The Wonder Wagon is funded in part by an Individual Artist Project Grant through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter and Friends
A 2D wooden puppet show in boxes for ages 2-8 commissioned by the Chicago Children's Theatre.
The stories of Helen Beatrix Potter, featuring iconic animal characters like Peter Rabbit and celebrating British country life, are told through a series of mechanical suitcase sculptures, which invite visitors to pull levers and turn cranks, revealing images that surprise and delight. This interactive, four-dimensional winter fairy tale promises to be a popular new entertainment option for Chicago-area families this holiday season.
Share the magic of Chicago Children’s Theatre during your next special event. Book our show A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter & Friends during the holiday season! For more info e-mail CCT Events or download our online guide: Booking a CCT Show.
Performed by: David Gordezky, Charlotte Long, Claire Saxe*, Sarah Stockdale, and Nick Strauss
Adapted and Directed by Mike Oleon*, with Shelley Geiszler in collaboration with the Rough House ensemble; Grace Needlman (Lead Puppet Design & Construction), Kathryn Shivak (Puppet Construction), Will Rudolph* (Lighting & Set Design and Construction), Maddy Low (Costume Design) Niki Dreistadt (Puppetry Assistant), Nicole Nienow (Puppetry Assistant), Sean Hughes (Music) Claire Saxe* (Dramaturg & Production Assistant), Fletcher Pierson (Stage Management/Assistant Director)
Photo Credit Joe Mazza
RECOMMENDED -Chicago Reader “[Alfred] Jarry himself performed a version of it with marionettes, but I think he’d have been more impressed with this bunraku-esque treatment from Rough House Theater. Cunning and Hilarious.””
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -Chicago Stage Standard “4 stars out 4! A magnificent and moving retelling of this story. A fast moving, entertaining yet sobering and provocative evening. Don’t miss this show.”
RECOMMENDED -Newcity Stage “‘Ubu’ may have found the perfect medium. The cast of five puppeteers stay on the tips of their fingers and the tops of their games.”