Musical Theater

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.


SMASHUP! (students entering grades K-3*)


Dates: August 1-5, 2022 | Monday - Friday, 9 am - 1 pm | Performance: Friday, August 5 at 12:00 pm

Location: Evanston East campus, 1490 Chicago Avenue

Tuition: $285

Prerequisite: None

Camp Director: Matt Boresi

Registration deadline: June 15, 2022

*Students entering 3rd grade with performance experience may be permitted to register for the Broadway Bound two-week camp with camp director's approval factoring in the mean age of the Broadway Bound cohort.


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. Enjoy one or both week-long camps, each ending with a mini-musical created by the campers. Themes are chosen by students, with past themes having included: Lost in Space, Wizards and Cowpokes, and Atlantis Olympics. Daily schedule alternates acting, music, dance, and crafts.


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 week will culminate in a streamed performance of an original student-devised musical!


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