Performing Arts

Since 2011 The Frances Xavier Warde school has had a theatrical partnership with Li’l Buds Theatre Company.
Li’l Buds has been partnering with FXW since 2005 with the successful second grade play residency and with highly successful after school classes!


Since 2011 Li’l Buds has been the artist in residency here at the Frances Xavier Warde school offering programs for every grade from preschool through 8th grade. We work with the teachers and administrations to create programs that enhance the curriculum throughout the grade levels. The students benefit from Li’l Buds years of experience as teachers and Artists and performers across the city of Chicago. All of their teaching artists are trained and award winning professionals actively pursuing their artistic aspirations and they bring a wealth of experience into the classroom.

Preschool to Eight Grade Programs

Preschool Creative Dramatics Residency
Li’l Buds brings teaching artists Kevin Crowley and Jeff Predmore into the classroom weekly to help inspire the imagination and create an environment of collaboration with the preschoolers every week for 30 minutes.

First Grade Play Residency
Li’l Buds teaching artists teach the first graders the fundamentals of putting on a play by bringing some classic classroom books to life on stage with the students as the actors!Join these young actors as they bring Curious George and Strega Nona and many others classic characters to life in this two week residency!

Second Grade Play Residency
The students turn play wrights in this exciting programming that take sthe students original stories into the collaborative process to be adapted into short plays performed by their peers. Each second grader submits a short story and Li’l Buds works with the students to select three and adapt them into short plays presented at the end of the two week residency! These are some of the most original and creative plays you will ever see!

Fourth Grade Folk Tale Play Writing Residency
Building off the second grade play writing residency We challenge the students to write original folk tale plays we then adapt these short plays into longer plays adapted form input form their peers. We work with them on how a play is structured and how to adapt narrative writing into a script.

Fifth Grade Musical
Each year Li’l Buds collaborates with the fifth grade music teacher to produce a full fledge musical! They learn the whole process from auditioning, rehearsing, and scenic design. Past productions include Honk Junior and Once on this Island Junior.

Sixth Grade Ancient Greek Play Residency
Since the Greeks originated theatre it is only fitting we help these young actors recreated their own greek mythology plays in the style of the ancient Greeks. Each class will write and adapt their own short play based on ancient greek mythology. This is a great way to bring history of ancient cultures to life.

Eighth Grade Musical
Each year Li’l Buds collaborates with the eighth grade music teacher to produce a full fledge musical! BUilding on what they learned over all their years working with Li’l BUds this show challenges them as a team to put on a broadway ready production! They learn the whole process from auditioning, rehearsing, and scenic design. Past productions include Joseph and The Amazing technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof Junior.

We also direct two productions for the FXW Drama Troupe where interested students join this after school club as performers and designers to stage two shows a year! Past shows include WInd of a Thousand Tales, Still Life with Iris, Beauty and the Beast and Hamlet.

This Fall The Drama Troupe will produce Romeo and Juliet!

After School Classes

Adventures in Imagination- Kindergarten and first grade
Are you ready for adventure? The only limit to the fun is your imagination. Join Li’l Buds on a different adventure each week as we…Explore a deep dark jungle! Blast off to outer space! Dive deep Under the sea! Set sail on a Pirate ship! Tell camp fire stories on a camping adventure! And much much more! This class will incorporate acting exercises and build a sense of play and collaboration.

Create-a-play- second and third grade
In this exciting class your child and their peers will work alongside our Li’l buds teaching artists to write an original short play based on a student selected theme. They will learn and hone their acting skills through improv games and character creation exercises. They will then spend time learning about the rehearsal process. The class will end with a presentation of their original play.

LIVE From FXW! Improv and sketch comedy- 4-8th grade
Live from FXW! Is the next second city star at FXW? These students will use improv games to create original characters and sketches. We will film these sketches and edit our very own 30 minute sketch comedy show! This class will challenge the students in a fun way to write produce and edit these original scenes! The class will culminate in a red carpet premiere of the video. Each student will also receive a free copy of the video.

Fore More information visit our website www.lilbudstheatre.org or contact us at lilbudstheatre@gmail.com or call us at 773-334-4543.

Theatrically yours,
Li’l Buds Theatre

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751 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
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Old St. Patrick's Campus
120 S. Desplaines St., Chicago, IL 60661
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