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CTE Performs at Elgin Fringe Festival

“This is an especially great opportunity for anyone who is wondering what it’s like to be part of Children’s Theatre of Elgin, or any type of theatre company, really. Opening an audience’s eyes to the rehearsal process, from beginning to end, and doing it in such an original way is something really new and exciting for us. We hope you come out and see the show! We’ll also have info on-site about our other upcoming events and productions. So…come join us and let’s start at the very beginning!”  – Catie Early, CTE Board President and Show Producer

Performing at Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center (lower level)
Saturday, September 14 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 15 at 4:30 pm

“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning” is a new original work that takes the audience through the process of a first time Children’s Theatre of Elgin cast member from auditions to rehearsals and through the final performance. The performance will be 40 minutes long.

Tickets for the show are only $5 – come out and support CTE/FVTC! You will also need a $3 Elgin Fringe Fest pin that gets you into the fest, admission to free shows, and after parties.

Fringe Festivals focus on performing arts but also include film, visual art, music, and other types of art forms. Performances take place in downtown areas in cafes, theaters, storefronts, and a variety of other locations. You can read more about the Elgin Fringe Festival at


The Legend of Hercules Cast List

The Legend of Hercules cast list is now available!

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. 

Cast and families, we’ll see you on September 16th at Church of the Brethren, 783 Highland Ave, Elgin

Doors open at 6:00, with parent meeting at 6:30. Please come in advance of the meeting to complete your show registration materials.


School Shows Now On Sale

2019-20 School Shows

School group tickets are now available for CTE’s productions of The Legend of Hercules and Matilda the Musical. Visit  for details and to reserve seats for your group today! These shows tend to sell out, so don’t delay! 


Questions? Get in touch with us at or call 847 214 7152.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Fox Valley Theatre Company production of

  • Friday, Sept 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 28 at 2:00 pm 
  • Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 29 at 2:00 pm


Tickets $12 adults | $10 students & seniors

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

Purchase tickets through the Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300 or online through the button below. Box office hours are Mon-Thu 12:00-7:00 pm; Fri-Sat 12:00-5:00 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.

This show contains material that may not be suited to younger or more sensitive patrons.


Catch the Theater Bug at CTE!

CTE/FVTC presents
June 13 – 16, 2019
Elgin Community College Arts Center

FVTC presents
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
September 27 – 29, 2019
Elgin Community College Arts Center
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CTE presents
The Legend of Hercules
November 14 – 17, 2019
The Hemmens Cultural Center
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CTE presents
Roald Dahl’s
Matilda the Musical
April 16 – 19, 2020
The Hemmens Cultural Center
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“Words cannot express how much my daughter took away from this experience! She made some great friends, learned, and her passion for musical theater has grown.”

Cast parent

“My students loved it. For many, it was the first play/musical they have ever seen on stage. Since they had no frame of reference, they kept thinking we were going to see a movie. They loved the play and could not stop talking about it! “


“CTE does an incredible job! They set the bar high and the kids rise to it. I love that so many kids are included in the productions and each child feels like a star.”

Audience member