Educator Resources

Current Study Guides

Each Emerald City Theatre production explores an identified learning theme— a topic for learning in and out of the classroom. Support your students’ experiences before or after seeing a play with our study guide materials. Developed by ECT’s Education Department, each study guide is full of insightful activities for your classroom and is clearly marked with IL State Curriculum Goals.

2019 - 2020 Study Guides



Past Study Guides

2018 - 2019 Study Guides

2017 - 2018 Study Guides

  • Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  • Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare


  • Knuffle Bunny Study Guide
    Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical


2016-2017 Study Guides

    • The Wiz
    • icon_diaryofawormstudyguide_694x918 
      Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
    • icon_juniejonesjinglebells_studyguide
      Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

    • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats


2015-2016 Study Guides


2014-2015 Study Guides


2013-2014 Study Guides


2012-2013 Study Guides


2011-2012 Study Guides

      • If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
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      • Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
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      • Snow White As Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals
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      • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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Field Trips

Performances Take Place at:

Broadway Playhouse

175 N. Chestnut St.

Chicago, IL 60611

Show Timetable

  • 9:45am – arrive at the theater
  • 10:15am – performance begins
  • 11:00am – buses arrive for pick-up
  • 11:15am – performance ends/ Q&A, time permitting
  • 11:25am – dismissal ends

Address Payments to:
Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Avenue, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60657

Upon Arrival:
Please stay on your bus until the ASR greets you with a short announcement. If there is a particular class, grade, or room number on the bus, please inform the ASR, as this makes dismissal run smoother.
Once in the theater, students and adults will be seated by a staff member. After everyone is in a seat, adults may do some rearranging if necessary. If you would like your students to use the restroom before the show, please do so immediately after being seated.
There is no eating or drinking allowed in the theater. Photography without flash is permitted.


We know that money is sometimes the biggest obstacle when trying to bring your students on a field trip. Here are a few ideas we’ve heard from educators like you.

  • Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund Grant: ECT’s One Fund grant brings one free theater performance and one free companion book to each student recipient. It is delivered either through an assembly performance at the school or through a field trip performance at Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park.
  • Target Store Grants: Target funds arts programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for youth and families to participate in cultural experiences, such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, or artists residencies and workshops in schools. Applications are open through October 1, 2017 for grants valued up to $700. 
  • NEA Partners – Arts Education: The National Endowment for the Arts provides direct grants in arts education, collaborates in federal, state, and public-private partnerships, and conducts research on arts education for the K-12 community and lifelong learners.
  • Goodsearch & Goodshop: GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user’s designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.
  • Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund: The Creative Schools Fund is a grant-making partnership between Ingenuity and CPS’ Department of Arts Education to support the expansion of arts education in schools. 

Have a successful fundraising idea to share? Please email us at


Is food allowed in the theater?

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There is no eating or drinking in the theater or lobby.


Can we take pictures?

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Photography is always permitted but flash is not allowed.

What is the schedule for the day?

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  • Show Timetable
  • 9:45am – arrive at the theater
  • 10:15am – performance begins
  • 11:00am – buses arrive for pick-up
  • 11:15am – performance ends/Q&A, time permitting
  • 11:25am – dismissal ends

How do I adjust the headcount for our group?

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Contact our Audience Services department at or call 773.529.2690

We’re running late! Who do I call?

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Contact our Audience Services department at 773.529.2690