Artists have transformed Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. in the West Loop, into a bright new beacon of hope.
Stroll by the former Chicago police station at Monroe and Racine any evening and you’ll see a gorgeous new window installation that changes the colors of the rainbow around the life-affirming message “Everything will be okay.”
If you can’t walk by Chicago’s largest professional theater devoted to families, tune to CCTv, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new YouTube channel, where a new music video is sharing with the world the visual symphony of rainbow colors rotating across the building’s windows with the comforting message “Everything will be okay.”
The message is an homage to and translation of the Italian phrase “Andrà tutto bene,” which children in Italy have been hanging in their windows with hand-drawn pictures of rainbows to inspire the world.
The window installation was set up by Chicago Children’s Theatre production staff using paper, stencils and LED lights pulled from the theater. The music for the video, “Rainbow of Colors,” is performed by Mr. Nick Davio featuring Lindsay Weinberg.
In honor of National Teaching Artists Month, Chicago Children’s Theatre also announced 18 unique new Play@Home class offerings for children 2 to 13.
“We are grateful for the work our teaching artists do every day. Our teachers develop confident voices and build community,” said Jacqueline Russell, Co-Founder and artistic director, Chicago Children’s Theatre. “We’re pleased to announce that all Play at Home Classes in May are pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds go directly to the teacher.”
A new class list comprising content from superheroes to film noir to monologues to beatbox can be found at chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
In addition, through its popular Red Kite Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre continues offering two virtual classes each week for children on the autism spectrum, grades 5 -12, Shakespeare & Autism (Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m.) and Drama Time (Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.)
Call dates, times descriptions and registration can also be found on the website.