The Paramount Theater is excited to bring Compass Creative Dramatics back this summer for a week-long theater residency from Monday, June 10 through Saturday, June 15!

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 theater.


Residency Week: Monday, June 10 – Saturday, 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 15, 11:00AM & 2:00PM

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

** In an extenuating circumstance, a withdrawal must be requested 4 weeks prior to the first day of  camp to receive a partial refund.


When the local superhero league announces it’s looking for new members, Cinderella is eager to try out so she can make the world a better place. The only problem is (unlike her lazy stepsisters) she wasn’t born with a superpower! But a group of friendly scientists has a few tricks up their sleeves, and with their assistance (plus the help of some curious kittens and a very mysterious group of elderly folk), Cinderella just might find a way to save the world!

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

Summer Theater Residency Package 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 Free Show Tickets (to be used at either show time)
  • Compass Creative Dramatics Show-specific T-shirt

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

Summer Theater Residency Package fee ($185) 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