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Chicago Children's Theatre Presents MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD AND GO DOG GO! VE PERRO ¡VE! World Premieres

Manual Cinema's The Magic City and The Beatrix Potter Holiday Party return for a fun, 4-show, 19th season for Chicago kids and families.

By: Jun. 17, 2024
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Chicago Children's Theatre has four plays planned for its 19th Season in 2024-25, opening and closing with two exciting world premieres, Milo Imagines the World and Go Dog Go! Ve Perro ¡Ve!, plus the returns of Manual Cinema's The Magic City and The Beatrix Potter Holiday Party.

Take advantage of discounted four-play and mix-and-match subscription packages going on sale at Friday, June 21 at noon.

Chicago Children's Theatre's 19th season kicks off this fall with Milo Imagines the World, a new musical adapted from Newbery-winning children's author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson. Performances are October 8 through November 10, 2024. Press opening weekend is October 12 and 13.

Milo Imagines the World is an urban tale about a young boy who uses his imagination to prove that you can't really know anyone's story just by looking at them. Audiences will join Milo on a long subway ride with his big sister, where, to pass the time, he imagines the lives of the other passengers as his colorful illustrations spring to life.

This timely new musical, adapted for the stage by Chicago theater artist Terry Guest, with music by Christian Albright and Christian Magby, features exciting hip hop, pop and country music. One of the city's top directors, Mikael Burke, will make his CCT debut with Milo Imagines the World. This production is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Milo Imagines the World is a rolling world premiere starting at Chicago Chicago Children's Theatre, followed by productions at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis (also directed by Mikael Burke), and the Rose Theater in Omaha. 

Audiences and critics will recall Chicago Children's Theatre's 2018 smash hit, world premiere musical Last Stop at Market Street, inspired by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson's Newbery-winning book. Since its CCT debut, Last Stop at Market Street has gone on to be one of the top produced plays at TYA theaters across the nation.

Jumping to spring 2025, strap in for a wildly fun, world premiere ride, Go Dog Go! Ve Perro ¡Ve!. This new adaptation of P.D. Eastman's classic children's book is by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory, with compositions by Michael Koerner and Spanish translations by Ana Maria Campoy. Steven Dietz will direct. 

One of the most beloved children's books of all time, Go Dog Go! is soon to be a joyous, inventive, bilingual musical romp, debuting at Chicago Children's Theatre! Come along with these delightful dogs as they drive, swim, play baseball and make their way to the big dog party — all in a lively blend of English and Spanish.

Like a pop-up book that comes to life, Go Dog Go! Ve Perro ¡Ve! is a heart-warming spectacle of music, color, language and delight, appealing to all ages. Performances are March 11-May 3, 2025. Press opening weekend is March 15 and 16. 

Chicago Children's Theatre's third show is Manual Cinema's The Magic City, the inaugural production in CCT's West Loop home, The Station, back in 2017.

Manual Cinema's first all-ages show, loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit's 1910 novel “The Magic City,” introduces Philomena and her big sister Helen, who love building miniature cities out of books, toys and household objects. Until Helen starts seeing a new boyfriend, Brandon, that is. Even worse, she's expected to make friends with Brandon's son, Lucas, the most annoying boy in the world. So Philomena retreats into building the biggest tiny city ever: a magic city only for her. Then, one night, Philomena's city of found objects comes to life, and she finds herself trapped inside. Will Philomena find her way out—and will she let her new family in?

Brought to life through Manual Cinema's magical fusion of actors, puppets, miniatures, and live music, The Magic City returns to encourage kids to build bridges rather than walls. This production is for ages 7 and up. Performances are January 25-February 16, 2025. Press opening weekend is January 25 and 26.  

Making its annual return and culminating a fall U.S. tour is The Beatrix Potter Holiday Party. CCT's ever-popular holiday show, a seasonal rite of passage for Chicago families, and countless toddlers' first live theater experience. Chicago Children's Theatre's Director of Production Will Bishop directs.

Watch with delight as little ones grow ever more wide-eyed as four adorable Beatrix Potter animal stories spring to life during this ingenious, 45-minute trunk and puppet show. Afterwards, families from all over the city meet in CCT's lobby for puppet play, cast photos and to get to know each other over a communal table with Beatrix Potter-inspired craft activities and holiday treats.

Tickets and More Information

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Party is ideal for children ages 8 and under. Performances are November 23-December 29, 2024. Press opening weekend is November 23 and 24. Subscriptions to Chicago Children's Theatre's 2024-25 season go on sale today at Four-play packages start at just $110, with a 25 percent early-bird discount on single tickets through July 27. Or, choose your own three- or two-play subscription package, based on your children's age ranges and interests.

Email or call CCT Guest Services, (312) 374-8835, to learn more about subscriptions, single tickets, and discounted group rates for schools, playgroups, birthday parties and scouting groups. Single tickets to CCT's 2024-25 productions are $30 to $40, and go on sale on August 26. 

Chicago Children's Theatre is a “no shushing” theater. It's located at 100 S. Racine Ave., at Monroe, in the heart of Chicago's West Loop, minutes from I-90 and I-290, downtown and Ashland Avenue. Free, onsite parking is available on the south side of the building. Free street parking can be found nearby on weekends, or try the Impark parking lot, 1301 W. Madison St.

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