children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company


Our two troupes present four fabulous large-scale musical theatre productions annually. 

Children’s Theatre of Elgin (CTE) performs at the Hemmens Cultural Center with cast members in Grades 2 – 9. CTE shows are primarily based on fairy tales, children’s literature, or shortened Broadway favorites.

Fox Valley Theatre Company (FVTC) is more advanced with cast members in Grade 9 – 20 years old performing musicals at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Tickets for all shows are $14 for adults and $12 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets for shows held at Elgin Community College are subject to additional box office fees, which CTE does not control.  


2022-2023 Season

The Music Man

It’s a classic for a reason – and ever since the revival opened last year on Broadway, audiences are re-discovering the joy, whimsy, and heart of this beloved musical. It tells the story of Harold Hill, a fly-by-night salesman who makes his living capitalizing on the trust and good hearts of small-town folks. He is all set to do his routine in River City, Iowa – until he meets Marian the Librarian, her brother Winthrop, and all the others he must swindle in order to make his plan work. Slowly, he finds that his heart is being lost to a beautiful, musical, clever librarian, and the town she calls home.

July 14-16, 2023
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin IL 60123

Tickets: $14 ($12 student and senior)
Presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International
Rating: G

Please note that the Elgin Community College Arts Center will add fees to all ticket orders.


Footloose, the musical based off the hit film, is a story about finding where you belong, and helping others in ways you didn’t think possible. Ren McCormack moves from Chicago to the small town of Bomont and right away finds that he does not fit in. But, with courage, heart, and some killer dance moves, Ren finds that you can help people in the most extraordinary ways, just by helping them see a different side of things.

Sept 9-18, 2022
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

Rating: PG-13


Seussical Jr.

Come immerse yourself in the wonderful, wacky world of Dr. Seuss! “Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!” – Music Theatre International

Nov 18-20, 2022
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

Presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International

Rating: G

The Sunday, Nov 20th performance will feature ASL interpretation.


Jack and Jill came tumbling down the hill while another Jack scurried down a beanstalk with riches in hand from a giant world above. Yet another Jack was being nimble and quick jumping over candle sticks! What comes next? The story of Jack begins at the end. In the aftermath of chaos, everyone is frozen! But how? Why? We quickly rewind back to the beginning of our story where our three main Jacks are leaving their homes, each off on their own adventure. As they head down uncertain paths, they run into some childhood friends like Bo Peep and Mary (yes, she had a little lamb). Their paths converge and the group makes their way to the town of “Jackson” under the watchful eye of the nefarious Jack Frost who wants to be the one and only Jack. Will the Jacks find what they are looking for? Will their mamas miss them too much? What evil plans does Frost have in store? Watch the journey all our Jacks, along with their friends, take in this original story put on by our Children’s Theatre of Elgin cast of JACK. 

April 21-23, 2023
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Rating: G

The Friday night performance will feature Spanish supertitles on a slideshow going along with the script. We encourage anyone who would like to utilize the supertitles to sit on the main floor, in the front and close to the center to most easily view the supertitles. 
 El show del viernes por la noche contará con supertítulos en español en una presentación de diapositivas que acompañan al guión. Alentamos a todos los que deseen utilizar los supertítulos a sentarse en el piso principal, en el frente y cerca del centro para ver más fácilmente los supertítulos.

The Sunday, April 23rd performance will feature ASL interpretation. Please be aware that interpreters will be situated in the center, near the front row.  


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Tickets and Venues

Our shows are presented at two venues:

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

Buy tickets to these shows on our website. Choose your seats, pay online, print tickets, and you’re all set. No hidden charges. Your credit card bill will list the transaction as “TicketPeak.” Questions? Call us at 847-214-7152.

Detailed seating chart of The Hemmens Cultural Center, including exits

For group tickets to weekday matinees, visit the Field Trips page of our website.

Elgin Community College Arts Center Blizzard Theatre
1700 Spartan Drive Building H
Elgin, IL 60123

Purchase tickets through the Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300 or onlineBox office hours are Mon-Thu 12-6 pm; Sat 12-5 pm.

Please note: The Arts Center adds a facility fee of a $2 per ticket to all ticket sales, and for phone and online orders, an additional $5 fee per order.