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2015 Summer Kids Workshop


Five separate
week-long sessions:

The Sound of Music

(ages 8-13)
June 15-20, 2015

Roald Dahl's

Willy Wonka
(ages 8-13)
June 22-27, 2015


(ages 8-13)
July 6-11, 2015

Fiddler on the Roof
(ages 8-13)
July 13-18, 2015

Shrek The Musical
(ages 8-13)
July 20-25, 2015

Each workshop culminates
in a public performance for
family and friends.


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Teen South Pacific Workshop


The Sound of Music session sold out!

Space still available in other sessions, so register now.


A unique opportunity for children age 8 to 13 to develop confidence in a nurturing, non-threatening and fun atmosphere.

Thanks to workshop sponsors:
A.R.T. League, The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation,
Ivanhoe Theatre Foundation, North Suburban Youth Foundation, Romano Brothers & Co. and The Ted Fund. 

What it is
A one-week workshop where students learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a public performance on Saturday. Five separate one-week workshops are offered in 2015, each based on a hit musical. Students may attend more than one workshop.

(Click HERE for Teen South Pacific Workshop)


Who can attend
Young people age 8 to 13, who want to learn musical theater from professional actors and counselors. No experience or audition is required, and every child gets a part. Students must be 8 years old by the first day of the workshop and should be able to read at the 3rd grade reading level.

Each workshop is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am
to 3:30 pm. The final dress rehearsal is Saturday at
1 pm, with the public performance at 4 pm.

Classes are at the air-conditioned Light Opera Works rehearsal center at 516 4th Street in Wilmette.

The free public performance on Saturday is at the Music Institute of Chicago theater, 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston (below Panera Bread).

Class size
Space is limited to 40 students for each workshop,
so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Fee is $365 per student per workshop, due with enrollment. Fee is refundable (less $25 processing fee) if cancellation is received in writing by June 1. No refunds after June 1.

Scholarships available -- call for details (847) 920-5360.

Pre-care/after-care options

In order to accommodate parents' work schedules, early drop-off and late pick-up times
are available at an additional charge. Counselor will be on hand to offer games and other activities.

Pre-care: $75 per child for the week

Drop off as early as 7:30 am (regular drop-off is after 8:30; class starts at 9:00).

After-care: $100 per child for the week

Pick up as late as 6:00 pm (regular pick-up is by 3:45; class ends at 3:30 pm)

Care is also available at a daily rate of $15 (pre-care) and $20 (after-care) per child per day. Order daily care by phone: (847) 920-5360.


About the shows

The Sound of Music SOLD OUT

June 15-20, 2015

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Send the high-spirited postulant to care for seven motherless children! The kids learn to sing, their father learns to love, and they all inspire us to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” to reach our dreams!

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

June 22-27, 2015

Based on the movie musical, our mischievous candy man Willy Wonka creates a delicious dilemma for young Charlie Bucket. Featuring multiple Oompa-Loompas and naughty children, we’ll get a Golden Ticket to explore Wonka’s “Pure Imagination!”


July 6-11, 2015

With pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find a home and a family. While singing and dancing with the other orphans, she leads the charge against Miss Hannigan and lands in the luxurious world of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.

Fiddler on the Roof

July 13-18, 2015

As seen on the Light Opera Works main stage last summer, the villagers of Anatevka must decide to cling to their traditions or embrace the changing times. With beautiful melodies and unforgettable characters, this Tony Award-winning show is classic musical theater.

Shrek The Musical

July 20-25, 2015

In a faraway kingdom, Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront tiny Lord Farquaad and rescue feisty Princess Fiona. This dazzling adventure story is complete with exciting new songs and big group numbers like “I’m a Believer!”

Click here to read letters from kids and parents

Click here to meet the Workshop staff