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, 25 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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Important notice: If you see “CALL FOR AVAILABILITY” on the reservation form, it means there may be a small number of seats left or that it’s sold out. Contact our office to find out which it is and/or to get your group on our waiting list in the event of cancellations. 847-214-7550 or

2016-17 Weekday Matinees

Your students will love these two great shows!  Read the Matinee Reservation Information below and reserve seats for your group today!

Willy Wonka Jr.

Thursday & Friday, November 17 & 18, 2016
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5 each
(Groups of 10 or more only, please)

Appropriate for all ages

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, Illinois 60120

The delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious candy factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s imaginative book. See the best and worst of human nature in response to winning a golden ticket – and find out who really wins!

The Lion King Jr.

Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5 each
(Groups of 10 or more only, please)

Appropriate for all ages

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, Illinois 60120

The African savannah comes to life on stage in this brand-new shortened version of the popular Broadway musical. Your students will love seeing Simba, Rafiki, and all the rest as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale!

Note about The Lion King Jr.: Seating capacity cannot exceed 750 seats per performance due to Disney restrictions.

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 about 75 minutes, ending around 11:00 a.m.

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!