When you work in the arts, often times people equate you with being a dreamer. Luckily, I found fellow dreamers here.

Tim Rater, President & CEO 

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We dream of producing award-winning Broadway musicals with our own unique approach. We dream of making theater accessible to everyone – no matter their background, ethnicity or economic level. Live theater can be impactful in endless ways, whether it be a message of love and hope, family and dedication, or simply following one’s dreams. Thanks to many generous donors who have donated to the Paramount Theatre or bid on meet-n-greets and auction items, the Dreams Do Come True program is able to allow children and families from economically challenged situations see a Broadway show for free.


Because of your generosity, our Dreams Do Come True program was able to make the holidays extra special for over 1,500 children and families by treating them to A Christmas Story for free.

“We at Big Brothers Big Sisters appreciate all the staff at the Paramount Theatre did to make it a special night for the children and families in our program. Everyone was excited to meet some of the cast members and be able to ask them questions. Overall it was a great night, and we at BBBS appreciate all that was done to make this night special for the kids in our program.”

Thank you to the following organizations that participated in the Dreams Do Come True program for A Christmas Story:

  • 21st Century of West Aurora
  • Assisi Homes of Batavia, Inc.- Franciscan Ministries
  • Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Batavia United Way
  • Best Buddies Club
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties
  • Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
  • Breaking Free
  • Bridges Community
  • Children’s Oncology Services Incorporated
  • DuPage Pads
  • Families Empowered to Change
  • Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area
  • Fox Valley Orchestra
  • Glenwood Academy
  • Hephzibah Children’s Association
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • Journeycare Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Lifespring Center of Wayside Cross
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Make A Wish of IL
  • Mutual Ground, Inc
  • Old Post Elementary School PTA’s HOPE Program
  • Ottawa YMCA
  • People’s Resource Center
  • Ray Graham Association
  • Rebuilding Together Aurora
  • Special Education Services
  • Summit Youth Commission
  • Teen Nite
  • The Association for Individual Development
  • The Edge Church
  • TriCity Family Services
  • Urban Youth Ministry
  • Wayside Cross
  • Yorkville Lions


A donation of $8 sends one underprivileged child to see a live performance at the theatre. Last year, thanks to donors, the Paramount was able to invite more than 3,000 children to come see our Broadway-caliber performances free of charge.

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