Last Call for Lion King T-Shirts!

Our Fall T-shirt fundraiser is currently underway! Sport your DLC pride and commemorate your studen’s production of The Lion King with a t-shirt (or two… or three). The sale ends on Friday, so order yours today!

These super-soft t-shirts come in both youth and adult sizes, so there’s the perfect shirt for everyone in your family. We’ve partnered again with Custom Ink Fundraising, who will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Drama Learning Center. These shirts help offset production costs and keep your tuition affordable. What does that mean? When you participate in fundraisers like this one, we’re able to raise money for costumes, set pieces, props, and professional theatre technicians. That way, more of the money that you pay for tuition goes directly to paying your teaching artists. We’re committed to keeping tuition affordable, and that’s why we periodically hold fundraisers just like this one. Thank you in advance for supporting your child’s journey in the arts!

This fundraiser closes on Friday, October 20th. We aren’t able to honor any late orders, so make sure that you order yours on time so that you don’t miss out.

Buy a T-shirt

New Broadway Babies Session

If your preschooler can’t wait until January to start the next session of Broadway Babies drama classes, we’ve got some exciting news for you! Due to popular demand, we’ve just opened a new session. Broadway Babies: Pony Parade will run from November 4 – December 16!

Join Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and all the ponies of Equestria and jump into a world of friendship and fun! Students will learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. Class session culminates in a final showcase for family and friends featuring props created by the students during craft time.

Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am

Class Dates: November 4 – December 16 (No class 11/25)

Ages: 3-5

Tuition: $95

Class starts in a few short weeks– register today!

Going Inside James and the Giant Peach at DLC

The cat’s out of the bag! This Winter, students will perform in their own productions of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr. on DLC’s stage. Now that you know what we’re doing, learn a little more about it before you register for a Winter class at DLC.

What’s It About?

 

​When young orphan James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Based on the fantastical tale by Roald Dahl (author of other popular children’s books like Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFGand Matilda) with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the duo behind Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen), James and the Giant Peach promises to be a magical adventure.

How will we tell this fantastical tale?

 

The visual elements of this production will nod towards the work of Henry Selick (director of the film adaptations of James and the Giant Peach and Coraline) but we will also derive inspiration from the style of Tim Burton.

Register by October 15th for our Early Bird Discount: $15 off tuition for any of our Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies classes.

PLUS

 

Any student registered by October 15th will get access on October 16th to buy tickets for our New York City bus trip to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway! We only have a limited number of tickets and anticipate these seats to sell out very quickly, so register early to save money and ensure you’ll be able to secure your seats to this once-in-a-lifetime trip on the day tickets go on sale!

How to Get a Ticket to DLC’s Annual Spring NYC Trip

One of the many things to love about living in the Mid-Atlantic is our proximity to New York City. Every year, DLC takes a New York City bus trip to see a Broadway show. Past trips have included Disney’s Aladdin, Finding Neverland, Disney’s The Lion King, and Anastasia. 

This year, we’ll travel to the Great White Way to see….

Disney’s Frozen on Broadway!!!!

Do you want to travel with us on April 4th to see Disney’s hit animated classic come to dazzling life on a Broadway stage? Register for a Winter class by October 15th to get our Early Bird Discount AND to have exclusive access to buy Frozen tickets on October 16th. This opportunity will only be available on October 16th to families registered for a Winter Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies class by October 15th. We have a limited number of tickets, and we anticipate them going very quickly. So secure your spot in Winter drama, save money, and ensure that you’ll have access to buy tickets to our annual NYC bus trip as soon as they’re available by registering for a class today.

What productions will students perform in on DLC’s stage this Winter?

  • Production classes (grades 3-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays) will perform in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach by Pasek & Paul– the same duo responsible for the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.
  • Beginning Acting classes (grades K-2, Fridays or Saturdays) will perform in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS — one of Disney’s most iconic stories of all time.
  • Broadway Babies classes (ages 3-5, Saturdays or Tuesdays) will learn the basics of storytelling skills through an enchanted lens with Fairy Tale Adventures.

It’s going to be a magical Winter here at DLC, and we can’t wait for you to join us. Register today and save!

 

Quick Questions Part 2

To help you get to know some of the faces behind Drama Learning Center, we’ve been asking them a quick question… and we’re sharing teh answers with you! Do you have a question you want DLC teaching artists to answer? Drop your question in the comments and you might see answers in a future post!

This week, we asked: If you had to quit theatre but wanted to stay involved in the arts, which medium would you choose?

We could not have guessed that these were the answers we were going to get, but we thought they were fascinating! Check them out below.

  1. Mr. Seth Fallon: “While I never plan to ‘quit’ theatre, I would have to say that returning to a choral ensemble would be my next step. Whether it be in the form of a church choir or an established choral arts society, I would love to be able to return to my roots and get back to those Renaissance james.” Mr. Seth has served as a stage manager, director, assistant director, and house manager at DLC for years. A recent graduate of Stevenson University, he is currently working as a nurse, but stays active at DLC teaching workshops and hosting birthday parties. 
  2. Ms. Megan Henderson: “I would be a visual artist! Specifically painting. I grew up taking art classes, and worked with charcoal pastels, watercolor, and oil paint. I always loved to draw. I submitted for a few school art shows growing up and won a few awards. It’s something I’ve wanted to get back into for a while!” Ms. Megan is the HR Coordinator at Drama Learning Center and directs TYA Junior Company productions.
  3. Ms. Dana Fleischer: “I think I would try to be an events coordinator, specifically for weddings. The [stage manager] in me would need to be micromanaging something!” Ms. Dana is DLC’s Office Manager.
  4. Ms. Debbie Leonard: “I can’t imagine but I would like to write grants to raise money to bring musical theatre or music to areas where they have none, or where it is very limited. Maybe I could be a program coordinator.” Ms. Debbie is one of DLC’s longest-serving teaching artists. She teaches during the school year on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
  5. Ms. Angel McGrath: “There is no life without theatre. If I can’t be on the stage or directing people on the stage, I’d have to be singing somewhere– church, choir, street corner. I’d also consider going back to deejaying and helping to coordinate weddings.” Ms. Angel is an assistant director for our schoolyear production classes.
  6. Ms. Janine Sunday: “I would probably want to keep teaching a few voice students or do the occasional master class. Then, once a year on [Ms. Stephanie, owner and artistic director of DLC]’s birthday, I would sing ‘Meadowlark’… the whole song.” Ms. Janine is DLC’s Production Manager, as well as a gifted educator and performer. She keeps a private voice studio at Drama Learning Center as well. She does not actually know how to sing “Meadowlark,” but she keeps threatening to add it to her repertoire.
  7. Carrie Loughry: “If I had to quit theatre (but, why?), I would continue working in music education as I do now. I do love teaching, both theatre and music, so it would be an easy decision. However, working in theatre allows me a more varied creative outlet than teaching, so I would likely find some sort of crafting to keep creating art with my hands. I like many types of crafts, and my niece and I create new projects every summer!” Ms. Carrie has been teaching at Drama Learning Center for generations. She also serves as a production manager and designer for many of our productions throughout the year. 

And just like that, another installment of Quick Questions with DLC Teaching Artists has come to a close. Do you have a burning question you want our teaching artists to answer? Don’t forget to drop it in the comments, and you might see the answers in this space some time soon.

Fall Production Classes start in just a couple of short weeks. Some classes are already full. Make sure you register today to get in your choice of Broadway Babies, Beginning Acting, or Production Classes of Disney’s The Lion KingJr.