Spring Classes 2018
February 5 – May 6, 2018
Class information for Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton for ages 7 – 13 can be found under the “Advanced” tab, along with the application for admission.
Register today for Emerald City Theatre’s Spring Classes 2018 for ages 3.5 – 13! Join our professional teaching artists for inclusive, ensemble-based instruction focused on self-confidence, collaboration, creative thinking, and having fun! No experience is necessary to enroll in any Spring Class except Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton.
Final Performances: April 30 – May 6
Emerald City’s Little Theatre
2933 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
2936 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
1535 N Dayton St
Chicago, IL 60642
Directions & location info
Ages 3.5 – 5
This class is an exploration of creative play for our youngest students! In every 45-minute session, teaching artists lead students in exercises and games that utilize and engage the actor’s tools: the body, the voice, and the mind. Imagination roams free as students listen to stories and participate in theatrical games related to the class theme. At the end of each session, the students and teaching artists will present all they have learned in a final showcase for an audience of family and friends.
Ages 5 – 8
If your child is a budding young actor, this offering is the perfect introduction to rehearsing and performing! Our teaching artists focus on actor tools and performance fundamentals while making time for imaginative theater games. Every student will be given a specific role in the class show and will be challenged with music, basic choreography, and line memorization to take their performance to the next level. At the end of each session, the students and their teaching artists will perform a final show for an audience of family and friends.
Ages 7 – 12
This class focuses on developing the acting skills of young performers. Our teaching artists foster ensemble building skills while developing individual acting technique and theatrical vocabulary. Each student will audition for roles in the final show and take time to develop a specific character. Students are given detailed scripts with music and choreography to learn during their rehearsal process. At the end of each session, students will perform their show on a professional stage for an audience of family and friends!
Ages 9 – 13
Students will strengthen performance skills while rehearsing more advanced scripts. Teaching artists reinforce acting fundamentals while strengthening the ensemble as they work toward their final performance! Students will audition for roles and work as an ensemble to tackle exciting music and choreography. At the end of each session, students will perform their show on a professional stage for an audience of family and friends.
Advanced Ensemble: Ages 7 – 13
This ensemble meets twice a week for an experience that truly resembles a professional rehearsal process. Students audition for roles in the show and teaching artists challenge students with personal goals to enhance their growth as performers. At the end of each session, advanced ensemble students will perform on a professional stage for an audience of their family and friends. This class is intended for students with past theatrical experience who want to take their rehearsal and performance skills to the next level. Admission into this class is by approval only.
For Ages 3.5-5
Dr. Seuss’ Stories
Students will jump head first into the magical land of Dr. Seuss and his powerful and silly stories! From a box with a fox to a cat in a hat to seeing it all on Mulberry Street, we will create our own Seuss-inspired world, incorporating real and fantastical creatures, and practice silly poems and rhymes together. On the final day, students will present their very own story and games based on the silly skills they’ve learned from Dr. Seuss’ Stories! Oh, the places we’ll go!
- Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM at Athenaeum Theatre
Join Trixie and her dad on the hunt for her dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, after the beloved toy rabbit is left at the laundromat! This story fosters communication even when words are hard to come by. Inspired by the bestselling Mo Willems book, Knuffle Bunny will lead students to explore sharing their feelings through games, songs, and stories. Students will share their own Knuffle Bunny-inspired story for family and friends on the last day of class.
- Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM at Athenaeum Theatre
Come join Pinkalicious and her brother Peter on their journey of turning totally pink! This creative drama class will explore responsibility, eating vegetables, sibling relationships and, of course, the color PINK while having fun along the way! Pinkalicious will inspire our games, songs, and stories in class. Students will perform their own original Pinkalicious tale on the last day of class for family and friends.
