Summer Workshops

A unique opportunity for children 8–13 to develop confidence in a nurturing and fun atmosphere.

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2017 Workshop Schedule • Filling up fast—register now!

Annie JR. • July 10-15  (SOLD OUT)
The Music Man JR. • July 17-22  (SOLD OUT)
Spamalot • July 24-29  (filling up fast)
Singin’ in the Rain JR. • July 31-August 5  (only 2 spots left)
Bye Bye Birdie • August 7-12  (filling up fast)

Children learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a public performance on Saturday. Five separate one-week workshops are offered in 2017, each based on a hit musical. Students may attend more than one workshop.

(Click HERE for Teen Candide production)

Who can attend
Young people age 8 to 13, who want to learn musical theater from professional actors and counselors. No experience or audition is required, and every child gets a part. Students must be 8 years old by the first day of the workshop and should be able to read at the 3rd grade reading level.

Each workshop is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The final dress rehearsal is Saturday at 1 pm, with the public performance at 4 pm.

Classes are at the air-conditioned Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) rehearsal center at 516 4th Street in Wilmette. We recommend wearing sneakers or dance shoes, and clothing that allows you to comfortably stretch, kick and spin.

The free public performance on Saturday is at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka.

To view map of Winnetka Community House, click HERE.

Class size
Space is limited to 40 students for each workshop, so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Fee is $370 per student per workshop, due with enrollment. Fee is refundable (less $25 processing fee) if cancellation is received in writing by June 26, 2017. No refunds after June 26.

Scholarships available—call for details (847) 920-5360.

Pre-care/after-care options
In order to accommodate parents’ work schedules, early drop-off and late pick-up times are available at an additional charge. Counselor will be on hand to offer games and other activities.

Pre-care: $75 per child for the week
Drop off as early as 7:30 am (regular drop-off is after 8:30; class starts at 9:00).

After-care: $100 per child for the week
Pick up as late as 6:00 pm (regular pick-up is by 3:45; class ends at 3:30 pm)

Care is also available at a daily rate of $15 (pre-care) and $20 (after-care) per child per day. Order daily care by phone: (847) 920-5360.

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About the 2017 Workshops

Annie JR. • July 10-15 (Annie SOLD OUT)
With pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find a home and a family. While singing and dancing with the other orphans, she leads the charge against Miss Hannigan and lands in the luxurious world of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.

The Music Man JR. • July 17-22 (Music Man SOLD OUT)
Traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill is in town and he’s got a plan to save River City from the evils of their new pool hall. Can this rapping con man produce a boys’ band without knowing a lick of music? Will the outspoken librarian derail his scheme or fall in love with him? We’ll feature the show’s brassy group numbers as well as heart-warming soaring melodies.

Spamalot • July 24-29
Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been transformed into a musical for kids…and don’t forget the coconuts! When King Arthur and his knights go on a quest, anything could happen. With all these silly characters, crazy jokes, and outrageous accents, your kids will have a hard time keeping straight faces while performing!

Singin’ in the Rain JR. • July 31-August 5
Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the world’s most celebrated movie musical. Go behind the scenes as silent films become talkies, with the hilarious technical difficulties and big Hollywood song-and-dance numbers that you remember. “Don’tcha know all the world loves to laugh?” Yes, someone gets to do the famous Lina Lamont voice!

Bye Bye Birdie • August 7-12
OMG, teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted and girls everywhere are devastated by the news! He travels to small-town Ohio for one last farewell concert but things get rapidly out of control. This is a super-high energy tribute to small-town America, the 1960s, teenagers, and Rock & Roll!

Thanks to Workshop sponsors:

A.R.T. League, The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation, Ivanhoe Theatre Foundation, North Suburban Youth Foundation, Romano Brothers & Co., The Ted Fund and Yelp.

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