Saturdays, October 6 - November 17


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Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm*

*11/3 and *11/10 class will be held from 9:00am-11:00am 

Over the course of 7 weeks, students will adapt their favorite story and create a brand new musical based on beloved tales. Students will work together under the guidance of teaching artist Michelle Lauto to develop and edit their script, decide what music their story will feature, and rehearse and produce their new work. In addition to learning how to bring stories they love to life, students will receive top of the line training in singing, acting technique, and choreography as well as improve their self-confidence and learn the value of ensemble. Class will culminate with an exciting final performance of their musical for friends and family to enjoy.

NOTE: After registering via the link above, you will receive a confirmation email with an additional signup form regarding your child (contact information, allergies, etc.). Your registration cannot be finalized until this form is completed, so please check your email regularly. For any issues, please contact

Michelle Lauto returns to the School at Porchlight, following her second summer at Porchlight’s “Make Your Own Musical” summer camp. She is an award-winning actor and teaching artist based in Chicago. She has been seen recently as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime at the Marriott Theatre. Michelle was a 2017 Jeff Award recipient for her work in the Original Chicago Cast of Spamilton: An American Parody (Forbidden Broadway, Royal George Theater). Other credits Include: Maya in Bread and Roses (Amas Musical Theatre, NYC), Sheila in Hair (Mercury Theater) and Vanessa in In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre). Michelle is a proud member of AEA and graduate of The Second City Conservatory. She has taught at Emerald City Theatre in Chicago as well as The Broadway Workshop in NYC. She loves bringing the magic of theatre to the next generation and can’t wait to watch students grow throughout this process! Check her out online at

For more information, please contact Education Associate and Teaching Artist Michelle Lauto at

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