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 SPRING Semester begins:

Saturday, February 1, 2021

Session I SmashUp! begins: February 6, 2020

Session II SmashUp! begins: April 10, 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 new student registration fee may apply)
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:

February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27

Performance, following final class, March 27 at 11 am

Session 2:

April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Performance, following final class, May 29 at 11 am


 



Broadway Bound presents: Going Places
Grades 4-8* | 90 minutes
Tuition: $380.00 ($30 new student registration fee may apply)
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!

 

We've been cooped up for a long time, but using our voices, imagination, and the music of Broadway, this spring we're Going Places - in an original musical revue featuring songs about travelling to far off places (and coming home again) - including beloved numbers from such shows as Tangled, Shrek, Amelie, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Barnum, and more...


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

SPRING 2021 Class and Performance Schedule:
February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (Spring break March 29-April 4), April 10

Tech Week: Monday, April 12 - Thursday, April 15, 5-8 pm

PERFORMANCE: Friday, April 16 at 7 pm