Chicago Children’s Theatre is thrilled to announce an exciting new partner in its ever growing roster of performing arts classes for newborns to young teens. Starting this Saturday, September 16, Chicago Children’s Theatre and The Second City are teaming to offer Improv with The Second City!
This new class runs every Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. through November 18. Classes are held at The Station, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new home, 100 S. Racine Streetin Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Suggested age range is 9 to 13. The fee for the full 10-week session is $225.
For more information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Station, (312) 374-8834.
Improv with The Second City! is for kids who want an introduction to improvisation. This class teaches kids basic skills in improv by using some of Second City’s famous tenets like creating a supportive environment and employing the concept of “Yes, and.”
Educators from The Second City gets kid on their feet and present them with a whole new way to learn how to work with others. The class is a great opportunity to meet new friends by providing an opportunity to have fun and be creative with other kids in activities that aren’t necessarily sports related. The games and exercises develop social skills and confidence, with a focus on physical expression as well as verbal communication. A key class goal is for kids to learn how to work and have fun together with others.
“The Station wants to become the hub for the highest quality acting and performance training for young people in Chicago, and we are doing that in part by partnering with Chicago’s finest institutions and professionals in their field,” explained Frank Maugeri, Community Programs Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre. “In addition to The Second City, we’re forging great partnerships with Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms early childhood music program, Actor’s Gymnasium for aerial arts and The Happiness Club for music and song.”
“For years we have been improvising, playing and all around laughing our butts off with students at our location in Old Town,” said Anthony Lombard, Kid and Teen Program Assistant, The Second City. “We are incredibly excited to bring our brand of improv education to a new group of aspiring comedians on the west side!”
Registration is open for the Fall 2017 session, running 10 weeks, now through November 18, 2017. Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/classes to choose from a dynamic array of classes for children ages 0 to 14, including classes taught by CCT’s own teaching artists like Hip Hop 4 Totz, Bubble Jams and Taking the Stage. Classes at The Station are fun, help kids build confidence, overcome fears, solve problems, boost creativity, think fast on their feet, be better team players and, ultimately, gain a competitive edge. For more information, email Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Education department at email@example.com or call The Station, (312) 374-8834.
About the new Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station
Chicago Children’s Theatre has transformed the former 12th District Police Station, located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood at 100 S. Racine Avenue, at the intersection of Racine and Monroe Street, into its first permanent home. The new Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, opened its doors in January 2017, and now serves as a beautiful, mixed-use, centrally-located performing arts, education and community engagement facility that welcomes all Chicago families.
For its 2017-18 season launching this fall, Chicago Children’s Theatre will present five terrific new productions in The Station’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre, starting with a reimagined production of A Year with Frog and Toad, the Tony-nominated musical based on Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad book series, directed by Stuart Carden, with musical director Andra Velis Simon (September 19-October 29, 2017). Next, children of all ages are invited to enjoy a spot of tea or hot cocoa with CCT’s friends from the English Lake District at the Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, an interactive trunk-style show directed by Will Bishop and designed by Grace Needlman (December 2-17).
After the new year, at a magical birthday party, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children will explore their friendship in My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, a world premiere written and directed by Gloria Bond Clunie (January 16-February 18, 2018). In the spring, The Station itself transforms into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, titled An Epic Tale of Scale, written and directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by CCT Community Programs Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, with original music by Gabriel Ruiz. Think The Magic School Bus meets Sleep No More, and you’re close for an encounter that surely defies description (March 10-April 8).
For its finale, Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will debut Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson. Playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated children’s books ever, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Back are Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and his son, Paris Ray Dozier, the musical duo behind the company’s 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, to create the show’s original score. Henry Godinez directs with Andra Velis Simon, music director (Apr. 24-June 3).
Savvy, culturally inclined families know they can save lots of money with Chicago Children’s Theatre 2017-18 multi-show Subscription Packages, now on sale atchicagochildrenstheatre.org or by calling (872) 222-9555. Choose between pre-built packages by age range, or a Choose Your Own package for maximum flexibility. Benefits include flexible ticketing exchange, a 10% discount and no processing fees on additional tickets, and discounts on classes and camps at Chicago Children’s Theatre.
In addition to a full slate of shows in the Pritzker Family Studio, The Station has four classrooms for a year-round roster of classes and camps for toddlers to teens, along with a variety of community engagement programs. Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/education for the full roster of educational offerings.
Additionally, CCT now has a dedicated space at The Station for Red Kite programming for children on the autism spectrum and other special needs. The all-new Red Kite Treasure Adventure, an interactive theatrical experience created by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, will debut February 2-March 4, 2018. Inspired by characters from Edith Nesbit's The Story of the Treasure Seekers, this intimate production creates a safe and exciting theatrical environment for young people with autism and their families. Chicago Children’s Theatre’s annual Camp Red Kite, the only summer arts camp of its kind in Chicago, now has a permanent home at The Station as well. Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/redkiteproject to learn more.
Led by Co-Founders, Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, Board President Eric Neveux and Community Programs Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, Chicago Children’s Theatre is supported by a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals from the fields of entertainment, philanthropy and business. Chicago Children's Theatre is sponsored in part by Goldman Sachs Gives, ComEd, JP Morgan Chase and US Bank. For more information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
About The Second City
The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and has since grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theatre and school of improvisation—with live shows every night in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood. Bernard Sahlins, Howard Alk and Paul Sills, son of teacher Viola Spolin, founded the theater as a place where scenes and story were created improvisationally, using techniques that grew out of the innovative techniques Spolin developed and taught. The Second City chose its self-mocking name from the title of an article about Chicago by A. J. Liebling that appeared in The New Yorker in 1952.
Andrew Alexander and his recently deceased partner Len Stuart acquired The Second City in 1987. Andrew Alexander has helmed the Second City for 42 years and has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including “SCTV,” “Second City Presents” and “Next Comedy Legend.” Since its debut, The Second City has been a launching pad for comedians, actors, directors and others working in show business. Notable alumni include Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, John Belushi, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Jeff Garlin, Ian Gomez, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Kind, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Andrea Martin, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers, Amy Sedaris, Martin Short, George Wendt and Fred Willard, among many others.
For more, visit secondcity.com.