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Older Stages

Monday

Red Kite presents Shakespeare and Autism with Sara Perry
Mondays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 5 – 12 | $230

The Hunter Heartbeat Method is a series of sensory drama games that utilize the poetry of Shakespeare’s plays and larger than life characters to engage the social and communicative barriers of autism. This class is designed for neurodiverse learners to develop imaginative play skills, engage positively with their peers and learn how to work together as an ensemble. They will also receive guidance on how to connect with their unique body and voice. All of these skills are built through playing games inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest; a story of a magical island where lost strangers discover a new home, wizards battle monsters, and spirits and clowns create mischief and comedy. *Students new to Red Kite will be invited to a meet and greet before the session begins.

Tuesday

Musical Theatre: Triple Threat with Alison Grischow
Tuesday, 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $230

In this class, students will do a script analysis of characters and given circumstances in the context of musicals. Students will use materials from a wide range of Broadway and Chicago Children’s Theatre musicals to learn and perform scenes, songs, and dances.

Wednesday

Stop Motion Shakespeare with Sharon Krome
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 2 – 5 | $230

Using paper art and illustrations, students will explore stop motion animation to recreate classic poems as old as Shakespeare to modern-day Hip Hop. Using the paper cutouts of characters and imagery provided, original illustrations created within the workshop, and by recording their very best voice acting, each student will experience hands-on video production.

Improv in Performance with Erin Sheets
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $230

In this class, students will learn to shake out the nerves and take the stage as confident and collaborative performers. Improvisation teaches how to become un-scripted storytellers while subsequently teaching communication through physical, cognitive, and academic techniques.

Acting Level 1, Section 2: Building Character with Jane Kittendorf
Wednesdays, 5:15 PM – 6 PM
Grades 1 – 2 | $230

In this theatre class, students will start to explore the creation of character and narrative. This class prepares performers to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play. This class culminates in an open workshop of the class and short scenes. 

Thursday

Aikido: A Traditional Japanese Art with Dwight Sora
Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 2 – 4 | $230

Under Movement in Theatre, one of the three pillars of acting, students will study Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art devoted to developing a peaceful mind and body. “Aikido” consists of the Japanese words for the way (do) of harmony (ai) with spirit and energy (ki). This class will be less about confrontation, but will instead focus on group and paired exercises to introduce children to the ideas of awareness, relaxed, and the cooperative movement. 

Acting Level 2: Devising an Ensemble with Michael Driscoll
Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 2 – 4 | $230

Through the process of improvisation and creative play, the young artists in this class will devise and perform an original work! Young actors learn fundamental acting skills, how to compose an original play, create unique characters using their bodies and voices, and practice valuable collaboration skills as they work with their peers as an ensemble. 

Acting Level 3: The Performance with Kay Kron
Thursdays, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $230

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 monologues and scenes that challenge your children to be part of an ensemble as well as an independent performer. 

Saturday

Saturday Morning Comics with Hannah Jablonski
Saturdays, 10 AM – 11 AM
Grades 2 – 5 | $230

BAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This course will explore various types of comics and visual art. Each week, students will play experimental drawing games and learn about a different type of comic. Children will leave with a library of their very own comics. The session ends with a mini-comic expo for family and friends.

Classes take place at The Station
100 South Racine Ave. | Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.

We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3-hour maximum

We believe every child should have access to our programming regardless of financial position. We make every effort to provide scholarships for children and families with demonstrated need. 

Inclusion and access are core values at CCT. We believe, and research supports, that access to high-quality theatre arts learning experiences is essential to enhance individual development and improved functioning in school, work, and community settings. We know exposure to the theatre can increase a child’s capacity for empathy, ultimately cultivating a more accepting society. 

Annually, 1 in 5 youth at CCT will receive financial assistance to participate in this game-changing programming. If you would like to add your name to our list of THEATRE EDUCATION ACCESS supporters, or if you would like more information on our financial assistance program, contact us today! 

Thanks to the generosity of the Susan M. Venturi Fund in memory of James and Roslyn Marks, financial assistance is available for our education programs.