CYT offers week-long musical theater camps during the summer months for students ages 5–18. Camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience, and are focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.

Typical camps include team competitions, rotations through drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, a daily theme-related devotional, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.

There’s no better place for kids to learn about theater and have fun than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere - and every camper gets the opportunity to perform on stage!

Day Camps

Our day camps will run June 10–August 2 and feature an original & creative theme with a concluding showcase! In 2019, campers ages 5–12 will have two camp themes to choose from: Disney and Beyond! and Broadway Kids. The theme for our teen day camp for 12–16-year-olds will be Summer Nights. Both day and teen camps are Monday-Friday from 9–3 pm. Drop off begins at 8:45 am. Pick up is at 3:00 pm with the exception of Friday with its showcase performance at 2:30 pm.

Overnight Camps

CYT Chicago also offers three exciting overnight camp opportunities. This summer, immerse yourself and shine at one of our incredible overnight camps surrounded by actors who love theater and performing as much as you do. Students tell us “It’s the best week of summer!”
  • Middle school (entering grades 7–8)
  • High School (entering grades 9–10)
  • Pre-College (entering grade 11 through graduating 12)
Overnight camps are Monday–Friday. Campers were housed in the college dorms at Judson University in Elgin.


Camp staff includes professional local artists, CYT Production Artistic Teams, and theater specialists. These counselors are high energy, experienced, and love working with kids! CYT aims to hire counselors who are great role models for our students. All CYT counselors have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values.


At the end of camp, students perform in a showcase that they have rehearsed for over the course of their fun-filled week. Parents, friends and family watch campers perform the material they have learned in just a short week! Showcase is a celebration of the week’s work and give kids a glimpse into the energy and excitement of being part of a full CYT production.