Self-Esteem for Life Foundation will sponsor "GodStage," offering musical theater classes in Elburn, Aurora and Naperville.
"GodStage" is all about building self-esteem and core values through family-friendly performing arts. Teaching respect and responsibility, along with other life skills such as public speaking, is the primary goal.
At "GodStage," it's all about the kids learning and creating in a safe, supportive environment. While a few participants may go on to become professional actors, all students will learn teamwork, improve reading skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun.
Classes for second- to eighth-graders include singing, dancing and memorizing lines from "Cinderella," with a final performance on the last day for family and friends.
It will be offered in Aurora at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 10.
It also is offered at the Elburn Community Center, 525 N. Main St. (Route 47), from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 15.
A third location will be in Naperville at The Dance Spot, 605 E. Ogden Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18.
Tuition is $99 ($8.25 an hour). Advance registration is required and available on the website. More information is available at www.selfoundation.org, email email@example.com or call Tracy at (630) 234-9506.
A photographer, modeling coach, director and performing arts teacher, founder Tracy Whiteside has been in the entertainment and fashion business for more than 25 years.
Now serving as the education manager at Fox Valley Rep Theatre at Pheasant Run Resort for the past seven years, she directs children's musicals and is responsible for the development and staffing of the Performing Arts Academy.
She taught performing arts at Elgin College and Christian Youth Theater. As a board member of First Street Playhouse, she was the educational committee chairwoman, the volunteer committee chairwoman and directed and produced plays at the theater.
Self-Esteem for Life Foundation (SELF) is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building self-esteem among young people through the performing arts. Youth age 3 to 20 have the opportunity to create a musical theater production and can audition for singing, acting or dancing roles. Those not interested in performing can work backstage, on sets, costumes, lighting, sound, and more.
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