The children's theater scene in Chicago is always bringing fresh new voices and stories to the city's many stages, opening kids' eyes to fresh new perspectives and encouraging them to think outside the box. This winter, the amazing Chicago Children's Theatre promises to make the children's theater world shine even brighter in Chicago as it opens its doors at to its new home in the heart of the West Loop.
Located in the the former 12th District Chicago Police Station, Chicago Children's Theatre's The Station includes a new studio theater, as well as five classrooms that will host classes in storytelling, modern movement, hip hop, aerial and circus arts and vocal instruction, plus a space dedicated to year-round Red Kite programming for children on the autism spectrum.
"After a decade of staging awe-inducing productions and educational programs at museums, theaters and other venues throughout the city and suburbs, Chicago Children's Theatre is beginning a new chapter," said Jacqueline Russell, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Children's Theatre.
"The Station gives us new freedom to work with exciting, internationally recognized companies like Manual Cinema, who are producing inventive, intimate new works like Magic City which will resonate with audiences of any age." Chicago Children's Theatre is the city's largest professional company devoted to children and families.
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Magic City, created by Chicago's internationally acclaimed shadow-puppet theater Manual Cinema, will christen the new, 149-seat theater within The Station. Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit's 1910 novel The Magic City, the show uses overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, a miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment to tell the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys and other found objects from around her house.
By the end of every show, Manual Cinema will have erected and illuminated a beautiful miniature city, live onstage, which the audience will be invited to explore after every performance.
- Grand opening performances of Magic City are Friday, February 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 4, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. No shows Sunday, February 5.
- Weekend performances continue through February 19: Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday at 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is an added 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 18.
- Weekday morning matinees are at 10 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday, January 31–February 2, February 6–9 and February 13–15.