Summer Camp Spotlight #1

Production Camps: Hairspray

Summer is a great time to try something new or refine skills you already have in a warm, nurturing environment. Middle and High School students will have just that opportunity this Summer during our 3-week Production Camp (July 31 – August 18). Hairspray has been a perennial favorite every since TYA Professional Training Program first produced it back in 2011. With hit songs like “Good Morning, Baltimore,” “Welcome to the 60’s,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” performers and audiences alike have a great time bringing this show to stage.

Hairspray has received a renewed interest following this past December’s live TV musical production starring the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson.

Our 3-week Production Camp is a great opportunity for your Middle or High School student to get a full production experience this Summer. The three week session includes auditions, casting, rehearsal for the musical, and two final performances. Here are the details you need to know about this fast-paced, high-energy musical camp:

  • Dates: July 31 – Aug 18
  • Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm daily (extended care available from 7am to 6pm for an additional fee)
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Tuition: $685
  • Tuition includes: all rehearsal and performancematerials, costumes, set pieces, two complimentary tickets to final performance, walking field trip to Shadowland LaserTag

Helpful Hint: Register by February 15th for $100 off tuition. No need to enter a code at checkout. The Doorbuster Discount is automatically applied at your time of registration.

Upcoming Special Events

We have a couple of benefit events coming to the theatre next week! Both events take place on Saturday, January 21 with proceeds benefitting Drama Learning Center and Red Branch Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at DLC.

  1. Headshot Day with Bruce F Press Photography (12:30-2:30 PM)

    Bruce F Press Photography has been capturing performers and performances in DLC’s TYA Professional Training Program and Red Branch Theatre Company for years with his stunning headshot and event photography. He is partnering with Red Branch to give back with a Charity Headshot Day. Update your online look and help out a great cause at the same time! Book a short session to get a professional headshot with Bruce for the modest investment of a donation to Red Branch.

    Everyone who participates will get a digital copy of their headshot, suitable for use across all social media. You will also receive a $100 print credit at Bruce F Press Photography and a chance to win a studio portrait session for up to four people.

    Suggested donation: $25

    Secure your spot while you still can here.

  2. Shop for a Cause – LuLaRoe Charity Pop-Up (12-3:30 PM)

 Join us for a LuLaRoe fundraiser beneffiting Drama Learning Center and Red Branch Theatre Company. Shop comrotable, stylish clothing for women and children, sizes 2T-3XL! Skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings! 

We hope to see you there for one or both events! Thank you in advance for supporting these small business owners as they partner with us to keep the arts alive in Howard County. Any questions? Shoot us a message on the form below.

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5 Fast Facts About Hands on a Hardbody

Teaching Young Artists (TYA) is Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program. This Friday, TYA will present the area premiere of new American musical, Hands on a Hardbody. Based on a 1997 documentary film by the same name, the show follows the 1995 competition in which ordinary people competed to win a pickup truck by seeing who could keep their hand on it for the longest amount of time. Get to know a little more about the story now with five fast facts about the documentary.

  1. Film director S. R. Bindler is from Longview, Texas, where the “Hands on a Hardbody” competition took place annually.
  2. Each year, 24 contestants competed in this endurance competition. Whoever lasted the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting won.
  3. Five-minute breaks were issued every hour. 15-minute breaks were issued every six hours.
  4. The 1995 competition depicted in the film lasted 77 hours.
  5. The documentary garnered many awards from international film festivals from 1997-1999.

With a thoroughly American score infused with country, rock, and gospel music, this theatrical retelling of a “human drama thing” is sure to capture your hearts. There are only six performances of this exciting new work, so grab your tickets today while you still can!

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Snow Day Workshops

For the third consecutive year, DLC will offer workshops on days when Howard County Public Schools unexpectedly close due to incldement weather. If the roads are passable, we will be open. Do you want to be on the list to be notified when we are holding Snow Day School’s Out Workshops? You must opt-in using the form below! We will only contact you when we are open for Snow Day Workshops.

​Here’s how it works:

We will email you as soon as Howard County Public Schools make a determination about school closings and we’re able to determine whether or not roads are passable. Workshops are held from 10 AM – 4 PM for students grades K-5. Tuition will be payable online or in person when you drop off your child(ren). Pricing is $55 for the first student and $20 for additional siblings. Our engaging staff will lead students through supervised drama games, arts & crafts, and fun. Extended care may be available based on the weather conditions and staff availability. The email notification you receive from us will clearly state whether or not extended care is available that day.

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3 Easy Ways to Support TYA this Month

TYA Teaching Young Actors is Howard County’s premiere professional training program for emerging youth talent with professional performance aspirations. This Winter, TYA Senior Company will produce the area premiere of Hands On a Hardbody from January 13-21. High quality theatrical education that produces theatre with discerning artistic standards is no easy (or inexpensive) feat. There are three easy ways that you can help support this invaluable resource to the area’s most dedicated teen performers while ensuring that tuition and tickets remain affordable:

  1. Buy a commemorative production t-shirt We have partnered with Booster to print stylish limited edition t-shirts. Booster donates a portion of the proceeds back to DLC to help offset production costs (like coordination of truck transport, installation, and overhire).
  2. Support our Crowdfunding Campaign We have launched a 30-Day crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo for the direct costs associated with purchasing and transporting the hardbody pickup truck from Liberal, Kansas to Columbia, Maryland. There are some great perks associated with the campaign including t-shirts (not the same as the one above), trucker hats, photo opportunities in the truck, front-row show tickets and more. Donations through this crowdfunding campaign are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Act fast– we’ve got a limited window to raise $2,500!
  3. Buy Tickets! All of the hard work that these students have put into mounting this show are no good without an audience. Tuition costs go to direct program expenses. Your ticket purchase goes directly to supporting the production: theatrical rights, professional designers and artists, and materials.
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