You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?

Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
(No performances Easter Sunday, April 1)

“Lifeline’s delectable and enchanting new confection, a world premiere for young audiences, has been adapted with originality, spirit and style… Imagine the jubilant bounce and bliss of a ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ ditty, and you have an idea of how pleasurable this little 60-minute musical can be.”  –Chicago Theatre Review

“A delightful family musical packed with fun for all ages. If there’s a little person in your life, definitely take them to see this exciting show.”  –Splash Magazines

Dew Drop just landed her dream assignment: training to become the next Tooth Fairy! But after coming on board, she learns that there’s more to the job than simply being sparkly: it’s going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed. Working closely with her mentor – and a flashy flock of firefly assistants – Dew Drop must learn the rules of Command Central, master “Tooth-o-Finder” technology, and bench press mountains of quarters before she can fly on her own. Tackle a new challenge and learn what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced tooth collection industry with this world premiere musical based on the 2007 book by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt and David Slonim.

Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.

A world premiere musical based on the book by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt; illustrated by David Slonim 
Adapted by Heather Currie and Derek Czaplewski 
Music & Lyrics by Laura McKenzie 
Directed by Heather Currie

We are thrilled to welcome author Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt to Lifeline on Saturday, April 21 for a book signing event in our lobby at noon, between the 11am and 1pm performances of You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The signing is a FREE event.

Special Performances
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, March 25
   Touch tour: 10am
   Performance: 11am

Open Captioning
Saturday, March 24 at 11am and 1pm

Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance
Sunday, April 15 at 3pm
Social Narrative | Parent Guide

Visit our Accessibility page for more information.

“Lookin’ Good” from You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? — Music & lyrics by Laura McKenzie

Join us any Saturday or Sunday at noon during the run of You Think It’s Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? (following the 11am show, or before the 1pm show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. (No session Easter Sunday, April 1.)An interactive storytelling session with on-your-feet theatre games exploring the book behind the play — all designed to make positive connections between your children and literature that will last a lifetime.Only $5 per child for the workshop! Reservations are recommended (though not required).
Contact the box office at 773-761-4477 for more information.
  • Chris Causer (Flash)

    Chris returns to Lifeline after appearing in Fable-ous! last season. Other Chicago credits include Frank O’Connor in Ayn Rand in Love and Ben in Curse of the Goat (MCL Chicago), Roger in RENT (AGB), Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness (Cult Camp Productions). Other credits include Weaker People (Stephen Sondheim Broadway Theatre – One Night Engagement), Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (Merry Go Round Playhouse), Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, and George Gibbs in Our Town (District Theatre – IL). Chris is an alumnus of Circle in the Square Theatre School (NYC).

  • Diana Coates (The Tooth Fairy)

    Diana last worked with Lifeline on The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and was most recently seen in Griffin Theatre’s touring production of Letters Home. Other Chicago credits: The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens); Winter’s Tale (First Folio); Henry VTitus Andronicus, and Julius Caesar (BWBTC); Commons of Pensacola (Northlight); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Piccolo); Much Ado About Nothing (Rasaka). Regional credits: Blues for An Alabama Sky (African Continuum, DC); Harlem 9/11(Arc Theatre, DC). Film/TV: Game DayChicago Fire. She is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.

  • Benjamin Ponce (Twinkle)

    Benjamin is thrilled to join this cast and crew. Chicago acting credits include Strawdog, Trap Door, Muse of Fire, Cock and Bull, Red Theater, and Stone Soup Shakespeare. He is a teaching artist/adapter/performer with Barrel of Monkeys and will make his directing debut with Bluebird Arts next spring.

  • Darian Tene (Dew Drop)

    Darian is so excited to join the Lifeline Theatre family, especially as Dew Drop. Darian wants to thank her family for letting her prepare for this role her entire life and supporting her fairy dreams. Other recent credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre); The Wiz(Kokandy Productions); Give It All Back (Sideshow Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater); and A Charlie Brown Christmas(Emerald City Theater). Darian is from Chicago, Illinois and a University of Alabama graduate.

  • Brian Tochterman Jr. (Fresnel)

    Brian is very happy to return to the Lifeline stage, where he’s been seen in Fable-ous!Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Lyle Finds His Mother. Brian also performs improv comedy all around Chicago with his indie team LL Cool Beans. Offstage, Brian works as a director and recently assistant directed a production of Don Quixote at Mudlark Theater. Brian is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent and is a proud Loyola Chicago alum.

  • Trevor Bates (Understudy)

    Tooth Fairy marks Trevor’s first appearance with Lifeline Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Speech and Debate (Brown Paper Box Co.), Jerker(Pride Films and Plays), and The Temperamentals (About Face Theatre u/s). He also goofs around with the LGBT sketch comedy troupe, The Wig Bullies. TV: Play By Play. Trevor is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul and is proudly represented by Actors Talent Group.

