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The Lion King

D41Kids Foundation Musical is for all children in K-8th grades. Children will learn acting, singing, dancing, and teamwork. Most of all, kids will have FUN! In our first musical production, we have the honor of working with local director Gina Wood.  See below for how to become involved by becoming a sponsor today.


Gina Wood

Gina Wood

Gina has been directing children’s theatre programs for over 30 years, and here in District 41 for almost 20 years.  She enjoys sharing her own experience, skills, and passion for the performing arts with children from preschool to high school!  Her goals as a director are to build individual children’s self-confidence, emphasize the importance of working with others as a supportive team, and learn all the elements of the performing arts while having the MOST fun!  In addition to directing both the Hadley Theatre Arts and Ben Franklin Drama programs, Gina has her own Backyard Drama Camps and private acting clinics.   She is also the Director of Children’s Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  She is so honored and excited to be part of the D41 Kid’s Foundation production!

Karen Winter

Karen Winter has been an integral part of the production team for Hadley Theatre Arts since 2009. She has lent her organizational talent to everything behind the scenes – from backstage management and front of the house operations to creating sets and costumes. Her years of experience working on local school musicals make her the ideal partner for the D41 Kid’s Foundation productions. In addition to her experience with local theatre, she works as an administrator for the Wheaton Yamaha Music School and sits on the board of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center. Karen is a “theatre mom” extraordinaire – and she is thrilled to be part of an organization that is bringing theatre to ALL kids in our community. 

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We would like to ask you to kindly consider supporting D41 Kids Foundation again, as an official sponsor of our Summer Musical fundraiser. We think you’ll agree that this is a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care about area children and their families. Your official sponsorship will not only help area children and their families, but it will also give you a number of benefits. 

Producer’s Club

The D41Kids Foundation Producer’s Club is a group of invaluable patrons whose donations will help underwrite the up-front operational cost. In return for their generosity, Producer’s Club members are granted “behind-the-scenes” access to the musical, 4 free tickets with VIP seating to the show, recognition during curtain speeches, signage in the lobby, acknowledgement on various printed materials, weekly social media shout outs, and a logo spot on the back of our cast t-shirt. 

Spotlight Sponsor

Spotlight Sponsors receive recognition during curtain speeches, signage in the lobby, acknowledgement on various printed materials (programs, advertisements), 2 free tickets to the show, one social media shout out, and a logo spot on the back of our cast t-shirt.