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SELF ESTEEM FOR LIFE FOUNDATION

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"Tracy, Thank you for providing our kids with an opportunity to participate in a team activity that builds self-confidence and encourages creativity.  You are teaching these kids how to speak in public, how to be persuasive in their communication and how to have a positive self-image.  And yes, it is a team activity because you are teaching them the importance of working together, cooperation, how to listen and how to accept the viewpoints and contributions of others.  

During the 4 years that Meghan has been taking classes with you (Yes, it has been that long!) I have watched kids with speech impediments and learning disabilities get up in front of an audience and deliver their lines with incredible confidence that they couldn’t get anywhere else.  A sport team would not provide this type of skill or confidence. 

This year for Meghan’s First Communion she had to do a reading.  Imagine my surprise and pride when she stood in front of a congregation of over 300 people and from memory recited her reading loudly and clearly.  Even her high school aged cousins were impressed.  This ability and confidence she learned in your class and are skills she will use her whole life.

I also appreciate how hard you work at giving each kid an opportunity to shine.   When people ask me why I chose Nomad Theatre Company for Meghan, that is one of my top reasons.  

I’ve said it before, but you have the patience of Job and at times I don’t know how you do it…but you always do!  Thank you Tracy!"

                           - Kim Monroe


"Self Esteem for Life Foundation gave my son Jack an opportunity for a lead role in a small setting as a sophomore in high school.  We did not know he could sing!   It was the start of a passion, and he now plans to pursue music education in college.  Since this start our son has grown in confidence and tried other theatrical avenues including writing a one-act play."     

                         - Linda Lindberg


"All of Tracy's productions do a wonderful job of not only being a joy to be in, but also being professional. She holds the company to a level of professionalism not seen in other young adult companies. To this day, I'm still proud of the work we've created and the time I spent collaborating with her."

                          -Nadia Pelletier


"My son always has a positive experience in Tracy's classes. She finds the kids' strengths and gives each and every child a chance to really shine on stage."
                            -Lori Laraia

"Hi Tracy: I’m so glad my kids, Jeremy and Amanda, found you and have had the chance to work so closely with you. They have gained so much more than on-stage experience. You have given them the gift of becoming performing artists, and an internal confidence that only comes when someone you trust and respect believes in you."
                             -Sal Swanton

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Nomad Theatre Company, sponsored by SELF, is a tuition-based, audition-only educational program.  Appearing around the Fox Valley Area, we produce a wide variety of projects all aimed at building self-esteem and leadership among youth ages 7 through college.  Cast members "create not imitate" by collaborating with the director to develop a unique show based on everyone's participation and imagination. Everyone gets a part.





BLACK BOX YOUNG ADULT 

HOLIDAY MUSICAL

Grades 9-College 

The script contains adult content.


2015 Performance Dates:  January 2 and 3  


Location: Pheasant Run Resort

4051 E. Main St. (Route 64)
St. Charles, IL  60175
Do not contact Pheasant Run 

Director:  Tracy Whiteside

Asst. Directors:  Beth Kahan and Jeremy Swanton

Music Director: Erin Newman

Choreography: Emily Brown and Cody Hedera

Vocal Captain: Celina DiCiaula


bare CAST

ALANNA (ALAN) Caeli Wu 
BRAD Austin Petersen

CLAIRE/STUDENT Beth Kahan

DIANE Celina DiCiaula

IVY Amanda Swanton / Maria Kantak

JASON Jeremy Swanton 

KYRA Madison Rae 

LUCAS Nicolas Sole 

MATT Andrew Wagner 

NADIA Emily Marron / Emily Brown

PETER Cody Hedera 

PRIEST/STUDENT Alex Adams 

RORY Paige Lively 

SR. CHANTELLE Maddy Donatelli

TANYA Lauren Byckowski 

ZACK Nathan Dittemore 






"THE CLIQUE"

BLACK BOX
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE WINTER MUSICAL

Grades 9-College 

The script contains adult content.  This is not based on the movie "The Clique."


AUDITIONS:  Email info@selfoundation.org to make an appointment.
Sunday, January 18 from 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, January 20 from 4:00-6:00pm
Scroll down for audition requirements 

WINTER PERFORMANCE DATES:  
Wednesday, March 14 at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 8 at 7:00pm

CASTING: 8 females and 6 Males


"ANNIE KIDS" 

BLACK BOX KIDS
WINTER MUSICAL

Grades 2-8


“ANNIE KIDS” (Saturday afternoon rehearsals) 

AUDITIONS: Friday, January 16 from 4:00-6:00pm or Sunday, January 18 from 3:00-5:00pm

CLICK HERE FOR SATURDAY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

“ANNIE KIDS” (Sunday early evening rehearsals) 

AUDITIONS: Sunday, January 18 from 3:00-5:00pm or Monday, January 19 from 4:00-6:00pm

CLICK HERE FOR SUNDAY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE


Email info@selfoundation.org to make an appointment.


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PROGRAM INFORMATION

These are tuition-based educational programs.  Tuition is $195. Cast members supply their own costumes, makeup and props.  There are no scholarships available at this time. Parents or cast members are asked to volunteer in some capacity such as costumes coordination or clean up.


All programs meet the Illinois State Board of Education Teaching Standards for Drama/Theatre Arts.


TUITION PAYS FOR:

-Space rental

-Scripts

-Music CDs

-Licensing of performance material

-Insurance

-Lighting and sound technician


CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON INTERNSHIPS


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Everyone will be cast, so don't worry if you do not have time to prepare.  Just sing "Happy Birthday."  If you do not have a monologue prepared, you will be asked to read from the script.


We are willing to work around conflicts if the dates are provided at time of auditions.


-Email info@selfoundation.org to make an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be taken first.  

-If you are unable to attend auditions, please email us and we will try to make other arrangements.

-Video auditions are accepted.

-Memorize a 30-second to one-minute monologue that demonstrates acting skills.  Do not use a monologue from the show, but choose one similar in feeling to the character you are most interested in playing.  Google "monologues" for examples.

-There are always non-singing roles available.

-If you are interested in a solo, memorize 30 seconds to one minute of a song.  Do not use a song from the show, but one from a similar show.  Bring backing tracks (instrumental/karaoke) on a CD in MP3 AUDIO (music) format.  Check out www.karaoke-version.com to download tracks.  ACT the song!

-There will NOT be an accompanist unless otherwise specified.

-Wear clothes you can dance in.  No short skirts, boots, sandals, clogs, etc.

-Bring dance shoes (ballet or jazz). Most musicals require a short dance audition that will be taught in small groups.

-Bring a photo.  8" x 10" preferred.

-If experienced, bring an actor's resume.  Google "actor's resume format" for examples.

-Some actors may be asked to read from the script.






INTERNSHIPS

Interested in exploring theatre as a career?  Build your work and college resume!  

INTERNSHIPS are available in:

-Directing
-Musical Directing
-Choreography
-Stage Management
-Wardrobe
-Hair and Makeup
-Set
-Props
-Theatre Education
-Marketing

Age is not as important as maturity.  Experience not required, just passion and professionalism.  All Internships are voluntary.

Email info@selfoundation.org for more information.