“Make Your Own Musical” Summer Camp returns for Ages 7–13!
Plus an all new Teen Intensive for ages 13–17!

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for the budding Broadway star. 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 rehearsal 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 a professional theater stage for family and friends!

New this year! A teen intensive for ages 13–17! For the more serious young performer, Porchlight is proud to offer our first ever Summer Camp for teens. During these two weeks, aspiring young performers will 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 Musical Revue for friends and family. This teen intensive will prepare participants for their school production’s auditions.

Session 1:

June 29–July 10

Ages: 7–13


Session 2:

July 13–July 24

Ages: 7–13



Sample Summer Camp Day:

8:45-9:00 AM-Campers Arrive

9:00-9:15 AM-Morning Ritual/Game

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

9:45-10:15 AM-Review Choreography

10:15-10:30- Snack

10:30-11:30 AM-Show/Song Work

11:30-12:00 PM-Game

12:00-1:00 PM-Lunch and Recess

1:00-2:00-Show/Song Work

2:00-2:30 PM-Prop/Set Making or Game

2:30-3:00 PM-Clean Up, Pack Up, Closing Ritual

Session 3:

July 27–August 7

Ages: 13–17


For any questions, please contact Michelle@porchlightmusictheatre.org

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 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

-Greater self-confidence
-Enhanced skills in writing, singing, acting, and movement, to name a few
-Lasting friendships and memories

Summer Camp Teaching Artists

Michelle Lauto returns to our “Make Your Own Musical” summer camp, Porchlight’s Education Associate, she is an award winning actor and teaching artist based in Chicago. She has been seen recently as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Mayzie in Suessical the Musical, and as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! 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 www.michellelauto.com

Yando Lopez is an actor and educator based in Chicago. He has been seen recently as Eddie in Mamma Mia at Drury Lane and in Legally Blonde at Paramount. Jeff-nominated roles of Jinx in Forever Plaid at Theatre at the Center and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Spamilton: An American Parody with Forbidden Broadway at the Royal George. He also appeared in The Christians at Steppenwolf. At Porchlight, Yando appeared 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 again this summer with these amazing students.

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

Allstate was the principal sponsor of the 2019 Summer Camps.