Quick Questions Part 1

To help you get to know some of the faces behind Drama Learning Center, we’re going to ask them a quick question once a week and share the 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:  What is the first show you ever saw? What did you think about it?

Now, we know that it’s technically TWO questions, but we got some very interesting responses. Check them out!

  1. Ms. Sarah Pencheff: “The very first would have either been something that my mother was in, or one of the high school musicals that she choreographed. I would have been super young, like 3 or 4, so I don’t actually remember… but I’m sure I loved it. The first professional production I remember seeing was an opera of Hansel and Gretel when I was about 6. I liked it, but still ran around the house making fun of the overly dramatic singing stle for a few days afterward. “HAN-sooooollllll…..” Ms. Sarah just completed her second summer leading our Cosplay Creations camp.
  2. Ms. Debbie Leonard: “I saw Godspell at a local high school, and I was in awe.” Ms. Debbie teaches camp all summer long and Wednesday and Friday Production classes during the school year. She has taught at DLC for longer than any other teaching artist currently on our roster.
  3. Ms. Tess Owen:Les Misérables! First professional show when it was touring and at the Hippodrome a long, long time ago. I liked it, but was confused since I was very young.” Ms. Tess is an assistant music director with a specialty in music. She has worked alongside Ms. Debbie for production classes.
  4. Ms. Stephanie Williams: “Dinosaur Rock or Sesame Street Live! I still can remember some of the songs and recall acting them out with my toys at home. I suppose my parents should have known then that they were destined to have a theatre kid. At the very least, they should have known when they had to institute the family rule, ‘No Singing At the Dinner Table.'” Ms. Stephanie is the owner and artistic director of Drama Learning Center. She directs productions for TYA Professional Training Program’s Senior Company and is responsible for all of the programming done through DLC onsite and offsite.
  5. Ms. Melody Easton: “The first show I saw was Cinderella at the local high school, the one I eventually ended up attending. I was obsessed and I remember not even moving during the performance because I didn’t want to miss anything.” Ms. Melody previously served as DLC’s Office Manager and Director of Saturday Class. You can still find her around working on special projects and events from time to time.
  6. Ms. Addie Sutter: “When I was five, I saw my cousin Jen as Marian the Librarian in The Music Man. It was the best thing ever. I watched the movie a hundred times after that and learned all of the songs.” Ms. Addie taught at DLC for many years. She has more recently been seen performing onstage with Red Branch Theatre Company, notably as the title role in Dear Edwina.
  7. Ms. Megan Henderson: “I honestly don’t remember my first show, but the one that suck with me was Joseph… because my family loved it. I still remember watching the Donny Osmond version on VHS because my mom loved him so much.” Ms. Megan serves as the HR Coordinator at DLC. She also is a longtime teaching artist and directs TYA Professional Training Program’s Junior Company productions.

Well, there you have it– our first installment of Quick Questions with DLC Teaching Artists! 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.

Zombie Prom Preview

TYA Professional Training Program’s second annual Summer Intensive culminates this weekend in a high-energy production of Zombie Prom set in the atomic 50’s. 

What happens when the girl falls for the ghoul? Find out this week at Zombie Prom!

It’s just another day at Enrico Fermi High until Pretty senior Toffee falls for the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. After he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump, he returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart.

He still wants to graduate… and to take Toffee to the prom. 

The principal wants him to drop dead. The scandal reporter wants to sell magazines. But will Jonny get his wish? 

Find out at Zombie Prom. Only four chances to catch this zany crowd-pleaser.

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Show Times and Dates

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 PM
Friday, July 28 at 11 AM and 7:30 PM

Featuring

Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Ayla Bailey, Will Cavey, Lila Cooper, Olivia Davis, Jadyn Kelly, Lauren McKenna, Bayler Stewart, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Alyssa Tschirgi, Eli Vogel, and Luka Yetter

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Silent Auction Preview

For six years, TYA Professional Training Program has marked the official close of its season by holding a one-night-only Cabaret & Senior Showcase. This year is no different. Join us on Saturday, July 22 for Brand New Day: TYA’s Annual Cabaret and Senior Showcase. Help us bid farewell to graduating members while also celebrating the company’s past season.

