Overview

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

The Education and Engagement department provides:

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

NEW! Broadway Intensive 8-Week COURSES

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School of the Arts Coming 2019

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

The new space will include:

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

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by: making the performing arts accessible for every age and socio-economic background, introducing the magic of live theatre across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world, and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

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Student Matinee Program

Enhance Education with a Paramount Theatre Field Trip

Enjoy any of these special performances for student groups:

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Student Matinee Performances
Tickets $19 | Rated PG

  • Thursday, November 29, 10 a.m. Sold Out!
  • Tuesday, December 11, 10 a.m. Best Availability
  • Thursday, December 13, 10 a.m. Limited Availability

If you can’t make one of these dates or are interested in another Broadway show, please contact Melissa Striedl at 630-723-2461 or melissas@paramountarts.com.


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.

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Broadway Classes

Broadway Intensive Series 2018-2019

From your theater seat, the actors, singers and dancers make any production look downright easy, while in reality it’s anything but. These intensive 8-week courses will give you hands-on experience with nearly everything it takes to perform a musical.

  • WORK ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE DIRECTOR, MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
  • LEARN ACTING, SINGING, CHOREOGRAPHY AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
  • ATTEND ONE DRESS REHEARSAL AND LIVE PERFORMANCE

Never before have students been given this kind of access to the artistic team of Paramount Theatre Broadway Series productions. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights on a Broadway marquee, if you love to sing and dance, if you’re just curious about how all the magic happens and want to experience it first-hand, these classes are for you.

COST: $200 PER STUDENT, PER INTENSIVE
also includes class materials, Broadway show t-shirt, free ticket to one performance and attendance at one dress rehearsal. Limited scholarships may be available. Please email school@paramountarts.com for more information. Classes are non-refundable. 

Legally Blonde Broadway Intensive

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Students will work one-on-one with the director, musical director and choreographer of Paramount’s Legally Blonde. In the first week, students will get to know one another and dive into the script, learning how to build a character. Throughout the following weeks, classes will focus on acting, singing, choreography and continuing to develop their characters, all while getting real-time feedback from Paramount Theatre’s production staff. As if that wasn’t enough, students will attend final dress rehearsal and be a special guest at Opening Night!

  • Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. from August 1 to September 19, 2018
  • Attend final dress rehearsal on Tuesday, September 4. No class September 5.
  • Be our special guest at Opening Night on Saturday, September 8
  • For ages 13-18. Must turn 13 by August 1.

The Wizard of Oz Broadway Intensive

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There’s no place like Paramount, and now your kids can experience all of the action up close in The Wizard of Oz Broadway Intensive. In this magical class, students will gain skills from professional artists including the director, choreographer, music director who will help them create their very own versions of Oz and the Emerald City. Sign up today to begin their journey of singing, acting and dancing down the yellow brick road!

  • Every Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. from October 2 to November 27, 2018
  • Attend one rehearsal
  • Receive one free ticket to a live performance
  • For ages 8-12. Must turn 8 by October 2.

Master Class Series 2018-2019

For the second year, Paramount School of the Arts is proud to offer a Master Class Series in conjunction with all four Broadway Series shows. Each class is taught by artists working on that show. These opportunities allow each student to better understand the professional world of theater and hone their unique skills and craft. Sign up below.

COST: $15 PER STUDENT, PER CLASS
Limited scholarships may be available. Please email school@paramountarts.com for more information. Classes are non-refundable. 

Legally Blonde Master Class

Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Located: Paramount’s Meyer Ballroom
Grade Level: Middle School-High School

During this two-hour master class, participants will be immersed in a true Broadway music and dance rehearsal. Participants will learn not only the skills to make the most of their time in a rehearsal but will also learn a song and choreography from the show. Young vocalists and dancers will have the opportunity to rehearse a musical theater ensemble piece with a Broadway Series Music Director and experience the excitement that comes with accomplishing the technique.

The Wizard of Oz Master Class

Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Paramount’s Meyer Ballroom
Grade Level: Elementary-Middle School

During this two-hour masterclass students will be transported to Oz to experience the show on a whole new level. Not only will students get to learn a song and dance from the show, they also will learn how the magic is created on stage by exploring technical aspects of set design, costume design and puppetry.

The Producers Master Class

Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: TBA
Grade Level: High School-College

Learn how to sharpen your comedy skills in this two hour master class. Select students will get a chance to present a comedic song or monologue and receive feedback from our master teachers from the show. The workshop will also include improvisation technique and is sure to be a ton of fun!

August Rush Master Class

Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: TBA
Grade Level: Middle School-College

Learn what it takes to make a new musical come to fruition in this two-hour master class. Learn from artists from the show what it takes to create a new piece of theater. Students will also learn a song from the show and get a chance to receive feedback from our master teachers.

Master class sign up:

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  • Master Class Registration Information

  • Each school is invited to nominate a student to perform a 32-bar cut of an audition song or a 1-minute audition monologue for feedback from the cast members leading the class. Provide the student’s name and the title of the song. A staff member will contact you to confirm if your student has been selected.
  • Middle School, High School, and College Students are welcome to participate.
  • If Traveling by Bus

  • Schools may call 630-809-3963 to pay by credit card, or pay by check by making it out to Paramount Theatre and bringing it to the master class or mailing it to: Paramount Theatre, Attn: Education, 8 E Galena Blvd., Ste 230, Aurora, IL 60506

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Classroom Resources

ONCE STUDY GUIDE

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INCLUDES:
  • Plot Summary
  • Once Timeline
  • Meet the Cast
  • Setting and Relatable Regions
  • Notable People from Dublin
  • What Were They Talking About
  • Interview with William Carlos Angulo
  • Post-show Questions and Activities
  • Songwriting Lesson Plan

 

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Outreach

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.

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Dive Deeper Programs

DIVE DEEPER INTO OUR BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS

Waubonsee Community College

In partnership with Waubonsee Community 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. Check back for the 2018-19 schedule.

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Accessibility

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.

Listening Devices

Paramount Theatre offers assistive listening devices free of charge that are compatible with earphones and/or a Neckloop Telecoil Coupler (for T-Coil enabled hearing aid devices). Please visit the coat room before the show to borrow a listening device.

Service Animals

Paramount Theatre accommodates seating for guests with service animals. Please call the box office at 630.896.6666 for more information.

Sign Interpreted Performances

2018/2019 Broadway Series

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

GET TICKETS

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

BUY 2 SHOWS, GET 2 SHOWS FREE

Subscribe to all 4 shows in the 2018/2019 Broadway Season and save 50%. Only $76-$124 for all 4 shows – that’s no more than $31 per show! Call 630.896.6666 or email KevinB@paramountarts.com, and ask for the 5.3 Sign Interpreted Subscription.

 

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