After-School Program for Schools

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Emerald City Theatre brings world-class teaching professionals to your school for exercises in acting, singing, and dancing after the bell rings. We offer a wide array of after-school drama classes for all age levels with exciting new themes each session. Our weekly programs focus on team-building, listening skills, storytelling techniques, and confidence strengthening. Your students will show off all they’ve learned in a presentation during the final class! Prices vary; please inquire for pricing details. Download more information>




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Adventures in Wonderland

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and discover a new world full of imaginative characters. Tell a joke with the Cheshire Cat and have tea with the Mad Hatter. Students will journey to the magical land created by Lewis Carroll and create adventures of their own! Students will present all that Wonderland has to offer in small performance on the last day of class.


Adventures in Space

Blast off! Students are in for an intergalactic adventure that is out of this world. Our stellar Emerald City teaching artists will activate the imaginations of these young space cadets and lead them on a journey to neighboring planets and beyond. Through games and stories, students will explore galaxies near and far, even encounter alien lifeforms. Using theatre techniques, these campers will recount their travels in a final showcase on the last day of class.

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At Emerald City, we encourage all our students’ super powers to come to life in this exciting class. This class is perfect for small people with heroic minds! Show off your newly discovered expertise in a mini-performance full of creative drama, storytelling escapades, and mighty movement that will help save the world! Superheroes unite!


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Beauty and the Beast

Join us for a spellbinding adventure in France where candelabras speak, clocks sing, and a spell must be broken! Our teaching artists will guide students as they develop their own magical characters based on this classic fairy tale and learn songs from the hit Broadway musical. At the end of the session, all students will present a final show that is sure to be delightfully enchanting.

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Nemo and Dory

Deep below the surface of the ocean lives a clown fish named Nemo, and his under the sea pals! In this wet and wild creative drama class, students will explore the briny deep and discover turtles, seagulls, and even Dory and Nemo themselves! Expect lots of songs, games, and active fun in this underwater inspired excursion! On the final day of class, students will show off their discoveries in a performance that would even tickle a great white shark.

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Willy Wonka

This “sweet” class is based on the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! In this sugar coated adventure, students will embark on an extraordinary candy-filled journey where they will learn acting, dancing, and singing from our world class teaching artists. All students will present a final show full of pure imagination on the last day of class.


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Charlie Brown & the Peanuts

Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang for a pint-sized musical exploration. Students will portray their favorite characters such as: Lucy, Linus, Sally, and the lovable Snoopy and Woodstock as they navigate the trials of friendship and growing up. Our teaching artists will guide students as they create a story based on your favorite comics by Charles M. Schulz that will be performed on the final day of class.

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Magic Tree House

Dinosaurs, knights, and mummies, oh my! You never know where the Magic Tree House will take Jack and Annie next. Students will delve into the stories of everyone’s favorite time-traveling elementary students. In addition to theatrical exercises and ensemble acting, our teaching artists will help students create their own original Magic Tree House adventure that they will present on the last day of class.

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Schoolhouse Rock!

It’s great to learn – cause knowledge is power! Everyone’s favorite cartoon hits the stage when a brand new teacher prepares for his first day of class with a little help from his favorite School House Rock songs. Take a zany, musical journey while learning about history, outer space, grammar, and more!  Students will explore singing, dancing, and acting in class and present a rockin’ final show on the last day.


“We’re thrilled that Emerald City Theatre provides high-quality drama programming for our students. ECT has consistently designed fun, engaging activities and productions that expose our students to important skills and the joy of the performing arts.”

–Erin Roche, Principal at Prescott Magnet Cluster School


“Our students’ imagination & confidence levels are soaring under the guidance of Emerald City Theatre’s after-school instructors. While our pre-schoolers enjoy teamwork and improvisation games, our older kids are really into developing their own characters and writing their own dialogue. I can’t wait for The Big Show!!”

–Jane Cornett, Resource Coordinator at The Nettelhorst School


“In our after school program, Lycée Français students enjoyed Pinkalicious adventures, fun musical experiences, and amazing travels in faraway lands. It is fun, and a great way to build their self-confidence. Thank you, Emerald City Theatre!”

–Jacques Fournier, Director of Extracurricular Programs at Lycée Français de Chicago





Recent Partners

    • Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts
    • Agassiz Elementary School
    • Alcott Elementary School
    • Braeside Elementary School
    • Burley Elementary School
    • Catherine Cook School
    • Disney II Magnet School
    • Dodge Renaissance School
    • Goethe Elementary School
    • Jahn Elementary School
    • LaSalle II Language Academy
    • Lawndale Community Academy
    • Lycee Francais de Chicago
    • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Academy
    • The Nettelhorst School
    • Oscar Mayer Magnet School
    • Prescott Magnet Cluster School
    • St. Viator Elementary School
    • C.I.C.S. West Belden

Additional Education Partnerships

    • Amita Health
    • The British School of Chicago
    • Governor’s State University
    • Lycee Francais de Chicago
    • Menomonee Club
    • Neighborhood Parent’s Network
    • Open Books
    • Pitch-In
    • Waters Elementary School