children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company


November 2nd-8th: Ecker Center for Behavioral Health
November 9th-15th: Habitat for Humanity of the Northern Fox Valley
November 16th-22nd: PADS of Elgin
November 23rd-29th: Food for Greater Elgin

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a gamechanger for us at Children’s Theatre of Elgin. We never thought we’d go an entire year without a live performance, without gathering a 100 member cast to learn and grow together, and without seeing you all in the audience. It has been a roller coaster of a year for us, and we thank you so much for hanging in there with us as we work to pivot and keep serving our community in new ways through virtual workshops, classes, and even trivia nights! We are still able to bring wonderful experiences to people because of support from you. Thank you. 

As we at CTE discussed heading into our fall fundraising season, we wanted to do something that made sense this year, that would help not just us but our whole community, and show that we know and understand there is a real need to come together. We have weathered 2020 because we have an incredible support system, and we want this year’s giving season to pay it forward, and help not only us but also some amazing human services organizations that are working around the clock to help meet people’s needs during this crisis.

So, we are excited to announce our $20/$20 Campaign! Watch your email every Monday for a new highlight of a human services organization in Elgin. When you give that week, half your gift will go to CTE, and half will be given to that designated organization. (There will be a quick and easy online form so you can make other specifications about your gift if you wish!). We encourage a $40 gift, to show that $20/$20 can be a positive number after all!

YOU can play a principal role at CTE!

Donor gifts make it possible for us to provide thousands of young people with outstanding theatrical experiences not otherwise attainable.

You can give as an individual or in the name of your business. Some sponsor levels include free tickets, and program ads reach 2,000+ people at each production.

Won’t you help sustain the quality and affordability of CTE programs by donating today?


We want to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for the 2019-20 Season. Thank you also to everyone who donated anonymously through our Facebook fundraisers on Giving Tuesday. We are truly grateful for those gifts, and for the ones listed below. Thank you for keeping the curtain up for CTE!

VIP’s ($500 or More)

Robert Krabbe and Andrew Bero
Paul and Carole Burris
The Fetter Family
The Groth Family

Benefactors ($250-$499)

Bev and Greg Cherry
David Comings and Ginny Becker Comings
The Coats Compound
Mary and Nevin Dulabaum
Mr. and Mrs. John Gage
Cynthia Moore Kline
Steve and Beth Olson
Melissa Rack
Porter and Tipawan Reed
Christine and Oktay Tosun

Patrons ($150-$249)

Kathy and Frank Catalano
John and Mary Early
Carlene and David Kellenberger
Michele Lichner
Mary McCarthy
Sharon Mietus
Elizabeth Niemeier
Faith L. Peters
Catie Early Thompson and Nick Thompson
Jess and Mike Yeska

Friends ($50-$149)

Peter and Donna Akemann
LeeLee and David Bermudez
Shirlann and Raphael Boghosian
Allison Cherry
Colleen Heffernan
Smooch Medina
Christine Retzer
Lenore Schusler
Valerie Swan
Robert Walker


Elgin Community College Arts Center
EFS Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation
Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
Palmer Foundation