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Children’s Theatre COVID-19 Latest Updates

3-15-20 Hi friends, Thank you again for everyone being gracious and patient. The kindness and respect is nothing less than I'd expect from our incredible CTWS community. We're starting to get a lot of detail questions as to "what does this mean?" , "What about this process?" and also questions about refunds/credits etc. We are…
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CTWS COVID-19 Update March 13th

Dear Parents & CTWS/ HSR students, First, we want to thank you for your flexibility and patience during this unprecedented time as we navigate uncharted waters. We want to communicate how much we appreciate each and every student and family. However, following other similar organizations and out of concern for the safety of our students,…
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With Governor Pritzker’s announcement of Illinois’ five-phased plan to reopen business, education and recreation activities, there is now better defined criteria for TWS to consider in moving toward its own reopening.
According to the State’s plan, entertainment venues like TWS will be permitted to open with capacity limits in phase four. We are currently in phase two. Progression to stage four will depend on reaching established health benchmarks in our region of the State. Predicting the time that those benchmarks will be met is difficult but we are preparing for phase four with a revised Subscription Package for the 2020-2021 Season that will hopefully accommodate everyone and be flexible enough to address pandemic related issues as they arise.
Our top priority is everyone’s health and safety. The number of productions and the availability of seating will be limited in order to comply with the State’s guidelines and the recommendations of the CDC and other authorities. For this upcoming Season, the Subscription Package will consist of four plays which will be presented on TWS’ Main Stage before a limited and physically distanced audience. We are working to obtain video streaming rights and hope to provide streaming performances as an alternative to attending the theater in person.
Our goal is to present each of these plays, recognizing that circumstances may not permit us to do so. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenges.
Further details about the Subscription Package will be provided shortly. We look forward to the start of this new and different TWS Season and hope that you join us on this journey.
Board of Directors, The Theatre of Western Springs



We hope everyone is staying safe.  TWS is very busy making plans for now and for the future!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email Executive Artistic Director Eddie Sugarman at  Watch here, on email, and on Facebook for announcements coming soon.

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[3/17 4:52pm]


The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the known incidences of transmission in the US is low, there is uncertainty. We want to maintain a healthy and safe environment and have encouraged and adopted practices protecting the health of actives, students, patrons, employees and visitors. We also want to ensure the continuity of TWS’ mission in the event of a severe pandemic and have continued to conduct business operations as we have had to cancel some theater programming and productions. As always, our efforts will be guided by federal, state and local directives. We will continue to monitor information on this important issue, modify or supplement our actions as necessary and share updates. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Let’s stay safe and work through this together.
- Board of Governors, Theatre of Western Springs


[3/13 6:35pm]

We will be rescheduling the Pat Tomasulo shows originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at The Theatre of Western Springs due to the developing COVID-19 situation. We are talking with Pat to find another date and will be in touch soon with information including information regarding credits or refunds if you are unable to attend the new date. Any questions, please email The Theatre of Western Springs at

[3/13 4:00pm]

The Theatre of Western Springs has cancelled the Directors’ Workshop production tonight and for the weekend due to the developing COVID-19 situation.
We know this will be tremendously disappointing to many, many people. However, after consulting with colleagues, the board and staff, we decided that this was the safest and most responsible thing for us to do.
Take care and watch our Facebook, on the website, and on email for updates.

CTWS Staff – Andrew Pond

Andrew J. Pond moved to Chicago in 2002 from South Florida, where he had studied with the likes of Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, José Quintero, and Charles Nelson Reilly. While there, he taught and directed at both InterAct Summer camp and the Miami Shores Theatre's summer camp. Since moving to Chicago from the tropics (for…
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