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 are at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois 60120, with plenty of free parking for buses and cars.

All cast members are 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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Weekday Matinees

Your students will love our school show performances!  Open the tabs and read the “Matinee Reservation Information” below. After online reservations open, you can select “Weekday Matinee Reservation Form” at the bottom of the page to reserve seats for your group.

School shows for the 2020-21 school year will go on sale in fall/winter 2020, pending COVID-19 developments and guidelines. Make sure you’re on our email list to make sure you know when tickets go on sale again!

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! Please note that Matilda the Musical is being performed in its entirety and will run approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission. Please plan transportation accordingly. 

Show times: Matinees start at 9:45 a.m. and run between 75 – 90 minutes, depending on the show. Matilda the Musical will run 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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!