5 Ways We’re Celebrating Beauty and the Beast Students

We are so excited to take a trip back to provincial France this Spring with our class productions of Beauty and the Beast! The classic tale has been a perennial favorite on DLC’s stage for years. Take a look at just a handful of ways we’re celebrating the return of Beauty and the Beast with our students and their families this Spring.

  1. Private Screening: We’ve rented out an entire movie theater to be among the first to see the new live action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise) and Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame). DLC students will be able to engage in a choreography mini-masterclass prior to the screening, and everyone will go home with a special DLC goodie bag! Would you like to join us? Fill out the form below for more details.
  2. Exclusive Access to NYC Trip: For years, we have travelled to the Big Apple every year to see a new Broadway musical. This year, we were fortunate enough to secure seats to the new stage adaptation of animated classic Anastasia. Join us on the bus as we “journey to the past!” Register for a Spring class if you’re not already to get access to the secret link to purchase your New York City trip tickets!
  3. Beauty and the Beast Fundraiser: Jamberry wraps have taken the DLC teaching staff by storm. You can guarantee to see many teachers and staff members sporting cute nails around the theatre thanks to these stylish accessories. Jamberry has come out with an officially-licensed line of Beauty and the Beast-themed nail wraps just in time for our Spring shows. Sport your DLC pride and Beauty and the Beast spirit by purchasing some Beauty and the Beast nail wraps. If you want to shop for a cause, fill out the form below to get the link for the fundraising page. Your purchase will help off-set production costs including an overhaul of our props and costumes for this production.
  4. Refreshed Costumes and Props: Beauty and the Beast has been a well-loved show, which is why we’ve brought it back again just in time for our students to realize these characters on stage. Our production staff is hard at work to breathe new life and resources into the technical components for this production to provide our students with an enhanced theatrical experience.
  5. Exciting Souvenir Merchandise: In addition to our production t-shirts, which have become fun collector’s items, students and audience members will have the opportunity to purchase Beauty and the Beast-themed merchandise like light-up roses.

We are looking forward to a great Spring with our students! At the time of this post, Friday Elementary Musical Theatre and Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre are full and on waitlist. Register for one of our remaining Spring classes, or call us at (410) 849-6335 to be added to the waitlist. Do you have a question or want more information on anything that you’ve read above? Filll out the form below and we’ll get back to you!

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Summer Camp Spotlight #3

Production Camp: Disney’s High School Musical 2

We’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the original release of Disney’s High School Musical 2. Originally released August 17, 2007 on Disney Channel, we’re bringing HSM2 to dazzling new life on our stage with students in grades 1-5 this Summer. This story all about summer vacation is the perfect production to put on. Follow East High basketball star Troy Bolton, A-student Gabriella Montez, and the rest of their friends through adventures as they navigate life working summer jobs at Sharpay and Ryan Evans’ country club Lava Springs.

In addition to working towards two final performances of a fully-staged musical production of Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr., students in this 3-week session will also enjoy a walking field trip to Shadowland LaserTag and lots of exciting adventures reserved especially for our production camp campers. Get back in on the High School Musical fun in time for the release of Disney’s High School Musical 4.

  • Dates: July 31 – August 18
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care is available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Tuition: $685 <—- $585 is you register by February 15th!

Helpful Hint: Our Elementary 3-Week production camps are generally the first to fill every Summer. Cross one more thing off your list and ensure your student’s participation in this fun summer musical while also saving $100 off tuition. Register today!

Spring NYC Bus Trip

We’re continuing our tradition of bringing our students and their families to New York City to experience the magic of Broadway yet again this year with our annual Spring Trip. Join us on April 12, 2017 as we travel to the Big Apple to see Anastasia, the new musical adaptation of the classic tale based on the 1997 film of the same name.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic RagtimeAnastasia features a book by Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

What is included with the trip?

  • Round-trip transportation on a luxury motor coach
  • Workshop with New York teaching artists in a Times Square rehearsal studio
  • Mezzanine seats to the matinee performance of new Broadway musical Anastasia

How do I get tickets?

