Explore the world around you in our Wondergglass Camp (formerly Arts Quest)! Campers delve into the theatre arts through daily classes in storytelling, music, and art, with introductions to our signature physical theatre style. We explore Chicago’s most exciting cultural destinations during our field trips, and we host a special guest artist each session. When we’re not out and about in the city, we use dedicated rehearsal time to create an original piece of theatre, which we perform live on stage at the end of the session. This camp is perfect for the artistic adventure seeker in your life
- Ages Entering Grades K-3
- Tuition $685 per Session
- Dates Sessions beginning 7/13, 7/27, & 8/10
- Length 2 Weeks per Session
- Days Monday – Friday
- Time 9AM – 2:45PM
- Location 350 East South Water Street (GEMS World Academy Chicago)
Session 1: Curious Chicago
July 13-24, 2020
Discover what it means to be a true Chicagoan from one end of the city to the other, past present and future? Awaken and deepen curiosity for the arts and the city we call home. Students will tour Wrigley Field, and hop on a trolley for more on the go adventures. Investigate the stories of the city to inspire a story of their own.
Session 2: Secret Worlds
July 27-August 7, 2020
Discover the secrets of the sea and sky! With trips to Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, the final frontier is just the beginning for these young artists. Whether they set sail or blast off, performers will create an epic voyage inspired by the world unknown.
Session 3: StorySeekers
August 10-21, 2020
From legends to fairy tales, to fantasy to sci-fi, your young artists will go on an epic journey this summer! Unearth history’s mysteries at the Field Museum and set sail on great Lake Michigan. Each adventure will inspire a genre breaking story performed on our castle in Michigan Avenue.
Wondergglass meets Monday through Friday, from 9AM-2:45PM. The maximum enrollment for any given Wondergglass session is 30 students. Each session, students are split 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 Wondergglass 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 grade level of other campers.
Our Wondergglass staff includes two full day teaching artists, three specialists (music, storytelling, and visual art), and two full time 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, our Wondergglass staff – guided by the ideas and interests of our campers – create an original piece of theatre surrounding the session’s theme! If you’re interested in what an average day of Wondergglass might look like, please see the sample schedule below!
Full Group Rehearsal Day
8:40AM-9AM: Drop Off
9:15AM-10AM: Class 1 (Art)
10AM-10:45AM: Class 2 (Storytelling)
10:45AM-11:30AM: Class 3 (Music)
11:30AM-12:15PM: Lunch / Free Play
12:15PM-2:30PM: Full Group Rehearsal
2:30PM-2:45PM: Clean Up / Walk to Pick Up
2:45PM-3PM: Pick Up
Receive 15% off initial registration during first month of registration
Receive $20 off registration
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
Scholarship and Payment Plans:
The Summer Camp Scholarship Application will be open February 2020. Applications received after the due date are reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability. For questions and inquires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.477.9257 x193
Payment plans are available upon request. If you wish to register for camp and utilize a payment plan plan please contact Sam Kaser, Education Coordinator at 773.477.9257 X102.