Spring Children’s Theatre Performances

Children's Theatre Performances in Lake County

Lake County is home to some great children’s theatres. We have rounded up a list of Winter Children’s Theatre Performances to help make your planning easier. Be sure to check out one or more of these shows!

 

The Princess and the Pea
February 26 – May 3
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Tickets: $15 at 847-6334-0200 or  www.marriotttheatre.com
All the princesses in the land are lining up to be the first to pass the “Princess Test”. But the Prince has a different idea; for he has fallen in love with an ordinary young maiden who found her way to the steps of the palace. Can this common girl pass the test? Will the oh-so persnickety Queen allow her to win? Will a tiny pea and a stack of mattresses stand between her and true love? Find out in this new musical based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen.This is a special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages, followed by question & answer session with the cast.

Click, Clack, Moo
February 24 10:00 a.m.
Presented by Theatreworks USA at Genesee Theatre
203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
Tickets: $12 call 1-800-497-5007.
The cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Recommend for grades K-4.

Busytown
Every Saturday, March 28 through May 2 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
33323 Walters Ave, Northbrook
847-29102367 or www.northbrooktheatre.org
Based on the imaginative book series by Richard Scarry, Busytown is a place buzzing with activity. Join Huckle Cat on a tour of the neighborhood, and learn how many people it takes to keep a city running smoothly. Meet the delightful characters who spring from every corner, including Farmer Pig, Dr. Lion and Lowly Worm.

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Fly Guy and Other Stories
April 20 10:00 a.m.
Presented by Theatreworks USA at Genesee Theatre
203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
Tickets: $12 call 1-800-497-5007
This inventive musical revue is based on favorite children’s books and may include Fly Guy meets Fly Girl, in which Fly Guy has met his match, and he is totally impressed…and totally smitten. In Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, but a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition. Three mice promise to be best friends forever in Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, and hungry and inquisitive Kitten has a busy night in Kitten’s First Full Moon. Lilly’s teacher is getting married in Lilly’s Big Day, and Princess Elizabeth comes to the rescue in Paper Bag Princess. Don’t miss these charming renditions of contemporary storybooks.  Running time: 60 minutes Recommended for grades K-4

Spotlight Youth Theater Lake

Spotlight Youth Theater Lake:You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
May 7-17
Christian Arts Auditorium, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion
Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 children 2-17, Get tickets online
Join us for a year in the life of Charlie Brown, as he searches for happiness.  This bright and sunny show is packed with upbeat Broadway songs, funny comics and the creative genius of Charles M. Schultz.  All your favorite Peanuts characters are here: Linus, Lucy,  Snoopy, Woodstock and the entire gang. Whether it’s a baseball game, a day at school, or Beethoven’s birthday, nobody knows how to celebrate like the Peanuts gang!

 

Worth the Trip
If you are willing to head outside of the area here are a few other great shows happening this season:

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L. Thomas | littlelakecounty.com | 2015

The Greatest Story Never Told
Now through April 25, 2015, Saturdays at 1:30 pm
iO Theater, 1501 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago
Tickets are $15, General Admission/Cabaret Seating
Call (312) 929-2401 for advance tickets, purchase online or at the box office
Doors open at 1 pm for Pre-Show Hangout
The Greatest Story Never Told
is a children’s theater performance that is completely interactive.  Suggestions are given by you, the audience and children are invited on stage with professional improvisers to act out and co-create “The Greatest Story Never Told!” As if all the on-stage fun wasn’t enough, each performance is adapted by a professional writer.  The stories are then illustrated by an artist and each performance is transformed into a storybook available for purchase.
Check out Loralie’s recent review of The Greatest Story Never Told.  Connect with The Greatest Story Never Told on Facebook

Fancy Nancy – The Musical
January 31 – May 24
The Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Tickets: Call Box office at 7733-935-6100 or purchase online
From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy’s eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that’s a fancy word for the star of the show) Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series, this show is full of funny, frilly ballet ballads. The toe-tapping’ tunes presented in this musical production are specifically designed to be enjoyed by young audiences and older children alike. This show was created for viewers ages 3 and up to comprehend.

 

Elephant and Piggies: We are in a Play!
February 14 – May 30
The Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Tickets: Call Box office at 7733-935-6100 or purchase online
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie just wants to play! Our favorite characters from Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series set the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical, where pachyderm and swine heroically explore the importance of friendship. With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this is an animal party that you won’t want to miss!  The toe-tapping’ tunes presented in this musical production are specifically designed to be enjoyed by young audiences and older children alike. This show was created for viewers ages 3 and up to comprehend.

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Cinderella
March 31 – April 10
Metropolis School of the Performing Arts, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL
Tickets: $14 Adults, $12 Children 12 and Under Call box office 847-577-2121
A Chicago Kids Company Production. Cinderella would love more than anything to attend the royal ball. With an evil stepmother and two wicked stepsisters, she is instead ordered around getting them ready for the big event. She is not allowed to go, but a surprise visit from her fairy godmother may mean all Cinderella’s dreams can come true. See this favorite story with fun music-filled twists. Recommended for grades PreK-3.

SOPA Kids

 

SOPA Kids – Peter Pan and Wendy
April 30 – May 2
Metropolis School of the Performing Arts, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Children 12 and Under Call box office 847-577-2121
By Kids for Kids! When the carefree Peter Pan flies into the nursery of the Darling home, Wendy follows her instincts and brings her little brothers along to the magical Neverland to take care of the Lost Boys. Soon the Darling children are swept into Peter’s deadly battle with Captain Hook and his fearsome pirate crew. Recommended for grades K-3.

Spotlight Theater Kenosha

Spotlight Youth Theater Kenosha: The Jungle Book
May 1-3
Reuther HS Auditorium, 913 57th St., Kenosha, WI
Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 children 2-17, Get tickets online
The Jungle Book is a daring tale of adventure based on Rudyard Kipling’s exotic fables.  The story follows a young boy named Mowgli, who was raised in the jungles of India by a pack of wolves.  There he learns the laws of the jungle from his good friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. Throughout his adventures, he meets characters of all shapes and sizes: Kaa the snake, King Louie the leader of the monkeys, Shere Khan the dangerous Bengal Tiger and, of course, the beautiful young girl from the village.  Exciting songs, jungle rhythms and intriguing characters make these stories come alive onstage.

Spotlight Youth Theater McHenry

Spotlight Youth Theater McHenry: Oklahoma!
May 22 – 31
Cosman Cultural Arts Center, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley
Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 children 2-17, Get tickets online
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative! Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

What shows are on your must-see list? 

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