Our 2017 – 2018 Season

Mother Goose's Garden

April 22, 2017 – March 11, 2018

at the Little Theatre in Lakeview

MOTHER GOOSE’S GARDEN
“A Tisket, a Tasket, Grab Your Garden Basket!”

By Kate Leslie
Directed by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone
For ages 0 – 5

One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City’s Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and immersive play.

 

 

 

 

Mother Goose's Garden

CAST

Michele Stine
Jill

Austin Ryan Hunt
Jack

Elliot Cruz
Jack

Carly Crawford
Jill Understudy

Rebecca Keeshin
Jill Understudy

Grace Schwartzenberger
Jill Understudy

Brian Healy
Jack Understudy

PRODUCTION TEAM

Jacqueline Stone
Director

Carly Crawford 
Assistant Director

Brian Elston
Scenic Design

Rachel M Sypniewski
Costume Design

Keith Parham, U.S.A.*
Lighting Design

Jeffrey Levin
Sound Design

Letitia Guillaud
Props Design

Kat Sirico
Production Manager

Lauren Lassus
Stage Manager

*Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829

 

'Twas the Night...

November 12 – December 31, 2017

at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
“A Fantastic, Slapstick Holiday Affair!” 
Directed by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone
For all ages

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with this comic take on the classic poem. When Santa’s Naughty or Nice List has gone missing, it’s up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh. This Chicago premiere is a holiday gift for all ages. 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

 

Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

CAST

Darren Hill
Uncle Brierly/Sir Guy of Gisbourne

Kirra Silver
Emily

Nora Lise Ulrey
Britannia Sneed/Calliope

Alejandro Tey
Amos/Amos of Kansas

Anthony Whitaker
Wendell Sneed/Mulch/Santa Claus

Sarah Jane Patin
Emily/Britannia Sneed/Calliope Understudy

Matt Miles
Wendell Sneed/Mulch/Santa Claus Understudy

Sam Shankman
Uncle Brierly/Sir Guy/Amos/Amos of Kansas Understudy

PRODUCTION TEAM

Jacqueline Stone
Director

Celia Villacres
Music Director

Gaby Labotka
Fight Choreographer/Assistant Director

William Boles, U.S.A.*
Scenic Designer

Rachel M Sypniewski
Costume Designer

Keith Parham, U.S.A.*
Lighting Designer

Jeffrey Levin
Sound Designer

Letitia Guillaud
Props Designer

Brian Elston
Asst. Lighting Designer/Master Electrician

Kat Sirico
Production Manager

Marcus Carroll
Production Stage Manager

Bree De Souza
Assistant Stage Manager

Thomas Daniel
Set Construction

Angela McIlvain
Garrett Steinke
Scenic Painting

*Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829

Magic Tree House

January 27 – February 25, 2018

at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE
“A Musical Adventure on a Midsummer’s Night!”
Book and Lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts
Based on Stage Fright on a Summer Night MAGIC TREE HOUSE #25 by Mary Pope Osborne
Directed and Choreographed by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Associate Jamal Howard
For Ages 5+

Climb into a musical time machine with Jack and Annie, and travel back to Shakespearean England! In this Midwest premiere, the daring sibling duo learns to overcome stage fright to save the famed bard’s show. Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, discover how history is shaped by those who learn to overcome their fears. Full of freestyle beats to move your feet, this tuneful tale is a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. 

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare was produced by special arrangement with Tree House Jazz, LLC. 

 

 

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare

CAST

Nik Kmiecik
Jack

Emily Senkowsky
Annie

Leon J Evans
William Shakespeare

Miguel Long
Dan

Jar’Davion Brown
Ensemble

Dakota Hughes
Ensemble

William Marquez
Ensemble
William Shakespeare/Dan Understudy

Mondisa Monde
Ensemble

Tuesdai B Perry
Ensemble

Deanalís Resto
Ensemble

Courtney Dane Mize
Annie/Ensemble Understudy

Sam Shankman
Jack/Ensemble Understudy

Sara Geist
Ensemble Understudy

Jennifer Ledesma
Ensemble Understudy

Larry D Trice II
Ensemble Understudy

PRODUCTION TEAM

Jamal Howard
Director & Choreographer

Celia Villacres
Music Director

Angela McIlvain
Scenic Designer/Scenic Charge

Rachel M Sypniewski
Costume Designer

Brian Elston
Lighting Designer

Jeffrey Levin
Sound Designer

Danielle Myerscough
Props Designer

Kat Sirico
Production Manager

Marcus Carroll
Production Stage Manager

Spencer Ryan Diedrick
Assistant Director

Leon J Evans
Assistant Choreographer

Thomas Daniel
Set Construction

Garrett Steinke
Sound Engineer

Becca Levy
Assistant Stage Manager

Ariela Subar
Assistant Stage Manager

Knuffle Bunny

Now Playing – May 27, 2018

Playing at the Apollo Theater 

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
“A Small Heroine with Big Problems”
Based on the Book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Michael Silversher
Directed and Choreographed by Aileen McGroddy

Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. With stage design inspired by illustrations straight from the book, this treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite. 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com 

 

 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Cast

Deanalís Resto
Trixie

Matt Miles
Dad

Abby Murray Vachon
Mom

Ayanna Bria Bakari
Ensemble

Jar’Davion Brown
Ensemble
Dad Understudy

Emilie Modaff
Ensemble

Adelina Feldman-Schultz
Mom/Ensemble Understudy

Phoebe Moore
Trixie/Ensemble Understudy

Production Staff

Aileen McGroddy
Director & Choreographer

Jon Schneidman
Music Director

Rebeccah Singer
Assistant Director

Kurtis Boetcher
Scenic Designer

Lauren T. Roark, U.S.A.*
Costume Designer

Brian Elston
Lighting Designer

Jeffrey Levin
Sound Designer

Michael Commendatore
Projections Designer

Angela McIlvain
Puppet Designer

Joe Craig
Props Designer

Garrett Steinke
Sound Engineer

Kat Sirico
Production Manager

Marcus Carroll
Production Stage Manager

Caroline Gully Brown
Assistant Stage Manager

Ariela Subar
Assistant Stage Manager

Thomas Daniel
Scenery Build

Aurora Klock
Paint Charge

*Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829