  • Gabriel Fries (Understudy)

    Gabriel is excited to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut! Chicago credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray (City Lit), The Civility of Albert Cashier (Permoveo Productions), The Kid Thing (Nothing Without a Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (E.D.G.E. Theatre), Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), and King Lear (Eleusis Productions). Gabriel has also taught theatre workshops in Italy, France, and China. You can catch him next in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Do Re Mi. Gabriel holds a BA from Wesleyan University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for always supporting my dreams!

  • Shea Lee (Understudy)

    Shea is thrilled to make her Lifeline Theatre debut! She will graduate from Northwestern University in June with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. Northwestern credits include Anon(ymous)A Year With Frog And ToadHair, and her independent performance The Shape Of A Girl. Chicago credits include Charred (Muse10 Theatre Ensemble) and Pride Ever After(Pride Arts Center). Shea is also a member of The Panini Players, Northwestern’s Commedia dell’Arte troupe, and has been producer of the troupe for the last two years.

  • Stephanie Stockstill (Understudy)

    Stephanie happily returns to Lifeline, where she has been seen as Catherine in Northanger Abbey. Other credits include Sweeney Todd(Porchlight), Melancholy Play a Chamber Musical (Piven), Loving Repeating (Kokandy), A Little Night Music (Circle), and The Student Prince (Light Opera Works).

  • Heather Currie (Director/Co-Adaptor)

    Heather has been a proud Lifeline ensemble member since 2013, where she most recently directed Fableous! and Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. Lifeline Theatre acting credits include: Jane Eyre (2014), One Came HomeDuck for President (2008 & 2012), How to Survive a Fairy TaleClick Clack BOO! A Tricky Treat, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Recent Chicago acting credits include: The Wicked Witch, WOZ: A Rock Cabaret(Victory Gardens); and Lady Montague, BCC: Romeo&Juliet (Along The Way Productions). Recent directing credits: Don Quixote (Mudlark Theater) and Junie B. Jones The Musical (Magik Theatre, San Antonio). Heather has been teaching screenwriting in the department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago since 2004.

  • Derek Czaplewski (Co-Adaptor)

    Derek is pleased to once again be working with the fine folks at Lifeline Theatre. He portrayed “Farmer Brown” in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeDuck For President; and Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat. He also appeared in How To Survive a Fairy Tale. Derek has also worked with About Face Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Stage Left Theatre, Piven Workshop, Circle Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Pegasus Players, Emerald City, and Handbag Productions, among others. Derek is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and The School at Steppenwolf.

  • Laura McKenzie (Composer/Lyricist/Music Director)

    Laura returns to Lifeline where she previously wrote music and lyrics for Sparky!, worked as music director for a handful of shows, and appeared as Meg Murray in A Wrinkle in Time (many wrinkles in time ago!). Other credits include Picnic (ATC); Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); Alice Beer, and Picked Up (Neo-Futurists); and a ton of shows with the Factory Theater. Laura was half of the comedy facemelt duo The Laura on Laura Comeback Tour and is currently an ensemble member with Barrel of Monkeys.

  • Kate Reed (Stage Manager)

    Kate is excited to be working with Lifeline again after most recently stage managing Her Majesty’s Will for the MainStage and Arnie The Doughnut for the KidSeries. Previously at Lifeline, she has worked on Fillet of Solo 2015 and 2016, Northanger AbbeyFable-ous!Lester’s Dreadful SweatersMr. Popper’s PenguinsSoon I Will Be InvincibleOne Came HomeJane Eyre, and Monstrous Regiment. Her other Chicago area credits include work with The Side Project, the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center, and The Fine Print Theatre Company. She has a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.

  • Lizzie Bracken (Scenic Designer)

    Lizzie is delighted to be working at Lifeline for the first time. Other design credits include The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville); Lord of the FliesThe Book ThiefBlacktop Sky, and See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians); EndgameIvywild, and Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); PopWaits and 44 plays for 44 Presidents (The Neo-Futurists). Prior to receiving her M.F.A. in Scenic Design from The University of Texas at Austin, Lizzie was an architect in New York and England. Lizzie is a company member with The Ruffians and Barrel of Monkeys.

  • Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)

    Diane is a Chicago-based freelance lighting designer. Diane recently became a proud ensemble member of Lifeline, and she is happy to now call this company her artistic home. Prior Lifeline credits include Anna KareninaHer Majesty’s WillFable-ous!Northanger AbbeyLester’s Dreadful SweatersOne Came HomeThe Velveteen Rabbit (2014), and A Tale of Two Cities. Other recent area credits include work with Theatre Wit, Mudlark Theatre, Raven Theater, and Wilmette Parks District.

