Lyric Opera Chicago
The Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago
October 4 – 30, times vary see website.
Rossini’s family-friendly Cinderella in a new-to-Chicago production this fall, starring Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the title role. Sung in Italian with projected English titles, and based on the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella provides an enchanting, accessible introduction to opera. Recommended for children ages 7 and older. Tickets start at $20

Magic Treehouse: A Night in New Orleans
Emerald City Theatre Company
Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln, Chicago
October 3 – January 2
Jack and Annie venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the path to become the “king of jazz” for families with children ages 5-10.

The Greatest Story Never Told
Under the Gun Theater
956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago
October 24 – Dec 19,  Sundays 11:00 a.m., doors open 10:30 a.m.
The Greatest Story Never Told ​begins with an underprepared narrator who opens a storybook only to discover it has no text. The solution is the audience must help create and perform an original story made up on the spot along with “The Greatest Interns” (professional improvisers). Suggestions for location, character and plot are taken throughout the entire show as volunteer performers of all ages are invited on stage to perform a 45­-60 minute improvised story. A professional writer and artist create text and illustrations from the show and the story is ultimately transformed into a purchasable storybook.
Find advanced purchase tickets at www.GreatestStoryNeverTold.org or www.Brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $15-25. Read about Loralie’s Experience at the show. 

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Spotlight Youth Theater – McHenryCosman Cultural Arts Center, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley
November 5 at 9:30 a.m., November 6 11:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., November 7 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. and November 8 at 3:00 p.m.
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! Join Tom, a school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, as he tries to relax by watching TV.  When various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set, they show him how to win his students over with imagination and music through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill”, “Interplanet Janet” and “Conjunction Junction”.  Tickets are $14 adults and $12 for children.

A Year with Frog and Toad
Virgina Wasdworth Wirtz Center
1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
November 6-22, Shows are 7:00 p.m. Fridays, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. Sundays,
5:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, November 22
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Recommended for families with children 6-13. Tickets are $10

Mary Poppins Deerfield Family TheaterTickets are on sale NOW for the Deerfield Family Theater’s Production of Mary Poppins! 

November 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., November 14 and 21 at 1:00 and 7:30 p,m., November 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Click here to order now!

Disclosure: The Deerfield Family Theater is a program of the Deerfield Park District.  The Deerfield Park District is a Little Lake County paid advertising program. 


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