What They’re Saying

As our Spring session onsite at DLC and offsite in local schools comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on what a great season we have had here at Drama Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative environment for students to learn teamwork, develop self-confidence, and practice self-expression through the art of drama. We take every piece of feedback we receive throughout the year to heart. Here are just a few of the comments we have received over the past few weeks, reposted with permission.

  • “I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the directing job that Ms. Megan did at Glenwood Middle School this Spring with Shrek. Megan was always a consummate professional and was quick to respond to an email or question and had great communication with parents. As for her rapport with the students, it was amazing. She made the kids feel at ease even through the stress of tech week and nerves. I have had the pleasure of working with Megan a few years ago at Bushy Park and she has only grown into a more dedicated and phenomenal director. My daughter, Madison, came home after every rehearsal raving over Megan and how much she learned, which is more than I could have asked for from this experience. I just wanted to let you all know that we loved having her here and hope to have Megan again next year. Thanks for all that you did for our kids and for making the show the success that it was.” –Carrie R., Glenwood MS Parent

  • “[I just wanted] to tell you how much Evan enjoyed being a part of the play. Thank you for all that you both did to make it such a great experience for him! We will definitely be back. You guys did an awesome job!” –A Wednesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “What a truly wonderful show you directed with your Tuesday class of Beauty and the Beast. It exceeded any expectation that we had and we were thrilled to be able to watch both shows go so well! It was so much fun and [my daughter] had the time of her life. She was sad, like so many others, that it was over. That’s such a testament to your hard work and care! My simple and heartfelt thank you seems very insufficient but I wanted to send you the email to let you know how grateful we are that our daughter got to perform in such a well run and professional production!” –A Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “I wanted to take a moment to write to let you know how incredibly pleased I was with [Ms. Sarah Luckadoo] as my daughter’s director in the Little Mermaid production at TRES. Sarah was well-organized and friendly from the very beginning and she made my daughter’s (and my) first drama experience wonderful! I was a bit worried about the intensity of the schedule since my daughter is just in first grade, but after every practice, she came hom excited and looked forward to the next week. I don’t know how Sarah and her team managed to keep over 30 kids’ interest peaked and engaged each week, but whatever they did worked great! I especially loved Sarah’s communication of all of the program and show details throughout these past few months– I never had any questions or concerns as to what to expect. Most importantly, I found Sarah to be warm and engaging – not just to our children who loved her, but she also made mas a parent feel comfortable and welcoming. I truly believe that kids’ future interests in programs such as these are so dependent on who leads and teaches them and I think that Sarah did a phenomenal job in fostering a love for drama for my daughter.” –Jennifer K., Triadelphia Ridge ES Parent

Thank you to all of the families who support their children in the arts. You make our work nurturing the next generation of performers both a pleasure and an honor! 

5 Reasons to Send Your Tweens to Camp

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 Tech (July 17-21) or Cosplay Creations (July 24-28)

  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 Acting for Film and TV camp sessions (Take 1: July 3-7, Take 2: July 10-14) are a great opportunity for campers to take their acting in a different direction.

  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 Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 26-30) and Back to School Audition Intensive (August 28 – September 1) will keep your tween on their toes while they learn new material throughout the week.

  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 three-week production camp Hairspray, Jr. (July 31 – August 18) 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 28 – September 1).

We just shared 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!

 

Summer Camp Spotlight #5

A lot of people have asked us… what exactly will campers do in Acting for Film and TV this Summer? We’ve got answers for you in this installment of Summer Camp Spotlight.

Acting for Film and TV: Take 1 & Take 2

“Lights, Camera, Action!” Students will learn on camera acting and auditioning skills such as slating, using a reader, movement within the frame, and much more! At week’s end, students will have a filmed monologue (Take 1, July 3-7) or filmed scene (Take 2, July 10-14) from a contemporary film or television show that can be used for their digital demo reel. Each week will conclude with a brief showcase of student work followed by a Q&A with professional Film & TV actor Andy Clemence, who will discuss what it takes to be a successful on-screen actor.

If your student has ever wanted to know the nitty-gritty behind getting into screen acting, these sessions are a MUST for them this Summer. Register for either week individually or both to maximize your skills. Make sure you read to the bottom of this post to learn how to save BIG when you register for both weeks. Here are the details:

  • Dates: July 3-7 (Take 1) & July 10-14 (Take 2)
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Tuition: $280 (Take 1), $350 (Take 2), $530 (Take 1 & Take 2)

Helpful Hint: Use code TVBUNDLE to get $100 OFF when you register for both weeks!

