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AUDITIONS!

Wilmette Dance Team Auditions
Saturday, August 28
, 2-3 pm
Age 6-17

The recently revamped Wilmette Dance Team is looking for enthusiastic dancers to join the fun! Plans for the new season include community outreach, local performances, participation in our annual Nutcracker production, competitions and events throughout the year. Dancers age 6 and older with a minimum of one year of dance experience are invited to audition. To secure an audition, email danceteam@wilpark.org.
FREE; click on the title, above, to register


Nutcracker Actor Auditions
Sunday, August 29, 1-3 pm

Actors ages 7+ are welcome to audition for featured roles in our annual production of the Nutcracker. Interested participants must have one prior year of experience in acting or dance, and must be enrolled in a Late Fall theater program to be eligible for a featured role. Upon casting, information will be given regarding rehearsals, fees and performances. For questions, contact Wendy Avon at theater@wilpark.org.
FREE; click on the title, above, to register

Wilmette Mini Improv and Improv Troupe Auditions
Monday, October 11, 5:15-7:15

We are searching for the silly, the zany and the fearless to join the Wilmette Improv Troupes! This year-long program will teach students the art of improv, including timing, confidence, and content, all the while having fun as a team. Students are asked to perform a one-minute contemporary and/or original monologue to audition. Students age 8 and higher, please email theater@wilpark.org to schedule an audition time.


NUTCRACKER 2021

Nutcracker Actors and Dancers!
Calling all dancers and actors age 4-13! If you have ever wanted to participate in our annual and unique production of the Nutcracker, this non-audition class is for you. Students will learn an original piece for the annual production held at the CRC in December. Fees include costumes, and detailed information is distributed in November. No classes November 25, 26 and 27.

ACTORS: Age 4-6

R-$120/NR-$140

6 weeks
223131-01 Th
3:45-4:30 pm
10/21-12/2
223131-02 Th 4:30-5:15 pm
10/21-12/2

DANCERS: Age 5-7

R-$170/NR-$205

10 weeks
223129-01 M
4:15-5 pm
9/27-11/29
223129-02 Sa 12:30-1:30 pm
9/25-12/4

DANCERS: Age 7-10

R-$170/NR-$205

10 weeks
223129-03 M
5-6 pm
9/27-11/29
223129-04 Sa 12:30-1:30 pm
9/25-12/4

DANCERS: Age 10-13

R-$170/NR-$205

10 weeks
223129-05 M
6-7 pm
9/27-11/29
223129-06 Sa 11:30-12:30 pm
9/25-12/4


Wilmette Children's Theater Information

GENERAL INFO:
WCT Minis are open to children in Grades 1-4
Regular WCT programming is open to children in Grades 5-8

Wilmette Children's Theater 21-22 Season

Wilmette Children's Theater Fall Production: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Auditions: August 21 for Grades 5-8
Shows: October 8-10 and 15-17

Wilmette Children's Theater Winter Mini Productions: Annie Kids and 101 Dalmatians
Auditions: November 13 for Grades 1-4
Shows: February 11-13 and 18-20, 2022

Wilmette Children's Theater Spring Production: Legally Blonde
Auditions: December 13 and 14 for Grades 5-8
Shows: March 11-13 and 18-20, 2022

Wilmette Children's Theater Alumni Student-Directed Shows
Audition Tapes Due February 21 for Grades 1-5
Shows: May 19-22, 2022

For more information, please email theater@wilpark.org


CLASSES

No class: September 6, 7 or 16

PARENT & TOT CLASSES

New Family Fiddle
Age 1-4 w/adult

Family Fiddle with Miss Emily incorporates fiddle tunes and exploration, ukulele singalongs, movement and stimulating instrument play, and is perfect for the development of the toddler age range!

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
113041-01
Tu
1-1:45 pm 8/24-10/12

Art For Wee Twos and Threes
Age 2-3 w/adult

We introduce your tot to the wonderful world of art in this exploratory class. Instructors work with tots as caregivers lend a helping hand with each unique project. We use a variety of materials to allow for individual discovery and creativity. A maximum of two children may enroll with one adult. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers welcome.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
124077-01 M 9:15-10 am 8/23-10/11
124077-02 Th 10:45-11:30 8/26-10/14

Move With Me
Is your little dancer not ready to attend a class alone? Move with Me is the perfect class for you and your tot together. Learn movement and expression through exploring creative dance in a fun environment enriched with props, music, and dance-along games, designed to introduce children to this beautiful art form!

