By Carey Purcell
24 Apr 2014
Directed by Stuart Carden, Frederick will begin performances Oct. 15, prior to an official opening Oct. 17. It will continue through Nov. 16.
Based on the book by Leo Lionni, the musical was was adapted for the stage by Suzanne Miller and features songs by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.
Here's how the production is billed: "While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world."
The season will also include the return of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde. Created by Blair Thomas and Michael Smith and directed by Thomas, the production will open Jan. 23, 2015. The Selfish Giant will continue through Feb. 22.
"January marks the return of the all-ages hit show The Selfish Giant, a musical spectacle created for CCT in 2008 by Blair Thomas and singer-songwriter Michael Smith – based on Oscar Wilde's classic story about a grumpy giant who forbids children from playing in his garden," press notes state. "After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring."
The second world-premiere production of the season will be Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Based on Lewis Carroll's books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Lookingglass," the musical will begin performances April 22, prior to an official opening April 24. It will continue through May 24.
Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure features music by Michael Mahler, lyrics by Mahler and Rachel Rockwell and a book by Rockwell and Lewis Carroll.
Here's how the production is billed: "Wonderland is the search for one's authentic self. How can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you're still writing the song? Carroll's beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization is brought to life by a cast of actor/musicians who create an eclectic rock soundtrack as 7-1/2 year-old Alice searches for her own inner musical voice. Ranging from classic rock to punk to ska with a little bit of Bollywood, the actors surround Alice in a rich musical tapestry as she searches for her destiny. Along the way, Alice faces challenges and fears, but meets the ultimate test in the form of the Jabberwocky, an insidious monster made of up of the dark thoughts and self-doubt that lurks inside of us all. In learning to believe in the impossible, Alice learns to believe in herself."
For more information call (872) 222-9555 or visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.