You are cordially invited to meet our friends Mrs. Tittlemouse, Jeremy Fischer, Simpkin the Cat and Peter Rabbit. Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music on mandolin, violin, toy piano, and banjo. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to reveal images that surprise and delight. Our charming storytellers interweave the classic narration and guide gentle interactive moments, recruiting young watchers to join the adventure from the comfort of home.

This handmade, lovingly crafted piece is a popular annual favorite at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Over the past 5 years, Beatrix Potter & Friends has toured to schools, libraries, cultural institutions, and even to China. Over the summer of 2020, the show was re-imagined as a high-quality, made-for-film experience as part of a larger effort to continue serving our audiences despite the challenges of Covid-19. In October and November of 2020, the production was projected on a giant screen in CCT’s parking lot as a drive-in theatre experience with extensive safety protocols and social distancing. Following a successful run and two extensions, we are pleased to share the video with schools and families.

Streaming available November 6th - December 21, 2021 

To request viewing please click here 

Study Guides and More!

To assist educators who wish to best prepare their students to attend Van Wezel Schooltime Virtual Performances and bring arts-based learning to their classrooms, learning materials are provided for each performance.

Program Information

  • Running Time: 60 minutes
  • Audience: Grades PreK - 3
  • Producer(s): Beatrix Potter
  • Curricula tie-ins:
    Art, Character Development, Dance, Literature, Music

Tickets and Contact

Requests will be honored on a first come first served basis and some shows have maximum audience sizes. For more information, contact (941) 263-6750 or