Songs of the summer: Children's Theatre of Elgin to present coming-of-age revue 'Driver's License'

  • Larissa Catalano directs a rehearsal for "Driver's License" at Elgin Community College.

    Larissa Catalano directs a rehearsal for "Driver's License" at Elgin Community College. Courtesy of Doug Dienelt Photography

  • Cast members rehearse for "Driver's License," a song-and-dance revue to be presented by Children's Theatre of Elgin at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

    Cast members rehearse for "Driver's License," a song-and-dance revue to be presented by Children's Theatre of Elgin at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre. Courtesy of Children's Theatre of Elgin

 
 
Posted6/14/2022 2:04 PM

Children's Theatre of Elgin, along with Fox Valley Theatre Company, is bringing back a beloved tradition in the Elgin theater community. "Driver's License" is the latest installment in Showstoppers, a series of musical song-and-dance revues held each summer.

Eight performances will be held over two weekends June 17-26. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

 

Tickets are $12-14 and are available by calling (847) 622-0300 or at tickets.elgin.edu.

The last time CTE/FVTC presented a Showstoppers revue was in 2018, and the company is excited to bring back this beloved tradition.

"The format of the show is really unique," says show producer Larissa Catalano. "This is a series that holds a special place in my heart. I remember learning the dances, singing my heart out, and making truly special friendships during my time as a Showstoppers cast member, and it's my privilege to come back as an adult to write and produce the next one."

"Driver's License" centers on coming-of-age themes that will connect with audiences of every generation.

The production will feature multiple songs from across the decades, unite audiences and cast members alike in celebrating the integral role music has in our memories of growing up.

Featuring memories of belting the song of the summer with friends, reminiscing on first loves, and discovering one's place in the world, this is a show to kick off the summer theater season.

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The opening night performance on Friday, June 17, will feature a red carpet event, where cast members will walk the carpet and answer questions about their role in the production.

"This is just such a great format for a summer show," says director Matthew Bishop. "It's just so cool to see each of these kids, from second graders all the way through college age, really delve into each number and bring their own unique perspective to it. Plus, it's just an awesome set list!"

Sensory-friendly performances will be held at the Saturday 2 p.m. shows, and ASL interpretation will be provided at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. More information about sensory-friendly and ASL options is available by calling CTE/FVTC at (847) 214-7152.

Performances will be held indoors. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Children's Theatre of Elgin/Fox Valley Theatre Company is an Illinois 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation in-residence at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. Visit cteelgin.com.

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