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After School Theatre Program

After School Theatre Program

Parents to participate in the program your child must enroll at this link:  Classes will start on  Thursday February 6th from 3:00pm – 4:45pm in the auditorium.  Financial assistance is available for those students who may want to join but don’t think they can afford it.

O.A. THORP SCHOLASTIC ACAD – SPRING 2014 – Disney’s Peter Pan


Youth Company Chicago is proud to provide an after-school performance program at O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy in Spring 2014!  Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”  Colorful, interesting characters for boys and girls to play – including Peter Pan, Wendy, Lost Boys, Pirates, Mermaids, and of course, the diabolical Captain Hook.

This 16-week, non-auditioned program is 35+hours of learning performance skills, making new friends, learning to work in a team, and developing self-confidence!

This program is a pre-professional theatre-making experience, complete with beautiful sets, costumes, props, choreography, and live musical accompaniment.  It requires excellent attendance, including at Tech Week and performances.

*GRADE LEVELS:  Program is open to Grades 3-8 (in 2013-2014).  If enrollment is high, we will divide the group into two separate cohorts based on grade-level.

*PROGRAM BEGINS:  Thursday, February 6, 2014

*PROGRAM MEETING DAY:  Meets on Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:45pm (There is no rehearsal on school holidays).  Please send a healthy snack for your child each Thursday – we will take snack time during our transition between dismissal and rehearsal start time.

*PROGRAM TEACHERS:  This production will be directed by YCC’s Artistic Director, Jerry R. Foust.  We will also hire a music director, and bring in other experienced YCC staff, depending on enrollment numbers.

*DRESS REHEARSAL / TECH REHEARSAL EXTRA DATES: The following dates are important, in addition to regular Tuesdays, to the process – Please plan to attend:

–Wednesday, May 28, 2:45pm-5:15pm (families will sign-up to pitch-in for dinner breaks)
–Thursday, May 29, 2:45pm-5:15pm (families will sign-up to pitch-in for dinner breaks)
–Friday, May 30, 2:45pm-5:15pm – (families will sign-up to pitch-in for dinner breaks)

*PERFORMANCES:  SATURDAY, MAY 31tentatively 2pm & 5pm (exact times to be confirmed shortly – please hold this date on your calendar)

*ATTENDANCE:  Because this is an intensive performance program, we expect excellent attendance.  When absences are unavoidable, our director should be notified in advance where possible. 

*TUITION:  Tuition is  $180 Pay entire fee, or deposit of $50 to hold spot.  If paying deposit only (choose “Pay Deposit of $50” on the pulldown menu at checkout), the remainder due by February 1, 2014. If enrolling after Feb 1, please pay entire amount.  *Note there is also a $3 service fee charged by our enrollment processor*

***There is financial aid available – Financial aid applications will be examined by YCC and Thorp administration before approval.  Please contact us for info:***

CANCELLATION: Although it is rare, we reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. In such an instance, we will attempt to re-assign student to a suitable alternative. If this is not possible, any tuition paid will be refunded in full, within approximately 21 days.

ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and rehearsals on time and ready to work. Repeated absences without prior notification may result in dropping the student, or in redistributed roles for the show, or removal from the class/show/camp with no refund. This is at the Director’s discretion.  Financial aid recipients with repeated unexcused absences may be disqualified from future awards.

BEHAVIOR: Students are expected to follow school rules at all times during the program.  YCC has a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior is not tolerated and may result in time-out from class/rehearsal, parent conference, behavior contract and/or removal from the class and/or our programs indefinitely. Removals based on discipline or participation are non-refundable. This is at the Director’s discretion.  Withdrawals due to unacceptable behavior are not eligible for refunds – no exceptions.

AGREEMENT TO HOLD YOUTH CO CHICAGO HARMLESS: By registering for this program, you acknowledge that theatre is a risky endeavor, and that you understand there are risks involved from rehearsing, moving, working in independent groups, and using set pieces, props and costumes.  You agree to hold Youth Company Chicago, its teachers, staff, and founder harmless against all claims, costs, losses, damages, recoveries, settlements and expenses of any nature or kind which may be incurred by participation in Youth Company Chicago activities.

COMMUNICATION:  Email is Youth Company Chicago’s primary method of communication.  We use email to send invoices, receipts, reminders, and other letters to our families.  Parents are encouraged to modify their spam filter settings to ensure receipt of our notices.

LOST / DAMAGED ITEMS: Youth Company Chicago is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen personal belongings.

USE OF IMAGES: Youth Company Chicago has absolute rights and permission to use, publish and/or copyright photographs and/or video of participants for marketing purposes, in any medium, without compensation to all students in our programs. Enrollment in this program is consent for use of and waiver of any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy that may be created with said photographs. ***If you do not wish us to use images of your student, you must notify us in writing or via email.

MARKETING:  By enrolling in our programs, you agree to receive updates on our programs – including special offers, upcoming events, and our monthly newsletter.  There is an opt-out option that you can choose to activate at any time.  Opting-out of marketing emails will not prevent you from receiving important communications for your specific program.

REFUND POLICY: Because we contract staff and materials based on your reservation, we must enforce a strict refund policy. If you choose not to participate after enrolling, you may receive a refund, minus the $50 deposit (which is also an administrative fee) until Feb 1, 2014.  After Feb 1, 2014, there will be no refunds for this program.  There are no refunds for students who are removed for behavior or participation-related issues.

Please email Ms. McGoldrick with the subject line: “Theatre” if your child wishes to participate. (

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