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Theatrical teens can attend summer School of Rock

Teenaged actors, improvisers, writers, vocalists, drummers, guitarists, and keyboardists who are ready to take their skills to the stage are welcome to enroll in Rock City Camp: An Opera of Rock. Presented by The Second City Training Center and School of Rock Chicago, the stage-writing performance camp takes place from July 7 to July 18 at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre on 2936 N. Southport Avenue.

“This one-of-a-kind program with School of Rock is a fantastic blend of two organizations with similar ideals: expanding the education opportunities and styles for our youth students, while keeping the ideas of teamwork of creativity at the forefront of their experience,” notes Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc.

During the two-week program, students aged 14-19 will focus on their performance skills in music and theater. They will also create an original story, learn rock music and develop original music to produce and perform in their own premiere show at the Athenaeum Theatre.

“School of Rock Chicago joining forces with the legacy and stage prowess of our new pals at The Second City is like having Jackie Chan, David Lee Roth, Freddy Mercury and John Belushi as your spirit animals,” says Adam Mackintosh, regional manager for School of Rock Chicago. “Clearly, I’m beyond sensible words here. This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

Sessions are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To be considered, candidates must fill out an application and send it in before March 31. The program costs $1,200, however needs-based scholarships are available. Visit for more information.

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