Emerald City Theatre

Play Pals

Victory Gardens Theater and Emerald City Theatre Announce Play Pals, a theater experience for the whole family

Victory Gardens Theater and Emerald City Theatre are proud to partner to provide Play Pals, a theater experience for the whole family at Victory Gardens Theater. During selected 3:00pm performances of each of our season’s shows, children ages 4-11 will engage in critically-acclaimed theater education workshops from Emerald City Theatre while their parents attend a performance at Victory Gardens Theater. Tickets are $40 and include one adult theater ticket and up to three student admissions to the theater workshop.

Through an afternoon of theater games and activities, students will engage their voices, bodies, and minds to explore storytelling, create characters, and build confidence. Emerald City Theatre’s experienced teaching artists will provide children the opportunity to enhance their social, emotional, and cognitive skills, and grow in their understanding of basic theatre principles.


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About Emerald City Theatre (ECT)

Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, ECT is one of Chicago’s most-attended nonprofit theater companies reaching children 0 – 15-years- old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and outreach.

Serving over 80,000 children and their grown-ups annually, the company has created 100 productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and its very own Little Theatre – the nation’s first facility dedicated to Theatre for the Very Young – in Lakeview.

ECT also builds skills in children through its yearly camps, classes, and residencies – the largest theater arts education program in Chicago, serving over 62,000 students to date and 200 schools annually.

The company’s outreach initiatives make ECT programs available to any child of any household income level by providing free plays and companion books to children in under-served neighborhoods. To date, over 53,000 students have been served, including, in March of 2016, all 30,000 CPS second grade students in a ground-breaking partnership with author Mary Pope Osborne, Random House Children’s Books Publishing and KPMG – Family for Literacy.

ECT’s lead supporters include iHeartMedia Chicago, AMITA Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, KPMG, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and The Land of Nod.

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