Set the Stage classes help children get ready for the stage

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced it will hold classes that help children further their stage skills.

Set the Stage classes offer a fun and educational experience for students. Each class teaches a different theater skill including: Choreography, Acting & Improvisation, Singing, Set & Costume Design, and Preparing for the Audition. Each class is taught by different teachers specializing in each skill. Classes are held 1 pm to 3 pm on select Wednesdays this summer.

The first class starts June 20 with Choreography. Ashley Hernandez will be teaching this fun choreography class! Ashley is one of the real dancers in the Fond du Lac Community Theatre (FDLCT) ensemble! She knows ballroom, salsa, and swing dance.

June 27 is our Acting & Improvisation class to learn what it’s like to be an actor. Therese Burazin will be teaching this week’s class. Therese takes great pride in having directed nine shows for FDLCT. She has been directing and teaching theater classes for over 20 years.

Singing will be taught July 11 by Amber Waas who was a member of the 2006-2007 Redefined A Capella group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also toured with the 2009 Kids From Wisconsin troupe as a singer/dancer and featured soloist, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music specializing in Vocal Music from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh.

July 18 Eva Thelen will be teaching Set & Costume Design. Eva has a degree in vocal performance. She works as a choir director, wedding and event performer, musician, voice, and violin instructor. Sharing her love of theatre with others, Eva directs shows for St. Mary’s Springs Academy Middle School as well as On Stage @ THELMA.

With the right preparation, you can excel at your audition and get the part of your dreams! Nancy Irizarry-Beachy and Mackenzie Gens will be teaching Preparing for the Audition July 25. Nancy chaired the FDLCT’s Encore Youth Theatre Committee to help raise up a next generation of actors. Mackenzie is a new director with Fond du Lac Community Theatre.

Registration is $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members). Tickets can be found at or by calling us at (920) 921-5410.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

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