children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company

Field Trips

Weekday Educational Matinees

Looking for an educational field trip to enrich your classroom curriculum? How about giving your students an unforgettable live-theatre experience!

Performances take place at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois 60120, an outstanding 1200-seat theatre with plenty of free parking for buses and cars alike.

All cast members are Fox Valley 2nd-9th graders. Who knows: someone from your class may be in the show! 

Please note that these matinees often sell out, so reserve seats early for your group.

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2018-19 Weekday Matinees

Your students will love these great performances!  Open the tabs and read the “Matinee Reservation Information” below, then select “Weekday Matinee Reservation Form” at the bottom of the page to reserve seats for your group today.

A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens

The famous tale with a twist from the Magic Tree House series

Thursday & Friday, November 15 & 16, 2018
9:45 a.m.

Big, Bad Wolf?

Mixed-up fairy tale adventures like you’ve never seen before

Thursday & Friday, April 11 & 12, 2019, 9:45 a.m. – SOLD OUT!

Call 847-214-7550 to be put on the waiting list in case anyone cancels

Tickets: $5 each
(Groups of 10 or more only, please; one free teacher ticket for every 20 purchased)

Appropriate for all ages
Approximately 90 minutes in length

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, Illinois 60120

Matinee Reservation Information

Read the information in the tabs below before submitting your order. 

If you have questions, want to drop off a payment, or prefer to make a reservation by phone, call 847-214-7550 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.

Remember to book your buses early!

Show times: Matinees start at 9:45 a.m. and run between 75 – 90 minutes, depending on the show.
Tickets: $5 each with one free teacher ticket for every 20 purchased; groups of 10 or more only at this price.

No paper tickets issued. Groups check in at the door and seating is determined by our ushers.

Payment: Make checks payable to “Children’s Theatre of Elgin” and send to 1700 Spartan Drive H104, Elgin, IL 60123.

DO NOT send payments to Hemmens Cultural Center.

Credit card payments are accepted for full amount only plus 3% handling fee when submitting your order.

Payment terms: A non-refundable 25% deposit is required after reservation is submitted. Balance is due in full by 30 days prior to performance. Ticket payments are not refundable.

Study Guide: An enrichment guide based on Common Core Standards and Illinois Learning Standards is sent by email a couple of weeks before the performance.
How are school shows different than other performances? 1) There is no intermission or concessions sales, 2) seating is determined by our ushers,  3) sometimes shows are shortened to get out on time.

Ready to set up your reservation? Select the button below!