Partner With Porchlight!

We have been a staple in the Chicago theatre community for 25 years and are excited to bring the gift of music theatre into your classroom! 

We love to see your students at the theater, working in your classroom at school, and on stage putting together a musical of their own.

Recent partnerships include:

  • Westinghouse College Prep – in school workshop series
  • Senn High School – in school residency
  • Holy Trinity High School – masterclass and talkbacks with drama classes
  • Mitchell Elementary School – direct and support spring musical production 2020/2021

Interested in a virtual masterclass while classes are postponed or conducted virtually? We have virtual resources available for distance learning and can set up Q and A’s, “live” Zoom masterclasses, and conversations with Chicago artists.

Student Groups at Porchlight’s Mainstage

We love having your student group at our mainstage productions! The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is wheelchair accessible with convenient restrooms on both the main floor and balcony level. Bus drop-off available directly in front of the theatre.

Student Groups of 10 or more
$27.00/ticket

Additional performances can be added for larger groups, pending availability. For more information or to inquire about adding a performance, please contact tami@grouptheatertix.com

Book a Student Group!

Interested in a talkback with cast members following the show? Reach out to rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org to set it up!

Funding Resources

We know that funding is often the greatest obstacle when trying to bring your students on a field trip. Here are some resources we’ve heard about from educators like you to help bring your students to see live theater.

  • Goodsearch & Goodshop: GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user’s designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.
  • Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund: The Creative Schools Fund is a grant-making partnership between Ingenuity and CPS’ Department of Arts Education to support the expansion of arts education in schools.

Please also reach out to rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org if funding is an issue, as we are always looking for community partners to work with throughout the year!

Educator Resources 

Pre and Post Show Workshops

Complete your students’ experience with Pre and Post Show Workshops– we come right to you in your classroom! Workshops are 45-60 minutes in length.

  • Pre Workshops cover an intro to theatre, the themes and concepts of the show, and the process to create the show they are about to see.
  • Post Workshops cover use interactive activities to reinforce comprehension of themes with a more hands on approach to making theater themselves.

Add one or both your field trip experience. Prices vary depending on class size and duration and details are available by reaching out to rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org. 

School Guides

View our show specific School Guides to use with your students. All Guides written with Illinois Core Learning Standards for Grades 6-12 in mind.

Download Freaky Friday Study Guide

Sing Out! 

Porchlight Music Theatre’s signature in school literacy residency

Combine the fun of music theatre with Illinois Common Core Standards. Porchlight Music Theatre’s signature residency, “Sing Out!”, focuses on building confident readers and writers while developing collaboration and communication skills.

Our Teaching Artists guide your class over several weeks, ending in an original musical presentation. Grades 6-12 can be accommodated.

Learn

We begin by reading a selected book or delving into a period of history. Lessons can be tailored to the ability level of your class and focus on a planned area of study. Key characters, themes, and areas of interest will emerge, based on student interest and class goals.

State Goals: Reading Standards #2, #5, #6

Write

Teaching Artists will cover plot, language, and verse writing to translate our chosen themes into song. Students work in small groups, independently, and as a class to create new songs and scenes using the book or area of study chosen.

State Goals: Writing Standards #2-#5

Sing Out!

In the final stage of the residency, Teaching Artists will help the students bring their story to life by creating an informal performance. Using musical theatre techniques, students will practice bringing their words to life–no need to be great singers!

State Goals: Presentation and Knowledge #6, Language Standards #1-#3

Sing Out! Residencies Focus On:
  • Reading/exploring a subject or book for full comprehension
  • Vocabulary expansion and public speaking practice
  • Creative and collaborative expression
  • Social/Emotional Learning– working in small and large groups, building self-confidence and creative thinking
  • Appreciation for theater and music as a means to tell a story

All residencies begin with a pre-planning consultation between Porchlight Education Director, Rebeccah Singer, and the classroom teacher(s) to determine topic or book and schedule.

The Teaching Artists will then come to you to work out a plan to best work with your students.

Reach out to rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org for more details and to schedule.