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Show Time Ensemble

Instructors: Terry Guest, Jamie Abelson, and Dexter Ellis
Mondays, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Grades 4 – 8 | $350 for 12 weeks

For young performers interested in taking their performance skills and experience to the next level, Chicago Children’s Theatre is launching our new Show Time Ensemble. This small group of performers will spend the first four weeks of the Fall session learning advanced rehearsal techniques and getting to know a professional playwright who will write a 45-minute play with these specific performers in mind. An expert director will spend the final eight weeks of the session rehearsing this original script for a final performance in our Studio Theatre.

All participants will need to audition for admission into the Show Time Ensemble. Schedule an audition with the Education and Community Programs Manager, Dexter Ellis.

The Show Time Ensemble studies and rehearses 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.