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Fall Classes

Fall 2018 Class Schedule: September 17 – December 22

Mondays | Tuesdays | Wednesdays | Thursdays | Fridays | Saturdays

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to training the next generation of actors and performers. Our Education opportunities strive to reflect the integrity and quality of our main stage work, so children receive the same skills in our training that is needed by the fabulous performers in our productions. Students can see performances and understand how they could accomplish those achievements, as well as more fully appreciate the invaluable experience of becoming a theatre-goer and admirer of storytelling on stage.

This Fall, we continue to learn, evolve, and experiment with our education offerings. But most importantly, we continue to listen to YOU.

Our mission is both artistic and civic; whether a child grows up to be an actor, performer, doctor, lawyer, or scientist, the skills necessary to become a great community member are the same for everyone. You’ve told us, and we are committed to hosting classes and camps that, through teaching theatre, uniquely inspire community, teach problem-solving and collaboration, develop open minds and confident voices, and ignite powerful authorship of ideas.

By popular demand, we’re expanding every session of classes to 12 weeks and expanding our offerings so your student can grow all year long under the direction of professional teaching artists. Enroll your child in the full session of classes by August 26 and SAVE 20% on most classes. After August 26, prices will increase.

If you have questions or concerns please contact the Education department via email or by calling 312.374.8834. Information on Tuition Assistance can be found here.

***Please note, there will be no classes the weeks of November 12 and November 19.***

 

 

MONDAYS
Open Play 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Ages 0-5, Parent Participation Required
$44 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 11 Classes, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $10/class
BYOT! (Bring your own toys!) and learn to share. Your young one is invited to play and socialize in an open-play environment out of the cold and out of the rain. All while you enjoy complimentary coffee and tea with other neighborhood adults.

Story Time for Tots 10:00 am-10:45 am
Ages 0-4, Parent Participation Required
$180 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 11 Classes, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
Epic tales for tiny tots. Dive into fairy tales, myths, legends and so much more as master storytellers bring stories to life for your little ones.

Bubble Jams* 3:30 pm-4:15 pm
Ages 0-3, Parent Participation Required
$200 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 11 Classes, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
It’s bubbles! It’s music! It’s fun! An interactive experience for you and your child. Listen to live music, enjoyable stories, and dance with your little one, all under the umbrella of continuous bubbles.

Bubble Band* 4:30 pm-5:15 pm
Ages 3-5, Parent Participation Required
$200 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 11 Classes, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
It’s time to start jamming with the band! This evolution of Bubble Jams has bubbles, music, and instruments for kids. Your child will become part of the live music, enjoyable stories, and dancing – all under the umbrella of continuous bubbles.

Shake the Stage 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Grades 5-8
$200 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 11 Classes, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17
Explore the stage with the Bard. Advanced acting and drama students read, analyze, perform, and find meaning in Shakespearean classics.

 

 

TUESDAYS
Wiggleworms 9:15 am-10:00 am & 10:15 am-11:00am
Mixed Ages
$273 Enroll your child at Old Town School of Folk Music – 14 Classes, Sept. 18 – Dec. 18

Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program welcomes young children and their families to the world of music.

Learning Lab: KID Talk 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Grades 2-4
$192 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 18 – Dec. 18
Riffing on the well-known TED Talks, students are introduced to the skills required to use green screen technology to make their wild and courageous versions of TED Talk videos. Your student will learn to become confident speakers as they articulate and voice their opinions on camera, stage, and as citizens.

Intro to Musical Theatre 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Grades 3-5
$144 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 18 – Dec. 18
This class is designed to take students through the basics of Musical Theatre – learning to combine song, dance, and story. This training will teach these introductory skills through a short scenes and songs from our mainstage productions.

 

 

WEDNESDAYS
Open Play 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Ages 0-5, Parent Participation Required
$48 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 19 – Dec. 19
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $10/class
BYOT! (Bring your own toys!) and learn to share. Your young one is invited to play and socialize in an open-play environment out of the cold and out of the rain. All while you enjoy complimentary coffee and tea with other neighborhood adults.

Bubble Jams* 10:00 am-10:45 am
Ages 0-3, Parent Participation Required
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 19 – Dec. 19
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
It’s bubbles! It’s music! It’s fun! An interactive experience for you and your child. Listen to live music, enjoyable stories, and dance with your little one, all under the umbrella of continuous bubbles.

Beginning Acting Section 1 4:15 pm-5:00 pm
Grades K-2
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 19 – Dec. 19
In this introduction to theatre, students will learn the basic principals of theatre though instruction and active theatre games. This game-based class prepares your young performer to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play. The final product is a theatre skills and game playing open workshop with parents on the last day.

Beginning Acting Section 2 5:15 pm-6:00 pm
Grades 1-3
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 19 – Dec. 19
In this introduction to theatre, students will learn the basic principals of theatre though instruction and active theatre games. This game-based class prepares your young performer to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play. The final product is a theatre skills and game playing open workshop with parents on the last day.

Indian Dance with Aashita 5:30 pm-6:20 pm
Grades 1-6
$144 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 8 Classes, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14
Learn the building blocks of Kathak, the oldest Indian classical Dance in this class, conducted by Aashita Karkare from Language of Expression. Students will learn graceful hand movements, presentation skills, basic footwork, and expressions. This class will also introduce students to different forms of Indian Classical Dances, musical instruments which accompany a dancer, Kathak Dancer’s attires, and more. Gear up to learn about Kathak and how to be a graceful dancer, on and off stage. Please note there is no class on November 7.

