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Chicago Families: Registration now open for Chicago Children’s Theatre Spring and Summer Camps…

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It might still be cold outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Spring and Summer activities for the little ones! If you’re thinking about letting your kids explore acting (who knows, they could end up on television like THE ROCK FATHER has been known to), enrollment is now open for children ages 3 to 13 for Chicago Children’s Theatre‘s Spring 2014 session of after school and weekend theatre arts training classes, held at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Youth classes at Chicago Children’s Theatre help kids build confidence, boost creativity and ultimately gain a competitive edge by teaching them important life skills like how to think fast on their feet, solve problems, and be better team players. 

Plus, they’re a ton of fun.

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Additionally, for parents already looking for camp opportunities for their kids this summer, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s always popular Summer Camp, July 14-25, is just the ticket. Over the course of two weeks, campers will be guided along the process of creating their very own, entirely original theatrical production. 

Likewise, CCT’s Red Kite Project will offer its annual three-week summer camp experience exclusively for children on the autism spectrum, June 23-July 11 at Cleveland Elementary School, 3121 W. Byron St., Chicago.    

CCT’s spring session runs March 24, 2014-May 24 with the following class line-up. To register for spring session classes and for information about summer camps, visit 
chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call CCT’s education hotline, (773) 227-0180 x 15.
For families with limited incomes, ask about CCT’s new sliding scale scholarship program, which is being introduced this spring in concert with the theater’s continued expansion of its youth education offerings.

Glee Club

Song and Dance for ages 9-13
March 24-May 19 – Mondays 4:30-6 p.m.

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Glee Club ensemble will learn and rehearse a repertoire of popular songs all set to movement. Under the direction of CCT’s musical director and choreographer, students will build their singing and moving chops and have the chance to show them off in a culminating final performance. For singers who move, for dancers who sing, for performers of all kinds, Glee Club offers kids a chance to develop confidence, charisma, and lasting friendships.

Dream Factory

Acting and Story Creation for ages 6-10 
March 26-May 21 – Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2013 summer campers had so much fun making amazing new plays, CCT decided to keep at it all year round! In Dream Factory, kids are the creative force. Guided by a CCT staff director, students will dream up characters, settings, and stories and then collaborate to create and rehearse a world premiere short play. The final production will be performed for family and friends on the final day of class. This is the place for any kid who likes storytelling, performing, pretending, silly voices, or making magic out of cardboard. Dream Factory is where wild imagination comes to life.

Tiny Sparks

Story playtime for 3-5 year olds
March 29-May 24 – Saturdays, 11-11:50 a.m.

Welcome to the special class where the tiniest heroes have big adventures. Each session, CCT instructors will lead students through story time as well as playful theatre and movement games. Tiny Sparks gives your littlest performers a chance to play, pretend and set their imaginations wild.  

Classes are taught by Nicholas Davio, a Chicago-based musician and frequent music director of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s mainstage productions, Katy Collins, a professional actor and arts educator, and David Amaral, CCT’s head of education.   

About Chicago Children’s Theatre

In addition to its education program, Chicago Children’s Theatre focuses on the production of first-rate professional children’s theatre in Chicago. Chicago Children’s Theatre aspires to enrich our community through diverse and significant theatrical and educational programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. 

Launched in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre strives to provide affordable and accessible theatre for families and area school children. To enhance the impact of any given production’s themes, Chicago Children’s Theatre offers educational materials and programs for families and educators.    

Chicago Children’s Theatre is sponsored in part by ComEd, Goldman Sachs Gives, JPMorgan Chase, Target and United Airlines.

Photo Credit: Margaret Strickland

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