Here's what parents and kids are saying about Dream Big's recent Annie Production ...
She came absolutely energized by this first day of camp. I haven't seen her this excited about something in a long time! - Susan Custer
I just wanted to thank you again for taking time to help us out the other day. Still so impressed by the way you gave genuinely caring attention to our concerns. I'm happy to share with you that Audrey was truly excited and joyful over the role she has been given to play. When I saw the cast list and just the sheer length of it, I was astounded! What a huge job your staff had putting that together!!! Again, I'm impressed. Also, thought you'd like to know that Audrey has been speaking very highly of Christine and all the teachers. My husband and I are so grateful Audrey has been given the opportunity to be a part of something this wonderful. - Robyn Fuder
Thank you for giving Julieta this great opportunity. Everyone has been so kind to us. Julieta is giddy when she tells us about her day. The confidence she has displayed in the last couple of weeks brings a huge smile to our faces. She has said this is the best Summer ever! Thank you Dream Big Production, for a job well done. We are so lucky to be part of the production. - Marcelino and Sandra Soto
So many kudos and thank you's for such a terrific performance and experience at Annie Jr. It reached far beyond our expectations and we are so glad that Audrey had this terrific experience. We will be recommending it to everyone who is interested in finding a deeply rewarding experience for their kids! - Parent
Thank you very much. Alyssa will be excited, she has been dancing since she was 3! I was worried this whole process would be a little overwhelming for her but your whole crew has done a great job helping her feel relaxed, I could tell from the smile on her face Monday when I saw Alyssa come home from her first day at camp. So thank you! - Robin Gruia
Read more DREAM BIG testimonials from parents, kids, and school program coordinators....
My kindergartner had two sessions this year with Kaycee and we were so thrilled with the class and her teacher! Kaycee's enthusiasm, skill and passion to help these little ones learn was evident at the two performances we attended. Norah wants to sign up for another session and I attribute that to Kaycee's talent for teaching little 5-6 yr olds! - C. McAteer
As an educator, it has been an absolute pleasure to see the impact that Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop has had on my elementary students. In the past two years I have witnessed multiple students creative genius come alive due to their participation in the Broadway Kids class. One of the best parts about the entire program is that the children have creative control. They are free to write, create, dance and sing in ways many of them would have never imagined. To be able to watch these kids work so hard on a project for eight weeks and then present that project to friends, families and peers in a final performance is amazing. The children come away from the Dream Big class with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. We love having Dream Big as apart of our after school extra curricular line up and look forward to our continued partnership with the program. Thank you Lisa for helping to make theater apart of my children's lives! -Jermaine Primus, Activities Coordinator at Montessori Academy of Chicago
The Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop has been great for my Kindergarten students here at St. Stan's. They are learning how to control their bodies better, which are really helping their gross motor development. They are expanding their creative minds by using their imaginations throughout each class time. Overall, Dream Big has my students excited, which intern makes me excited. I can't wait for their parents to see our end product! - Laura Zotto, Kindergarten Teacher at St. Stanislaus Kostka School
"Lisa Lang was attentive to our needs. She really listened to the type of program we wanted and worked with us to make the program happen. She ensured that we had high quality instructors and regularly supported and supervised them and checked in with our school's administration. She was consistently proactive in communicating with us. Dream Big stepped in to fill a need for high quality drama and movement programming for our students. Dream Big instructors developed our students' creativity and skill. Each class staged a dramatic performance of the students' own making."
- Alexander Phillips, Principal of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School
I just wanted you to know that Taylor is having so much fun. She's really enjoying herself. Thanks for making it such a great camp for her. Looking forward to the mini performance on Friday. - Parent of Sing Your Heart Out: Disney Solos camper
Milo and Beckett are loving it! They came home yesterday and entertained us with a wonderful Abbot and Costello routine that had to do with the 3 Little Pigs. Many thanks to you and Bri! -Laura Cohen
You know that I think that the Dream Big classes are very special and unique. The environment is so much fun and filled with wonderful positive, creative energy. The excellent teachers are always non-judgemental and know who to bring out the best in the students and inspire their confidence and creativity. I really love the concept of each group working together to create their own play and think it is such a great learning experience for students to get the opportunity to work creatively as a team. The final performances are always wonderful and the room is filled with so much pride and joy! -Devora Budnik
They both LOVED (and when I say LOVED, I mean, they lived and breathed for it and Tuesday was their favorite day of the week) Dream Big, and when you come back next school year, you'll definitely see them. Thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of Dream Big.
