Meet Your Instructors
Meet Your Instructors
The Memorial Opera House Children's Theatre staff is dedicated to using musical theater to nurture and educate the youth of today to become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow!
Bobbie Sue Kvachkoff
Bobbie Sue Kvachkoff is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette where she majored in theatre with an Acting concentration, minored in History, and graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts. She owns a children's theatre company called BreyK-off and Play Theatre Company in Crown Point and is the costume designer and acting coach for Crown Point High School. Bobbie Sue performs and designs for various theatres in the region but spends her days as a legal secretary for her husband's law practice, Kvachkoff Law. Upon making the decision to stay in the region Bobbie Sue wanted to find ways to spread her passion for the arts and create opportunities for others to get started in it as well. When approached to be on the LimeLights team it was too exciting to pass up.
Jen Lundin is a recent transplant to the fine city of Valparaiso, and is proud to be a member of the Limelight crew. Jen began her theater education at Valparaiso University and holds a BFA in Theater from Indiana University Northwest. Jen has previously taught Acting and Theater Arts through South Shore Arts in various after school programs and camps throughout northern Lake County. She loves the collaborative process of making "Big Art" through theater, and over the past 20 years has proudly been involved in set design, lighting, costuming, makeup, direction and scenic work for numerous area projects. Recent work includes set design for Into the Woods here at Memorial Opera House, James and the Giant Peach (set and costume designs) at St. Thomas More in Munster, and the Northwest Indiana premier of The Lion King Jr (set design, costumes, makeup, masks), also with St. Tom's. Favorite work includes being mom to Nathan, 10, and Caroline, 7.
Natalie Franks is the Choir Director and Drama Club Director at Willowcreek Middle School in Portage, IN. She is the coordinator for the Indiana Music Education Association Area 1 Circle the State with Song Festival, one of the largest choral festivals in Indiana. Natalie has been part of many Children's Theatre Teams in NWI, having taught youth theater camps and programs in Michigan City, Hammond, Portage, South Haven, and four summers of camps right here at the Memorial Opera House. Natalie is excited to be back for another fun season of Youth Theatre Fun! Natalie received her undergrad degrees in K-12 Choral Music Education and K-12 General Music Education, while minoring in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. She owns Rose Music Studio in Portage where she teaches, voice, piano, oboe and guitar lessons.