Hello, I am Zella Bella, also known as “Elizabeth Sager”. I received a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater and opera performance in the late 1980’s. This led to a wide variety of jobs including waiting tables, handing out fliers in Times Square, checking coats, and, yes, performing in a variety of theatrical venues. At one point, I was a performer/teacher at a children’s theater where I taught movement, music, and dramatic play to kids. I loved it, and seriously considered pursuing it as a specialty. I decided, however, that I would rather try to “make it big” (the dream of every performer) and focused on auditioning.
Over the next 30 years, I slowly transitioned from performer to stage manager to administrative professional. Something was lacking, though, and I left the business world in 2016 to pursue a more meaningful career. I ended up as an entertainer at a senior memory care facility where I put together lesson plans involving art, movement, music, and various sensory activities… very similar to the work I fell in love all those years ago.
I loved, loved, loved working with the elderly, but I knew that my heart was with those just starting on their life’s journey. As a result, I left the facility and formed my own children’s entertainment company named (you guessed it) “Zella Bella’s Gaggle of Giggles”.
In conjunction with Zella Bella, I am the lead teacher of young toddlers at The Owl’s Nest Early Learning Center, located in Blairstown, New Jersey. In my classes I teach children utilizing a combination of activities very similar to those of Zella Bella.
In my personal life, I am a happily married women. I live in Blairstown, NJ with my husband, an Old English Sheepdog, a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog, a Goldendoodle, two cats, two guinea pigs, two gerbils, a horse, and a lively little betta fish.
Stay Young at Heart,
Elizabeth, a.k.a. Zella Bella