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Summer Theatre For all children in grades K-8

D41Kids Foundation Theatre is for all children in K-8th grades. Children will learn acting, singing, dancing, and teamwork. Most of all, kids will have FUN! Our first two musical productions were The Lion King in 2022, and Moana in 2023. They were a tremendous success, raising significant funds to enrich local students. We have the honor of working with local director Gina Wood. Read more about the upcoming production, past productions and our team. Please see below for how you can support youth theatre and our educational mission.

We are thrilled to announce the 2024 D41 Kids Summer Production will be Beauty & the Beast! July 26-28, 2024

Ticket sales will open in early July. Auditions for roles are complete and at this time we are no longer accepting new registrations.  We hope to see you at the theatre for a wonderful show.  

Meet Our Theatre Team

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!

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Karen Winter

Production Manager

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. 


Kate Marsh

Production Manager

Kate is a life-long lover of theatre who was thrilled to become a theatre mom in 2019.  Since then, she has worked on costumes, backstage management, rehearsal coordination and vocal coaching.  She is thrilled to continue to work with the D41 Kids Foundation on the summer musical after volunteering on the inaugural production in 2022.  Kate believes that theatre and the arts are important for all kids today, and is excited to contribute to this program.

Marta Scarleski - PEP Foundation Glenbard

Marta Scarleski

Event Chairman

After searching for a fundraiser that would bring the kids and families of D41 together, Marta recruited Director Gina Wood and long-time theatre mom Karen Winter to launch the D41Kids Foundation’s first ever theatrical production in 2022. ‘The Lion King’ raised $25K for the Foundation, and Marta became a full-fledged first-time theatre-mom, with her two children loving the production as much as she did. Marta’s favorite part was watching the children’s confidence grow and thrive throughout rehearsals. She looks forward to another fantastic production of ‘MOANA’ in 2023!” Marta is the Vice Chair of D41Kids Foundation and has been on the board since 2020.

Thank you for supporting our past productions!

Our past shows have been exceptionally fun and successful! Please enjoy some of the photos below and consider participating in or supporting this summer’s production. Thank you for your role in helping make the magic happen.

Help Make The Magic Happen

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would like to ask you to kindly consider partnering with D41 Kids Foundation, as an official sponsor of our 2024 Summer Theatre 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. See our previous sponsors below.

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

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 weekly shout-outs on social media, larger company logo on cast t-shirts, recognition during curtain speeches, larger signage in the lobby, Company name and logo listed in program and advertisements. And NEW this year…. character visits to your local Glen Ellyn business!

Spotlight Sponsor

Spotlight Sponsors receive receive one shout-out on social media, small company logo on cast t-shirts, recognition during curtain speeches, small signage in the lobby, Company name listed in program and advertisements.