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THELMA teams up with Boys & Girls Club to provide scholarships

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac that will take two kids on a music-filled, theatrical adventure.

A THELMA donor will provide $100 scholarships to two members of the Boys & Girls Club to participate in On Stage @ THELMA, a week-long arts day camp.

The day camp encourages fourth- through eighth-grade students to learn and perform an entire play in just one week. This year’s production, the musical “Walt Disney’s Robin Hood” by Bobby Hammack, offers kids the chance to learn songs and choreography in addition to their lines.

“We are thrilled to have donors who support arts education at THELMA giving our community this terrific opportunity to partner with the Boys & Girls Club,” said Kevin Miller, executive director of the art center.

The day camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7. The performance, which is free to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday.

"At the Boys & Girls Club, we are all about providing experiences and opportunities to our members,” said Dan Hebel, Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club. “The generosity of these donors and initiative by THELMA in including Club youth is providing just that. Our participating members will receive an experience they will remember forever, and for that, we are very thankful."

David Hein, assistant professor of music at Marian University, will direct the production. Hein has more than 25 years of experience directing and producing children’s theater, including productions such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” 

The children will also gain hands-on experience with set design by working with Amy Jarvis, a Fond du Lac artist who will serve as visual artist for the production.

There are a few spots left. To register, click here, or stop in THELMA at 51 Sheboygan, downtown Fond du Lac, or call 920.921.5410.

The fee is $100 ($80 for Friends of THELMA).

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

On Stage @ THELMA takes kids on a theatrical adventure

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac is taking children on a theatrical adventure this August with the introduction of On Stage @ Thelma.

The day camp encourages fourth- through eighth-grade students to learn and perform an entire play in just one week.

This year’s production, the musical “Walt Disney’s Robin Hood” by Bobby Hammack, offers kids the chance to learn songs and choreography in addition to their lines.

“Our arts day camp is a reflection of the commitment by Thelma and our supporters to offer quality and unique arts programming for the entire community,” said Kevin Miller, executive director of the art center.

David Hein, assistant professor of music at Marian University, will lead the way as director of the production.

Hein has more than 25 years of experience directing and producing children’s theater, including productions such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

He believes having only a week of preparation before the curtain rises is great motivation for young actors.

“A week-long experience fosters an intensity in a way that a long-term production does not,” Hein said. “Children are focused and have the mentality of ‘all hands on deck.’”

While the day camp will be relatively fast-paced, Hein has taken certain steps to ensure students are relaxed and have time to learn from the process. Auditions are not required.

After paying the registration fee of $100 ($80 for Friends of Thelma), children are guaranteed a role in the production. Hein said casting will be determined after he knows the exact number of participants and meets with the students.

“The script is really flexible and designed for this kind of application,” Hein said. “It lends itself to adding or subtracting characters quite easily, so everyone will have a part.”

A typical day will consist of warm-ups, breaking up into smaller groups to practice and bringing everyone together to run through the play. College interns with experience in dance will help coordinate choreography.

“By end of the first day, we will learn one entire song and its choreography,” Hein said.

In addition to acting, children will also gain hands-on experience with set design by working with Amy Jarvis, a Fond du Lac artist and yoga instructor who will serve as visual artist for the production.

“I want them to find what makes them feel creative and learn more about themselves,” Jarvis said. “I became passionate about art as a young child and want to share that excitement with the kids. Adult guidance in art is what gave me my hook for it as a child.”

Jarvis anticipates some students will prefer acting more than designing the set and vice versa. Jarvis and Hein hope to allow children the flexibility to explore in-depth whichever side of the production most appeals to them.

“This is the first of what the art center hopes will be many initiatives aimed at children in the performing and visual arts,” Hein said.

The day camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7. The performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday.

To register, click here or Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan, downtown Fond du Lac.

- Leah Ulatowski, Action Reporter Media

Millers and Emanuels named co-chairs for Windy Dinner

Rick and Pat Miller return and Ron and Terri Emanuel have been named as co-chairs of the 15th annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style, the largest fundraising event for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Windy Dinner THELMA Style is set for Wednesday, October 7. Reservations may be made at thelmaarts.org.