- Wednesdays, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM at Athenaeum Theatre
For Ages 5-8
If you could be a superhero, what special powers would you have? Who would be your arch-nemesis? Build your own superhero character and test their wits and skill while using your body, voice, and imagination. Students will work with their classmates and teachers to create a superhero team. What adventures will they have together? Students will share their characters and stories on the final day of class. Superheroes unite!
- Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 4:55 PM at Athenaeum Theatre
Motunui is in trouble and Moana holds the key to the island’s rescue. With the help of demigod Maui, how far will she go to save her people? With songs by Tony Award-winning writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, take to the ocean to tell this story of bravery and self-discovery. With memorable characters and catchy tunes, students are sure to sing the songs of Moana long after the final performance.
- Tuesdays, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM at Menomonee Club
- Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM at Menomonee Club
Magic Tree House Adventure
Dinosaurs! Knights! Mummies! Join the Magic Tree House team of Jack and Annie on their theatrical adventures around the world! We’ll have our own Magic Tree House adventure – who knows where it might take us? This exploratory acting class will have a special focus on research, riddles, codes, and courage. Students will create their very own original Magic Tree House adventure to be presented for family and friends on the last day of class.
- Thursdays, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM at Athenaeum Theatre
- Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at Athenaeum Theatre
For Ages 7-12
The Sound of Music
When you sing, you begin with do, re, mi. The new governess, Maria, teaches the Von Trapp children the magic of singing and harmony against the wishes of their father, Captain Von Trapp. Students will work on character development and belt out some of your favorite show tunes in this musical theatre classic. From “My Favorite Things” to “So Long, Farewell,” this beloved show tells the tale of family, loyalty, and discovering joy in unlikely places. Family and friends are invited to join students’ own Von Trapp family singers by watching the final show on the last day of class.
- Mondays, 4:15 PM - 6:05 PM at Little Theatre
- Fridays, 4:15 PM - 6:05 PM at Menomonee Club
Go on a magical journey led by Matilda, the smartest and most clever girl in school! Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, this is an extraordinary tale of underdogs who win big. Armed with sharp minds and vivid imaginations, students will work their magic to defeat the Trunchbull and learn songs from the Tony Award-winning musical. On the final day of class, students will perform in a plucky, heartwarming show for family and friends.
- Wednesdays, 4:15 PM - 6:05 PM at Little Theatre
- Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM at Menomonee Club
Extra, extra! Read all about it! It’s time to join Jack, David, and Crutchy as they fight for the rights of newsies everywhere in a musical adventure based on actual events. This class will focus on building a singing and dancing ensemble while exploring characters and comedic timing. Prepare to be blown away at a spirited final show on the last day of class.
- Sundays, 2:30 PM - 4:20 PM at Little Theatre
A Year at Hogwarts
Go on an enchanted journey to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Based on the beloved Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling, campers will study potions, care for fantastic creatures, and come together to create a story about young wizards experiencing their first year of school. This final show is sure to leave audiences spellbound.
- Fridays, 4:15 PM - 6:05 PM at Little Theatre
- Sundays, 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM at Menomonee Club
For Ages 7-13
Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton
Join Laurens, Lafayette, Mulligan, and Hamilton in the revolution that made America the country it is today. Our Hamilton-inspired production will challenge students’ rhythm and storytelling skills while teaching about the founding of the country through contemporary rap, hip-hop, r&b, and pop music. This final show for family and friends on the last day of class is not to be missed! Admission into this class is by approval only.
- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM at Little Theatre
For Ages 9-13
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Well-known and well-loved, the story of Joseph, his 11 siblings, and his dreamcoat teaches audiences and performers alike that “Any Dream Will Do.” Featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will challenge students with a variety of musical styles from calypso to country to rock and roll. Family and friends will be invited to watch this musical extravaganza in a technicolor performance on the last day of class.
- Sundays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Menomonee Club
Take a trip to the Emerald City with Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. A smash-hit musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked will take students to the next level in their performance skills with fantastic music, dance, and a story of being true to yourself. Learn what makes the Wicked Witch wicked, and the Good Witch good. Students will be sure to defy gravity during their final show.
