The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a delightful, mesmerizing production created by Jonathan Rockefeller that’s been traveling the globe for the last five years. Chicago Children’s Theatre first brought this charming show, based on four classic children’s books by Eric Carle, to local audiences in 2019. (In addition to the title story, the show also brings to life Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; and The Very Busy Spider.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Through 6/4: Sat-Sun 9:30 and 11:30 AM; ASL interpretation and open captions Sat 5/6 9:30 AM; sensory-friendly performance Sat-Sun 5/6-5/7 11:30 AM; audio description and touch tour (on request) Sun 5/7 9:30 AM; Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine, chicagochildrenstheatre.org, $35.25, all ages
Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson, the stories take vivid shape through the ensemble members/puppeteers Micah Figueroa, Leslie Ann Sheppard, and Shay Turnage, all of whom do a magnificent job. (The audience was especially excited about the appearance of the caterpillar, portrayed with charm and humor—and so cute!) Whether you’re familiar with Carle’s stories or not, the company makes the characters immediately accessible for all ages.
The lighting (Jason Lynch), costumes (Caitlin McLeod), sound (Matt Reich), and scenery (Will Bishop) work together beautifully, creating a simple yet whimsical atmosphere perfect for spring. The show is very interactive and physical, helping create a sense of wonder and joy for children and adults alike. And there’s more than just the stories onstage to enjoy. Before the show, there are activities for kids and butterfly and insect displays from The Butterfly Co. in the lobby.