Musical Theatre Training at The Marriott Theatre


Saturday Series!

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Lead by Stomp and Shout teaching artists and artists appearing in Marriott’s Madagascar!, this 4 week intensive will encourage your budding triple threat to not only fine tune their performance skills, but also to discover the joy of making art and telling stories with their peers.

Equal parts Acting, Voice, and Dance training: your tiny actor will gain knowledge from professionals that will serve them for years to come. The 4 week intensive culminates in a showing for parents & friends on the Marriott Stage. Grades 1-6.


Founded in December 1975, The Marriott Theatre has presented more than 170 musicals and is currently led by Executive Producer Terry James, Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, and Artistic Director Andy Hite. It is the most subscribed musical theatre in the country.

The Marriott Theatre has employed more than 3,000 professional actors in classic American musical theatre, new musicals, and "re-thought" musicals.

A founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, The Marriott Theatre fosters artists in creating new works for the stage. The result has been a string of American and World Premieres.

Marriott's Theatre for Young Audiences has presented numerous original works as well as classic fairy tales. To date, Marriott's Theatre for Young Audiences has presented more than 45 productions. Every year, these musicals introduce more than 100,000 children to live theatre. In all, The Marriott Theatre attracts more than 400,000 people to Lincolnshire each year.

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In 2013, Cassie Slater created the popular Music & Creative Play Program, Stomp and Shout Chicago. The marriage of her twenty years of teaching experience and her equally long professional acting career birthed a program that is more than a performing arts curriculum. Stomp and Shout is a program that guides young minds to be curious, to be brave, to ask questions of themselves and the world around them. It does this through play and imagination amidst an always inspiring musical backdrop. Since its inception, Stomp and Shout has grown to include numerous schools in Chicago and embarked on imaginative journeys in multiple locations across the U.S. Cassie is a recipient of Chicago's Jeff Award for Best Actress in a musical and the 2009 winner of the New York Music Theatre Festival's next Broadway Sensation Competition. She's performed all over the U.S. and China, is a proud member of Actors Equity and a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Best of all -- she's mom to sweet Winona who gives her endless inspiration.

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Stomp and Shout is a multi-arts program that utilizes music, theatre, & imagination to grow students' social and emotional learning while strengthening their empathic selves, problem solving and cognitive thinking skills.

The teachers at Stomp and Shout have over 100 combined years of professional acting experience (that's A LOT of years).

Our teachers have worked on National Tours, Off-Broadway, and at quintessential Chicago theatres like The Marriott Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, The Paramount, The Mercury, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, and many more.

More than a few of our teachers have been nominated (and WON) Jeff Awards, Chicago's theatre awards.

You've seen a handful of them on TV and in commercials and a few more in films.

Most importantly, our teachers value the importance of playing and pretending. They bring their joyful spirit to class and look forward to inspiring the mini artists of Chicago.