Kids on Stage



Summer Theater Workshops For Young People

Kids on Stage is a summer program for kids from K-12. The next session of Kids on Stage is on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

Below is a description of our programs:


●  Creative Dramatics

Students in 1st Grade through 3rd Grade
Saturday Mornings 10:00 to 11:15

Students in 4th Grade through 6th Grade
Saturday Mornings 11:30 to 12:45


Sessions run 8 weeks


●  Classes for Middle and High School Students

Theatre Games, Improv and the Young Actor
Wednesday Evenings 6:30-7:30
Theatre games and improv help young performers to have more awareness of how all their senses and imagination can be used in creating characters and building scenes. They will also explore the value of teamwork and supporting their fellow actor to make everyone look better on stage. This class is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students, as one learns from the other.

Scene Study/Monologues
Wednesday Evenings 7:30-8:45
This class is for middle and high school students who want to work on written scenes and/or monologues. They may come in with a theatrical piece in mind, or choose from scenes and monologues provided by the instructor. Scenes are age appropriate and will be tailored to the experience level of the student.


Sessions run 7 weeks.



in June 2020
at Village Theatre Guild
Park Blvd. just north of Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL



Please call the Village Theatre Guild at 630-469-5583 or email at


The Kids on Stage Instructors

Creative Dramatics:
Judy Laughlin has a BA in Theatre from Rockford College in Rockford, IL, and for the past 11 years she has been doing theatre throughout the Chicago area. As an actor, she has worked with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, Village Players in Oak Park, Alchemy Theatre in Wood Dale, Oakton Community College in River Forest, Elgin Community College in Elgin, and in Chicago with The Artistic Home, The Cornservatory, For This Productions, Lincoln Square Theatre, Fury Theatre, and Akvavit Theatre. Backstage, she has been a stage manager, a lighting designer, a costumer, a director, and a stagehand. She has directed full-scale children's productions of "Robin Hood", "Treasure Island", and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Children's theatre is always fun, always exciting, and always an adventure!

Middle and High School Classes:
Debbie Ruzicka taught speech and acting as a coach of the nationally recognized Buffalo Grove High School Speech team for 12 years. She has also been a professional actress off and on for over 30 years, with over 60 plays, movies and commercials on her resume. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and The Ohio State University.