Wheaton Dramatists to Teach Local Kids

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Wheaton Dramatists to Teach Local Kids


Has a movie, TV show or school production sparked an acting interest in a child you know?

Perhaps the fun of playing dress-up and developing spontaneous dialogue has caught some youngster's attention.

Wheaton Drama offers its sixth annual summer theater camp from July 31 to Aug. 4 at Playhouse 111, 111 North Hale St., Wheaton.

"Creative Dramatics" is geared for youngsters ages 5-13, said workshop director Marge Elfstrom of Wheaton.

To support the all-volunteer effort, Target Greatland of Wheaton has provided a grant to cover T-shirts and other expenses so Wheaton Drama can hold the fee at $15 per child.

"It's a community gesture to share the love of the theater with our younger generation," she said.

"We'll have different teachers, different strengths, different experiences to share," she said. "To find people to put in the time and effort is a special gift to others."

Susie Linker, a Glenbard North High School graduate pursing a career in education, moves up from assisting last year to directing those ages 5 to 7. Their class times are 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The class is limited to 12.

Lenaye Schmidt, a retired teacher with a strong emphasis on children's drama, has written several children's plays. She will use her creativity with the 8- to 10-year-old class from 11 a.m. to noon, with a maximum enrollment of 15.

Twenty youngsters ages 11 to 13 years will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with Martha McMillen of Wheaton. A former Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 educator, she has degrees in education, music education and drama. …

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