“Make Your Own Musical” Summer Camp

During Porchlight’s two-week camp for ages 7–13, participants enter the world of music, drama, dance, writing, and more while practicing teamwork, challenging themselves, and, of course, having tons of fun as they create a BRAND NEW MUSICAL to perform for friends and family on a professional stage.

Porchlight’s teaching artists are accomplished teachers and theatre professionals who have performed at some of the most renowned theatres in Chicagoland and nationally. Your child will explore the craft of creating a musical production through collaborative games and stimulating activities and will be guided through the exciting process of making a new musical from backstage to center stage!  Summer Camps take place at Porchlight’s West Logan Square studios at 4200 W. Diversey Avenue. Campers will craft and rehearse their musicals in the very same rehearsal space that hosts all of our Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway productions! The class culminates with a grand finale performance on Porchlight’s mainstage at the Ruth Page Center for family and friends!

Session 1:

June 29–July 10

Ages: 7–13


Session 2:

July 13–July 24

Ages: 7–13




Teen Summer Music Theatre Intensive Camp


July 27–August 7

Ages: 13–17

For the more serious young performer, Porchlight welcomes aspiring young performers to study dance, acting, and singing with Porchlight’s award-winning teaching artists in a more concentrated way. Students will learn choreography from Broadway shows, hone their performance skills, and perform a brand new a solo piece in a show for friends and family. Throughout the two weeks, participants will also be visited by working Chicago actors. Not only will they get individualized feedback on their performance by the pros, they will also get valuable Q&A time with them. This teen intensive will prepare participants for their school production’s auditions and more.


More About Summer Camps


Sample Camp Day

8:45-9:00am – Campers Arrive

9:00-9:15am – Morning Ritual, Overview of Day, Game

9:15-9:45am -Vocal and Physical Warm Up

9:45-10:15am – Review Choreography

10:15-10:30am – Snack

10:30-11:30am – Show/Song Work

11:30am-12:00pm – Theatre Game

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and Recess (often at nearby park)

1:00-2:00pm – Show/Song Work

2:00-2:30pm – Prop/Set Making or Other Activity

2:30-3:00pm – Clean Up, Pack Up, Reflect on Day, Closing Ritual (each student shares “Grow” and “Glow”)


What’s Included for Campers

• Camp tshirt

• 60 hours of fun and skills development led by working professional Chicago actors

• Never-before-seen musical performed on a professional theatre stage and created by your shining star

• Complimentary admission to the campers’ big show for friends and family members

• Digital copy of final performance video

• Greater self-confidence

• Enhanced skills in writing, singing, acting, and movement, to name a few

• Lasting friendships and memories

Don’t Take Our Word for It

Check out the video and parent testimonials below!



Parent Testimonials

“This was her first Porchlight class . . . She’s done classes all over the city but this has been one of her favorite ones. The teachers were super high quality and I suggest that anybody who wants to enjoy a good musical theatre camp join Porchlight.”

“The experience was wonderful overall . . . the fact that it helped her grow into a character that she was unfamiliar with and it enlightened her. Porchlight rocks!”

“Being able to have this opportunity to explore and do something different, something that I only wish I could have done. My daughters acquired talents that I didn’t even know they had, so it was amazing.”


Allstate was the principal sponsor of the 2019 Summer Camps.