Late Fall 2022
Center for the Arts

DANCE - ART - THEATER - MUSIC



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WILMETTE CHILDREN'S THEATER

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

2022-23 SEASON
and audition information


Wilmette Children's Theater Winter Mini Production:

WILLY WONKA KIDS
Shows: February 25 & 26, 2023

Auditions for Grades 1-4:
Wednesday, December 14
3-5 p.m.
Schedule your audition here

Wilmette Children's Theater Spring Production:

FROZEN JR
Shows: March 10-12 & 17-19, 2023
Auditions for Grade 5-8:
Tuesday, December 13
6:30-8 p.m.
Schedule your audition here

Wilmette Children's Theater Alumni Student-Directed Shows*
Shows: May 5-7, 2023

*WCT ALUMNI CLASS
This program is open to alumni who have previously participated in previous WCT seasons. Within this class, we will collaborate to put together a series of Student-Directed Plays. The production will also include the very creative process of adapting original pieces and producing them with elementary school-age participants. This class will meet monthly, increasing to weekly when we approach production time.


CENTER FOR THE ARTS CLASSES

TOT CLASSES

SPECIAL HOLIDAY CLASS!

NUTCRACKER MICE AND SOLDIERS
Age 4-6
Calling actors age 4-6 years! If you have ever wanted to participate in our annual and unique production of the Nutcracker, this is the class for you! Actors ages 4-6 years are welcome to register for the Mice and Soldiers Nutcracker class. Fee includes costume. Two times available on Thursday afternoons.


TOT DANCE
MOVE WITH ME
Age 15 months-2 1/2
Is your little dancer not quite ready to attend a class alone? Move with Me is the perfect class for you and your tot together. Learn to move and express through exploring creative dance together in a fun environment enriched with props, music, and dance-along games, designed to introduce children to the beautiful art form of dance. Wednesday mornings

CREATIVE DANCE

Age 2 1/2 -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! This class is designed for dancers to attend on their own; to promote a learning environment free from distraction, parents may check in by watching through the windows, but will not be invited into the studio during class. Thursday or Friday mornings or Saturday afternoons

STORYTIME DANCE
Age 2 1/2 -4
This class combines creative dance, basic ballet technique and a different story each week. Your child will incorporate the story of the week through imagination and dance. Monday afternoons or Wednesday mornings

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. Dress code: leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes. Skirts or tutus optional. Thursday or Saturday mornings, or Wednesday afternoons

PRE HIP HOP
Age 3-4
Get your groove on! This class explores the foundations of dance in a fun environment, with funky and fun soundtracks to match. Friday mornings

BALLET / HIP HOP
Age 4-5
It's a winning combination! Ballet teaches the grace and balance while Hip Hop teaches style, and rhythm. Time will be spent in each class learning the basics of both disciplines in an enjoyable atmosphere. Ballet shoes and indoor sneakers required. Wednesday afternoons

HIP HOP / TAP
Age 4-5
Get your groove on! Hip Hop will introduce fun and funky style with today's jams. Then, put on those tap shoes and continue with upbeat sounds and rhythms learning the foundation of tap dancing. Jazz shoes or indoor sneakers (used only for class) and tap shoes required. Early Thursday afternoons

TOT ART
COME CLAY WITH ME

Age 3-5

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. Monday or Saturday mornings

PAINT & CLAY
Age 4-6
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. Monday afternoons

GYM and 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. Monday or Thursday afternoons

SCIENCE and ART
Age 4-6
How are rainbows made? What are the effects of chemical reactions? We can hear sound, but can you SEE it? Join us and open your mind to creativity! Wednesday afternoons

TOT THEATER
PLAY IN A BOX

Age 3-6
Play in a box- Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan! Each week your preschooler will get to explore the experience of being in a brand new play. At the start of the session, parents will receive a list of stories. Every class begins with reading that story, and then bringing it to life! Students take turns being each character, use imaginative skills, and learn basic narration! Tuesday afternoons

TOT MUSIC
FAMILY FIDDLE
Age 1-5
Family Fiddle with Miss Emily incorporates fiddle tunes and exploration, ukulele singalongs, movement, and stimulating instrument play. It's perfect for the development of children in the 1-4 age range! Tuesday mornings (for age 1-2) or afternoons (for age 3-5)


YOUTH CLASSES

YOUTH DANCE
BALLET/HIP HOP

Age 5-6
It's a winning combination! Ballet teaches the grace and balance while Hip Hop teaches style, and rhythm. Time will be spent in each class learning the basics of both disciplines in an enjoyable atmosphere. Ballet shoes and indoor sneakers required. Saturday mornings

BALLET/TAP
Age 5-7
This class will introduce and improve upon tap and ballet skills each week. Half of the class will be dedicated to tap warm up, technique and choreography, and half of the class will be dedicated to ballet barre, center and across the floor. Late Monday afternoons

JAZZ/HIP HOP
Age 5-7

Hip Hop and Jazz in one fun class! Time will be spent in each class learning the basics of both disciplines in an enjoyable atmosphere. Jazz shoes required and indoor sneakers optional. Tuesday afternoons

POMS/ACRO
Age 7-10
This class combines the skills of acrobatics and poms dancing. We cover basic tumbling skills, dance technique, formations and use of poms in this energetic dance class! Wednesday evenings

DANCE CLUB
Age 7-10
Dance Club incorporates various genres of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern as well as choreography techniques and basics. Students will practice dance steps in the various genres, as well as work in groups to develop choreography to showcase to their fellow classmates. Dress code can be any dance attire. T-shirts and leggings are also acceptable. Monday evenings

