The Paramount’s Education and Engagement department is committed to providing access to the arts through a variety of programming that enriches and deepens the theatre-going experience for youth and adults alike.

The Education and Engagement department provides:

  • Student Matinee Program
  • Master Classes
  • Classroom Resources
  • Outreach
  • Dive Deeper Programs
  • Accessibility
  • School of Performing Arts… coming Winter 2019

School of Performing Arts Coming Winter 2019

In the winter of 2019, the Paramount Theatre is ecstatic to be opening The Paramount School of Performing Arts. This facility will offer the highest level of dance, theatre and music education for students of every age and ability.

The new space will include:

  • Large Dance Studio
  • Performance Space
  • Recording Studio
  • 26 Private Studios
  • 6 Group Classrooms

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If you want to be the first to know about the exciting things to come at The Paramount School of Performing Arts, please fill out this form.

Enhance Education with a Paramount Theatre Field Trip

Enjoy any of these special performances for student groups:

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Thursday, October 19, 10 a.m.
Rated PG | Tickets: $19


ELF THE MUSICAL

Thursday, December 14, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, December 19, 10 a.m. sold out!
Rated G | Tickets: $19


CABARET

Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.
Rated PG-13 | Tickets: $19

ONCE

Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.
Rated PG-13 | Tickets: $19


IT’S NOT JUST A SHOW. IT’S AN EDUCATIONAL & INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE.

  • Incorporate these productions into your lesson plans with customized study guides provided for each Broadway and Young Audience show.
  • Stay after a Broadway show, and experience a talk-back session with the actors, director, creative team and more.
  • Attend master classes taught by the professional artists from each Broadway show to enhance your skill set in the performing arts.

TAKING A FIELD TRIP TO THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE IS EASY:

  • Order now & pay later
  • Phone fees waived for most shows
  • Convenient bus drop-off & pick-up in front of theatre
  • Free nearby bus parking
  • Free ticket for teachers
  • Free study guides available

OUR GROUP SALES MANAGER WILL COORDINATE EVERYTHING!
Contact Melissa at 630.723.2461 or melissas@paramountarts.com.

 

The Paramount Theatre is pleased to offer NEW master classes which allow students to work with professional artists from the shows. Register for available master class now, or sign up to be alerted when new classes are offered.

Million Dollar Quartet Audition Technique Master Class

Middle School through College Students
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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 1:15pm-2:45pm
Cost: $50 per school (Checks payable to Paramount Theatre)
Location: Marquee Room at North Island Center (8 E Galena Blvd, across from Paramount Theatre)
Description: One student from each school (as time allows) will prepare 32 bars from a song or a 1 minute monologue to perform for the Broadway Series cast members. Our professional actors will give each performing student coaching on their piece and invaluable advice about auditioning. The actors work hard to involve each student in the conversation, not just the students who work through their pieces. When registering, please have in mind a student you would like to perform.
If you are attending the Student Matinee of MDQ: Please ask your students to bring a sack lunch to eat following the performance and post-show talk back. They will have 30 minutes to eat their lunch upstairs in the Grand Gallery and then head across the street for the master class.
Questions: Please contact Director of Education and Community Engagement Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com or 630-809-3963.

Vocal Jazz Master Class with Evan Tyrone Martin

from Unforgettable: Falling In Love With Nat King Cole

Middle School through College students
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About the Master Teacher: Chicago Sun-Times raves, “Evan Tyrone Martin is a golden-voiced actor of sweetness and grace,” BCR News praises, “Martin’s vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud,” and Chicago Tribune calls Evan Tyrone Martin “Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre.” Evan Tyrone Martin, has wowed Paramount theatregoers with his mind-blowing and jaw-dropping performance as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as King Triton in The Little Mermaid and Tom Collins in Rent (other local credits include Sideshow and Dreamgirls) He returns to the Paramount stage this fall with Unforgettable: Falling In Love With Nat King Cole, a one-man song journey through Nat King Cole’s upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Come see his performance: November 5, 2017 at 3pm. Tickets $35. GET TICKETS

Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Cost: $50 per school (Checks payable to Paramount Theatre)
Location: Marquee Room at North Island Center (8 E Galena Blvd, across from Paramount Theatre)
Description: One student from each school (as time allows) will prepare 32 bars from a vocal jazz piece to perform for Master Class Instructor, Evan Tyrone Martin. Evan will give each student coaching on their piece and invaluable advice about connecting to an audience, telling a story through song and vocal jazz technique. Evan will work hard to involve each student in the conversation, not just the students who work through their pieces. When registering, please have in mind a student you would like to perform.
Questions: Please contact Director of Education and Community Engagement Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com or 630-809-3963.

