CTWS Boot Camp

Introducing BOOT CAMP CLASSES! These classes are short, intense, focused and FUN! Up for a challenge? Boot camps are great for students wanting to up their game. Perfect for students looking to get in more experience, expand their skills, and gain more momentum. We also welcome newer students who would like to try theatre! Six weeks- Just $75!!!!!

Boot Camp 1: Disneymania: Musical Theatre (Kdg-1st grade) Wed 4:00 pm

Welcome to Disney boot camp! In this class for our youngest performers, we will focus on confidence, stage presence and using our imaginations. We’ll also learn singing and dancing for some of our favorite Disney songs! Performers will walk away with increased confidence, acting skills, performance chops and a whole lot of fun. *This class does not host an open house.

  • Week 1: Imagination/storytelling/theatre games
  • Week 2: Stage directions/basic stage presence
  • Week 3: Singing fundamentals
  • Week 4: Dancing fundamentals
  • Week 5: Using scripts/performing scenes
  • Week 6: Theatre games/review/practice all songs and dances

Boot Camp 2: Acting/Creating Characters (2nd grade - 5th grade) Wed 5:00 pm

Perfect for actors who want to take their acting game to the next level! We’ll learn how to create all kinds of characters and then apply them to performing in scenes with scripts. Students will get plenty “ of “reps” to get up and perform their characters and try new things. This class is focused and intense while still being fun. Be ready to work and find your creative characters. *This class does not host an open house.

  • Week 1: Creating characters from fairy tales/animals 
  • Week 2: Using our bodies: quirks, voices, and physicality
  • Week 3: Reacting, playing emotions and creating authenticity
  • Week 4: Silly Scenes & improv
  • Week 5: Serious Scenes & auditioning
  • Week 6: Theatre  & character games

Boot Camp 3: Jr High/High School Improv Explosion (6th grade - High School) Wed 5:00 pm

Improv is like going to the gym: getting in “reps” is always helpful to make you better and stronger! This class will focus on getting performers up and on their feet quickly. Plenty of side coaching and feedback from the teacher will help students improve and expand their improvisation and performance skills. *This class does not host an open house.

  • Week 1: Scene starters and igniters/environment
  • Week 2: Characters
  • Week 3: Serious improv/improv to scene
  • Week 4: Musical improv/singing improv  & competitive improv
  • Week 5: Storytelling improv/puns/jokes & long form
  • Week 6: Short form fun

You’ll be introduced to different teachers and disciplines in this fast-paced 6-week class. *Note: this class is not eligible to audition for a production and does not have an open house. Boot Camp classes meet on Wednesdays for 1 hour. $75

Boot Camp 1:

Kdg-1st grade: Wednesdays, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Boot Camp 2:

2nd grade - 5th grade: Wednesdays, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Boot Camp 3:

6th grade - High School: Wednesdays, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Teachers: CTWS Faculty

4 Responses

  1. Hello, I’m very interested in getting my two boys to join the theater. Was going to sign them up for one of the summer programs because they will have finished their first full year of Kindergarten by then. But I just received the email about the boot camps. Would children who are currently in kindergarten be able to register for the boot camp? I believe it’s the one at 4pm on Wednesday’s. Also, would that be a better first step than just signing up for one of the summer shows, and spending $400 each without any previous experience? We used to watch the children’s shows at the Western Springs Theater all the time, but haven’t been in over 5 years. Do we first need to join the theater as a member? Thank you so much for your time! Natalie Spetter
    • Eddie Sugarman
      Hello! If your children are currently enrolled in kindergarten, they can definitely enroll in Boot Camp#1. You do not have to be a member of the theatre to take classes through the Children's Theatre. I hope this helps! Please call 708-246-4043 if you have any questions.
  2. Do you have another spring boot camp after this? It looks like we already missed the first week.
    • Eddie Sugarman
      Hi, I am sorry this is our only boot camp offering this spring and registration is closed. Registration is now open for summer camp! There are many great camps that we offer during our summer session. Please take a moment to check out our wide range of offerings. If our summer session won't work for you, we also hope to offer boot camp during our fall semester.