Porchlight and Chicago Youth Centers

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to partner with Chicago Youth Centers to serve their students, parents, and the greater community.

 

Make Your Own Musical Drama Class

During the school year, Porchlight offers onsite drama classes to students at three centers: Fellowship House, Rebecca Crown Center, and Epstein Center. Students learn about drama and vocal technique, work together on writing exercises, and present an original performance of scenes and songs for family and friends at the end of class.

Porchlight Friday Night

During the COVID Stay-At-Home order, Porchlight and CYC partnered to create a mini-series of concerts for families and students. Concerts featured Chicago actors performing songs, interviews with local artists, and education and response activities to stay creative and engaged.

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Material Collection 

Porchlight is accepting donations for distribution to all 11 Chicago Youth Centers of individually wrapped, nut free snacks (ex. fruit snacks, rice krispy treats, goldfish) for students as well as small toys and activities to encourage participation! Great examples are face paint, water balloons, small notepads, sticker books, and craft materials. Materials can be dropped off at our offices at 4200 W. Diversey Parkway.

Interested in supporting our Community Programs or bringing similar programming to your school or group? Email Education Director Rebeccah Singer at rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org.

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Hobbyist and Engagement Classes

 

Porchlight is excited to offer a series of classes designed for our patrons to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the art and history of Musical Theatre.

If you’re interested in joining us for any of the upcoming Engagement Classes or want to suggest a new class, please email rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org. We always love to hear what you want to learn about!

Current Offerings

“Finishing the Hat”, Part One – SOLD OUT

Saturday Night through Follies

with Cheri Coons

Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – July 12 to August 16

Via Zoom

A fun and inspirational class for fans of Stephen Sondheim, and those who appreciate the behind-the-scenes stories of how great musicals are made.  

In an informal, conversational atmosphere, we’ll explore Sondheim’s first 8 shows, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear a Waltz, Company and Follies. You’ll get to know Sondheim’s first collaborators, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Larry Gelbart, as well as the stars who brought his early shows to life. (Ethel Merman, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Dean Jones, and Zero Mostel, to name just a few.) Besides the real-life dish about the creation of these musicals, we’ll explore each show from the inside out, through class presentations, discussions, readings of key scenes, and recorded audio and video selections.  

By the end of the class you’ll have a new appreciation for these 8 enthralling masterworks, and the amazing composer/lyricist who created them.