Theater for Kids: Fall-Winter Guide

We’ve got you covered with the best live theater options in our area, featuring everything from Broadway in Chicago to your local neighborhood show, sponsored by Bright Lights Theatre.

Bright Lights Theatre Glen Ellyn

Bright Lights Theatre is a children’s theatre company that offers educational classes and produces full-scale musical productions for students 6 – 18. Our mission is to provide quality theatrical education to the Western Suburbs. Our professional staff is passionate about sharing their love for the arts with young people in a positive and welcoming environment. Fall class registration is now open for our Mini-Musical: Annie (Age 6 – 14). This class is geared towards beginning – advanced students and allows them the opportunity to dive into a character and tell the story of a popular musical through acting, music, and dance. For more information on the company and Fall class registration please visit Bright Lights Theatre’s website.

Website: http://www.bright-lights-theatre.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/brightlightstheatreco
Contact: Jared Titus (Owner/Artistic Director); jared.brightlightstheatre@gmail.com

 

Theater for Kids: Fall-Winter

Going to see a show has always proven to be a fun and memorable outing for our family. There are many wonderful performances coming up in the fall and winter months. Please note our new format that lists performances with adult talent and also shows starring all kids – either way you can’t go wrong! Mark your calendar with a few of these shows that will keep the whole family entertained.

 

Shows Featuring a Cast of Adult Performers

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Hogwash – An Improvised Tall Tale!
September 3, 2016 – October 29, 2016
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Ages 3+.

 

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Reprise
September 16-17, 2016
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

 

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Sleeping Beauty
September 28, 2016 – November 17, 2016
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 4th
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Palos Hills, Franklin Park, Downers Grove, Frankfort, Naperville, Joliet, Chicago, River Forest and Schaumburg.

 

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Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly
October 1, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Best suited for ages 3-9
Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

 

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Frindle
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Recommended for grades 3-8
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

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A Light in the Dark: the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan
October 12, 2016 – October 23, 2016
Ideal for ages 6 & up
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

 

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Little Red Riding Hood
October 20, 2016 – February 24, 2017
Best suited for ages 2-10
Playing at two theaters:
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
3801 S. Central
Cicero, IL 60804
and
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655

 

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Junie B. Jones in…Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
October 22, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Best suited for ages 4-10
Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

 

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Thumbelina
October 22, 2016 – November 27, 2016
Recommended for kids ages 5 & up
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626

 

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Jack and the Beanstalk
October 27, 2016 – November 23, 2016
Best suited for ages 2-10
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634

 

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Jack’s House
October 29, 2016 – November 27, 2016
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

 

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Moon Shot
November 1, 2016 – November 20, 2016
Ideal for ages 10 & up
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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Another Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter
November 1, 2016 – November 20, 2016
Ideal for ages 2-6
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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November 9 – 13, 2016
Broadway in Chicago
Cadillac Palace Theater
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

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The Nutcracker
November 10, 2016 – December 30, 2016
The Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Production Schedule Coming Soon!
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Opening Day Celebration
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 17 – November 20, 2016
The Chicago Theatre
175 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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Finding Neverland
November 22, 2016 – December 4, 2016
Broadway in Chicago
Cadillac Palace Theater
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid
November 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
The Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

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The Snow Queen
November 30, 2016 – February 9, 2017
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 4th
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Franklin Park, Joliet, Palos Hills, Downers Grove, Naperville, Frankfort, Chicago, Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, River Forest.

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A Christmas Carol
November 30, 2016 – December 2, 2016
Recommended for grades 1-8
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical
December 1, 2016 – December 23, 2016
Best suited for ages 2-10
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655

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Fable-ous
January 14, 2017 – February 19, 2017
Recommended for kids ages 5 & up
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626

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The Hundred Dresses
January 17, 2017 – February 12, 2017
Ideal for ages 6 & up
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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Plastique
January 21 – 23, 2017
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

 

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Pete the Cat
Friday, February 3, 2017
Recommended for ages 3-9
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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The Lightning Thief
Friday, February 24, 2017
Recommended for ages 8-12
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

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Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Recommended for grades PreK-2nd
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

Shows Featuring a Cast of Child Performers

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October 14-23, 2016
Spotlight Theater
Timothy Christian Huizinga Auditorium
188 W. Butterfield Rd.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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Getting to Know…Cinderella
November 10-12, 2016 (By Kids for Kids)
Recommended for grades K-8
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Annie
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Bright Lights Theater
Grace Lutheran Church
493 Forest Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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The Little Mermaid Jr.
November 17-19, 2016
Spotlight Theater
Guerin Prep High School
Cuny Auditorium
8001 W. Belmont Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

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Elf Jr.
December 2, 2016 – December 11, 2016
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs – Cattell Theatre
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

 

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Beauty and the Beast Jr.
December 9-11, 2016
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

 

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The Lion King Jr.
January 26-27, 2017
Music Makers Theater
Lyons Township Performing Arts Center
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

 

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Magic Treehouse – Dinosaurs Before Dark
January 28-29, 2017
Music Makers Theater
Lyons Township Performing Arts Center
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

 

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A Little Princess
February 2-5, 2017
Spotlight Theater
Guerin Prep High School
Cuny Auditorium
8001 W. Belmont Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

 

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
February 16-19, 2017
Spotlight Theater
College of DuPage – McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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