 

 

THURSDAYS
¡Hola! Wiggleworms 9:15 am-10:00 am & 10:15 am-11:00 am
1-4 Años
$254 Enroll your child at Old Town School of Folk Music – 13 Classes, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20
¡Wiggleworms en español!

Intermediate Acting 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Grades 2-4
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20
In this class, students will start to explore the creation of character through monologues and short scenes. Your children will also learn basic audition techniques for film and stages throughout Chicago and beyond.

Advanced Acting 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Grades 4-6
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20
This acting course explores methods of acting on a professional stage. Students will also learn script analysis skills that are fundamental to any emerging actor in the industry. The class culminates in 3-5 minute scenes that challenge your children to be part of a small ensemble.

Circus and Aerial Arts 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Grades 3-5
$240 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20
Instructors will work with students on training that will help them reach new heights in this exciting class with Actors Gymnasium! Warm-ups, conditioning, and games that will help build the foundational skills necessary for any student will open every session, and students will get to experience a variety of apparatuses- in the air and on the ground- so that everyone can find something they enjoy. Juggling, Spanish Web, Tumbling, Rolling Globe, Static Trapeze, Silk Knot and Aerial Fabrics are just a few of the skills that will be offered. Try our Open Gym to help continue training, too!

Open Gym 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Grades 3-8
$192 Enroll your child for the Full Session
– 12 Classes, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
Build strength, condition and stretch, and get more instruction on the apparatuses, all under the guidance of an Actors Gymnasium teaching artist. Apparatuses used in Open Gym include lyra, trapeze, silk, and Spanish web.

 

 

FRIDAYS
Open Play 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Ages 0-5, Parent Participation Required
$48 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 21 – Dec. 21
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $10/class
BYOT! (Bring your own toys!) and learn to share. Your young one is invited to play and socialize in an open-play environment out of the cold and out of the rain. All while you enjoy complimentary coffee and tea with other neighborhood adults.

Story Time for Tots 10:00 am-10:45 am
Ages 0-4, Parent Participation Required
$180 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 21 – Dec. 21
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
Epic tales for tiny tots. Dive into fairy tales, myths, legends and so much more as master storytellers bring stories to life for your little ones.

 

 

SATURDAYS
Wiggleworms 9:15 am-10:00 am; 10:15 am-11:00 am; 11:15 am-12:00 pm
Mixed Ages
$234 Enroll your child at Old Town School of Folk Music – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program welcomes young children and their families to the world of music.

Hip Hop 4 Tots 9:30 am-10:15 am
Ages 3-5
$212 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
Your child will learn to communicate in a new way through beat boxing: making sounds through voice and body. Children will learn new ways to use their bodies to participate in creative play while engaging with stellar musical talent in this popular class.

Bubble Jams* 10:00 am-10:45 am
Ages 0-3, Parent Participation Required
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
It’s bubbles! It’s music! It’s fun! An interactive experience for you and your child. Listen to live music, enjoyable stories, and dance with your little one, all under the umbrella of continuous bubbles.

Hip Hop 4 Kids 10:30 am-11:15 am
Grades K-2
$212 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
Your child will learn to communicate in a new way through beat boxing: making sounds through voice and body. Children will learn new ways to use their bodies to participate in creative play while engaging with stellar musical talent in this popular class.

Improv with The Second City 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Grades 5-9
$240 Enroll your child at The Second City – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
In partnership with The Second City, this class uses some of the tenets of improv like creating a supportive environment and the concept of “Yes, and” to teach kids basic skills to get them on their feet and presents them with a new way to learn how to work with others. It is a great opportunity for them to meet new friends, develop social skills, and build confidence. The focus here is put on physical expression as well as verbal communication.

Bubble Band* 11:00 am-11:45 am
Ages 3-5, Parent Participation Required
$216 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
It’s time to start jamming with the band! This evolution of Bubble Jams has bubbles, music, and instruments for kids. Your child will become part of the live music, enjoyable stories, and dancing – all under the umbrella of continuous bubbles.

Circus and Aerial Arts 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Grades 3-5
$240 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 12 Classes, Sept. 22 – Dec. 22

Instructors will work with students on training that will help them reach new heights in this exciting class with Actors Gymnasium! Warm-ups, conditioning, and games that will help build the foundational skills necessary for any student will open every session, and students will get to experience a variety of apparatuses- in the air and on the ground- so that everyone can find something they enjoy. Juggling, Spanish Web, Tumbling, Rolling Globe, Static Trapeze, Silk Knot and Aerial Fabrics are just a few of the skills that will be offered. Try our Open Gym to help continue training, too!

Indian Vocal 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Ages 3-6
$192 Enroll your child for the Full Session – 8 Classes, Sept. 22 – Nov. 10
Drop-Ins Welcome! – $25/session
This class is an introduction to singing Indian music notes – Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, and Pa. Indian vocalist and harmonium player Seeta Khanna teaches children the basics of singing in Hindi through popular Bollywood children’s songs. Please note: this class will run 8 weeks, Sept. 22 – Nov. 10.

 

* Please note: Bubble Jams and Bubble Band classes are not affiliated with our friends at Bubbles Academy.