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Children’s Theatre of Winnetka is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting theatrical experiences for children, grades 4-8. Children participate both onstage and backstage in two productions annually; fall and spring.
Scholarships are available.
Children’s Theatre of Winnetka Announces Notable Alumnus Stephen Schellhardt as Director
Acclaimed Chicago Actor/Director/Producer Returns to His Children’s Theatre Roots for Spring 2018 Musical
Children’s Theatre of Winnetka announces Barrymore Award Winner and multiple Jeff Award Nominee Stephen Schellhardt as a director for the Spring 2018 production. A notable alumnus of Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Schellhardt continues the legacy of musical theatre training in New Trier Township established by co-founder, Barbara Weldon, who will retire as a director after a remarkable 43 years.
“Engaging one of the finest actors, directors and producers in Chicago theatre for our spring production is thrilling,” said Weldon, who is currently rehearsing Hello, Dolly!--the last show she will direct. “We are honored to have someone that is active and respected in the profession, and willing to devote time and energy to training our students. Stephen will be an inspiration to all of us.”
Schellhardt has been acting, directing, choreographing, producing, casting and teaching for more than a decade. He has acted in equity productions in Chicagoland theatres and regional theatres elsewhere, receiving three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and a Barrymore Award for acting, as well as a non-equity Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for his choreographic work on Dogfight for the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble.
Throughout his career, Schellhardt credits Children’s Theatre of Winnetka for giving him his start. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Children’s Theatre of Winnetka,” said Schellhardt. “It’s so important for kids to have a place to go where they are truly accepted and encouraged to follow their dreams. Children’s Theatre of Winnetka did that for me, and now I’m excited to return and help the next generation of aspiring performers.”
Schellhardt joins a dynamic team of directors, including Toby Nicholson, Cathy Hirschmann and Holly Francis, with whom he will work on the Spring 2018 production. After retiring as a director, Weldon will remain on the Children’s Theatre of Winnekta Board of Directors. Like Schellhardt, many Children’s Theatre of Winnetka alumni have gone on to professional careers in theatre, television and film—and often return to share their experiences with children that could follow in their footsteps.
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An Evening of
Music and Memories
Children’s Theatre of Winnetka to Honor Co-Founder Barbara Weldon with Retirement Gala
April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Matz Hall, Winnetka Community House
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Children’s Theatre of Winnetka will honor co-founder Barbara Weldon and her remarkable 43 years as a director with a retirement gala on April 24 in Matz Hall at the Winnetka Community House. An Evening of Music and Memories will feature Children’s Theatre of Winnetka alumni and current Children’s Theatre of Winnetka cast members performing songs from the shows Weldon directed and contemporary musical theatre favorites. Headliners include notable Children’s Theatre of Winnetka alumni country singer/songwriter Elizabeth Lyons, LA-based actor/writer Chris Yonan, Broadway sensation Betsy Morgan and Chicago Actor/Director/Producer Stephen Schellhardt, recently named a director for the Spring 2018 production. The performance begins at 7 pm, followed by a reception at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka. Tickets for reserved seats are $10 each and benefit Children’s Theatre of Winnetka.
Tax deductible donations can be made in Barbara's name to Children's Theatre of Winnetka and sent to WCH at 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093 or added to the ticket price when purchasing tickets online.
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