(Ages 7-12)

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for the budding Broadway star. During Porchlight’s two week program, students 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!

Porchlight’s teaching artists are theatre professionals who have worked at some of the most renowned theatres in Chicagoland and nationally. The craft of creating a production will be explored through collaborative games and stimulating activities as your child is guided through the exciting process of making a new musical from backstage to centerstage! The class ends with a grand finale performance for family and friends!


Registration for summer 2018 is now CLOSED. Stay tuned for updates on Summer Camp 2019!

Frequently Asked Questions


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.”

Camp Fee Includes:

-Camp T-Shirt
-60 hours of fun and skills development led by real deal, professional Chicago actors
-Never before seen musical performed on a professional theatre stage and created by your shining star
-Complimentary admission to the big show for friends and family members
-Digital copy of final performance
-Greater self-confidence
-Enhanced skills in writing, singing, acting, and movement, to name a few
-Lasting friendships and memories

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT US!


Summer 2018 Teaching Artists

Michelle Lauto returns to our “Make Your Own Musical” summer camp after launching with us last year. She is an award winning actor and teaching artist based in Chicago. She has been seen recently as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime the Marriott Theatre and will soon be playing Ado Annie in their upcoming production of Oklahoma! 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 www.michellelauto.com

Yando Lopez is an actor and educator based in Chicago. He has been seen recently in the Jeff-nominated role of Lin-Manuel Miranda in Spamilton: An American Parody with Forbidden Broadway at the Royal George and in The Christians at Steppenwolf. At Porchlight, Yando has been seen in In The Heights, Sondheim on Sondheim, and the Porchlight Revisits series with Bells are Ringing and They’re Playing Our Song. He is a proud member of AEA and a Northwestern graduate with degrees in Theatre and Statistics. Yando has worked with many after school programs and is also involved in tutoring and test prep. He loves music and theatre and is excited about getting to share, create, and grow this summer with these amazing students.


For more information, visit our Freqently Asked Questions or contact Michelle Lauto, Education Associate, at michelle@porchlightmusictheatre.org.