So You Think You Can Dance? Summer Camp Update!

There’s some more exciting news coming to DLC camps this Summer! Drama Learning Center is partnering with The Original Production to be the first arts education organization to use their materials in order to teach the original Broadway choreography for our 3-week Legally Blonde, Jr. Production Camp!

What Does This Mean?

We’ve been selected to participate in a Pilot Program that enables our teaching staff the resources and rights to teach the original Broadway choreography for our summer production of Legally Blonde, Jr. Enhance your dance skills by learning TONY Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s original choreography. Campers and teaching artists will have access to videos with each number and step broken down for every experience level. We’re excited to be the first program in the area to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our students. 

About Legally Blonde on Broadway

Based on the feature film by the same name, Legally Blonde opened on April 29, 2007 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre and ran for 595 performances. The musical comedy follows peppy, pink-loving protagonist Elle Woods as she follows her dreams from the Delta Nu sorority house in Southern California to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law School only to see her dreams change in the process. Legally Blonde received seven TONY Award nominations (including one for Jerry Mitchell’s choreography). 

About Legally Blonde, Jr. at DLC

Campers grades 6-12 will perform in this musical while working as a theatrical team. This three-week camp meets and performs at nearby Howard High School, giving campers the opportunity to perform on a larger stage. In addition to rehearsing for the show participating in four final performances, campers will learn new theatre skills, play related drama games, and enjoy a field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. 

Dates: July 30 – Aug 17
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Tuition: $685

Spots are already going quickly in Legally Blonde, Jr. We’re excited to add value to our campers’ experience by participating in this pilot program. If you’re interested in this fun and engaging summer camp, make sure you register soon!


Les Miserables Talent Scholarship Competition

Are you a talented high school student in the Howard County area looking to participate in a fun-filled, high-caliber production experience this Summer? Then we’ve got breaking news just for you!

We’re thrilled to announce a Talent Scholarship Competition for our inaugural Premiere Performers camp. That’s right… have you always wanted to take the stage to tell the epic story of redemption that is Les Misérables? Now is your chance. DLC is looking for talented high school students to join this camp. We’re awarding up to $1,500 in talent scholarship to high school students. The submission portal is OPEN now through Friday, April 20th. Head on over to our Scholarship Submission page to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Apply for Les Mis Talent Scholarship

Camp of the Month – April

The race to Summer is officially upon us, and our Summer Drama Camps are filling quickly. Did you know that Drama Learning Center is one of the only camp providers in the area that holds programs for the entire Howard County Public School System Summer Break? Regardless of your family’s summer plans, we’re open and available when you need us!

This April, the spotlight shines on…

Frozen Adventures! This camp for students in Grades K-5 meets July 2-6 (no camp on July 4th). If you need to escape the heat, all your favorite residents of Arendelle are excited to take you on an adventure. Join us for this fun week of camp learning about your favorite characters and singing their songs. Related crafts and activities will enhance the session, and a final showcase will conclude the week. This camp is usually $265, but when you register this month and use the code COTM418, you’ll get $25 off!

We hope to see you this Summer for Frozen Adventures. Learn more about the rest of our Summer Drama Camps and register while you still can!

5 Reasons to Send Your Tween to Summer Camp – UPDATED

We originally published a version of this blog post in 2017. We’ve updated it with 2018 camps and content. You’re not going to want to skip this!

Many parents think that Summer Camp is just for younger students, but there are many reasons to continue to keep your Middle School students engaged in activities like camp over the summer. Here are just a few reasons to send your tween to camp!

  1. It Occupies Their Time

    An idle mind can be a problematic thing… especially for a tween. Sending your student to summer camp ensures that there’s a structure to their day filled with engaging activities and a project completed at the end of a session. When you send a child to camp, you don’t have to sit at work wondering what your child is getting into at home.
    Keep your middle schooler’s hands and brains active with Theatre Design 101 (July 16-20) and Cosplay Creations (July 23-27).

  2. They Can Develop New Interests

    How will you know you like it until you’ve tried it?” Summer is a great time to try out a new skill or activity in a focused environment without competing with academics and other commitments. If your tween has mentioned wanting to try a new activity but hasn’t had the chance, this is the time to let them see for themselves whether or not it’s something that they want to continue to pursue (without committing to it for the year).
    Our Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 25-29) is a great way to opportunity for campers to learn new theatre skills and repertoire.

  3. It Keeps Their Brains Active

    Camp is a fun and engaging way to avoid the “summer slump” without staying glued to a summer reading list. Keep your tween’s brain from sliding backwards by keeping them in a routine that gets them out of the house daily and learning new things.
    Our Legally Blonde, Jr. Production Camp (July 30 – August 17) will keep your tween on their toes while they learn an entire show in three weeks!

  4. Make New Friends

    We can all benefit from a change of scenery and fresh faces. Tweens benefit from it all the more. Summer camp is a great place for middle and high school students to greet familiar faces and make new friends all the same. Give your tween the chance for a fresh start this summer at camp.
    Our four-week Premiere Performers session of Les Misérables: School Edition (July 2-27) is a great place to bond with old friends and make new ones.

  5. Develop Independence and Leadership Skills

    As your student transitions into teenage life, it’s essential to cultivate leadership skills to ensure that they will thrive no matter what comes their way in high school. Camp provides outlets for your students to gain independence as they are held more accountable for tasks throughout the session.
    Want to help your students develop leadership skills? Try Director-in-Training Week (August 27-31).

We shared just a few of the many great reasons to send your tween to camp this summer. Do you have any more to share? Leave them in the comments! If you’re ready to secure your student’s spot in any of our fun and engaging summer camp sessions, head on over to our Summer Camp page for the full schedule and registration information. Any questions? Fill out the form below! 

What are you interested in?

Upcoming Facility Tours

Have you been following DLC for awhile but never had the chance to actually come inside and see what we do? We’re offering Facility Tours and Sample Classes this Spring! 

If you would like to get a taste for what class or camp feels like before you sign up, come join us on Saturday, April 28th or Saturday, May 19th to get a tour of our rehearsal and theatre spaces, meet teaching artists, and be led in a drama activity. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, and to register on site for an upcoming program if you haven’t already. And if you HAVE already signed up for class or camp, this is a great chance to come and see the space before your program begins!

These tours and sample classes are free and open to the public. All we ask for is an RSVP so that we know to expect you! Get started by filling out the form below. We look forward to seeing you soon at DLC!

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