(4th & 5th Graders)
The Troupe is a highly competitive, audition-only group that is led by brilliant artist Maggie Portman. The group was founded in 2017 and is for fourth and fifth grade students only. This group meets on Thursdays from 4 to 6 PM and on Saturdays from 12 to 2. The students perform two musicals per year at The Skokie Theatre, in December and May. Each student will be provided with a costume, a microphone and they will perform with full production values—wonderful sound, lights, props and costumes and a beautiful set. The students will learn how to work collaboratively, and in class they will learn character development, choreography and how to work and connect with their peers. This is a wonderful precursor to The Ensemble.
(6th, 7th & 8th Graders)
The Ensemble is a highly competitive audition-only group, developed in 2015 by Stacey Flaster and Liz Fauntleroy, mostly because they felt that middle-school aged kids 6th-8th grade, needed a place to perform high-level and quality musical theater productions. Using the experience that Stacey and Liz have gained from their professional backgrounds in musical theater around Chicago and beyond, they now share their collective knowledge and skills with the kids to create spectacular productions with top-notch production values. These high-level shows include great sound, live orchestras, fully realized and designed costumes, gorgeous sets and props and superb lighting. Rehearsals are weekly, Thursdays from 6 to 9 PM and Sundays from 12 to 5. In addition to rehearsing for the show, Stacey and Liz also invite between four and five guest artists and agents per year to work with the kids on different areas of the arts, such as dance, improv, on-camera acting, stage combat and many other areas. Included in the ensemble fee, the students will attend two professional musicals. There is one show per semester, one in December and one in May at The Skokie Theatre.