Brightside Theatre Offers New Fall Youth Acting Classes

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Brightside Theatre Offers New Fall Youth Acting Classes

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce the offering of new youth acting classes. Registration is now open for Creative Dramatics for Kindergarten - 5th Grade and Scene Study for 6-12th graders with classes scheduled Saturdays, September 23 - October 28, 2017. Also PLAY IN A DAY one-day classes will take place on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President's Day for K-8th graders. All classes take place at the rehearsal space located at 4953 Fairview Avenue in Downers Grove and are taught byCarrie L. Dabelow. Registration form and more information can be found at or register by phone at 630-447-8497 (TIXS).

Creative Dramatics

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Saturdays 9am-10:30am | September 23 - October 28, 2017


This fun-filled class will introduce beginning actors to the art of working together through theater games and classic stories. By working as part of an ensemble, students will use various theatre techniques to explore storytelling and harness imagination through physicality and become more aware of self and creative expression, learn about teamwork and gain self-confidence. Students will learn to use their bodies and voices to transform stories into plays. There will be an opportunity for parents to observe on the last day of class. No previous experience is required!

Scene Study

6th - 12th Grade

Saturdays 11am-12:30pm |September 23 - October 28, 2017


The ability to be free, open, & ready to explore are essentials skills for an actor at any age. Theater games and improvisational exercises will invite students to discover the concepts behind creating three-dimensional characters, preparation of scenes through all aspect of scripted work including how to analyze and interpret text, connect with other actors, make strong physical and vocal choices, and finding confidence in their personal performance. There will be an opportunity for parents to observe on the last day of class. No previous experience is required!

A Play in a Day

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

Columbus Day 10/9, Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/15 and President's Day 2/19 |8:30am - 6pm

$50 each Holiday (Lunch Included)

For those days when there's no school but parents still have to work! This is an exciting fast-paced class. Students will improve their communication skills through the use of role-play, script writing, improvisation and performance. In one day students will write a script, rehearse it, add costumes and props and then at the end of the day perform their creation for their parents. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to create a play in a day!

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About the Instructor - Carrie L. Dabelow

Carrie is an actor an educator who has worked in the suburbs of Illinois for the last 17 years. She has a BA from St. Olaf College, and a Masters in Theatrical Direction from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She also spent one year at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. In 2014, Carrie was lucky enough to spend a summer studying at The Globe Theatre in London, England. Carrie is a teacher in Wheaton, and teaches Drama and Speech Communication as well as running the after school theatre program. As an actor Carrie has worked with a variety of community theaters in the area, including Elgin Community College, Music on Stage, Palatine, PM&L in Antioch, and the Woodstock Opera House. Carrie lives in Streamwood with two very high maintenance cats.

BrightSide Theatre (Jeffrey Cass, Artistic Director and Julie Ann Kornak, Executive Director) currently just beginning its 7th season, Cinema on Stage, is Naperville's only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district. BrightSide Theatre is committed to Enlighten, Educate, and Entertain through comedies and inspirational stories from across the globe. A unique blend of award-winners, premieres, modern works and timeless classics meant to reflect upon and inform our community inhabit BrightSide's stage. BrightSide Theatre is partially supported and funded by a generousSECA Grant, The Dolly McCarthy Show, Round Hill Wealth Management and CueCamp. For more information on BrightSide Theatre, please visit

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