- Sundays, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at Little Theatre
|MON||4:15 PM - 6:05 PM||The Sound of Music||7-12||Little Theatre|
|TUES||4:00 PM - 4:55 PM||Superhero Academy||5-8||Athenaeum Theatre|
|TUES||4:15 PM - 5:45 PM||Moana||5-8||Menomonee Club|
|TUES||10:00 AM - 10:45 AM||Knuffle Bunny||3.5-5||Athenaeum Theatre|
|WED||4:15 PM - 6:05 PM||Matilda||7-12||Little Theatre|
|WED||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Pinkalicious||3.5-5||Athenaeum Theatre|
|THURS||4:15 PM - 5:45 PM||Magic Tree House Adventure||5-8||Athenaeum Theatre|
|FRI||4:15 PM - 6:05 PM||The Sound of Music||7-12||Menomonee Club|
|FRI||4:15 PM - 6:05 PM||A Year at Hogwarts||7-12||Little Theatre|
|SAT||9:00 AM - 9:45 AM||Dr. Seuss’ Stories||3.5-5||Athenaeum Theatre|
|SAT||9:00 AM - 9:55 AM||Moana||5-8||Menomonee Club|
|SAT||10:00 AM - 11:50 AM||Matilda||7-12||Menomonee Club|
|SAT||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM||Magic Tree House Adventure||5-8||Athenaeum Theatre|
|SUN||2:30 PM - 4:20 PM||Newsies||7-12||Little Theatre|
|SUN||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||9-13||Menomonee Club|
|SUN||4:30 PM - 6:30 PM||Wicked||9-13||Little Theatre|
|SUN||3:00 PM - 4:50 PM||A Year at Hogwarts||7-12||Menomonee Club|
|TUES & THURS||4:15 PM - 6:15 PM||Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton||7-13||Little Theatre|
Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton is SOLD OUT. Please fill out a waitlist form to be notified if space becomes available.
Advanced Ensemble: Hamilton
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:15 – 6:15 PM at the Little Theatre
This ensemble meets twice a week for an experience that truly resembles a professional rehearsal process. Students audition for roles in the show and teaching artists challenge students with personal goals to enhance their growth as performers. At the end of each session, advanced ensemble students will perform on a professional stage for an audience of their family and friends. This class is intended for students with past theatrical experience who want to take their rehearsal and performance skills to the next level.
Join Laurens, Lafayette, Mulligan, and Hamilton in the revolution that made America the country it is today. Our Hamilton-inspired production will challenge students’ rhythm and storytelling skills while teaching about the founding of the country through contemporary rap, hip-hop, r&b, and pop music. The final show for family and friends on the last day of class is not to be missed! Admission into this class is by approval only.
Emerald City Theatre has the right to cancel a class or camp up to one week prior to the start date. Refunds will be processed if a class is cancelled.
No refunds available if purchaser drops a class unless the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If a spot can be filled, a refund will be given after the deduction of a $25 administrative fee.
Switching of days/titles of a class will also incur a $25 administrative fee.
Class enrollment is only valid toward the season enrolled and cannot be applied to a class or camp in a later season.
Final Show Policy
Ages 7-12, 9-13, and Advanced Ensemble with regular class locations at The Athenaeum Theatre or Emerald City’s Little Theatre will be performing their final shows in a professional theater location to be announced in the upcoming weeks! Classes in these age groups who meet at the Menomonee Club will also perform at the Menomonee Club. Final show tickets for classes ages 7 – 13 will be made available for purchase.
Emerald City Theatre’s classes and camps are NUT-FREE environments. There is a strict no-sharing policy at all of our campuses.
Drop-off begins 15 minutes prior to the start of camp of class. Children must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after camp or class ends. After the 15-minute pickup window closes, a late fee of $1/per minute per child will be charged and due upon arrival.