Back in January, the Chicago community lost a vital force in the Theatre for Young Audiences and Theatre Education communities. We’re still reeling from the news of Emerald City Children’s Theatre closing its doors. When the news first was announced Compass posted an open letter on our blog sharing how heartbroken we were, but also how grateful we continue to be for Emerald City’s performers, teaching artists, and staff, for paving the way for children to discover theatre. But we couldn’t shake a certain feeling...isn’t there something, anything, more we could be doing?
We feel we have a social responsibility to help in some way beyond well-wishing. We want to commit ourselves to easing the transition for the families who have been enjoying Emerald City’s educational programs for years on end. I asked our team to put our heads together. We took stock of our resources, and made a bold decision.
If those 20 spots become filled and there are more families needing spots who reach out, we’ve made a further commitment to offer an unlimited number of 50% discounts to others who may also have registered for ECT 2020 Camps. Lastly, we’ve decided to extend this 50% discount to previous ETC campers who may not have yet registered for 2020 camps but who’ll be affected that ETC is no longer able to provide programming to them.
All we need is a receipt that reflects previous registration to ECT. From there, once registration for our summer camp session has been completed, they’ll be on their way to a week-long program culminating in a full-fledged performance once completing, acting alongside two professional Chicago actors! Although this is a difficult time, we are excited to connect with new young actors and keep their love of theatre thriving!
I personally know how important having a community, a clan to call your own and how theatre can be that for many people. As a child who never thrived in athletics, had an inclination towards the creative, and was blessed with the gift of gab (while certainly not requirement to be a successful theatre artist) I didn’t find my community and feel like I understood my place in the world until I joined drama club in my school.
-Cassandra and the whole Compass team
The Details of How to Join Us This Summer:
For former Emerald City Families interested in Compass Creative Dramatics this summer can email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their receipt for 2020 Camps to receive a coupon code for a free dedicated spot (for the first 20 students) or a copy of their receipt from previous participation in 2018 or 2019 to receive a 50% coupon code.
Please give our program coordinator 48 hours time to respond to these requests. Once you’ve received your code, you’ll have 72 hours to complete registration before the code expires and the spot becomes available for another student.
For folks interested in Compass camps who are not former ETC students, there’s still time to take advantage of our early bird rates and register for our Chicago camps before February 28th, when early bird ends!