About the Instructor

Andy Clemence has been a professional stage, film, and voice actor for 35 years, appearing in lead roles at The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, American Century Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. He has done voice acting in hundreds of audiobooks for Graphic Audio Productions and performed for 15 years with the political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, portraying President George W. Bush for 8 years all across the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In Hollywood, Andy starred in a number of films for SyFy-Universal including Black Forest  opposite Ben Cross, Super Cyclone opposite Ming-Na, and Rise of the Zombies opposite LaVar Burton and Danny Trejo. He also appeared as the Secretary of Labor on House of Cards, season 3 opposite Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

Mr. Clemence holds a BFA degree in Acting from The Catholic University of America. He is represented by Jordan, Gill, and Dornbaum Talent Agency in NYC, and is a life-long member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. Many of the youth and adult actors Andy has coached privately have signed with top agents from New York and LA as a result. He also provides Video Audition taping services, on-camera coaching, audition prep, and career & industry consultations. He keeps private lesson studio hours at Drama Learning Center throughout the year. Learn more about Andy here and here.

Check out Andy’s reel, and then register for Acting for Film and TV: Act 1 and Act 2 TODAY!

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Janine Sunday

We’re chugging along with our weekly series getting to know a little more about our Private Instruction faculty at DLC. This week, we learn a little more about Ms. Janine Sunday!

Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
A: I was born in Vietnam, adopted as an infant, and raised in New Jersey. Maryland has been my home for almost 20 years.

Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been teaching acting and voice for about 10 years.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
A: When a student has a breakthrough, it’s exciting. I also love when a student comes back to me after an audition or a performance and tells me that things we have been working on paid off.

Q: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you in a private lesson?
A: I had a student that had been studying with me for a few months and was talking about how much she loved Sweeney Todd at Red Branch Theatre Company [the professional theatre in residence at DLC]. When I told her that I was Mrs. Lovett, she freaked out a little, and had to take a moment to recover. It was adorable and flattering.

Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
A: I’m a mom, and I still perform in the area. That keeps me pretty busy.

Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
A: Well… there are so many “fun facts” (are they REALLY fun?)… I always mention my obsession with vacuums (I love them). I stink at gardening, but I want to be good. I’m pretty crafty, and I dislike yellow mustard. I also always offer to sing “Meadowlark” even though I don’t actually know the words.

Ms. Janine hold studio hours on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Learn musical theatre song interpretation from one of the area’s perennial favorite stage performers! Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with her or any of our other highly-qualified private instructors in voice, acting, piano, audition, prep, on-screen acting, and more! Ms. Janine also teaches our adult musical theatre class during the year. Fill out the form below so that we can notify you when a new session opens up!

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TYA Presents Cry-Baby the Musical

Teaching Young Artists (TYA), Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present the area premiere of new Cry-Baby the Musical this June! We’re thrilled to be the first to bring yet another cutting-edge contemporary musical theatre title to area audiences!

Adapted from the cult classic 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby follows the star-crossed teen romance between delinquent Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker and the rich and square Allison Vernon-Williams in 1950’s Baltimore. 

Cry-Baby boasts a book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie) and Mark O’Donnell. The memorable rockabilly score was created by dynamic comedy duo Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum who won two Emmy Awards for original songs they wrote for Neil Patrick Harris to perform at the TONY Awards in 2011 and 2012. The duo also garnered a 2008 TONY nomination for their work in Cry-Baby. The show enjoyed a brief run at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre in 2008. The 1990 feature film by John Waters starred a young Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake.

TYA presents its Spring production of Cry-Baby from June 16-24, 2017 right here at Drama Learning Center. A select program available by audition only, TYA allows students to work in a professional theatre environment a they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. TYA has a strong history of bringing cutting-edge titles to local audiences. The group has previously mounted area premieres of Hands on a Hardbody, First Date, Carrie, GHOST, 13, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

Tickets go on sale May 1st! These shows often sell out fast, so grab your tickets while you still can.

Production Staff

Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Choreographer: Rick Westerkamp
Lighting Design: Lynn Joslin
Costume Design: Janine Sunday

Featuring TYA Company Members

Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Alison Brodbeck, Nick Brogan, Lila Cooper, Tommy Eyes, Ceoli Jacoby, Andrew Lyon, Abrien Nelson, Ellie Parks, Alicia Philadelphia, Jason Quackenbush, Mark Quackenbush, Nya Stevens, Shannon Taylor, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Alyssa Tschirgi, Eli Vogel

Cry-Baby is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.