Once upon a time, in a land far, far, away, children’s theater consisted of neighborhood kids putting on small-time productions, often in church basements or school auditoriums. Alas, those days are no more. Today, high-quality children’s theatres are thriving throughout the country. My home town of Chicago has several great children’s theatres, including suburban Lincolnshire Marriott’s Theatre for Young Audiences, a half hour north of Chicago and O’Hare Airport. Located on the 168 acre grounds of the Marriott Resort, it’s known for presenting Broadway musicals like Annie and Mary Poppins, as well as classic fairy tales.
A recent gloomy winter afternoon was brightened by their charming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The theatre recommends the show for ages six and over, but my four-year-old daughter sat on the edge of her seat through all (well, okay, most) of the performance. She was dazzled by the elaborate costumes and enchanted by the romance between the prince and his beloved Cinderella.
This is a show targetted mainly at little girls. It was delightful to see so many of them come in their princess costumes, complete with tiaras. It’s best for girls between the ages of four through ten.
Ample free parking is available for all shows on several lots adjoining the theatre.
Cinderella is presented daily at 10:00 AM through January 5th. There are several select performances at 12:30 PM. See the Marriott Theatre website or call the box office at 847-634-0200 for the schedule. Single ticket prices are $15 per person and are available at the Marriott Theatre Box Office or at Ticketmaster.
Andrea Guthmann is a freelance journalist. She spent many years as a writer and producer for WTTW-TV, the PBS station in Chicago. Her travel stories have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Parent, Make It Better and on-line travel sites.