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


Classes initially via Zoom

Classes will initially 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). MIC will proceed with an abundance of caution, basing all decisions on the most current guidelines provided by the CDC and the governor.


Grades K-3* | 8 weeks | 60 minutes
Tuition:  $245.20
Saturday 10 – 11 am
Evanston Downtown – 1702 Sherman Avenue
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: Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach**
Grades 4-8* | 180 minutes
Tuition: $600
Saturday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Evanston Downtown – 1702 Sherman Ave

We have altered the curriculum to be well-suited to provide acting, dancing, and singing fundamentals in a virtual, supportive art-making environment. The fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit - Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with James and the Giant Peach are endless. Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new Broadway material.

*Third graders may be admitted into Broadway Bound with director permission. Please e-mail Matt Boresi.
**Pending licensing approval from Music Theatre International

September 12, 19, 26 | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14

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


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

Practice tip from Music Institute Faculty member Carrie Anselmo, violin
Practicing SMART

Advice from Carrie Anselmo, Suzuki violin faculty