DLC Annie-versary Tshirt Campaign

Chances are that if you’ve been a part of the DLC community at any point in the past ten years that you have participated in a production of the classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie. This is the musical that started it all for Ms. Stephanie Williams – third and current owner of Drama Learning Center. Annie has been a perennial favorite at Drama Learning Center from onsite classes to Summer drama classes to after school classes in local Howard County Public Schools partners. 


Do you see Ms. Stephanie? How about Drama Learning Center Alum and current teaching artist Amy Williamson as Ms. Hannigan in Ms. Stephanie’s first Tuesday Class as owner of DLC

We’re commemorating Ms. Stephanie’s 10-year anniversary owning Drama Learning Center with Fall production classes of Annie and a collectors’ edition long-sleeved t-shirt with our current Annie artwork reflecting our updated take on the American classic. Paying homage to the newest film adaptation of Annie starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

Now, regardless of whether you’re in a Fall production class at DLC, we have a living souvenir you can get now to remember your memories of Annie at DLC.

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We’ve partnered with Booster to print these limited edition Annie-versary shirts. Celebrate your time at DLC whether it was 10 years ago or today. Booster will donate a portion of the proceeds back to DLC to offset production costs and fund much-needed facility improvements while keeping tuition affordable. Grab yours today– this campaign only lasts for 13 more days. Once the campaign closes, we can’t print anymore shirts. We can’t wait to see current DLC production classes sport their shirts for #ShowShirtSaturday. 

New Programs This Winter

We’re pleased to offer many new programs this Winter at DLC! We hope you’ll join us for an exciting new class or workshop.

  1. Weekday Broadway Babies – You asked, and we listened. For those of you interested in preschool drama enrichment but unable to commit to Saturday mornings due to other activities, we are are now happy to offer a new Broadway Babies section on Tuesdays from 3-4 PM. Back by popular demand after sold out Summer sessions, this Winter’s topic is popular animated TV hit Paw Patrol!

  2. Homeschool Musical Theatre – We’re pleased to offer daytime drama education for homeschool students. If your weekday daytime schedule is flexible, join us for a special section of Mary Poppins and meet some new friends!
  3. Costume Designs & Cosplay Creations – There’s no need to sit on the sidelines just because you’re not interested in being onstage. Gain valuable backstage knowledge with our latest technical theatre class. 
  4. Winter Break Camp – School’s Out Drama Workshops are now open during Winter Break. If you’re in town and the kids are looking for something to do, register them for our fun and engaging day-long workshops. Topics include: Nightmare Before Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Home Alone, and New Year Countdown.
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Don’t forget– register for any Broadway Babies, Beginning Acting or Production Class by October 15th and get $15 off tuition!
We hope to see you this Winter during one of our many exciting programs. Do you have any questions? Ask us on the form below! 

What are you interested in?
 

Check out all of our current programs on our Winter page!

4 Key Reasons to Register Early for Winter Classes

The early bird gets the worm.

You snooze, you lose.

At DLC, we believe in rewarding the early birds. Commit to class early and get the deepest discounts we are able to give. If you’re still wondering why you should register for Mary Poppins, Disney’s AristoCATS, or Broadway Babies: Paw Patrol early, you need look no further. We’ve compiled a quick list of the top 5 reasons to register early.

  1. Get your choice of time and class – many popular classes (like Elementary Musical Theatre on Friday evenings) fill up during the early bird registration period. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to secure your spot in your favorite class.
  2. Plan your schedule in advance – when you register for class, you have all dates for regular weekly classes, dress rehearsals, and performances at your fingertips. Plug them in to your calendar and schedule the rest of your activities with confidence that they won’t be interrupted by an unanticipated trip to Drama Learning Center.
  3. Cross another thing off your list before the madness of holiday season starts. In December, you’re going to want to be focusing on your Winter Break vacation plans and holiday shopping– not registering for activities. Get it done now, and then you don’t have to think about it in December.
  4. SAVE MONEY! Who doesn’t like an extra $15 in their bank account? That’s an extra Starbucks or two for you this month!

So, what are you waiting for? If you have any questions about which class is the best for your student, please let us know by filling out the form below.

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Otherwise, head on over to our Winter Class page and register today!

Meet the Teaching Artist – Janine Sunday

Many of our favorite Fall classes are underway or about to start. We don’t believe that drama instruction is just for the kids, and we’re excited to offer our second Adult Musical Theatre class this Fall. Under the tutelage of veteran performer, teacher, and theatre artist Janine Sunday, students are guaranteed to get a lot out of this class. Get to know Janine a little better now!

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Janine Sunday has been performing on stages in the DC/Baltimore area for almost 20 years. She is a four time Helen Hayes Nominee and a familiar facve at both Toby’s Dinner Theatre and at the Olney Theatre Center. She was an integral part in CCTA’s Teen Professional Theatre Camp for many years serving as the company managing director, teaching various master classes in lyric interpretation, 16 bar and audition preparation, developing a character in an ensemble, monologue coaching and more. Ms. Sunday was classically trained at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was most recently seen on stage as Mrs. Lovett in Red Branch Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd. Ms. Sunday also teaches private voice lessons at DLC and serves as our production manager.

Janine’s varied expertise in all areas of theatre provides a unique, holistic, and ensemble-based focus on this Adult Musical Theatre class that was a hit last session. Learn from Janine as well as your fellow students while working together in a group to learn new songs, choreography, and scenes in a low-pressure environment suitable for beginner and intermediate students. Adult Musical Theatre meets Saturdays from 3:30 – 5 pm starting October 1st. The class will culminate in a final showcase for family and friends at the end of the last class. Secure your spot in this fun and enriching class for adults today!

 

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TYA Fall Title and Auditions Announced (Part 2)

While the TYA Senior Company production title has been out for awhile, Drama Learning Center announced TYA Junior Company’s Fall/Winter production title on social media last week. Following successful productions of SHREK the Musical and The Addams Family, Junior Company will fly high with England’s favorite “practically perfect” nanny, Mary Poppins. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven TONY Awards during an exciting Broadway run of 2,500 performances.

After being the first nanny that hasn’t been sent packing, Mary Poppins takes Young Jane and Michael Banks on magical and memorable adventures. She teaches the children and grown-ups alike that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Junior Company will have the opportunity to tell this timeless story through memorable songs, enchanting dance numbers, and special effects and illusions. Auditions begin next week by appointment, and some slots remain.

Junior Company students should note that students who are accepted into Fall/Winter session of Junior Company will be unable to do a Drama Learning Center Winter production class. Directors recommend that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes in conjunction with TYA Junior Company’s Winter production and Spring skills-based class to maximize their performance opportunities and skill-building potential.

Secure your spot on the audition schedule now. Spaces are limited, and you’re not going to want to miss out on the incredible productions being produced by both companies of TYA Professional Training Program. Full casting call information can be found on our TYA page. Check out our new TYA FAQs if you’re new to the program to get a taste of what to expect. And if you’ve already decided to give TYA a try but want to polish your audition material, consider setting up a couple of audition prep lessons with one of our highly qualified teachers to help you rock your next audition!