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Chicago Children’s Theater gets permanent home

Updated: June 6, 2012 4:20PM

The long-itinerant but continually flourishing Chicago Children’s Theater will finally have a home to call its own. Beginning this fall, the company, under artistic director Jacqueline Russell, will become the “Artists-in-Residence” at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

The company’s three productions for the 2012-2013 season at its new home include:

— The Chicago premiere of a new musical, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” (Oct. 11-Nov. 4), based on the books by Crockett Johnson that deal with imagination and the power of drawing. Sean Graney will direct using live actors, animation, puppetry and music. And the show (which no doubt will be competing with Hubbard Street 2’s successful dance version of the same work) also will tour to the Beverly Arts Center (Nov. 7-11) and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (Nov. 14-18).

— “Bud, Not Buddy” (Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 2013), based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis (adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson), this show, to be directed by Derrick Sanders, will follow the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father in Depression-era Michigan, and finds a community of jazz musicians along the way. (For ages 8 and up.)

— The world premiere of “The Elephant & The Whale” (April 10-May 26, 2013), a work about two of the largest creatures on our planet, created by Redmoon’s Frank Maugeri, co-directed by Maugeri and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, and written by Seth Bockley (whose musical, ‘February House,” was just produced at New York’s Public Theater). Recent Jeff Award-winning composer Kevin O’Donnell (“Moby-Dick”) will create the music for this family fable filled with sea shanties, wild mechanical objects, theatrical clowning, painted imagery, shadow puppets and innovative sound design. (For all ages.)

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