Ron and Terri Emanuel, owner of The Goldsmith, have a long history with the arts. Terri Emanuel was one of the founding members of the Fond du Lac Arts Council which later became Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc. She is also a member of the board of directors for Marian University, Solutions Center, and Lutheran Homes & Health Services. She is also a Hospice volunteer. Ron is a longtime member of the THELMA Board of Directors and a consistent supporter and sponsor of THELMA programming.

Rick and Pat Miller own four Culver’s Restaurants in the area and are no strangers to community service. Habitat for Humanity, Agnesian HealthCare, Volunteer Center, Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Fond du lac Area Foundation, the Women’s Fund, and of course, THELMA, are just some of the organizations in which they are or have been involved. 

“There will be a strong emphasis on THELMA’s mission to provide access to the arts at this year’s Windy Dinner THELMA Style,” said Terri Emanuel. “It promises to be an entertaining yet educational night.”

The evening includes a full agenda with a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. The recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award will be honored.

“THELMA is privileged to have the assistance of such a dedicated people as the Emanuels and the Millers,” said Kevin Miller (no relation), THELMA’s executive director. “Both couples have dedicated themselves to bettering the community, and advancing THELMA’s mission.” 


You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting thelmaarts.org and click tickets.   

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, outstanding films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

45 North returns to THELMA, but Squared

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) has announced that the 2014 Summer Invitational 45 North, which received an honorable mention as Best Museum Show by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will return this summer as 45 North2

Last year, 18 of Wisconsin’s top artists were featured in the exhibit at THELMA. The 45 works were a unique combination of different media and conceptual frameworks that gave audiences a taste of the noteworthy and diverse nature of local art.

In 45 North2 aims to go above and beyond the accomplishments of last year’s show with more artists and more work. The 18 original artists return, but this time they bring friends deemed worthy to be part of this prestigious exhibit.

The original artists include Fond du Lac native Tom Berenz, and Peter Barrickman, Kimberly Benson, Derrick Buisch, Willy Carpenter, Michael Davidson, Breehan James, Frank Juarez, Greg Klassen, Kay Knight, Keith Nelson, James Pederson, Andrew Redington, Rafael Francisco Salas, Lynn Tomaszewski, Scott Zieher, Shane Walsh, and Jason Vaughn.

New artists include Kim Miller, Ben Grant, Carey Watters, Jordan Adams, Sean Weber, Lucas Ruminski, Emily Held, Tony Conrad, Chris Natrop, Richard Knight, Marla Sanvick, Miguel Ramirez, Joshua Albers, Mollie Oblinger, Kristina Rolander, Sam Adams, Shane McAdams, Mike Womack, Chris Regner, and Sarah Stankey. 

The show expands both levels in the Contemporary Wing, and promises to be as exciting, but more diverse than 2014.

A free reception is set for Thursday, June 25, 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit, which is always free to view will be open until September 5.

Read more about the artists at http://thelmaarts.org/upcoming-exhibitions/256-45-north-squared-exhibit.

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all. 

The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, until 8 pm Thursdays, and from 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

THELMA Volunteers may sign up, select shifts online

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that volunteers may now sign up to volunteer at THELMA online. 

THELMA is looking to expand its volunteer program and now offers shifts including front desk attendant, art docent, ticket scanner, and event setup. Volunteers may complete an application, update their profile, sign up for shifts, and track their own volunteer hours online.  

“As a non-profit with over 200 events a year, a box office that is open regularly, and two levels of art exhibits, volunteers are key to THELMA’s success,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. “THELMA is not only an important asset to the downtown and Fond du Lac area, but also a fun and exciting environment that is always changing making it a great place to be.”

Philip Shepherd, a downtown attorney, is serving in a volunteer capacity as THELMA’s volunteer coordinator. William Zierdt, retired from Marian University, and Grant Grinstead, of Vir Clar Farms, serve on the THELMA Board of Directors and are co-chairs of THELMA’s Volunteer Committee.

“Volunteers give their valuable time to THELMA, so the process of signing up as a volunteer and selecting the time you can give needs to be simple,” Shepherd said. 

The software also allows THELMA to track how many volunteer hours are provided to the organization. To sign up, click here.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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