Twelve Week Session Offered Each Fall & Spring

Fall Youth Classes 2022  

Ages 4-17 

Porchlight is proud to be Chicago’s home for music theatre and believes in the power of studying theater to build self-confidence, creative thinking, and open us all up to be more empathetic and caring humans. Our youth classes are designed to build sequentially, with our youngest actors learning basics, up to our most advanced young artists creating a full production. Your young artist is welcome to join us at any stage!

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Why repeat the same class?

Our curriculum is designed to build from basics to advanced skills in all areas of music theatre performance: dance, music, acting. Each time your child comes back to take a class with us, even when they repeat a level, they will learn new songs, build a new ensemble, and create a new final performance. Our Teaching Artists challenge each student at their own level!


Offered each Fall and Spring term, 12 weeks

Sundays 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Fall 2022: September 25 – December, 18 (no class 11/27)

at the Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music (2330 N. Halsted St.)


Budding actors join us each week for songs, games, making new friends, and having a blast on stage! Our youngest students stretch their theatre muscles as they create an original musical story – with dance moves, props, and songs to share at home – to share with family and friends on the last day of class!


Register for Mini Musicals


Offered each Fall and Spring term, 12 weeks

Saturdays, 11:30am – 1:00 pm

Fall 2022: September 24 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

at the Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music (2330 N. Halsted St.)


Enter the world of music, drama, dance, writing, and more while practicing teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. Students will be introduced to their actor tools — their bodies, voices, and imaginations — while singing and dancing to classic and contemporary Broadway hits, writing their own story, and with lots of time for playing games and making new friends. At the end of the session join us for a final performance to celebrate all your young actors’ work!

Register for Broadway Basics


Offered each Fall and Spring term, 12 weeks

Saturday 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Fall 2022: September 24 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

at the Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music (2330 N. Halsted St.)


Intermediate actors build on basic skills to learn about building an ensemble, singing in harmony, developing more challenging characters, and learning more complex choreography. Actors will write their own story paired with musical theatre classics and new hits to share with family and friends at the end of the term!

Register for Music Theatre Bootcamp


Offered each Fall and Spring term, 12 weeks

Sundays 3:30pm – 6:30 pm

Fall 2022: September 25 – December, 18 (no class 11/27)

at the Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University School of Music (2330 N. Halsted St.)


Our most advanced actors will tackle challenging choreography,  music, and scene work to create a final showcase that highlights both ensemble and individual work. Actors will set individual performance goals and learn how a musical is constructed from first rehearsal to final performance and enjoy special elements to help prepare them for college or professional auditions. Family and friends join us at the end of the term for a glimpse at all your actor’s hard work!

Register for Advanced Music Theatre Performance

Payment plans are available for all youth programming by emailing Scholarships and financial aid available by filling out this application.



COVID-19 Policy 

All Porchlight staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Face Masks Encouraged – While inside the class/camp building, we encourage all students to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth. Teaching Artists will wear face masks at all times when inside the building. 

Practicing Good HygieneWe will be limiting the number of items that are shared or touched amongst students and disinfecting those that are shared. We will monitor students to make sure they are washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water. 

Safe Eating Practices – We will encourage distancing while eating and follow a no share policy when it comes to food or drink if a snack break is taken. 

Final Performances – Our final performances will be in person. We will limit the number of attendees to four per camper. We ask that all attendees wear a mask at all times when in the building, due to the size of the gathering.

Drop Off/Pick Up Policy 

Drop off begins 15 before camp or class begins and ends 15 after camp or class ends. We cannot accept any students prior to this window.

Please note a fee of $1/min will be charged for pick ups occurring 15 after camp or class has ended to compensate the staff for their time.

A photo ID must be presented at pickup to sign out a child. Teaching Artists will have a list of authorized pick up people. No one will be allowed to pick up a child who is not listed as an authorized pick up person. To add people to the authorized pickup list, email If you would like your child to be able sign themselves out, we will ask you to sign an additional waiver.

Cancellation Policy

Porchlight Music Theatre has the right to cancel a class up to one week prior to the start date. Refunds will be processed if a class or camp is cancelled.

No refunds available if a purchaser drops a camp unless the spot can be filled from a waitlist.

Porchlight Music Theatre has the right to determine minimum enrollment. A refund will not be processed if a purchaser believes the enrollment to be too low.

Switching/Refund Policy

No refunds are available if the purchaser drops a class or camp unless the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If a spot can be filled, a refund will be given.

Transfers towards a different camp or class session may not be possible.

Nut Free Policy

All Porchlight Music Theatre programs are nut-free environments to ensure the safety of all participants. No sharing of food is allowed, even between siblings. Depending on child allergies, we may ask you to refrain from bringing additional food items (such as strawberries, sesame, etc) as well.

Scholarships for Youth Programming

Full and Partial Scholarships are available for all Porchlight Music Theatre youth programs.

Scholarships are awarded based on need and interest. Please notify us at the time of application if there are barriers such as transportation or food assistance needed so we can best serve your family.

Families are welcome to apply for multiple programs throughout the year, but only one scholarship per child per program will be awarded.

Please be prepared to verify all information included in the application for our records.

Apply for a scholarship to our youth education offerings here. 

Donate to our youth education offerings here.

Please reach out to with any questions

Scholarships Provided due to generous donations from