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123000-01 24-30 MONTHS
W 9:30-10:15 am 8/25-10/13
123000-02 15-24 MONTHS
W
10:15-11 am 8/25-10/13
123000-03 15-30 MONTHS
F
10:30-11:15 am 8/27-10/15
123000-04 15-30 MONTHS
Sa
9-9:45 am 8/28-10/16


PRESCHOOL CLASSES

Creative Dance
Age 2.5-3
A class for our youngest dancers who love to move! With exercises designed around expression through movement, we prepare them for future dance classes by teaching basic steps, classroom etiquette, listening and dancing to different music styles/tempos, all within a fun and supportive environment. Please note: this is not a parent and child class.

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123001-01 W 11-11:45 am 8/25-10/13
123001-03 Sa 9-9:45 am 8/28-10/16
R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123001-02 Th 9:45-10:30 am 8/26-10/14

Pre Ballet
Age 3-4
This class is for dancers who are beginning to understand basic steps and musicality. Students begin developing their ballet technique and placement, and start to become familiar with proper terminology. Pre Ballet includes barre work, center floor and across-the-floor exercises, and free dance, all designed to provide true ballet training with classical music.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123002-01 M 5-5:45 pm 8/23-10/11
123002-03 Th 11:30 am-12:15 pm 8/26-10/14
R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123002-02 W 1-1:45 pm 8/25-10/13
123002-04 Sa 9:45-10:30 am 8/28-10/16
123002-05 Sa 10:45-11:30 am 8/28-10/16

Pre Hip Hop
Age 3-4

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123029-01 F 9:45-10:30 am 8/27-10/15

Come Clay With Me
Age 3-5 w/adult
Work side-by-side with your child as you learn basic ceramic and glazing techniques in this versatile medium. As your child grows, continue in future sessions where you and your child can fine-tune your skills and develop more intricate projects. A maximum of two children may enroll with one adult. Parents, grandparents and caregivers welcome!

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
124011-01 M 10:30-11:15 am 8/23-10/11
R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
124011-02 Sa 9:15-10 am 8/28-10/16

Play In a Box
Age 3-6
Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan...each week, your Preschooler will participate in a brand new play. Parents receive a list of stories at the start of the session. We begin each class with reading a story, and then we bring it to life! Students take turns being each character, using imaginative skills and learning basic narration skills.

R-$231/NR-$289

7 weeks
113009-01 Th 3:15-4:15 pm 8/26-10/14

Ballet
Age 4-5
The most essential style of dance, ballet focuses on grace, poise and strength, through technique and choreography.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123003-01 BALLET Tu 3:15-4 pm
8/24-10/12
123203-01 BALLET/TAP Th 10:30-11:30 am 8/26-10/14
R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123003-02 BALLET Sa 9:45-10:30 am 8/28-10/16
123210-01 BALLET/HIP HOP W 3-4 pm 8/25-10/13

Hip Hop
Age 4-5
Get your groove on! This class explores the foundations of dance in a fun environment, with funky and fun soundtracks to match.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123030-01 Th 12:15-1 pm 8/26-10/14

NEW Science & Art
Age 4-6
How are rainbows made? What are the effects of chemical reactions? We can hear sound, but can you SEE it? Come open your mind to creativity!

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
124012-01 W 1:45-2:30 pm 8/25-10/13

Gym 'N' Art
Age 4-6
Youngsters spend 45 minutes in gymnastics and 45 minutes in art class making projects from clay, paint, paper and more. Some classes may be split on the first day depending on size of enrollment.

R-$192/NR-$240

7 weeks
124014-01 M 1-2:30 pm 8/23-10/11
124014-02 Th 1-2:30 pm 8/26-10/14

New Gym & Jam
Age 4-6
Active kiddos start this class with 45 minutes of Hip Hop, and are then escorted to 45 minutes of gymnastics.

R-$224/NR-$280

8 weeks
123060-01 F
11:15 am-12:45 pm 8/27-10/15


YOUTH CLASSES

Ballet
The most essential style of dance, ballet focuses on grace, poise and strength, through technique and choreography.