  • Joe Griffin (Sound Designer)

    Joe has been a recording engineer/sound designer for 25 years, give or take. His sound design has been heard in the Hypocrites’ Dracula; Festival 56’s War of The Worlds; Commedia Beauregard’s A Klingon Christmas Carol and Bard Fiction; Steep Theatre’s CoronadoThe (edward) Hopper Project with WNEP Theatre (in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs); and the last ten years of summer Shakespeare at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, including HamletMacbethThe Tempest, and King Lear. Joe is currently working on Mother Courage at Oakton Community College.

  • Jenny Pinson (Properties Designer)

    This is Jenny’s third show with Lifeline, having previously served as props designer on Fable-ous! and Arnie the Doughnut (2017). She has also designed props at Emerald City (Hansel and GretelDr. DoolittleCinderellaPeter Pan); Route 66 (High Fidelity: The Musical); Oakton Community College (A Flea in Her EarM. ButterflyHarvest); Drury Lane Oakbrook (Thoroughly Modern MillieHigh School Musical); American Theater Company (Disgraced); Theater Wit (The North Plan); A New Colony (Rewilding Genius); A Red Orchid Theatre (Pilgrim’s Progress); Steep Theatre (Posh); About Face Theatre (After All the Terrible Things I DoThe Secretaries); Light Opera Works (Guys and DollsMy Fair Lady); Remy Bumppo (SeascapePygmalion); as well as many productions at The University of Chicago where she is the Props Manager for the Theater and Performance Studies department.

  • Brenda Winstead (Costume Designer)

    Brenda is excited to be working at Lifeline for the first time! Her Chicago-area design credits include a Jeff Nominated design for Nice Work if You Can Get It at Theatre at the Center, where she has designed over 50 shows. She has also designed at Light Opera Works, Stage Left, Shattered Globe, Chicago Folks Operetta, Theatre Seven, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Regional design credits include Peninsula Players, Forestburgh Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse and Sierra Repertory Theatre. Brenda is an ensemble member with Stage Left Theatre and has an M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.

From Chicago Theatre Review

A Tuneful Tale About Teeth 
March 19, 2018 
By Colin Douglas


In Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt’s charming 2007 picture book, lavishly illustrated by David Slonim, the Tooth Fairy is the main character. She’s saucy, filled with attitude and as lovable as fried chicken and waffles. But Lifeline’s delectable and enchanting new confection, a world premiere for young audiences, has been adapted with originality, spirit and style by Lifeline company members, Heather Currie and Derek Czaplewski, and features an infectious score and lyrics by Laura McKenzie. Imagine the jubilant bounce and bliss of a “Schoolhouse Rock” ditty, and you have an idea of how pleasurable this little 60-minute musical can be.

This adaptation changes the point of view of the book. It imagines that the Tooth Fairy has finally realized that, with the world’s population exploding, she simply unable to collect so many children’s teeth all by herself. So, when “a Mysterious Voice” announces to the fairy world that the Tooth Fairy will be looking for some additional help, sweet little Dew Drop, or Didi, as she likes to be called, thinks this is the perfect position for her. She’s always worshipped the Tooth Fairy, imagining the beautiful gowns that she most likely wears on her rounds. So Didi takes her application, her infectious giggle and her sense of style to apply in person at Command Central.

There she meets the Tooth Fairy’s lightning bug helpers: Flash, Twinkle and Fresnel. Each is a unique individual with special talents and skills. They immediately take to Didi and endeavor to help her complete her strict training. The three convince the Tooth Fairy that this young fairy is not only a great apprentice, with a knack for quick learning, but will be the perfect new Assistant Tooth Fairy. By the end of play, children will understand that it’s really not easy being the Tooth Fairy.

Beautifully directed by adaptor Heather Currie, this wonderful little musical is perfect for children ages five and up, but adults will easily fall under its spell, as well. She’s incorporated the aisles and brought the show right into the laps of her audience. With a creative scenic design by Lizzie Bracken, extraordinarily colorful and sparkly costumes by Brenda Winstead, flashy lighting by Diane D. Fairchild, magical sound by Joe Griffin and some very funny, gigantic props by Jenny Pinson, this is one show bound to become a new favorite. It will no doubt prompt children to want to buy their own copy of the picture book (available for sale in the lobby) or, at the very least, check it out of their local library.

The Tooth Fairy is played by the talented Diana Coates, whose strong vocals, stylistic dance moves and finger-snapping attitude provokes smiles and laughter from start to finish. She’s the queen of this production and Ms. Coates certainly wears her crown with finesse and savoir-faire. She’s matched tooth-for-tooth by young Darian Tene as Dew Drop. This petite bundle of dynamite has the biggest, most beautiful smile imaginable and she knows how to use it. She grabs her young audience’s attention from the very first moments and holds them in the palm of her little hand until the final bows. Darian sings, dances and charms the enamel off every incisor. Together these two actors are terrific.