They absolutely LOVED this camp. I was so impressed with how much they spoke about their day. Usually, I'd say so how was school or the beach or whatever they had done when I was busy with the baby and they'd respond with a simple statement like, "good." This camp really got their imaginations going. I didn't have to ask what they had done or learned they would jump in our minivan and start singing a song "Sammy didn't feel like walking still brings a smile to my face when they sing it" or they would spontaneously start telling me all about the story they read and acted out. I can not recommend the Dream Big Camp more highly!
I loved Annie Camp! -Claire
Thank you so much for once again bringing your amazing Broadway Kids program to Romona School! We appreciate your enthusiasm and your professionalism, and look forward to working with you again in the future.
-J Yonover, Romona Parent Coordinator
Our daughter just finished The Chicago's Got Talent camp and she loved every minute of it! The show at the end of the week was beyond impressive- all of the girls had the chance to show off their talents with confidence and excitement. Lisa and Elizabeth are amazing. They are kind, fun, engaging and full of energy. I would recommend Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop to anyone who is looking for a creative and fun way to learn confidence and performance skills.
It was amazing, I loved the play! -Ani (Detective Play camper)
Much thanks to you and the other teachers for all of your time and hard work with the drama students. It's obvious that all the kids in the workshop have been having a lot of fun and have really enjoyed the whole program. If it weren't for you and your crew coming to the school week after week, many of our Peirce kids might never have had the opportunity to participate in such a great program.
-Peirce Parent Coordinator
By the way Lauren is a wonderful teacher and my kids love her! She is so fun and caring towards all the children. My boys are really excited to come to the class. They love all the fun stories and songs they are learning. Thank you for having such a wonderful teacher for the Moving Stories class.
-Ivana Milano Dabic
Great show today. I really loved it. You did a great job with them. I saw improvement from Maya even from this summer. She really was getting those moves down. She really loves your class and you. She'll be excited for next year.
Probably the best week of the summer so far. -Ellis (Detective Play camper)
Josie's choir director asked Josie a bunch of questions about her class at Chase. He had her explain all of the vocal exercises that she does. Josie said that he LOVED them. He was really pleased that this is what she was learning. Josie performed beautifully last night. I think this class has been excellent for her.
I was really impressed with what the children accomplished in 4 days. You did a great job and the kids were amazing.
This was fun. -Julian (Detective Play camper)
And some reviews from YELP...
My kids just finished a week of Fairy Tale Camp at Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop. It was wonderful! The instructors were warm and loving, the camp went far beyond acting to making props, decorating - everything for a kid produced show. My daughter got stage fright but her teacher, Elizabeth, was amazing and coaxed her out of her shell. Lisa Lang, the owner, is fabulous and very friendly. A week after camp ended, my son still asks every day if it is Fairy Tale Camp Day? We can't wait to do more camps here.
My two daughters, 8 and 6, attended their first Dream Big Camp last week and LOVED IT! We had no idea what to expect but it was the best thing we ever tried. The staff was superb and I highly recommend this camp for any girl or boy. Lisa was very accommodating with my requests and Ms Elizabeth was amazing with the kids. The final performance was exceptional and we were so proud of our girls. They cannot wait for the other two camps they will attend this summer, they cannot come soon enough!
Summer Camp is great. I'd been looking for a half-day theater program for my son and this is amazing. I knew it was going to be good because my son had taken classes from the founder/director, at his school, but my expectations were blown away. The classes are small and they really are doing some serious work on understanding what it takes to put on a musical (in a week of 3 hour sessions). The kids have a wide range of interests --- but they're all happy. I'm shocked with the level of thinking and dedication they're bringing out in my son -- after 2 days! This is doubly amazing because he's the only boy in the class and nearly refused to attend the first day. Now he's asking his sister to run lines with him and can't wait for the next class. Needless to say, this will NOT be our last session with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop!
We could not have been more pleased with our experience with the Moving Stories Camp run by Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop! Debbie and Kristen the camp counselors had a smile on their faces at drop off and pick up and seemed to genuinely enjoy the children.
I LOVED the daily e-mail letter giving the details of the day. I was also impressed with the level of attention to detail paid to the final performance. The programs, posters, cupcakes and roses were really exciting for the children. We took pictures and went out to eat after to celebrate. I would HIGHLY recommend this activity to any of the families in the Lakeview, Edgewater, Andersonville or Rogers Park Communities. They have fall classes coming up in case anyone is looking for a well run program.