Urinetown – 5 Fast Facts

TYA Professional Training Program Spring and Summer auditions are fast approaching. Ahead of casting for our Spring production of Urinetown and Summer production of Junie B. Jones, we wanted to share some quick facts with you about our next mainstage show. Are you ready? Here we go…

  1. Urinetown played 965 performance on Broadway after 25 previews
  2. It opened September 20, 2001 (7 days after its scheduled opening, that was postponed due to the World Trade Center attack that cancelled Broadway shows for a brief period of time)
  3. Winner of 3 TONY Awards (nominated for another 7)
  4. Even though Urinetown was selling well and had just recouped its initial $3.7 million investment, it met an untimely end. Producers were notified that they needed to vacatethe Henry Miller Theatre as it was being torn down to make room for a new skyscraper. When the producers were unableto find a new home for the show, it remained permanently closed.
  5. Writers Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis are reportedly developing both a prequel and sequel for Urinetown.

Now that you know a little more about Urinetown than you did before, it’s time to schedule your audition! Get all of the information you need here.

Summer Camp Spotlight

The time has come to shine the spotlight on yet another fun-filled Summer Camp session in store this year. Did you know that Drama Learning Center offers programs all summer long for campers aged 3-18? No matter your age or interest, there’s truly something for everyone this Summer! Today, we’re talking about…

Annie KIDS (July 9-20)

It’s the hard knock life for us! Everyone’s favorite orphan returns to the DLC stage in a one act show that’s sure to make the sun come out this summer. Campers will improve their acting, singing, and dancing skills as they work together as a theatrical team. Camp culminates in two final performances!

Annie has been captivating audiences and actors alike for generations. Whether you’re enamored with 1982 “Annie” or groove with 2014 “Annie,” your budding star is sure to have a blast in this camp. Here’s what you need to know about this session:

  • Dates: July 9 – July 20
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available 7 am – 6 pm for an additional fee)
  • Tuition: $685*

*Register by February 15th at 11:59 pm to get $100 off tuition with our Doorbuster Discount before it expires!

BONUS: Check out this vintage shot of Annie at DLC from over 10 years ago featuring Drama Learning Center Artistic Director, Ms. Stephanie Williams (far left) and Teaching Artist Ms. Amy Williamson as Ms. Hannigan. Annie is a bonafide hit at Drama Learning Center every time we produce it, but this was the first!

*Helpful Hint: Annie may split into two separate sections divided by age based on enrollment. Students grades K-2 might be in a different group than students grades 3-5.

Check out Annie KIDS and the rest of our Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions and can save up to $100 off camp.

Programming Change: Spring Break

Like many of you, we’re ready for Spring! Unfortunately, this Winter is impacting everyone’s Spring Break plans, including our previously scheduled Spring Break Camp. Due to Howard County’s recent announcement that April 4-6 will now be used as inclement weather make up dates, we are making the following adjustments to our camp week:

March 30, April 2 & 3

These days will now be Superhero-themed School’s Out Workshops. Register for one, or all 3! Each date will feature a different topic with a Superhero theme. Students will create their own Superhero persona and participate in scenes and songs. In addition to drama activities, each day will also include arts & crafts, games, movies, and fun!

April 4-6

Drop-in Drama Workshops with pre-registration for those who still need enrichment on those days. Themes for these days will be fluid and cater to the specific interests of registered students.

All students previously registered for Spring Break Camp have been notified. If you would like to register for any of these new programs in the adjusted format, call us at (410) 849-6335 to get started!

Time: 9 am – 4 pm (extended care available from 7 am – 6 pm)
Grades: K-6
Tuition: $75 per day
Add a Sibling: +$25 per day


Summer Camp Spotlight #3

It’s time to highlight more of our engaging and enriching Summer Camp sessions that are coming this year. Drama Learning Center is one of the only summer camp providers in Howard County that is open for the entire summer. Join us for a week or two, or stay for an entire summer of fun with diverse offerings and unique opportunities guaranteed to meet everyone’s interests. Today, we’re talking about…

Middle & High School Performance-Based Camps

For middle and high schoolers that want to hone their performance skills, we’ve got some great weeks of camp lined up for you. These camps will position students in grades 6-12 to improve their audition skills, self-confidence, and dive deep into character development by performing in full productions. Productions of Les Misérables and Legally Blonde, Jr. will both be performed on stage in the Howard High School auditorium.

Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 25-29)

Work with industry professionals to take your singing, dancing, and acting to the next level. Ace that next audition and learn to pick material with confidence! Students will hone techniques and complete the week with a new audition package, an updated theatrical resume, and a professional headshot. Have ideas for pieces you’d like to perform? Bring them along or let us make suggestions.

Les Misérables: School Edition (July 2-27)

Dream a dream with DLC! One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to life on the stage this summer. Students will explore the complex story of Les Miserables while working on their character development, vocal technique, and ensemble theatre skills. In addition to rehearsing for the performance, students will also participate in master classes with industry professionals on audition preparation, improvisation, and more. Camp culminates in four final performances. 

Legally Blonde, Jr. (July 30 – August 17)

Perform in a musical while working as a theatrical team. Join Harvard’s beloved blonde on a journey of self-empowerment in this energetic, pop-infused musical. Tuition also includes a walking field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. Camp culminates in four final performances.

  • Time: 9 am – 4pm
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Tuition**: Musical Theatre Masterclass – $330; Les Misérables – $825; Legally Blonde – $685

**All three of these camps qualify for our Doorbuster Discount. Register by February 15th for $100 each session of camp! Register for all 3 and save $300!

*Helpful Hint: Les Misérables and Legally Blonde camps both meet at Howard High School. Complimentary transportation is available to and from extended care at DLC for these sessions.*

Check out all of our offerings for Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions. Many camps fill very early, and you save big money when you secure your spot early!

Madagascar – Five Fast Facts

We’re so excited to bring the 2005 DreamWorks Animation feature film Madagascar to dazzling life on our stage this Spring in Madagascar – a Musical Adventure. In anticipation of these fun-filled Spring drama classes, we’ve put together a couple of facts to get you in the Madagascar spirit. Are you ready??

  1. None of the main character animals (lion, zebra, giraffe, or hippo) are actually housed at the real-life Central Park Zoo. The Zoo does have penguins, though.

  2. In real life, King Julien wouldn’t be the king. In lemur tribes, they follow a matriarchal structure. The female lemurs are the ones who lead the tribes and do most of the fighting. Fans of the original movie generally reconcile this because Maurice, King Julien’s right-hand-lemur, announces him as the “self-proclaimed king of the lemurs.”
  3. Alex the lion considers himself to be an actor even though he’s also a great dancer.
  4. Gloria the hippo is a talented dancer and tightrope walker.
  5. In addition to numerous other ailments and phobias, Melman the giraffe ironically and hilariously suffers from Acrophobia (a fear of heights).

Thanks for stopping by for some of these fun facts about Madagascar. We adapted them from the Madagascar Wiki, so if you’re itching for some more Madagascar trivia, check them out! We hope to see you on our stage this Spring in a Production Class (grades 3-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays), Beginning Acting Class (grades K-2, Fridays or Saturdays), or Broadway Babies Class (ages 3-5, Saturdays or Tuesdays). Register by February 15th for $15 off tuition!