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As we move into Governor Pritzker's Phase Three for reopening Illinois, Theatre of Western Springs is excitedly preparing to return to a new normal. In order to reopen we need quite a few supplies to be ready. As a non-profit, we could use all of the help we can get with these health and safety supplies. We will greatly appreciate any donations.
For drop off, items can be left on the plastic bench by our front door - we'll check it daily.
Thank you!! And we hope to see you soon!


  • Bottles of Hand sanitizer (any size)
  • Surgical masks disposable
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Gloves for cleaning
  • Spray disinfectant (hospital grade)
  • Cloth washable/reusable masks
  • Paper towels or washable micro cloths
Please enjoy this video project created by over 60 of our Active Members!  Though we are apart, art continues to join us together..
Stay safe and be well, and enjoy this treat from us to you! Then, if you are able, please consider making a donation to TWS to help us weather this difficult time.
Your friends at TWS


Ok friends! Here we go! We are so excited to announce our fourth week of workshops for CT online. We ask your patience, as we are building an airplane while in flight! We will be adjusting our procedures throughout the week as we discover best practices together. We are super excited and our teachers can't WAIT to see you. Below you will find information to help. Email us with any questions or concerns. We will SEE you soon!

Who: CTWS/HSR Students from F19-S20
When: Schedule for 4/19-4/26
How: via ZOOM!
Join: Via webcam on the computer (preferred) or smartphone
Cost: FREE for F19-S20 students

All workshops use the same Zoom link- located below.

If you can't attend live, you can visit our new Online Workshop Hub for recordings. Watch this space, as some workshops may also ha pre-class uploads.

Technical Issues:
Text REMIND app
FB message us

Video: How to join a Zoom Meeting

Student/Parent Tips:

  • Parents are welcome to assist younger children
  • If possible try to get a video connection
  • Students will be "muted" upon entering the classroom
  • Please be respectful and try not to talk over one another
  • We will try to work with as many students as possible, but not every student may get coaching time. We all learn by observing also!
  • We are hoping to offer more workshops moving forward- if you have an idea for a workshop or a teacher you'd like to see- email us at

Upcoming Workshops | April 19-April 26

April 20, 4:00 pmApril 20, 7:00 pmApril 21, 4:00 pm
Dance With Disney
Grades: 3rd-8th
Grades 3rd-8th Get up and DANCE! Learn and love some great new moves to favorite tunes from shows like Madagascar & The LionKing. Beginners/Advanced are welcome to join the fun! Show off your moves!
Teacher: Cyndy Soumar
Grades: 6th-HS With six companies including Broadway, countless awards and a fan base aged 1-100, Hamilton continues to be a beloved musical theatre force to be reckoned with. Let's groove and move to some Hamilton! Remember that during this time you are"The one thing in life you can control!" Don't throw away your shot.
Teacher: Chelsea Ward
On-Camera Physical Comedy
Grades: 5th-HS We will practice some exciting and fun physical comedy, with a focus on being on camera! Let's learn to use our creativity and bodies to explore new techniques and skills.
Teacher: Scott Sawa
April 21, 7:00 pmApril 22, 4:00 pmApril 22, 7:00 pm

Make Stuff Up! (Improv & Drama Games)
Grades: 2nd-5th
We KNOW you can make up some brilliant things! Join us for some fun theatre & improv games to get your imagination up and running and your creativity hitting
home runs!
Teacher: Karen Holbert

Monologues: PerformancePiece & Training Tool
Grades: Jr High/HSR
When learning a monologue an actor begins the process of self-discovery, personal growth, and continued training. Come to class with a monologue you've always wanted to perform or choose a monologue from home or on-line from a play or movie that best showcases your strongest talent.
Teacher: Noha El-Ganzouri
Note: Samples & resources provided on the hub.
password: ctwsmagic

Act Like a Director
Grades: 7th-HS
A chance to talk and learn from TWS Artistic Associate, Greg Kolak. Greg has boasts an impressive directing track record of shows on dozens of stages. Learn some of the foundational principles of directing for the theatre. Bring your questions and be prepared to learn about the art of direction!
Teacher: Greg Kolak

April 23, 4:00 pmApril 23, 7:00 pmApril 24, 4:00 pm
Moving' with Maui & Moana
Grades: Kdg-2nd
Even though we can't go OUT to explore "the line where the sky meets the sea" right now, let's have some fun dancing and singing! We'll explore some games, characters and even learn a dance together using Disney's beloved Moana. Come and see how far you'll go!
Teacher: Lindsey Branson
Note: Download materials prior to class.
Accent on Acting
Grades: 5th-HS
We'll take some accent work and apply it to scenes and script. Learn how to apply your dialect, while still being understandable for theatre performance. We'll read some great scenes too!
Teacher: Andrew Pond
Note: Download materials prior to class.
Creating Your Own Work
Grades: HS
Whether it's a webseries or a podcast, an adaptation or a script, Chloe will talk about creating your own work in general, and specified to the projects you're interested in creating, whether you want to take the first steps during quarantine or make the whole thing by the time we're out!
Teacher: Chloe Baldwin
April 24, 7:00 pm

Songwriting from the Heart
Grades: 5th-HS
Have fun learning how to put your feelings into a song.
If you were with us last time, feel free to share
what you've written. If not, no worries, we'll catch you up!
Teacher: Joe Savino
Note: Download materials prior to class

HSR Virtual Staged Readings Workshop
April 26, 6:00 pm

NOTE: Pre-registration required for actors. HSR audience members welcome with no pre-registration.
Actor Registration Link
Join your fellow HSR friends as we present a series of Virtual Staged Readings via Zoom! All cast will be selected randomly and regardless of gender.
Teacher: David Rodriquez
Note: Download script: John Lennon & Me
Crucible Act 1
Crucible Act 2
Crucible Act 3
Crucible Act 4

We appreciate your support!

Like most theatres, we are experiencing challenges in these crazy times, with 100% of our
programming either canceled or on hold. We would SO appreciate any donation you can
give at this time. Also, there is an additional tax deduction for next year!



Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.




15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.




Sometimes what happens after last call just might change your life. One night in 1981, just as Jamie is closing the bar where he works, a desperate last-minute customer offers him and his girlfriend Abby two thousand dollars to sit and have a drink with him. Who wouldn't take it? As the trio swaps stories and Jamie considers the decisions he faces about his musical career and his future with his girlfriend Abby. the young couple begins to realize that this older man is unusually invested in their choices... and the reason he gives them is completely unbelievable. But when a very displeased second stranger arrives, the unbelievable begins to look like it just might be true. Now and Then is a heartfelt romantic comedy about the costs of the choices we make, and the people who make them with us.




Language lovers rejoice for Shaw's most enduring and endearing critique of high society at the turn of the century. When Eliza Doolittle volunteers as the subject for Henry Higgins' exciting social experiment, the optimistic flower girl opens the door to a world more fierce and complex than the dirty London streets. Filled with wit and wordplay, Pygmalion explores what defines who we are and who we might become.





Hamlet's a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Woman Playing Hamlet is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.




Just as Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.






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