Avenue J Studios will open on Monday, Jan. 6. Located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center (ECCC), offering performing arts education classes and performance opportunities to area youth ages 3 and up.
Jennifer Madziarczyk is the founder of Avenue J Studios, and a Sugar Grove resident. She began this venture out of a love of the performing arts and the need to provide related opportunities to area youth.
Having two children very involved in performing arts, it became evident that finding opportunities for kids to learn acting skills and perform in live theatre venues was a challenge.
Avenue J Studios is different from many local youth drama programs. While most local programs focus only on acting and performance, Avenue J also offers opportunities in the creative and technical aspects of live performance. Classes include basic acting skills for ages 3 through 18, improvisation classes, puppetry, stage makeup and face painting, scenic design and props, and costume design.
Each class session ends with a showcase designed to let the students show off their talents and accomplishments. Families, friends, neighbors and the community can see the student performances, which will include scenery, props, costumes, and makeup.
Several times throughout the year, Avenue J Studios will put on large-scale plays or musicals for the public in the 200-seat ECCC auditorium. This will provide local youth the opportunity to act, sing, dance and provide the technical and creative support for full-length productions and showcase their skills and talent.
If that’s not enough, you can drop your kids off for an evening of karaoke with their friends on select Friday and Saturday evenings, giving yourself some much needed “me time.” They’ll have fun with their friends in a safe environment without the need to hire a babysitter.
Avenue J Studios also offers a wide variety of birthday parties to celebrate your special day. Children can dress up, have a tea party, pretend to be fairies or superheroes, create a puppet show, or many other activities.
You can find Avenue J Studios at 525 N. Main Street, Suite 22, Elburn. Registration for the first session of 2014 is now open and can be handled conveniently through their website at www.avenuejstudios.com or by calling (630) 770-7365. For more information, you can contact Jennifer at Jennifer@avenuejstudios.com.