ChilL Mama is hosting a giveaway for tickets – see link below! We received a pair of tickets in exchange for our post. All opinions are our own.
This past weekend, Charlie and I had the opportunity to travel into the city to view, The Elephant & The Whale , at the new Chicago Children’s Theatre home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago.
The year is 1919, and it’s the end of an era for a beloved circus elephant named Ella. When a nefarious new owner takes over the homegrown Hoogebeck Family show, Ella the starelephant discovers an unexpected new animal in the circus: a landlocked and homesick babywhale. What happens next is a unique story of friendship and adventure spanning species, rivers, railroads and nautical miles.
The show is divided into three segments, telling the story throughout. The first part is done in the form of Cantastoria – the Italian word for “sung-story.” The cast sang beautifully, the songs were original and simple to understand for children, and I was impressed with how well they harmonized with one another. Part II was a personal favorite of mine. Story-telling done out of trunks that looked like regular cargo boxes. Inside there were extensive storyboards, beautiful characters and the story was enchanting. These types of toy theaters have been around for hundreds of years.
Captured the night of the show. All other photographs are courtesy of the CCT.
Finally, Charlie’s favorite part (Part III) was shadow puppets. Creating the remainder of the story, we followed Ella & the Whale as they traveled around. I loved that they were able to really work within the imagination of their audience with skillfully done projection.
Single tickets start at $25, and are on sale now. To purchase, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555. For group rates, visit GroupTix.netor call (773) 327-3778. The Elephant and The Whale is recommended for all ages.
Why not enter the giveaway over at ChilL Mama for your chance to win tickets of your very own to see this beautiful show?