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.  


2023-2024 Season

James and the Giant Peach Jr

This adaptation of the classic novel by Roald Dahl follows the story of a boy named James as he embarks on an epic adventure in…a giant peach. James, neglected and mistreated by his aunts, is ordered to cut down the old fruit tree. Inside, he finds a magical potion that creates a gigantic peach. Leaving his gloomy life behind, James sets out on the ocean inside the peach. Inside, he meets a charming and quirky group of insects, and they all go together on a journey of danger, excitement, and self-discovery. From the mind that gave the world Matilda and Willy Wonka comes this story of friendship, courage, and believing in yourself.

April 12-14, 2024
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Rating: G

Matilda the Musical

Another great novel by the famous Roald Dahl, Matilda has inspired people all around the world – and now the story finally comes to the CTE/FVTC stage! Matilda is a brilliant girl who loves books and her teacher Ms. Honey – and she has astonishing telekinetic powers! Matilda’s home life is one of sadness and loneliness, but through her powers she begins to see what lies inside her is truly remarkable. Can she even lead the students to rise up against the tyrannical headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull? Can she outmaneuver her conniving parents? Matilda is truly a heroine for the ages, and her tale proves that wit, optimism, and a pinch of magic can truly save the day.  Matilda the Musical has won 47 international awards, and we are thrilled to finally bring it to our community!

June 14-16 & 21-23, 2024
Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin IL 60123

Rating: PG

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

Backwards Broadway

Join us in celebrating beloved Broadway classics and contemporary hits with a twist! This year, Fox Valley Theatre Company is producing its own take on the miscast craze that is taking Broadway by storm. Vocalists ages 14-20 will perform songs they would not be cast to sing in a traditional musical theatre show. Gender, age, character type – it’s all thrown out the window for this show! Experience the joy of casting type aside and embracing some of the greatest songs Broadway has to offer!

Sept 15-17th, 2023
Wing Park Bandshell

Rating: PG

Co-Sponsored by The City of Elgin

Finding Nemo Jr.

From the beloved Disney/Pixar film right to the musical stage, this tale has found the hearts of millions of people. The musical follows Marlin, a clownfish from the Great Barrier Reef, as he embarks across the ocean to find his son Nemo. He meets lots of memorable characters along the way, including a hilariously forgetful but loveable fish named Dory, and his journey proves to him that nothing is impossible with friends to help you, and love to guide your way. The show features songs by award-wining composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the same people behind the hit soundtrack of Frozen. Finding Nemo Jr. is a heart-warming tale of adventure, risk, trust, and the strength we all get from our friends and family.

Nov 17-19, 2023
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

The Saturday night performance will feature ASL interpretation.

Presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International

Rating: G



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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.