Age 5-7

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123204-01 BALLET/TAP M 5:45-6:45 pm
8/23-10/11
123004-01 BALLET Tu 3:45-4:45 pm 8/24-10/12
123226-01 BALLET/JAZZ Tu 4-5 pm 8/24-10/12

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123211-01 BALLET/HIP HOP Sa 10:30-11:30 am 8/28-10/16

Age 7-10

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123005-01 BALLET Tu 4:45-5:45 pm 8/24-10/12

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
123241-01 BALLET/TAP/HIP HOP
Sa 11:30 am-12:30 pm 8/28-10/16

Dance Club
Age 7-10
An extension of our extremely popular Dance Camp! This club is designed for dancers who love learning a variety of styles, excited about surprises, and are looking to make friends. Dance Club will incorporate different styles of dance class each week, along with fun activities to support team building in a fun and friendly environment.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123232-01 DANCE CLUB
M 6:45-7:45 pm 8/23-10/11

Paint & Clay
The child who likes both paint and clay will love the format of this class: some classes focus on ceramic handbuilding and glazing, while other classes concentrate on painting techniques such as sponge and brush.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
124013-01 AGE 4-6
M 3-4 pm 8/23-10/11
124013-02 AGE 7-10
M
4:15-5:15 pm
8/23-10/11

NEW Kids Knit
Age 7-10
The knit stitch is the only stitch you need to get started knitting beautiful items for yourself, or as gifts. Once you know how to cast on, knit a simple knit stitch, and cast off, you can create a multitude of projects. In this class, You'll learn how to cast yarn on to knitting needles, how to make the knit stitch, and you're on your way to scarves, coasters, cup cozies, hats, washcloths, fingerless gloves...even sweaters! We will talk about how important counting stitches and rows are, how the type and thickness of yarn and the size of needles can change projects, and how to choose the right needles for your project.

R-$112/NR-$140


8 weeks
124027-01
W 4:15-5:15 pm 8/25-10/13

Pinterest Art Class
Explore the newest art trends in this unique crafting class! Each week will explore a different kind of creative project-from upcycled jewelry to macrame and weaving, wall art and dream catchers...we pick our projects based on what's popular and exciting. Students will complete several projects and share pictures of them on our community "Pinterest" board in the Art Studio.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
124008-01 AGE 5-7 Tu 3:45-4:45 pm 8/24-10/12
124008-02 AGE 7-10 Tu 5-6 pm 8/24-10/12

Art Club
An exclusive membership club for creative kids of all ages. We explore new mediums and techniques each week. Members learn drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic painting, clay, glass fusion, and so much more! Members will take a field trip to a local gallery and/or have a local artist work with the club. A club t-shirt is included with membership.

R-$98/NR-$123


7 weeks
124016-01 AGE 5-7: MINI Th 4-5 pm 8/27-10/14
R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
124016-02 AGE 7-10: YOUTH
F
5:15-6:15 pm 8/28-10/15

Drawing
Age 5-7
Explore the fundamentals of shading, weight, depth and perspective. After two sessions of Drawing class, students will be welcome to register for Advanced Drawing, where they can hone their skills and tackle more complex subjects. Both levels of drawing will use various media, such as pencil, ink and charcoal, as well as different papers and canvases.

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
124066-01 W 3-4 pm 8/25-10/13

Little Imps
Age 6-9
Kids are great at making things up! Little Imps is the class to mold that imagination into an art form. Students will review the basic tenets of improv through dynamic theater games and character development activities.

R-$231/NR-$289

7 weeks
113021-01 Th 5:15-6:15 pm
8/26-10/14

IT'S BACK! Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale
Age 6-14
The Evanston Children's Choir is excited to partner with the Wilmette Park District in this venture! This is a mixed-age, mixed-level choir for grades 1-8, focusing on exploring music from pop and contemporary genres while using it as a vehicle for developing good vocal skills and habits, and simply experiencing the joy of singing. Material is adapted to suit the group as a whole, and individual members take on roles within the group appropriate for their ability levels. No audition is required--just sign up and sing!

R-$375/NR-$469

13 weeks
113027-01 F 4:30-5:30 pm 9/10-12/3

Ceramics
Age 7-10
Our most popular art program is now designed to help student progress in this wonderful medium! Coils, slabs, clay sculpting and glazing techniques will be taught on an appropriate level for each class.

R-$112/NR-$140

8 weeks
124020-01 W 4-5 pm 8/25-10/13
124020-02 W 5:15-6:15 pm 8/25-10/13

Scene Study
Age 9-12
Create strong characters through an ensemble, monologues, writing scripts, scene assignments and improvisation. Each student also explores how to lead the class through warm-ups and theater games.

