Chicago Children’s Theatre shares details about the first production in its new home in Chicago’s West Loop: Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, opening in January at 100 S. Racine Avenue, the former 12th District Chicago Police Station.
Manual Cinema’s first all-ages show, loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel The Magic City, uses overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment to create an innovative theatrical experience that updates Nesbit’s novel for a contemporary retelling.
Meet nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of her sister’s fiancé. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that her city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.
- Performances are January 27-February 19, 2017.
- Grand opening performances are Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- No shows Sunday, February 5.
- Weekend performances continue through February 19: Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday at 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- There is an added 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 18.
- Weekday morning matinees are at 10 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday, January 31-February 2, February 6-9 and February 13-15.