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.

Current Offerings


Top of Their Class: from Bye Bye Birdie to The Prom

with Cheri Coons and Frankie Leo Bennett

April 24 – May 22 (No class May 8)

Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom

First three classes (4/24, 5/1, 5/15) meet via zoom
Final class (5/22) in person at the Ruth Page Center (1016 N. Dearborn St.) 

$150  for class + 1 ticket
$200 for class + 2 tickets


This fun, interactive 4-week class celebrates 8 great musicals set in high school. Fueled by the boundless energy of youth, these shows embrace both the joys and challenges of coming of age. Each week we’ll explore two contrasting musicals, one blockbuster from the past and one present-day hit, and discover how they’re in dialogue with one another. 

Class will meet via zoom for the first three weeks and end with an in person discussion following a performance of Spring Awakening on Sunday, May 22nd at 2pm along with a backstage tour at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

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