About Chicago Kids Company

Chicago Kids Company has been proudly introducing children to the magic of live theater for 25 years.

Founded in 1992 as a non-profit theater company, Chicago Kids Company has produced 53 original musicals based on fairy tales and children’s stories. CKC performs for over 50,000 people each year. Chicago Kids Company productions feature professional actors, sing-along songs, brightly colored costumes and sets, up-to-date references, and are geared for children ages 2 to 10 and their families.

The two co-founders of CKC (Paige Coffman and Jesus Perez) still run the show! Together they write, direct, compose, design, and create their signature colorful entertaining productions. This award-winning duo has written and produced every single CKC show for the past 25 years.

CKC’s productions are original musicals adapted from Classic Fairy Tales. They feature professional actors, up-to-date references, sing-along songs, brightly colored costumes and sets, and some of the goofiest characters you’ll ever see on stage!

All CKC productions are geared for children ages 2 to 10. CKC shows are perfect for Field Trips, Family Get-Togethers, Birthday Parties, … or just a family outing! Now in its 25th season, Chicago Kids Company is thrilled to continue to share the joy of theatre!

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Award of Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences

Illinois Theatre Association

2015

Meet the Chicago Kids Company Staff

Paige Coffman

Co-Founder, Executive Producer

Originally from New Jersey, Paige holds a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University….Go ‘Cats!  Paige co-founded Chicago Kids Company in 1992, and is still thrilled to go to work everyday to play with such talented people.  Paige has written every song you’ll hear in every CKC production (over 150 to date!), and choreographed every dance step.  Paige began her  career as a professional actress and joined the Actors Equity Association in 1998.   Back in the 80’s and 90’s you may have seen her perform in over 30 productions for children in several Chicago theatres, including Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, and the Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre.

Paige manages the business, marketing, advertising and design.  She also writes all the music for the shows, choreographs, and designs the lights and sound.  

Paige@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Jesus Perez

Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Jesus was raised both in Illinois and Puerto Rico, and studied Theatre at Joliet Junior College and Lewis University. He co-founded Chicago Kids Company way back in 1992, and has created the colorful design of every CKC production.  (It’s Jesus’ voice you hear right before every performance reciting the “rules”).  He has created every costume, every set piece, and every prop, in addition to writing the script for every show.  Jesus is a Jeff-Award winning Costume Designer and has designed costumes for Circle Theater in Forest Park, Village Players in Oak Park, and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Jesus writes the scripts, directs the shows, and builds the costumes, scenery, and props.

Jesus@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Kimi Garbe

Office Manager

Kimi grew up in Indiana and attended Columbia College Chicago. She is a former public school teacher and has introduced hundreds of students to drama in the classroom. Kimi has also performed with students on Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Courtyard Stage as an ensemble member in the CPS Shakespeare program.

Kimi manages the group and single ticket sales.  She also designs and emails, brochures, and postcards.  

Kimi@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Gary Carlson

Box Office

Gary has been an active member of the Chicago Theater for over 25 years and has performed in over 45 musicals. Gary traveled the world (literally) working for Holland America Cruise Line and performing with Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. He also toured with Hal Prince and Susan Stroman’s SHOW BOAT and the National Tour of Jolsen the Musical. One of Gary’s favorite tours was singing back-up for the Legendary Perry Como on his Holiday Tour. Gary has decided to “settle down” and he was lucky enough to have been brought into the Chicago Kids Company Family.

Gary manages the group and single ticket sales.  

Gary@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Meet the Cast of Chicago Kids Company

Every CKC show is performed by professional adult Actors! Every performance is followed by a meet and greet with the cast. Please stop by, say hello, and grab a selfie with your favorite critters, princesses, and other characters. They're always glad to meet you!

Jack and the Beanstalk

Playing at the Stahl Family Theater
Oct, & Nov. 2016, and Jan. & Feb. 2017

Playing at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
March 8-18, 2017

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Join Jack and his Spanish-speaking Cow Carmelita as they set out to save their village from a crazy Giant!  Along the way you’ll meet the singing Harp and a Goose that lays Golden Eggs!
Tim Stompanato

Tim Stompanato

Jack

Timothy Maples

Timothy Maples

The Giant

Anastasia Arnold

Anastasia Arnold

Carmelita the Cow

Cara Chumbley

Cara Chumbley

Jack's Mom, and the Harp


Little Red Riding Hood

Playing at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
Oct. 20 thru Nov. 5, 2016

Playing at the Beverly Arts Center
Nov. 2016, and Jan. & Feb. 2017


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Don’t Stray From the Path! That’s the advice given to Little Red by her Mother. Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? Will she listen to her Mom’s words of advice?
Kelly Lohrenz

Kelly Lohrenz

Little Red

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Mr. Green and Woody

Corey Mills

Corey Mills

Mr. Baker, Flash, and the Wolf

Sharon Carr

Sharon Carr

Ms. Shine, Mom & Grandma

Allyssa O'Donnell

Allyssa O'Donnell

Surprise Characters!


Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical!

Playing at the Beverly Arts Center
December 1 thru 23, 2016


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Chicago Kids Company’s Holiday Classic returns for the 18th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2016 as they try to find the missing “list” in time for Christmas
Sharon Carr

Sharon Carr

Mrs. Claus (18th year!!!!)

Stephanie Wohar

Stephanie Wohar

Mrs. Fusspot

Anastasia Arnold

Anastasia Arnold

Dolly

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Sid

Tim Stompanato

Tim Stompanato

Lucky

Corey Mills

Corey Mills

Chester

Reid O'Connell

Reid O'Connell

Mr. Fusspot

Cara Chumbley

Cara Chumbley

Molly

Jeny Wasilewski

Jeny Wasilewski

Holly

Timothy Maples

Timothy Maples

Mayor Giddy & Santa