If you haven’t already, register for a Spring class! All Spring registrants will be emailed a secret link on February 10th to purchase their seats to the New York trip. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and we only have a limited number of slots. Guarantee that you will be able to join us by registering for a Spring class today. Payment plans will be available.

We hope to see you in class this Spring for Beauty and the Beast, and on that bus on April 12th as we “journey to the past” on Broadway! Any other questions? Drop us a line below and we’ll get back to you.




Quick Questions with Ms. Megan Henderson

As TYA Junior Company is about to head into tech week for the DLC premiere of Mary Poppins, we were able to sit down for a couple of minutes with TYA Junior Company director Megan Henderson to ask her some questions. See what she had to say below!

Question: Who are you and what is your role at DLC?

My name is Megan Henderson and I am the director of TYA’s Junior Company. I am also the HR Coordinator and Box Office Manager. I’m an Artistic Associate with DLC’s sister company, Red Branch Theatre Company. I started attending DLC classes around age 6, so I feel incredibly lucky to be working here in so many roles.

Question: How long have you been preparing for this production of Mary Poppins?

I’ve been preparing for this production since September! Preparations began with reading the script, listening to the music, and doing research on the books, movie, and musical. My younger sister was also obsessed with Mary Poppins around age 2 and insisted we watch the movie almost every day. She could watch it on an endless loop. So really, I’ve been preparing for this show for about twenty years. She called it “Mary Poppoo.”

Question: What’s your favorite part in this show?

This is a difficult question because I love so many of the songs, and because of my sister, this whole show is near and dear to me. I think I have to say “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” since that’s the traditional ending of the movie, and holds so much nostalgia for me. The kite is also an important symbol of the show, and brings the family together. A close runner up is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because it’s such a fun song!

Question: How many people are working behind the scenes to make this show?

So many! The production team includes about 15 people. There’s Ms. Christine, our music director, and Ms. Claire, our assistant director and stage manager. There’s also our production manager, Ms. Janine, who is also coordinating all of the props and a group of fantastic builders and painters executing the set. We also have our fabulous costume designer, Mr. Andrew Malone, and Ms. Amy on lights. That doesn’t even include everyone. Basically it takes a village to put up such a large production. We have a wonderful team.

Question: What’s your favorite thing about JCo?

I love the opportunity to see young actors grow. I know that sounds incredibly cheesy, but it’s true. I get to work with a group of actors who are serious about bridging the gap between production classes and school plays and working in a professional theatre setting. In Junior Company, we work to prepare the students for Senior Company and beyond. I learn so much from watching them discover and take chances and often reflect on how grateful I am for the chance to be a part of that.
TYA Junior Company’s production of Mary Poppins runs from February 3-5. Get your tickets today!

Summer Camp Spotlight #2

Superstars on Stage: Pokémon TV

Join us as we dive into the interactive craze that took last Summer by storm: Pokémon Go! Chances are that las, you saw neighborhood kids and adults alike (and probably had at least one in your household) that were glued to their smartphone while they seemed to be aimlessly wandering the streets waiting for virtual battles in a quest to “catch ’em all.” Well, word on the street is that a HUGE Pokémon  update is on the way and hitting the app very soon. Help the avid gamer in your life take their passon for Pokémon from their phone to the stage this summer while meeting new friends with similar interests. 

Get your kids off their phones for a week while they create the action that they’ve learned to love in the game on stage. Capitalize now on renewed interest in the game AND take advantage of our Doorbuster discount from now until February 15th. Save $35 on this exciting specialty camp that’s sure to fill quickly.

  • Dates: July 3 – 7 (no camp 7/4)
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
  • Grades: K-5
  • Tuition: $265 <— $230 until February 15th!

Helpful Hint: Students will not be playing the game on their phones during the camp day. If you have a student that is particularly attached to their technology, this is a great session to encourage them to take a break from their screens for a week.