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BAM @ a Distance

We have all found ourselves with a little more time on our hands, and BAM has some ways you can fill it! While we must keep our social distance, technology has made it easier than ever before to connect online. There is an old saying in the theatre: the show must go on! And we intend to do just that with BAM @ a Distance! Join BAM staff and special guest artists several nights a week EVERY WEEK for fun theatre activities, social media challenges, and musical live streams!


In an effort to support Chicago artists who are facing financial difficulties in this time, we want to bring together the entire BAM community - and beyond - to participate in a virtual choir video cover of “Any Dream Will Do” from our anticipated summer production, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. This is open to anyone to participate - students, parents, teachers, friends, etc!

There is no cost to participate, but if you wish to make a donation of any amount you may do so when you register. Funds from this activity will be donated to the Chicago Artists Relief Fund which has been established by Chicago artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on this organization, visit their webpage!

Stay tuned for our Virtual Choir Video - coming soon!



On Monday, 4/6 from 7-8pm, we will have Roberta Duchak lead a Broadway Q&A session to answer all your burning questions about the life of a Broadway artist and the journey of SIX from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to Broadway! Class is open to anyone interested in participating - students, parents, and friends! The last 15 minutes, Roberta will select 3 people at random to sing and she will give them feedback!

ROBERTA DUCHAK Broadway: SIX (US Music Supervisor) CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE: SIX,  Emma, The Little Mermaid, Romeo and Juliet the Musical - The People vs. Friar Lawrence, Murder for Two,  Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, CHICAGO: Matilda, Mamma Mia,Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Crazy for You, Hazel, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, West Side Story, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, Spamalot, Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre); Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre); The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph Theater); The Original Grease (American Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Mercury Theater Chicago); musical supervisor for A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre). FILM: vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables. AWARDS: Two Jeff Awards, five nominations. ACTING: Mother in Ragtime (Broadway); Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat (national tour); Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chicago/national tour). Ms. Duchak has two busy vocal studios in the Chicago area.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Knowledge is power - and now, more than ever, is the perfect time to own our theatrical power! Every week, we will connect a group of students virtually to read through and discuss the script of a musical! We will have a session for students in Grades 3 - 8 on Tuesday evenings from 5 - 7pm, and a session for high school and college students on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9:30pm. Cost is $10/session to participate.

Tuesday, 4/7 from 5 - 7pm (Grades 3 - 8)


Wednesday, 4/8 from 7 - 9:30pm (High School & College)


Thursdays, Weekly

Talk about #throwbackthursday! To celebrate our 20 year anniversary, and to share some fun memories with our BAMily, we will be streaming one summer main stage production every Thursday evening on our YouTube page. All of our live streams will be free to watch - our next live stream will be on Thursday, April 2. We can’t wait to see you all there (digitally, that is)! 


We will also be announcing our weekly Social Media Challenge at the beginning of each live stream - check out this week's Social Media Challenge below!!



Every week, we will announce our Social Media Challenge on Thursday night before our live stream. You will have ONE WEEK to complete the challenge. The winners of the challenge will be announced at the beginning of the following week’s live stream!


This week’s Social Media Challenge is a 30-second Disney sing-off!! Sing along to your favorite Disney song - and be sure to limit your video entry to 30 seconds or less! Once your video is created, post it on social media, tag BAM, use the hashtag #BAMsocialmediachallenge and you will be entered to win! 


BAM @ a Distance Activities will be announced weekly! Check this page to stay up to date on all of the latest at-home theatre fun you can have!