But not to be outdone, Chris Causer is simply stellar as the leader of the bugs, Flash. And flash he does. A skilled singer/dancer, Mr. Causer is a pacesetting pilot who guides the entire cast. As Twinkle, Benjamin Ponce is pure joy as the bug who most closely identifies with Dew Drop’s penchant for style and flair. As funny as he is tall, this terrific actor is a gentle giant in this role. And Brian Tochterman Jr. is unexpectedly hilarious as the cerebral chief of Command Central. With his superior intellect and love of big words, Fresnel is literally the green lantern, the emerald-colored bug who has his finger on the pulse of the whole operation. Without these three bug boys, we see that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t be nearly as successful at what she does.

All over the world kids are continually losing their teeth as they grow toward adulthood. A self described, “action kind of gal,” the Tooth Fairy begins to understand that the job has become more than one fairy can handle. Flashing with energy and attitude, the Tooth Fairy teaches Didi, her new helper, how to balance on a fast-flying hover board, to locate children’s lost molars with her Tooth-o-Finder, to skillfully dodge the curious paws of hiding cats, dogs and gerbils and to deposit a shiny quarter where each child can find it. This charming, tuneful tale about teeth, and the fairies who love them, will bring a polished grin to every audience member.

From Splash Magazines

Magical Fairy Fun 
March 19, 2018 
By Jessie Bond

Even mythical figures get overwhelmed by their workload sometimes; such is the premise of You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, a musical adaptation of a picture book by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt now playing as part of Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries. In it, the Tooth Fairy (Diana Coates) is seeking a second fairy to help manage her ever-increasing workload of tooth collection, and Dew Drop (Darian Tene), an enthusiastic, Tooth-Fairy obsessed young woman, thinks she’s just the fairy for the job.

Dew Drop finds herself at Command Central, where a team of lightning bugs (complete with light-up butts, much to the delight of the children in the audience) named Flash (Christopher Causer), Twinkle (Benjamin Ponce), and Fresnel (Brian Tochterman Jr.) introduce Dew Drop to the behind-the-scenes operations that keep the Tooth Fairy in business. Eventually, Dew Drop meets the Tooth Fairy herself, and while the Tooth Fairy is skeptical of Dew Drop’s inexperience, she nevertheless agrees to train her in such skills as tooth detection, pet avoidance, and riding a tooth-shaped hoverboard.

The show is filled with fun, upbeat music with the slightest bit of hip-hop influence. Delightful little surprises in the design work, like the aforementioned lightning bug butts or the sparkly, oversized muffins Twinkle semi-compulsively bakes, add a magical touch to the show. And the acting work of the entire ensemble, charged with the task of portraying fantastical, cartoonish characters without losing the touch of humanity that makes them believable, is well-crafted and engaging as well.

The play seems to indicate with a song about how “the sparkle doesn’t make the fairy” that the show’s primary lesson is that appearances aren’t what’s most important. While that’s certainly a valuable message, what struck me as the most meaningful insight the show offers is the idea that hard work is what leads to success. Oftentimes in children’s movies, the protagonist is wildly underqualified for whatever task they’re undertaking, but simply by believing in themselves or wanting it enough, they’re able to succeed.

Dew Drop certainly has the passion to be the Tooth Fairy, but it’s made clear from the beginning that this alone will not be enough to earn her the job. She has to practice her skills, including things she isn’t naturally good at—like lifting quarters, which are comically heavy for the presumably pint-sized fairies. And she has to adjust her expectations; the storyline about Dew Drop longing for (and not getting, for practical reasons) a fabulous Tooth Fairy dress struck me as less about not caring about appearances and more about realizing that sometimes the idea we’ve built up about something in our heads does not match the reality, and that’s okay. That’s a mature idea, but it’s an important one for young people to learn.

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? is a delightful family musical packed with fun for all ages. If there’s a little person in your life, definitely take them to see this exciting show.

From the Chicago Reader

March 20, 2018 
By Marissa Oberlander


Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries adaptation of Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt’s 2007 book, penned by ensemble members Heather Currie and Derek Czaplewski, is an uplifting, one-hour musical. Dew Drop, a happy-go-lucky fairy played by Darian Tene, gets the opportunity to apply for the job of a lifetime: the next Tooth Fairy. It turns out to be a much harder gig than Dew Drop thought, though, and she undergoes specialized training under the supervision of a trio of vivacious firefly assistants and TTF (the Tooth Fairy) herself, played by a charismatic Diana Coates. In addition to Laura McKenzie’s catchy songs, accompanied by a host of dance numbers, the Tooth Fairy’s high-tech Command Central and Dew Drop’s difficulties bench-pressing quarters were a hit with young audience members on the afternoon I attended. This show is recommended for ages five and up.