children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company


Our two troupes present four fabulous large-scale musical theatre productions annually. We specialize in great family-oriented entertainment!

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 full-length Broadway-type musicals at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.


2021-2022 Season

Ella, A Modern Cinderella Story

A modern take on the classic fairytale Cinderella, CTE’s original show, Ella is perfect for a 21st century audience! It’s the “classic” tale of a young girl becoming victim to her wicked stepmother and stepsisters’ evil whims. Ella’s life becomes one of drudgery until she can escape and fall in love. Of course, that’s how the story goes, but what twists and turns will CTE take in its reimagined version? You’ll have to come see the show to find out!

April 8-10, 2022
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Open to actors 2nd grade through 9th grade

Tickets On Sale In 2022

Show Stoppers

CTE and FVTC combine to continue on one of the company’s most beloved traditions – Show Stoppers! Join us for this revue-style performance, with dances, songs, and scenes to make everyone smile, hum, and maybe even dance along!

June 17-26,2022
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

Open to actors 2nd grade through age 20

Into The Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. With an array of familiar characters and their stories reimagined in a whole new way, this is not one to miss!

September 10-19, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin IL 60123

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Shrek Jr. 

The beloved movie is now a Broadway musical, and this Junior version is perfect for young actors and audiences of all ages! The story follows Shrek, an ogre with a big chip on his shoulder, on his quest to rescue Princess Fiona in order to appease the cantankerous Lord Farquaad, and get his swamp back. But with a wise-cracking donkey, a feisty and strong princess with a big secret, and a myriad of fairy tale characters, this story will satisfy audiences in their quest for fun!

November 12-14, 2021
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Shrek, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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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 847-214-7550.

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.