We keep our Summerglass campers moving as they take daily classes in physical theatre and acting! Mornings are dedicated to learning how to effectively tell stories through the art of physical theatre. Depending on the instructor, physical theatre skills may include tumbling, juggling, shadow puppetry, clowning, circus skills, and more! During afternoon classes, campers learn to use their actors’ tools – body, mind and voice- as they create an original adaptation of a Lookingglass play. At the end of each session, campers share their unique performance with friends and family live on our main stage.

  • Ages Entering Grades 4-8
  • Tuition $685 per Session
  • Dates 2020 sessions begin 6/29, 7/13, 7/27,  &  8/10
  • Length 2 Weeks per Session
  • Days Monday – Friday
  • Time 9AM – 3PM
  • Location Fourth Presbyterian Gratz Center at 126 E Chestnut


Session I: Alice in Wonderland

$616.50 (prorated for no camp July 3)
June 29-July 10, 2020
Tumble down the rabbit hole and create a world beyond imagination with Summergglass Session I as we unearth the magic from Lewis Carroll’s acclaimed novel Alice in Wonderland.

Session II: Moby Dick

July 13-24, 2020
Join the crew of the Pequod, with Ahab, Ishmael and their fellow sailors at Summerggglass Session II. Set sail on stage as we defeat the white whale from Herman Melville’s fateful story Moby Dick.

Session III: Metamorphoses

July 27-August 7, 2020
Create gold, play ancient tricks, and determine your destiny at Summergglass Session III. Weave the stories of simple mortals and Greek gods from Ovid’s mythic poem Metamorphoses.

Session IV: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

August 10-August 21, 2020
Dive to the deepest nautical depths, and dodge the giant squid with Captain Nemo at Summergglass Session V. Discover creatures unknown from Jules Verne’s seminal science fiction story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas.


Summergglass meets Monday through Friday, from 9AM – 3PM. The maximum enrollment for any given Summergglass session is 40 students. Each session, students are divided into two groups, according to grade level—the exact number of students in each group will differ according to session size. If you know a fellow Summergglass camper, and would like the students to be grouped together, you are welcome to submit a friend request, either by indicating your request during camp registration, or by calling our office at 773.477.9257 x193. While we always strive to group campers together, we cannot guarantee that every friend request will be honored, due to group size and entering grad level of other campers.

Pick-up and drop-off will occur on the south side of Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, which is located at 126 E Chestnut St. Lookingglass staff will meet Summergglass campers at their cars, and walk students to join the rest of the camp group, so that parents may remain in their cars. Parents are welcome to turn on their hazard lights while children unload. Our staff members will wear Lookingglass shirts for easy identification.

Our Summergglass staff includes two morning physical theatre teaching artists, two afternoon drama instructors, and two college interns. At any given time during the camp day, 2-3 adults are assigned to each group of campers. Over the course of each two week session, the Summergglass campers – with the guidance and support of our Summergglass staff – write, create, and perform an original adaptation of the session’s story! If you would like to learn more about our daily routine, please see the sample schedule below!


  • 8:40AM – 9AM: Drop off at Fourth Presbyterian
  • 9:10AM – 9:30AM: All Group Warm Up & Ensemble Building Activities
  • 9:30AM – 9:40AM: Bathroom/Snack Break
  • 9:40AM – 10:40AM: Physical Workshop 1
  • 10:40AM – 10:50AM: Bathroom/Snack Break
  • 10:50AM – 11:50AM: Physical Workshop 2
  • 11:50AM – 12PM: Pre-lunch Transition
  • 12PM – 12:45PM: Lunch/Free Play in Park
  • 12:45PM – 12:55PM: Lunch Clean Up and Switch to PM Location
  • 1PM – 2:45PM: Afternoon Drama Class/Rehearsal
  • 2:45PM – 3PM: Clean Up & Head to Pick Up
  • 3PM – 3:20PM: Pick up at Fourth Presbyterian


Returning Camper:

Receive 15% off initial registration during first month of registration

Season Subscribers:

Receive $20 off registration

Multiple Registrations:

Receive 10% off registration for each additional registration

For more camp discount details, please visit our FAQ page.

Summer Camp Video Recording

Flash drives containing a digital video file of your camper’s performance will be available for purchase at theater on the day of. If you would like to order one after that time, please call 773.477.9257 x193

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available upon request. We require a minimum deposit of $100 per session. If you wish to register for camp and utilize a payment plan, please call the the Education department at 773.477.9257 X 193.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Summer Camp 2020 Scholarship Application is now open. To complete the application please fill out this online form.  Please be prepared to submit proof of income in the form of a tax return or recent pay stubs, via an upload link in the form (for Google account users) or send via email to If contributing individuals of the household are receiving unemployment or disability, please feel free to include any documentation you might have access to, or include this information in the Statement of Need section of the form in lieu of a tax return or pay stub.

Application Open: 2/11/2020
Application Due: 3/20/2020
Application Notifications: 4/11/2020 onward

Applications received after the due date are reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability. For questions and inquires please contact or 773.477.9257 x 193.

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