Elf Audition Technique Master Class

High School through College Students
Register Now

Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Cost: $50 per school (Checks payable to Paramount Theatre)
Location: Marquee Room at North Island Center (8 E Galena Blvd, across from Paramount Theatre)
Description: One student from each school (as time allows) will prepare 32 bars from a song or a 1 minute monologue to perform for the Broadway Series cast members. Our professional actors will give each performing student coaching on their piece and invaluable advice about auditioning. The actors work hard to involve each student in the conversation, not just the students who work through their pieces. When registering, please have in mind a student you would like to perform.
If you are attending the Student Matinee of Elf: Please ask your students to bring a sack lunch to eat following the performance and post-show talk back. They will have 30 minutes to eat their lunch upstairs in the Grand Gallery and then head across the street for the masterclass.
Questions: Please contact Director of Education and Community Engagement Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com or 630-809-3963.

Elf Dance Master Class

Elementary through Middle School Students
Register Now

Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Cost: $50 per school (Checks payable to Paramount Theatre)
Location: Meyer Ballroom (8 E Galena Blvd, across from Paramount Theatre)
Description: Students will learn choreography from the show taught by the creative team and actors of ELF! While also learning about audition techniques, performing character through dance, and basic dance vocabulary. Students should dress comfortably and wear clothes and shoes they can dance in. No dance experience is required.
If you are attending the Student Matinee of Elf: Please ask your students to bring a sack lunch to eat following the performance and post -show talk back. They will have 30 minutes to eat their lunch upstairs in the Grand Gallery and then head across the street for the masterclass.
Questions: Please contact Director of Education and Community Engagement Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com or 630-809-3963.

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Study Guides

Million Dollar Quartet Study Guide Coming Soon!

Interested in bringing the Paramount to your class or organization? The Paramount offers engaging teaching-artist residencies that can help you to meet necessary state and national standards while incorporating the arts.

 

SHAMELESS

Paramount is excited to announce the launch of its new outreach program. We are thrilled to have Jess Godwin, singer-songwriter and musical theatre actress come to the area to share her Shameless program with your students.

Currently Jess has been piloting Shameless in Chicago Public Schools, but we felt it an important program to bring to students in the greater Aurora area. Shameless is a performance and a collaborative songwriting workshop for middle and high school students that gives voice to hidden feelings of shame, jealousy, comparison, and the need for perfection that so many of us have, and teaches fundamentals of moving beyond them. Having struggled herself with some of these issues as a professional performer, Jess Godwin feels it’s important to be a role model for young people to help overcome shame stigmas and develop an empowered sense of identity. In this workshop, she will incorporate original music, live electronic looping, and candid stories about her experiences as a kid, as an adult, and as a woman in the music industry. She will lead open discussions and a free-write with the students that will help them express and work out their own experiences on this issue. At the end of the workshop, Jess will guide the students in collectively creating a short, original song based on our discussion. It is a freeing and empowering experience for students. Please watch the short documentary below about the program.

We are currently booking schools for the fall. If this resonates with you, email our Director of Education and Community Engagement: Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com set up a time for Jess to come to your school. Please know The Paramount will do everything we can to break down any barriers (time or financial) to allow your students to experience this workshop.

 

CUSTOM PROGRAMS

Are you interested in bringing an outreach program to your school, but not sure if Shameless is the program for you? Not to worry! We are happy to design an artist residency tailored to your institutions desires and needs. Chat with our Director of Education and Community Engagement, Shannon Cameron at shannonc@paramountarts.com about what we can do for you and your students.

In partnership with Waubonsee Commuinty College, we are excited to offer two NEW classes for anyone interested in “diving deeper” into each musical, the production process and the audience experience. We will be offering this class for two of our Broadway Series productions: Cabaret and Once.

Those interested in taking a course should sign up on Waubonsee’s Community Education website. Available Spring 2018

Courses offered in Spring 2018

  • Discovering Broadway at the Paramount Theatre: Cabaret
    • Monday, February 19: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Monday, March 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Discovering Broadway at the Paramount Theatre: Once
    • Monday April 23: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Monday, May 8: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

An important part of the Paramount’s mission is making the arts accessible for all. This page is for accessibility information and tools.

ADA Information

If you require wheelchair or special seating or other assistance, please contact the box office at 630.896.6666 or KevinB@paramountarts.com in advance.

Sign Interpreted Performances

There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language at the following performance:

BUY TICKETS: Call 630.896.6666 or email KevinB@paramountarts.com, and ask for the Sign Interpreted Performance.

BUY 2 SHOWS, GET 2 SHOWS FREE: No more than $32 per show per person for all 4 Sign Interpreted Performances. That’s a 50% savings! Call 630.896.6666 or email KevinB@paramountarts.com, and ask for the 5.3 Sign Interpreted Subscription.

Boardmakers

Coming Soon!