children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company






Get ready for #Giving Tuesday 2016








What is #Giving Tuesday?

#Giving Tuesday is a national event that takes place on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Why? To encourage charitable giving along with the other kinds of generous giving that goes with the holidays. We hope you’ll choose CTE!

Matching grant!

Locally, the Grand Victoria Foundation has generously offered to match any donations collected by CTE during that 24-hour period, up to $5,000. That means your dollars will go twice as far to help sustain the high-quality programs CTE is known for!

If you’ve ever had a great experience participating in, volunteering with, working on staff with, or attending our productions, please #GetBehindCTE on #GivingTuesday November 29th. (The “Donate” button will only be active during that 24-hour period.)

Making an impact is expensive


Cost per cast member to put on a CTE show


Amount CTE charges per cast member for participation fees

Did you know…

It costs between $35,000 and $70,000 to put on a CTE show?

Some of the major expenses for each one are:

  • Venue rental: $13,000-$15,000
  • Script licensing: $2,000-$5,000
  • Musicians and other artists: $5,000-$11,000
  • Costumes and sets: $4,000-$10,000

What difference does CTE make? Ask a cast member!


My grandparents generously gave me this donation to give to the organization of my choice. I chose to give it to CTE because I have greatly enjoyed all of the productions which I am so grateful to have been able to be a part of.

Not only is this a very professional and high quality theatre company, but I have met some amazing people here – not only peers, but also the incredible adults who put so much of their time and effort into these shows.

Thank you for making this all possible and for allowing me to have these wonderful memories and these great experiences!

14-year-old cast member


We are extremely grateful for the generous financial support and would love to add YOUR name to the list!

VIPs ($250+)

David and Vickie Akemann
Peter and Donna Akemann
Jean Breslich
Paul and Carole Burris
Greg and Bev Cherry
John and Gwen Gage
Bob Krabbe and Andy Bero
Porter and Tipawan Reed
Jack and Marlene Shales ~ Shales McNutt Construction

Benefactors ($150-249)

Dawn Bushaus and Bob Romano
Fox Valley Beaux Arts
Mike and Teresa Hopkins
Bryan and Sherry Kinser
Jessica and Michael Yeska

Patrons ($75-149)


Dixon Dance Academy, Inc.
Elgin Community College Arts Center
Hopkins Grease Company


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