R-$231/NR-$289

7 weeks
113010-01 Th 6:15-7:15 pm 8/26-10/14


TEEN AND TWEEN CLASSES

NEW Jewelry Making
Age 10-13
Design and style come together in this fun class! Students begin with the basics by getting to know the tools of the trade and practicing jewelry-making skills such as crimping, measuring and designing their own pieces and patterns. Once the basics have been mastered, students advance to more complex techniques, introducing wireworking, multiple strand designs, ombre patterns, and earring-making using high quality findings, glass beads & pearls, tassels and metal beads. Projects may include: Beaded Bracelets, Chokers, Anklets & Necklaces; Earrings; Charm Placement; Wire & Fiber use in Jewelry Making; Wire Wrapping & Simple Loops; Two & Three Strand Beaded Designs; Seed Bead Jewelry. All materials are included!

R-$137/NR-$165

8 weeks
124032-01
F 5:15-6:15 pm
8/27-10/15

Ballet/Jazz Dance
Age 10-13
The most essential style of dance, ballet focuses on grace, poise and strength, through technique and choreography. In this class, we also explore Jazz, a form of dance based in ballet that utilizes more dynamic movements, angular shapes, isolations of the body, and stylized rhythm. Classes focus on flexibility and strength while learning turns and leaps.

R-$98/NR-$123

7 weeks
123228-01 Tu 5-6 pm 8/24-10/12

Art Club: Tween
Age 10-13
An exclusive membership club for creative kids. We explore new mediums and techniques each week. Members learn drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic painting, clay, glass fusion, and so much more! Members will take a field trip to a local gallery and/or have a local artist work with the club. A club t-shirt is included with membership.

R-$112/NR-$140


8 weeks
124016-03
W 6:30-7:45 pm 8/25-10/13

NEW Textiles
Age 10-13
If you're interested in designing and redesigning, this class is for you. Textiles are made from many materials, with four main sources: animal (wool, silk); plant (cotton, flax, jute, bamboo); mineral (asbestos, glass fibre); and synthetic (nylon, polyester, acrylic, rayon). In this class, we will explore the various textiles, and learn how to create our own showpieces.

R-$112/NR-$140


8 weeks
124026-01
Tu
6:15-7:15 pm 8/24-10/12

NEW Pop Art
Age 10-13
By creating paintings or sculptures of mass culture objects and media stars, the Pop Art movement aimed to blur the boundaries between "high" art and "low" culture. The concept that there is no hierarchy of culture, and that art may borrow from any source, is foundational in Pop Art. Modeling works by artists such as Lichtenstein, Warhol, Haring and Hockney, students will create their own works in this widely discussed style.

R-$98/NR-$123


7 weeks
124036-01
Th
5-6 pm 8/26-10/14

NEW Expressionism
Age 10-13
Expressionism
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream-Vincent van Gogh
Expressionism refers to art in which the image of reality is distorted in order to make it expressive of the artist's inner feelings or ideas. In this class, students will focus on capturing emotions and feelings, rather than what the subject actually looks like, using vivid colors and bold strokes.

R-$112/NR-$140


8 weeks
124064-01
W 5:30-6:30 pm 8/25-10/13

On The Wheel
Age 10-14
Beginning and continuing students explore throwing techniques on the potter's wheel. We concentrate on centering and throwing, and practice the art of pulling handles and trimming. Glazes in different brush methods finish our pieces. We also cover hand-building techniques. Students are encouraged to continue beyond one session to learn proper technique and work on more advanced projects.

R-$174/NR-$218

7 weeks
124021-01 M 5:30-6:45 pm 8/23-10/11
R-$199/NR-$249

8 weeks
124021-02
Sa 10:30-11:45 am 8/28-10/16

Theatrical Studies
Age 11-18
Students will intensely study character development through improvisational games and sketch comedy, and have the opportunity to sharpen their audition skills through practicing cold readings and monologues from several scripted shows. This is an advanced theater class; prior theater experience or instructor approval is required for enrollment.

R-$231/NR-$289


7 weeks
113018-01
Tu 5-6:30 pm 8/24-10/12

NEW Mind Unzipped: Journaling 101
Age 14 & up, with or without an adult (register separately)
Keep your thoughts organized, relieve stress, set and achieve goals, jot down ideas on-the-go, and inspire creativity. Starting with a blank journal, students will learn how to create sections, maximize space and organize thoughts, penning their way to achievement and clarity through artistic expression. Most supplies are included (the journal, a set of brush pens, and an outlining pen). Students are also welcome to bring their own embellishments throughout the session.

