Spring 2017 Registration

Take to the seas with A.B.L.E. as our ensemble puts their own spin on Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance! Actors will hone their performance skills while exploring this comedic musical full of romance and adventure.

As with previous semesters, we will host two ensembles with one meeting on Monday nights (led by teaching artists Sean & Kaylie), and the other on Friday nights (led by Peter & Kendra). During the term, both groups will come together for an optional field trip to Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. At the end of the 12 week-semester, each class will present their own production onstage at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. Read on to find out more about semester dates and locations, and click the button at the bottom of this page to register!

Classes are open to anyone ages 14-22 with Down syndrome or cognitive/developmental special needs. Maximum enrollment, 12 actors per class (24 ensemble members total). 

Registration Fee: $375



MONDAY Ensemble

  • Parent Meeting: February 27, 7:30pm-8pm
  • Class Dates:  February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8 (no class Apr 10), all classes meet 6:30pm-8pm
  • Field Trip: Saturday, March 11, 10:15am-1:00pm
  • Dress Rehearsal: May 15, time TBD
  • Final Performance: May 20, time TBD

FRIDAY Ensemble

  • Parent Meeting: March 3, 7:30pm-8pm
  • Class Dates: February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12  (no class Apr 7 & Apr 14), all classes meet 6:30pm-8pm 
  • Field Trip: March 11th, 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Dress Rehearsal: May 19, time TBD
  • Final Performance: May 20, time TBD


Class Location: 

Menomonee Club Drucker Center

1535 N. Dayton Ave.

Chicago IL 60642


Performance Location:

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

2433 N. Lincoln Ave

Chicago IL 60614



Short Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

800 E Grand Ave

Chicago IL 60611