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2016 Summer Kids Workshop


Five separate
week-long sessions:

The Wizard of Oz

(ages 8-13)
July 11-16, 2016

The King and I
(ages 8-13)
July 18-23, 2016


Legally Blonde JR.
(ages 8-13)
July 25-30, 2015

Guys and Dolls JR.
(ages 8-13)
August 1-6, 2016

Into the Woods JR.
(ages 8-13)
August 8-13, 2016

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


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Teen My Fair Lady Workshop



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., The Ted Fund
and Yelp. 

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 2016, each based on a hit musical. Students may attend more than one workshop.

(Click HERE for Teen My Fair Lady 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 Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka.

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

Fee is $370 per student per workshop, due with enrollment. Fee is refundable
(less $25 processing fee) if cancellation is received in writing by June 27, 2016.
No refunds after June 27.

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 Wizard of Oz  SOLD OUT

July 11-16, 2016

Like so many girls, Dorothy Gale dreams of what lies over the rainbow. While travelling along the yellow brick road, Dorothy and her friends encounter the dangerous Wicked Witch and meet the mysterious Wizard of Oz!

The King and I

July 18-23, 2016

Drama and beauty come together in this timeless story, recently featured in Chicago and on Broadway! Rodgers and Hammerstein classics like "Getting to Know You" and "I Whistle a Happy Tune" bridge the gap between the traditions of the eastern and western worlds.

Legally Blonde JR.

July 25-30, 2016

Join us on a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons! Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Guys and Dolls JR.

August 1-6, 2016

From Times Square to Havana, from the mission to the Hot Box, this comedy bursts with energy! Find out if Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit change their gambling ways in big group numbers like "Luck be a Lady." Recently on the mainstage at Light Opera Works.

Into the Woods JR. SOLD OUT

August 8-13, 2016

Be careful what you wish for in this cockeyed fairytale! Your favorite Grimm characters sing
a deliciously intricate score by Stephen Sondheim as they search for meaning in their lives. Will they live happily ever after?

Click here to read letters from kids and parents

Click here to meet the Workshop staff