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Chance the Snapper

Concept and Book by Rose Freeman
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Spicer W. Carr
Directed by Rose Freeman

"Urbs in Horto" meaning "City in a Garden" is the latin motto of the great city of Chicago, Illinois. But in the summer of 2019, that garden was invaded by a large reptile spotted lurking in one of the windy city's glorious public park features: The Humboldt Park Lagoon. Now the city with big shoulders, the second city, the whole smelly onion, is in crisis. Based on a true story about an alligator (dubbed Chance the Snapper) that brought a major metropolitan area to its knees, this fun and touching musical follows park officials, corrupt politicians, city flag obsessed Chicagoans, anxious herpetologists, and one plucky young alligator in peril as they work together to find the meaning of allyship, friendship, community, and home. This event has additional streaming through Temple Theaters from April 9-23, 2021

Thursday, April 22-Friday, April 23
Pre-Recorded Theatre Event
Comedy, Musical, Workshop - Access any time with registration

Registration: Tickets on sale April 5th. Click "Buy Tickets" to reserve your tickets. Temple Theaters will contact you directly to provide Philly Theatre Week streaming access information. For any questions, contact

Estimated Run Time

2 hours
Closing Soon
Apr 22 - Apr 23, 2021
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