Registration is now open for the Porchlight Music Theater Fall Youth Classes


The Porchlight Music Theater’s award-winning Education Department has announced the return of its Youth Classes this fall, September 24-December 18.

Youth classes are designed to teach young actors basic to advanced musical theater skills. Classes are held at the Holtschneider Performance Center at DePaul University School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St. Tuition is $250 to $650 depending on class level with payment plans and scholarships available for all youth programs. For specific questions regarding classes and registration, please email Porchlight’s Director of Education, Rebeccah Singer, at [email protected] For general class information and to register, visit PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.

Porchlight Music Theater is the only Chicago organization dedicated to musical theater to offer these classes to young students. All classes end with a final performance for family and friends.

As Chicago’s home for musical theater, Porchlight believes in the power of studying theater to build self-confidence, creative thinking, and open us all to being more empathetic and caring humans. Classes for young people, with professional actors as instructors, teach the basics to advanced skills in all areas of musical theater performance: dance, music and acting. Classes are designed to build sequentially, with younger actors focusing on foundations and more advanced young performers creating a fuller production. Young artists are welcome to join at any stage. Class levels are repeatable as each season features new songs, sets, and final performances.

The Fall 2022 Youth Class Schedule includes:

mini musicals

4 to 6 years old

September 25 – December 18 (no class 11/27)

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St.

Tuition: $250

Aspiring actors join us every week for songs, games, making new friends and having a blast on stage! Our youngest students stretch their theatrical muscles by creating an original musical story – complete with dance moves, props and take home songs – to share with family and friends on the last day of class!

Broadway Basics

7 to 10 years

September 24 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St.

Tuition: $400

Enter the world of music, acting, dance, writing and more while practicing teamwork, communication and problem solving. Young performers will be introduced to their acting tools, with plenty of time to play games and make new friends. At the end of the session, join Porchlight for a final performance to celebrate all the hard work of your young actors.

Musical Theater Bootcamp

11 to 13 years old

September 24 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St.

Tuition: $500

Intermediate actors build on the basics to learn how to build an ensemble, sing in harmony, and create more challenging characters. Actors will write their own story paired with musical theater classics and new hits to share with family and friends at the end of term.

Advanced Musical Theater Performance

14 to 17 years old

September 25 – December 18 (no class Nov. 28)

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St.

Tuition: $650

Our most advanced actors will tackle challenging choreography, music and scene study to create a final showcase that showcases both ensemble and individual work. Actors will receive additional masterclasses and pre-professional training to complement their skills.

NOTE: All content, dates, times, etc. prices are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please visit PorchlightMusicTheatre.org/events/youth-classes/.

Porchlight Music Theater is Chicago’s award-winning musical theater center. Through live performances, youth education and community outreach, we impact thousands of lives each season, bringing the magic of musicals to our theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in the Gold Coast and in the city districts. Porchlight has earned a national reputation for boldly reimagining classic musicals, supporting new work and young performers, and showcasing Chicago’s most notable musical theater artists, all through the lens intimate and powerful theatrical “Chicago style”.

Now in its 28th season, Porchlight’s quarter-century production history includes more than 70 major works with 15 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Porchlight’s commitment to the past, present and future of musical theater has led the company to develop the Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway series of programs, which have quickly become audience favourites.

Porchlight’s education and outreach programs target schools, youth of all ages and skill levels, and community organizations, including the ongoing collaboration with Chicago Youth Centers. Porchlight awards dozens of full scholarships and hundreds of free tickets each year to ensure accessibility and genuine engagement with this uniquely American art form.

The company’s many accolades include 178 Joseph Jefferson (Jeff) Award nominations and 45 Jeff Awards, as well as 33 Black Theater Alliance (BTA) nominations and 12 BTA Awards. In 2019, Porchlight graduated from the Large Theater Tier of the Equity Jeff Awards, and was honored with eight nominations in the Technical and Artistic categories and won three awards in her first year at that Tier, including Best Ensemble for Sophisticated Ladies by Duke Ellington.

During the global pandemic, Porchlight has become one of the leaders in virtual programming in Chicago, quickly launching a slew of free offerings such as Sondheim @ 90 Roundtables, Movie Musical Mondays, Porchlight by Request: Command Performances, and WPMT: Classic Musicals from the Golden Age of Radio. . For the 2020-2021 season, Porchlight’s fall schedule included all-new paid virtual programming, including Broadway by the Decade, New Faces Sing Broadway 1987, Chicago Sings Rock & Roll Broadway, New Faces Sing Broadway 1961, and the return of The Ruffians’ Burning Bluebeard. as well as collaborations with Hershey Felder and LA Theatrical Works. Porchlight recently launched its first summer performance schedule in 2021, which included a sold-out performance of New Faces Sing Broadway 1979 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, the premiere of its Broadway in your outdoor music series. Backyard, playing throughout Chicagoland this summer and special Sunday appearances on State and Navy Pier’s Chicago Live Again.

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