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

Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 PM

June 6 – June 27



This fun, interactive 4-week class celebrates 8 great musicals that focus on the high school experience. Fueled by the boundless energy of youth ensembles, 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 around themes of identity, belonging, family, and community. Some shows offer just joyride, while others dig a little deeper into contemporary issues and social change. So get ready to “Put On a Happy Face” if you need a little Spring Awakening, or you’re looking for a date for The Prom, join a group of fellow musical theatre aficionados for lively and revealing discussions each week on Zoom.

“Finishing the Hat, Part I” – Only 2 Spots Left!
The Works of Stephen Sondheim

with Cheri Coons

Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

April 11 through May 16


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.


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!