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 $16 for adults and $14 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.  


2024-2025 Season

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.

The Prom

Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.

Sept 6-8, 13-15 2024
Elgin Community College – Blizzard Theatre

Rating: PG – 13


Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

With plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles as well as ensemble parts for orphans, servants and tourists, Annie JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels.

Nov 14-17, 2024
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.