R-$112/NR-$140


7 weeks
124054-01
Tu 7:30-8:30 pm 8/24-10/12


ADULT CLASSES

Modern Square Dance
Age 10 & up
Today's Square Dancing does not involve frilly petticoats, cowboy shirts and old fashioned music. We wear what we like and dance to everything from the Beatles to modern country to pop favorites. It's not even dancing...it's walking to the music. This class is designed to bring you onto a co-ed team made up of couples and singles: no partner required! All that is necessary is the ability to sustain a fast walking pace, a positive attitude and a desire to have fun! Free intro dates are August 16 and 22. To RSVP, email dwmischler@gmail.com. No class: September 6

R-$185/NR-$232

16 weeks
123238-01 M
7-9 pm 8/23-12/13

Adult Ceramics
Age 18 & up
This multi-level class is designed to introduce new participants to techniques involved in hand building, throwing on the wheel and glazing a variety of clay forms, as well as building the experience and knowledge of the long-time student. We provide all materials including clay, glaze and basic tools. No class: September 16

R-$225/NR-$282

6 weeks
124022-01 Th
10 am-12:30 pm 9/2-10/14


PRIVATE LESSONS

Ukulele Lessons
Age 5 & up
E Komo Mau (welcome) to all young musicians wishing to explore the gentle art of ukulele playing. Learn the basics of ukulele, including chords, strumming patterns and fundamentals of music. Students should purchase the Soprano Ukulele Beginner by Everjoys.

R-$344/NR-$430

8 weeks
113096-01 W 2:30-9 pm 8/25-10/13
113096-02 Th 2:30-9 pm 8/26-10/14


Piano Lessons
Age 5 and up
Beginners can learn the fundamentals of piano playing such as the layout of the keyboard, keys, notes and hand positioning. As students progress, goals will include memorization, increased reading skills, and a wider exploration of more complex songs. Select your class time online when registering.

R-$301/NR-$377

7 weeks
113060 M 3:30-8 pm
8/23-10/11
113061 Tu 3:30-8 pm 8/24-10/12
113063-01 Th 3:30-8 pm 8/26-10/14
R-$344/NR-$430

8 weeks
113062-01 W 2:30-8:30 pm 8/25-10/13
113065 Sa 9 am-1 pm 8/28-10/16
Violin Lessons
Age 5 & up

Tailored for students of all ages and skill levels, violin lessons use a combination of techniques as appropriate to each student including Suzuki, traditional or a combination of both. Select your class time online when registering.
R-$301/NR-$377

7 weeks
113044 Th 2:30-5:30 pm 8/26-10/14
R-$344/NR-$430

8 weeks
113045 F 2:30-6 pm 8/27-10/15

NEW Dance Lessons
Age 7 & up
Dive deeper into the intricacies of your preferred style. Each 30-minute lesson will be built to focus on the student's goals in ballet, jazz, pointe preparation, contemporary, poms technique and audition preparation. The instructor will contact you to arrange the lesson time.

R-$301/NR-$377

7 weeks
123250-01 M 7:15-9 pm
8/23-10/11
123250-02 Tu 6:30-9 pm 8/24-10/12
123250-03 F 4-9 pm 8/27-10/15
123250-04 Sa 1:30-3:30 pm 8/28-10/16
Acting Lessons
Age 7 & up

Each 30-minute private lesson is structured to personally meet the needs of the individual student. In each lesson, the instructor includes audition coaching, monologue selection and preparation, character development and personalized tips on how to build and maintain confidence and stage presence.
R-$387/NR-$483

7 weeks
113015-01 Tu 6:30-8 pm 8/24-10/12
R-$442/NR-$553

8 weeks
113015-02 Sa 9 am-1 pm
8/28-10/16

Guitar Lessons
Age 8 & up
Students of all skill levels and interests are taught the basics of guitar with instruction on chords, songs, how to read notes, time signatures and scales. Each lesson is 30 minutes, tailored to the level and interest of the student, and explores styles such as rock, alternative, blues, folk, jazz and classical. Guitar rentals are available through the Ultimate School of Guitar at 773-508-9443. The instructor will contact you individually to schedule lessons.

R-$308/NR-$386

8 weeks
113051-01 T
3:30-9 pm 8/24-10/12
113052-01
Sa 9 am-1 pm 8/28-10/16

Voice Lessons
Age 8 & up
Private voice lessons are comprised of technique and application; focus on resonance, breath control, intonation, development of high and low registers, vowels and vocal expression, reading music and rhythmic practice; explore various genres of repertoire; and prepare students for performance. Select your class time online when registering.

R-$301/NR-$377

7 weeks
113212 Tu
2-8:30 pm 8/24-10/12
113214-01 Th 3:30-8 pm
8/26-10/14
R-$344/NR-$430

8 weeks
113213-01 W 2:30-8:30 pm
8/25-10/13