The Paramount Theater is excited to bring Compass Creative Dramatics back this summer for a week-long theater residency!

Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD) is a Chicago based touring company that partners with community organizations to offer creative, engaging theater programming designed to provide arts enrichment and cultivate personal growth and character.

CCD’s one week residency provides an opportunity for youth to work alongside two professional artists in mounting a full theatrical production on The Paramount’s stage!  The residency begins with an audition, followed by a week of rehearsals and theater workshops, and culminates with an original 60-minute musical adaptation of a classic children’s story.  CCD provides all the elements of the production – professionally designed and produced music, costumes, props, sets, and make-up – all to make this an unforgettable experience for everyone! The residency is designed to purposefully and intrinsically instill skills of character such as trustworthiness, respect, and responsibility while participants stretch their muscles of creativity and bravery through the art of theater. No acting experience necessary – just come ready to be silly and have fun! Two stage managers are also cast to help with rehearsals and take on important back stage responsibilities.

CCD encourages students to take creative risks and trust without self-judgment, stretching their creativity and bravery “muscles” as they develop social skills like teamworkrespect, and empathy through their exploration of theatre.


Residency Week: Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15
Ages: Rising 1st grade – Age 16
Auditions: First day of camp!
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM, Monday – Friday
Cost: $185.00
Shows: Saturday, June 16, 11:00AM & 2:00PM



As their beloved books disappear off the shelves, Beauty and her team of local librarians embark on a quest to rescue them from the city sewers. There, they find the Beast and his henchmen searching desperately to cure the curse that has transformed them all into animals. Amidst dancing pigeons, ticklish books, and enchanted blue roses, Beauty and the Beast learn that it’s only by working together that they can save the day.​

Registration will open on Monday, March 5, 2018.

We recommend that you REGISTER EARLY, as the Residency has a limited capacity.

Participation Fee: $185* per camper. This includes:

  • Week-long Theater Residency (Audition, Rehearsals, Workshops & 2 Performances)
  • 2 Show Tickets (to be used at either show time)
  • Compass Creative Dramatics Show-specific T-shirt

*If you are registering more than one child, please complete separate forms. If you are registering 3 or more children, a $15 discount will be applied to registration of third child and each child thereafter. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Cathy von Storch (434-293-1000 /

More Information: Please direct all Summer Theater Residency related questions to Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager at 434.293.1000 or

CLICK HERE for Compass Creative Dramatics Theater Residency Frequently Asked Questions

CLICK HERE for Compass Creative Dramatics Codes of Conduct

$185 Summer Theater Residency Package fee includes:

  • Week-long Theater Residency culminating in two public performances on The Paramount’s stage!
  • 5 full days of rehearsals and theater enrichment workshops
  • 2 Show Tickets to be used at either show time
  • Compass Creative Dramatics Show-specific T-shirt