Provision Theater Youth Program

The snow is gone, and the rain is here…what’s next? Maybe some sun and warm weather? I sure hope so because here at Provision Theater, we’re getting ready for the spring session of after-school classes and summer camps for kids ages 5-16! So for all you parents out there, this is a great activity for kids—whether you’re in the heart of downtownChicagoor the surrounding suburbs and are looking for activities for your children!

All classes and camps will be held on stage in Provision’s state-of-the-art theater! So, just picture this: your children getting the chance to be up on the same stage that professional actors and actresses have performed on in some of the biggest shows seen in the beautiful city of Chicago! It’s so easy to register, too! Simply click here and you will be taken directly to the spring and summer registration forms. There is a complete list of classes for different age groups on Provision Theater’s website under the Education tab. Spring Classes begin the week of March 25th and run for eight weeks.  Class days, times, age groups, and pricing can be found on the website…class descriptions are coming soon!

As far as Summer Camps go, all camps run Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  There will be a different theme for each week which will culminate in a dynamic showcase production for family and friends!

Week 1: “Shrek” June 18-22 (ages 5-7)

Week 2: “Annie” June 25-29 (ages 7-9)

Week 3: “Newsies” July 9-13 (ages 9-11)

Week 4: “Glee” July 16-20 (ages 12-16)

Week 5: “The Muppets” July 23-27 (ages 5-7)

Week 6: “Cinderella” July 30-Aug. 3 (ages 7-9)

Week 7: “Spelling Bee” Aug. 6-10 (ages 9-11)

Week 8: “CampRock” Aug. 13-17 (ages 7-9)

Priscilla Hummel, Director of Education, is in charge of organizing the Provision Theater Youth Program, which originally kicked off in the summer of 2010.  Hummel says that classes and camps fill up quickly, so sign up TODAY! This is such a great opportunity, but there are other great aspects that should definitely be taken advantage of, like special discounts, for example!

If you register by February 27th, you save 10% on your class or camp tuition! You can also sign up a sibling, recruit a new student or camper, or sign up for more than one class or camp and save 10%! And just when you thought it couldn’t get better than this, if you recruit 10 or more new students or campers, you could save 50% on your child’s class or camp tuition!  Keep in mind, however, that all of these discounts are limited to one per student or camper per session.

In the spring of 2011, Provision’s Education Program expanded to include Theater for Young Audiences featuring the musical production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.  The Theater for Young Audiences programming continues this season with the upcoming production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, opening Saturday, May 5th and running every Saturday at 12pm and 2pm.

“We decided to produce this one-act musical because it is a perfect show for children and family audiences: it is a beloved, classic fairy tale full of magic, wonder, and inspiration,” says Hummel. “The show is written by a well-known Chicago theatre artist, Marc Robin, who is an accomplished playwright, composer, lyricist, and director.  JACK AND THE BEANSTALK features a cast of six professional actors who will bring the story to life in a fresh new way.”

To purchase tickets or obtain more information—including details about post-show talk-backs, workshops, and “Character Picnics on the Lawn”—check out Provision’s Education Page on the website!

“We are finally launching the latest component of the Education Program which is the Educational Outreach Program,” says Hummel, “which will offer one-act productions to elementary and middle school students acrossChicagothat highlight social and educational issues that they face in their academic environment.”

An example of one of the one-act productions is CAMP SUPER FRIEND by Bethany Wallace. The show is about a young boy named Marvel—a superhero who can read and retain information at super-speed—who is nervous about going to summer camp for the first time.  The show features themes such as forming friendships, celebrating one’s unique gifts and talents, respecting other people’s differences, being a positive ally, building teamwork skills, and recognizing and reporting negative behavior.  Provision has done two performances of CAMP SUPER FRIEND so far:  one for Old St. Mary’s–which was performed at their school–and one forPolarisCharterAcademy–which we performed at Provision, a field trip experience for their students. CAMP SUPER FRIEND is just one of the outreach productions that Provision plans to offer to schools across the Chicago-land area for the 2012-2013 school year.

“My favorite part of working with children is seeing the joy in their eyes when they have a new creative experience,” says Hummel, “whether it’s an artistic breakthrough in the classroom, on stage as a performer, or taking in their first professional theatre experience as an audience member.”

So, we hope to see you this spring and summer for all the festivities!

By: Christine Petrick