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.


2022-2023 Season


From beanstalks, to adventures with Jill, to jumping over a candlestick, Jack has captivated the imaginations of people for hundreds of years. See his story come to life in a whole new way in this CTE-original show!

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

Tickets on sale in 2023

Open to cast members 2nd-9th grade

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 on sale in 2023

Open to cast members 2nd grade through age 20

Presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International


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

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

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


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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.