children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company


Our two troupes present four fabulous large-scale musical theatre productions annually. We specialize in great family-oriented entertainment!

Children’s Theatre of Elgin (CTE) performs at the Hemmens Cultural Center with cast members in Grades 2 – 9. CTE shows are primarily based on fairy tales, children’s literature, or shortened Broadway favorites.

Fox Valley Theatre Company (FVTC) is more advanced with cast members in Grade 9 – 20 years old performing full-length Broadway-type musicals at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.


 Upcoming Shows at CTE/FVTC

Fox Valley Theatre Company & Children’s Theatre of Elgin Present:

Fox Valley Theatre Company Presents:

Children’s Theatre of Elgin Presents:

It is with deep sadness that we announce that CTE/FVTC’s production of Beauty and the Beast will no longer be taking place in June 2020 and that auditions which were to be held at the end of April are canceled. In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the recommendations made by the CDC and our government health departments, and the current shelter-in-place order, we feel that this is a necessary choice in order to protect the health and safety of everyone involved with our organization.


Culture Twister
An Original Musical
Score by Christopher Kriz
Book by Aldren Briones and Catie Early

Sept 11 – 20, 2020
Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm
Sundays, 2:00 pm
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

Fox Valley Theatre Company brings an all-new musical to the stage, telling the story of a group of high schoolers who face pressures of school, relationships, and a tornado – all while exploring and celebrating the meaning of culture and identity, and what it means to all of us. With an original score by Jeff-Award winner Christopher Kriz and a book written by FVTC alums, this is a one-of-a-kind performance you won’t want to miss!
CTE thanks the Palmer Foundation and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for support in commissioning and presenting this production.

Matilda the Musical
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Book by Dennis Kelly

Nov 13-15, 2020
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

CTE is thrilled to be able to perform its production of Matilda the Musical in November, a postponement from its original April 2020 planned performance dates. This story, inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl, tells the inspiring story of a girl who rises above her circumstances with wit, bravery, friends…and a bit of magic. “Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.” – Music Theatre International

Tickets and Venues

Our shows are presented at two venues:

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

Buy tickets to these shows on our website. Choose your seats, pay online, print tickets, and you’re all set. No hidden charges. Your credit card bill will list the transaction as “TicketPeak.” Questions? Call us at 847-214-7550.

Detailed seating chart of The Hemmens Cultural Center, including exits

For group tickets to weekday matinees, visit the “Field Trips” page of our website.

Elgin Community College Arts Center Blizzard Theatre
1700 Spartan Drive Building H
Elgin, IL 60123    Directions

Purchase tickets through the Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300 or onlineBox office hours are Mon-Thu 12-6 pm; Sat 12-5 pm.

Please note: The Arts Center adds a facility fee of a $2 per ticket to all ticket sales, and for phone and online orders, an additional $5 fee per order.