YOUTH ART
DRAWING

Age 5-7
Explore the fundamentals of shading, weight, depth and perspective. All drawing classes will use various media, such as pencil, ink and charcoal, as well as different papers and canvases. Monday or Wednesday afternoons

PINTEREST ART CLASS
Age 5-7 and 7-10
Explore the newest art trends in this unique crafting class! Each week, we'll 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. Tuesday afternoons

PAINTING
Age 7-10
Watercolors, acrylics and tempera on media including watercolor paper, tag board and canvas board...add to that a multitude of tools, and you have a painting class! Wednesday afternoons

CERAMICS
Age 7-10
Our most popular art program is now designed to help students progress in this wonderful medium! Coils, slabs, clay sculpting and glazing techniques are taught on an appropriate level for each class. Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons

ART CLUB
Age 5-7 and 7-10
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! Thursday or Friday afternoons

YOUTH THEATER
LITTLE IMPROV
Age 6-9
Kids are great at making things up! Little Improv 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. Tuesday afternoons


TWEEN and TEEN CLASSES

TWEEN/TEEN DANCE
JAZZ / HIP HOP / TAP
Age 10-13
Triple the fun with this combo class. Jazz teaches technique and balance, while Hip Hop teaches style and rhythm. Add some tap to the dynamics, and you've got a well- rounded class! Jazz shoes and tap shoes required. Wednesday evenings

MEET ME AT THE BARRE
Age 15 & up
The Ballet Barre, of course! This class will focus on strength, core, flexibility and focus by combining both ballet and Pilates. Basic ballet techniques at the barre and across-the-floor steps are the first half of class, then we move into Pilates for the second half. Adults: sign up for this class while your child is across the hall taking a ballet class of their own! Ballet shoes recommended, otherwise socks or bare feet. Floor mats will be provided if you do not have one of your own. Saturday mornings

TWEEN/TEEN ART
ART CLUB
Age10-13
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! Wednesday nights

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. Monday or Wednesday evenings, or Saturday mornings

SEW, PRINT AND DYE
Age 10-14

Join us as we experiment with fabric dyeing, block and screen printing, and sewing...all in one class. We'll tie-dye a t-shirt and other fabric. We will explore various fabric paint, print and dye techniques. The class all comes together as you design and sew your own throw pillow or drawstring bag! Tuesday evenings

TWEEN/TEEN THEATER
SCENE STUDY

Age 9-12
Students will intensely study character development through improvisational games and sketch comedy, and 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. Tuesday evenings

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. Thursday evenings


ADULT CLASSES

ADULT ART
ADULT CERAMICS

Age 18 & up
This instructor-led class is designed to introduce beginning 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. Instructor: Tomoyasu "TJ" Nakano. Monday afternoons or Tuesday evenings

ADULT CERAMICS OPEN STUDIO
Age 18 & up
Feel like you need extra time in the studio? Sign up for open studio time! This is not an instructor-based class. This program is for adults who have previously studied ceramics and can work independently. Registration for this program allows access to our open studio time on the selected day. The fees for the session will cover one 25-pound bag of clay. Additional clay can be purchased if necessary. Monday afternoons or Friday mornings

ADULT DANCE
MEET ME AT THE BARRE

Age 15 & up
The Ballet Barre, of course! This class will focus on strength, core, flexibility and focus by combining both ballet and Pilates. Basic ballet techniques at the barre and across-the-floor steps are the first half of class, then we move into Pilates for the second half. Adults: sign up for this class while your child is across the hall taking a ballet class of their own! Ballet shoes recommended, otherwise socks or bare feet. Floor mats will be provided if you do not have one of your own. Saturday mornings


PRIVATE LESSONS

PRIVATE LESSONS: MUSIC

PIANO LESSONS with DAN CHASE
Age 5 & up
Beginners 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.
Mondays aft/eve
Tuesdays aft/eve
Saturdays morn/aft

VIOLIN LESSONS
with Paula Eatman
Age 5 & up
Tailored for students of all ages and skill levels, Paula employs a combination of techniques appropriate to each player. Students learn the fundamentals, including proper handling of the instrument and bow, rhythms and playing, progressing to more advanced instrumental mastery with emphasis on technique, musicality and ensemble playing. Class sessions run mid-afternoon into the evening. Select your class time online when registering.
Thursdays aft/eve
Fridays aft/eve

GUITAR LESSONS
with Ultimate School of Guitar Instructors
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.
Tuesdays aft/eve
Saturdays
morn/aft

VOICE LESSONS
with Emily Shankman
Age 8 & up
Private voice lessons are taught with care for developing the singing voice with a focus on resonance, breath control, intonation, development of high and low registers, vowels and vocal expression, as well as reading music and rhythmic practice in a variety of styles. The student will explore various genres of repertoire, allowing the discovery of his/her voice, and learn how to prevent damage to the vocal cords. Each 30-minute private singing lesson focuses on both technique as well as application to a song in order to prepare the student for performance. Select your class time online when registering.
Tuesdays
aft/eve
Wednesdays
aft/eve

PRIVATE LESSONS: ACTING

ACTING LESSONS
with Wendy Avon
Age 7 & up
Each 30-minute private lesson is structured to personally meet the needs of the individual student. In each lesson, Wendy includes audition coaching, monologue selection and preparation, character development and personalized tips on how to build and maintain confidence and stage presence. Thursday evenings, or Saturday mornings until 1 p.m. Wendy will contact you individually to schedule lessons.

PRIVATE LESSONS: DANCE

If you are interested in private dance lessons, email Kirsten Markham at kmarkham@wilpark.org