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

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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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Last Minute Summer Camps

We get it– it’s the first day of Summer Vacation for many of you, and it’s just hit you that you don’t know what you’re doing with the kids during these next few weeks or months. No need to fear: we’ve still got openings in many of our camps at our fully-equipped facility in Columbia, MD, and we’ve opened up new sections for some of our camps that filled early by popular demand! If you’re still looking for high quality arts enrichment for your budding performers this Summer, look no further!

Featured Elementary School Camps

  • Minecraft Mayhem (June 27 – July 1): Fans of the squarish world of Minecraftverse will have the chance to create their own characters and scenes for a final performance at the end of the week. Bring the fun your kids have on the computer or tablet into the real world while making new friends and building confidence on stage!
  • Go Fish (July 11-29): Right on the heels of the BLOCKBUSTER release of Finding Dory, your kids will go under the sea and “just keep swimming” as they learn how their differences make them each special. This two-week performance camp culminates in two final performances!

Featured Middle/High School Camps

  • Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton (July 5-8): Your kids have been listening to the cast recording and rapping and singing their hearts out for months. Now it’s time for them to hone their dance skills while learning original choreography to everyone’s favorite Broadway smash hit musical. Special pricing for this 4-day camp while supplies last.
  • Theatre Tech (July 18-22): Gain tons of hands-on practical experience in all areas of stagecraft! Your students will help paint the sets for our sumer camp productions while learning about stage management, props, running crew, costumes, and the tech booth.
  • Doctor Who’s Time Lord University (August 22-26): BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. This is the perfect place for all young Whovians to spend their last week of Summer. Campers will take new adventures through time and space with The Doctor as they create aliens, build new civilizations, and more! Register for this camp before it fills. This time slot is always a hit since we’re one of the only camp providers in Howard County that offers camp this final week of the Summer season!

Featured Preschool Drama Camps

  • Frozen Fever & Paw Patrol: New afternoon sections have been added to our fastest selling preschool drama camps. Do you have a preschooler (aged 3-5) that already has morning commitments? Register them today for Frozen Fever (July 5-8) or Paw Patrol (August 1-5) for our afternoon sections to round out their day with drama fun!
  • Sheriff Callie (August 8-12): Your preschooler will have the best time singing songs, playing games, and working on arts & crafts surrounding one of their favorite TV shows!

Do you have questions? Send us a message by pressing the button below or give us a call at ​(410) 849-6335​ today!

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Memorial Day Flash Sale!

This weekend, we honor all those who have served our country bravely.

To celebrate Memorial Day, we are hosting a FLASH sale for select Summer Camps! Enter code MEMORIAL at checkout for special savings on the following camps:
  • Broadway Babies: Frozen Fever or Paw Patrol – $20 OFF
  • Musical Theatre Bootcamp (any one of the three) – $35 OFF
  • Minecraft Mayhem – $35 OFF
Valid for new registrations only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires May 31st.


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These limited edition shirts have become collector’s items here at DLC, and we love seeing our students, campers, and instructors sport their Summer Camp pride from years past each season. T-shirts are complimentary and guaranteed when students are registered and tuition is paid in full by June 1st. Don’t miss out on getting your little piece of DLC history! Register today to secure your spot in your preferred camp and ensure that this charming shirt will find its way into your wardrobe!

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Meet the Guest Artist

We’re excited to welcome (back) CJ Cunningham as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton camp in July!

CJ Cunningham is a Howard Community College Dance Company Alumni. He has been dancing for most of his life and teaching since he was 18! As an up and coming dancer and choreographer you can find him all over the Maryland and DC area. He calls Carroll County Dance Center his home, but can be found at Studio Dans, Kinetics Dance Theater, Howard Community College, Carroll Community College and many other dance studios. CJ has had the privilege to be able to learn various styles of hiphop from some of the best in the business including the choreographers that work for Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Americas Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance. He is currently a member of Kinetics Dance Theater’s professional dance company and also works prolifically with dance companies and competition teams around the area. His style mixes many kinds of dance into hiphop to create a unique look for his shows and dancers. He has had the privilege to choreograph not only hiphop dances but also musicals, wedding dances and modern dances. His constant high energy demands everyones attention, dancer and audience member alike!  

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Mr. CJ is no stranger to DLC! He contributed choreography to last June’s TYA production of Bring It On the Musical and taught the original “Hip Hop Hamilton” workshop class this past February. We’re thrilled that he’s able to take some time out of his busy choreography schedule to help our students hone their Musical Theatre Dance skills while learning combinations set to some of Broadway’s most popular music! Please join us in welcoming back CJ as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton camp runs July 5-8, and is open to students in grades 6-12. Registration is currently open until the session fills. We’ve expanded the Musical Theatre Bootcamp series by popular demand this year. Students will be able to focus on a different area of skill each week to help them ace their next audition. Don’t forget to check out the Vocal Audition Prep and Monologues & Cold Reads sessions running from June 20-24 and June 27 – July 1st, too. Secure your spot today!

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