As always, a silent auction will be held throughout the evening to benefit the upcoming season. We’re pleased to offer you a preview of some of the awesome loot that will be available for bidding at this year’s silent auction.

  1. Limited Edition Show Memorabilia – Cry-Baby masks

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    Now is the time to snag one of those limited edition masks of Lila Cooper, Mark Quackenbush, or Nick Brogan used in last season’s production of Cry-Baby.

  2. Riding Lesson with Ms. Stephanie and Picnic Basket


    In addition to owning Drama Learning Center and directing mainstage productions for TYA and Red Branch Theatre Company, Ms. Stephanie is also an accomplished equestrian athlete. Get a riding lesson from her held at her family’s ranch with one of her three horses.

  3. Headshot Session with Bruce Press


    If you’ve ever seen any of our stunning production photography for TYA shows, you’ve seen Bruce’s work. Get a headshot for your professional use (not just for performers) from one of the region’s best event and portrait photographers.

  4. Math Tutoring


    Do you wish mathematics came to you as easily as performing did? Get some extra help with two hours of math tutoring.

    ….and finally…. the pièce de résistance….

  5. The Iron Bridge Wine Co. – 5-course dinner with wine pairings for two


    For the foodie in your life, you’re going to want to snag this experience to have an exquisitely crafted meal with wine pairings from one of Howard County’s favorite fine dining establishment.

Other goodies you can bid on at the silent auction include: themed baskets (Game Night, Stampin’ Up Scrapbooking Supplies, Craft Beer and Snacks), a Recording Session with DLC’s own Mr. Dustin, original artwork, baked goods, a Challah-making session, and MORE!

So if you needed an excuse OTHER than great performances from members of DLC’s professional training program, make sure that you come out to bid on some of this great stuff. TYA Professional Training Program has produced consistently excellent and acclaimed musical theatre with the area’s most talented emerging theatre artists for years. Your support at this event will ensure that TYA can continue to train these students in a nurturing, professional environment for seasons to come.

We hope to see you there!

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Meet the Guest Artist: Sarah Thompson

We’re excited to welcome Sarah Thompson as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Theatre Tech camp in July!

Stage Manager Sarah Thompson is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where selected credits include ‘Tis PityThe Merchant of VeniceBluebeard’s Wife, Tiny, and Amy and the Orphans. Additional credits include Mary Jane (Yale Repertory Theatre); Styx SongsAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Death of QueensDutch Masters, Xander Xyst: Dragon, 1, Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Yale Cabaret);  Evita (Olney Theatre Center); The Comedy of ErrorsAs You Like ItThe Taming of the Shrew (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company); and Mrs. Mannerly (Paper Lantern Theatre Company), among others. Sarah holds a BA in collaborative theatre and sociology. Sarah will also serve as Production Stage Manager for this Summer’s production of Lysistrata Jones at Red Branch Theatre Company

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Sarah as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Students in the Theatre Tech camp will learn about all aspects of backstage work including design and fabrication, stage management, and crew. Campers will be able to let their creativity shine as they help design and paint the sets for summer camp productions. They will also have the opportunity to be running crew for camp shows later in the summer. Theatre Tech camp runs July 17-29, and is open to students in grades 5-12. Registration is currently open until the session fills. Secure your spot today!

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We announce our Fall titles and open registration on July 1st every year. For the first time, we’re offering some lucky insiders a sneak peek at what we’ve got up our sleeves for Fall. Do you want to be on the VIP list to learn the Fall titles before everyone else? Fill out the form below and sign up today! You never know what other surprises we might have in store for our VIPs, so you should probably just sign up to make sure you don’t miss anything cool and exciting.

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