Musical Theater

What's different about Musical Theater at MIC?

Matt Boresi, Artistic Director

 

The Musical Theater Program at the Music Institute of Chicago teaches the fundamentals of stage performance through work with musical theater professionals, while fostering creativity and problem-solving skills. The productions have a Chicago theatre aesthetic - physical, ensemble-based shows presented in our well-equipped black-box theater. Everyone is encouraged to discover and improve their acting, dancing, singing, stagecraft and, in some cases, writing skills. In addition to the vocal work done with their musical theater ensemble, students are encouraged to study voice privately with MIC's outstanding voice faculty.


Musical Theater Fall Semester begins:

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Session II SmashUp! Begins: November 7, 2020

 

Classes via Zoom

Classes will be taught via Zoom in an interactive style, with the intention to gradually incorporate a combination of remote and in-person teaching (for those who are interested). 

 

SmashUp!
Grades K-3* | 8 weeks | 60 minutes
Tuition:  $245.20 ($30 registration fee for new students)
Saturday 10 – 11 am
ONLINE via Zoom
 
Music, acting, dance, art and storytelling are “smashed up” into an original musical! Perfect for students interested in the fundamentals of creating and performing, or for boys and girls with an interest in the arts who just want to have a good time. The session ends in a performance of a mini-musical created by the campers. Themes are chosen by students, with past themes having included: Lost in Space, Wizards and Cowpokes, Penguin Party, and Atlantis Olympics.

 

The curriculum has been modified for a virtual setting and provides both a celebration of performance and lessons in fundamentals to take place in an enthusiastic, supportive, and creative environment. Virtual SmashUp! includes age-appropriate skill building in creating and acting a character, understanding of musical dynamics, tempo, and rhythmic patterns, facility with locomotive and non-locomotive dance, body patterning, and popular musical theatre moves, creative storytelling, and songwriting building blocks such as rhyme, repetition, scansion, and character-based lyrics. The class will culminate in a streamed performance of an original student-devised musical!


*Third graders may be admitted into Broadway Bound with director permission. Please e-mail Matt Boresi.

Session 1:
September 12, 19, 26 | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Performance, following final class, October 31 at 11 am
 
Session 2:
November 7, 14, 21 | December 5, 12, 19 | January 9, 16
Performance, following final class, January 16 at 11 am
 



Broadway Bound presents: 
Grades 4-8* | 90 minutes
Tuition: $380.00
Saturday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Classes via Zoom

We have altered the curriculum to be well-suited to provide acting, dancing, and singing fundamentals in a virtual, supportive art-making environment. Accompaniment/backing tracks will be used, students will experiment with virtual backgrounds, and focus on smaller movements versus large-scale staging. Students will be learning the same skills as an in person musical theater class, and putting on a really creative and innovative performance at the end!

Due to the move to virtual instruction, we will be working on an original show named Starfall, written by Broadway Bound director, Annabelle Revak.

Starfall is a musical fairy tale. Celia and Ash are two very unlikely friends: Celia lives in the stars, and Ash lives underground. On the evening of a great flood, Ash finds their way to the Earth's surface for the first time, and meets Celia. They are fascinated by each others' worlds, and struggle to understand each other while not being able to see each other. They must learn to show their friendship for one another in new ways, with some help from the Moon, the Stars, and a little bit of magic. In the end, the two learn that they can be friends from far away, and that everyone has a different perspective from which they see the world. 


*Third graders may be admitted into Broadway Bound with director permission. Please e-mail Matt Boresi.

CLASS SCHEDULE:
September 19, 26 | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14

Tech Week:  Monday, November 16–Thursday, November 19, 5-8 pm

 

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, November 20 at 7 pm
Saturday, November 21 at 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm