TYA Fall Title and Auditions Announced (Part 1)

TYA directors announced Senior Company’s Fall/Winter production at last month’s TYA Cabaret and Senior Showcase. Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program has a long-standing history of producing area premieres, and this season’s Hands on a Hardbody is no exception. Past area premieres include shows like High School Musical13, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Carrie, and last season’s First Date. In addition to being the first performing company in the area to produce this title that was nominated for 2013 TONY Awards for Best Original Score, and Best Featured Actor & Actress in a Musical, company members will have the opportunity to explore contemporary musical styles often not found in musical theatre (such as Country Western and Gospel among others).



The exciting announcements don’t end with the revelation of Hands on a Hardbody, though. Junior Company candidates will learn the production they are slated to produce on September 1st. TYA Junior Company has previously mounted successful productions of SHREK the Musical and The Addams Family. This season’s Winter 2017 title is sure to please as well.

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.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post when we are able to announce the title on Spetember 1st. Secure your spot on the audition schedule now, though. 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. Have you already decided to give TYA a try, but want to polish your material? Consider setting up a couple of audition prep lessons with one of our highly qualified teachers and rock your next audition!

Private Lessons This Summer

This point in the summer is the perfect time to refine your skills with one-on-one study. In addition to quality, production-based theatre education through classes and camps, DLC also offers private lessons year-round in the following areas:

  • Voice (Musical Theatre & Classical)
  • Acting/Monologue Coaching
  • Audition Preparation
  • Beginner Piano

Whether you’re looking to learn a new song or monologue, take the laid-back time of the summer to improve your technique, work on a new skill, or master your material for that next audition— we have highly qualified and engaging instructors waiting to help you reach your goals. All of our lessons are geared toward the individual student, so tell us your goals, and we’ll help you reach them!

Mondays, you can work with Ms. Janine Sunday on musical theatre repertoire taught with classical technique while perfecting your approach to character.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can work with Mr. Dustin Merrell on putting your song and monologue package together under the care of a theatrical music director in demand for his accompaniment skills throughout the region.

Wednesdays and Fridays, you can work with Ms. Christine Goddard on voice or piano in a nurturing environment with lots of affirmation– perfect for beginners!

How would you spend 30 minutes with one of our private instructors? Let us know in the comments!

If you have any other questions or want to start the process, please send us a message using ​the form below. We look forward to helping you along on your journey towards being a stronger and more confident performer!

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Summer Camp Spotlight: Doctor Who’s Time Lord University

Calling all Whovians: Drama Learning Center has a week of Summer Camp just for you! Back by popular demand, DLC is bringing back Doctor Who’s Time Lord University from August 22-26. Get your fandom fix with other students who share your love for all things Doctor Who before you head back to school for the Fall! Students will create their own characters and storyline, write their own show, and create costume and prop lists all with the final goal of putting on their own showcase at the end of the week for family and friends.

Here’s a sample day in the life of this Who-happy camp:

 9:00 AM – Check in, Getting to Know WHO Sheets
 9:45 AM – Warm Ups & Acting Games (Action Alan)
10:30 AM – Snack Break
10:45 AM – Intro to Story Structure/Character Creation
11:30 AM – Planning Your Plot Story Development
12:00 PM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Acting Game (Weeping Angels)
 1:00 PM – Script-Writing/Casting
 2:15 PM – Acting Game (Wibbly Wobbly Props)
 2:45 PM – Wind Down/Clean Up
 3:00 PM – Dismissal

Other questions you might want answered?

Class Dates & Time: August 22-26, 9 AM – 3 PM*
Grades: 6-12
Tuition: $325
Camp includes: high quality instruction in our air-conditioned studios and fully-equipped theatre; craft supplies; 2 complimentary show tickets
Optional add-ons: Extended care* (7 AM – 6 PM), lunch packages, post-camp enrichment (private voice, acting, and piano lessons), Summer Camp t-shirts (while supplies last)

This camp filled last year, so make sure you reserve your spot if you’re interested in joining us for a Doctor Who-themed adventure this Summer. This is one of our most popular weeks of camp since we’re one of the only providers that offers programs the final week of Summer before Howard County Public School students head back for the Fall.

Register Today!

13: TYA’s First Summer Intensive

Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present Jason Robert Brown’s 13 this month (July 27-29). A hilarious coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it, 13 follows Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to a small Indiana town. Grappling with his parents’ divorce, and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, Evan navigates the complicated social circles of a new school, as well as the ins and outs of learning how to be a successful young adult. With music by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World), 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

13 marks the fourth time that TYA Professional Training Program has produced a title by Jason Robert Brown, having previously mounted the area premiere of 13 (2010), Songs For a New World (2013), and Parade (2016). Alums of TYA also shared the stage with the composer when he visited the space for a one-night-only performance in 2014.

Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Company, TYA (Teaching Young Artists), presents this production of 13 from July 27-29 as the culmination of its first ever summer intensive. The three-week program available by audition only includes master classes with area casting directors and professional artists in addition to rehearsals and skill-building activities. The TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as 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 Parade, First Date, Carrie the Musical, GHOST the Musical, 13 the Musical, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

13 is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Show Dates & Times: 
July 27-29 at 7:30 PM
July 29 at 11 AM

Featuring TYA Company Members:
Flora Aubin, Lila Cooper, Jane Cumming, Elizabeth Feurbach, Brittany George, Cole Huffman, Daniel Joya-Iglesias, Andrew Lyon, Leah McClelland, Lauren McKenna, Azaria Oglesby, Ellie Parks, Ava Pirie, Jason Quackenbush, Mark Quackenbush, Amanda Tossman, Sarah Tossman, Eli Vogel, Luka Yetter

Tickets are $16 currently on sale to the public. Get yours today!

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Brand New You – Annual TYA Cabaret

Every year, Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program (TYA) hosts a Fundraising Cabaret and Senior Showcase to bid farewell to graduating members of the company and celebrate the past season. Alums of the program also come back to perform and update the DLC family on what they have been up to for the past year. A silent auction is also held in conjunction with the cabaret to raise money that offsets production costs for the upcoming season in order to keep tuition affordable. This year’s cabaret will be held on Saturday, July 16. Doors open at 7:30, and the performance begins at 8. 

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This year, we honor the following graduating seniors:

  • Flora Aubin
  • Patrick Campbell
  • Keri Goto
  • Kendall Grove
  • Aly Murphy
  • Austin Pearsall
  • Jason Quackenbush
  • Sarah Tossman

The seniors will each have the opportunity to present a solo piece as well as a group number. In addition, the entire TYA ensemble will perform small group numbers as well as annual fan favorites: the “Year in Review” and “Roles I’ll Never Play” medleys. 

Silent auction items include:

  • Theatre tickets from organizations such as Arts Collective, Rep Stage, and Olney Theatre Center
  • Restaurant gift cards from CoalFire, Bare Bones, and Ellicott Mills Brewing Company
  • SkyZone gift certificate
  • Food & Beverage baskets
  • Jewelry
  • DLC and Red Branch Theatre Company memorabilia including props, professional photography, and MORE!

Help us send off our seniors in style. We hope to see you there!

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