Conceived and created by Will Bishop and Grace Needlman.
Designed and built by Will Bishop, Jacklynn Kelsey, Grace Needlman, Nicole Nienow, Mike Oleon, and Kathryn Shivak.
Devised and performed by Lara Carling, Katelyn Douglass, David Gordetzky, Kay Kron, Sonja Mata, Scott Ray Merchant, Ray Rehberg and Michele Stine.
The Wonder Wagon is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of theChicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.”