5 Facts About the 3 Good Fairies

We’re going to have so much fun bringing the story of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty to magical new life on our stage this Winter in our Beginning Acting Classes! Let’s learn a couple of facts about some of the main characters in this classic Disney fairytale ahead of our Winter session.

  1. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are also known collectively as the “Three Good Fairies.” Flora wears red, Fauna wears green, and Merryweather dresses in shades of blue.
  2. As a group, the three good fairies have powerful magical abilities, channeled by their wands. They are able to do many magical things such as shrinking in size, flying, bringing inanimate objects to life, and putting people to sleep.
  3. The three good fairies were inspired by the seven fairies from the original “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale by Charles Perrault.
  4. The three good fairies are also Princess Aurora’s guardians. They raise her in a woodcutter’s cottage in the forest to protect her from Maleficent.
  5. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather don’t just appear in the original film or in our stage adaptation. Their characters can also be found in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, Disney Junior hit show Sofia the First, live action film Maleficent, and Descendants 2.

Join Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather this Winter in Beginning Acting Class on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings. These drama classes designed especially for students grades K-2 will round out your student’s performing arts education this Winter perfectly! Register today for a chance to come on our annual NYC bus trip– this year to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway while seats are still available.

Quick Questions Part 2

To help you get to know some of the faces behind Drama Learning Center, we’ve been asking them a quick question… and we’re sharing teh answers with you! Do you have a question you want DLC teaching artists to answer? Drop your question in the comments and you might see answers in a future post!

This week, we asked: If you had to quit theatre but wanted to stay involved in the arts, which medium would you choose?

We could not have guessed that these were the answers we were going to get, but we thought they were fascinating! Check them out below.

  1. Mr. Seth Fallon: “While I never plan to ‘quit’ theatre, I would have to say that returning to a choral ensemble would be my next step. Whether it be in the form of a church choir or an established choral arts society, I would love to be able to return to my roots and get back to those Renaissance james.” Mr. Seth has served as a stage manager, director, assistant director, and house manager at DLC for years. A recent graduate of Stevenson University, he is currently working as a nurse, but stays active at DLC teaching workshops and hosting birthday parties. 
  2. Ms. Megan Henderson: “I would be a visual artist! Specifically painting. I grew up taking art classes, and worked with charcoal pastels, watercolor, and oil paint. I always loved to draw. I submitted for a few school art shows growing up and won a few awards. It’s something I’ve wanted to get back into for a while!” Ms. Megan is the HR Coordinator at Drama Learning Center and directs TYA Junior Company productions.
  3. Ms. Dana Fleischer: “I think I would try to be an events coordinator, specifically for weddings. The [stage manager] in me would need to be micromanaging something!” Ms. Dana is DLC’s Office Manager.
  4. Ms. Debbie Leonard: “I can’t imagine but I would like to write grants to raise money to bring musical theatre or music to areas where they have none, or where it is very limited. Maybe I could be a program coordinator.” Ms. Debbie is one of DLC’s longest-serving teaching artists. She teaches during the school year on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
  5. Ms. Angel McGrath: “There is no life without theatre. If I can’t be on the stage or directing people on the stage, I’d have to be singing somewhere– church, choir, street corner. I’d also consider going back to deejaying and helping to coordinate weddings.” Ms. Angel is an assistant director for our schoolyear production classes.
  6. Ms. Janine Sunday: “I would probably want to keep teaching a few voice students or do the occasional master class. Then, once a year on [Ms. Stephanie, owner and artistic director of DLC]’s birthday, I would sing ‘Meadowlark’… the whole song.” Ms. Janine is DLC’s Production Manager, as well as a gifted educator and performer. She keeps a private voice studio at Drama Learning Center as well. She does not actually know how to sing “Meadowlark,” but she keeps threatening to add it to her repertoire.
  7. Carrie Loughry: “If I had to quit theatre (but, why?), I would continue working in music education as I do now. I do love teaching, both theatre and music, so it would be an easy decision. However, working in theatre allows me a more varied creative outlet than teaching, so I would likely find some sort of crafting to keep creating art with my hands. I like many types of crafts, and my niece and I create new projects every summer!” Ms. Carrie has been teaching at Drama Learning Center for generations. She also serves as a production manager and designer for many of our productions throughout the year. 

And just like that, another installment of Quick Questions with DLC Teaching Artists has come to a close. Do you have a burning question you want our teaching artists to answer? Don’t forget to drop it in the comments, and you might see the answers in this space some time soon.

Fall Production Classes start in just a couple of short weeks. Some classes are already full. Make sure you register today to get in your choice of Broadway Babies, Beginning Acting, or Production Classes of Disney’s The Lion KingJr. 

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How to “Black Friday” the DLC way!

It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are right around the corner. We’re putting the finishing touches on our Black Friday specials. They’re under wraps for another week, but we CAN share with you that the most exclusive deals with the deepest discounts will be offered to anyone who is registered for a Winter class or workshop by Thanksgiving Day.

Additionally, anyone registered for a Winter class by Thanksgiving will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate that can be used towards classes, workshops, and tickets. Make sure you’re registered for a Winter class to be tnered into our drawing AND take advantage of the best DLC deals that are on the biggest shopping day of the year.

What are you waiting for? Register for our high-flying adventure today to make sure you don’t miss out on the best DLC has to offer.

Register for Winter Session Today!

5 Things You Never Knew About AristoCats

We are so excited to bring the jazzy world of Disney’s AristoCats to magical new life on our stage with our Winter Beginning Acting Classes. As we gear up to help students in grades K-2 tell the story, we wanted to share a handful of AristoCats facts with you that you might have not ever known.

  1. Walt Disney’s final feature – this was the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney himself. He died in 1966 before the film was released.
  2. Alley Cat Thomas O’Malley’s full name is actually Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley. This friendly alley cat finds Duchess and her kittens stranded in the woods and becomes a father figure to the kittens.
  3. Famed showbiz sister Eva Gabor provided the speaking voice for Duchess the White Cat.
  4. The character of Scat Cat was designed to be voiced by Louis Armstrong, but he was unable to record any of the film due to illness. The character’s look, the way he played his trumpet, and other physical characteristics were still modeled after “the great Satchmo.
  5. The characters of Toulouse and Berlioz are named after famous French artists (painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and composer Hector Berlioz) while the dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are named after famous french generals (Napoléon Bonaparte and Marquis De Lafayette). 

We hope you enjoyed these fast facts about AristoCats. Our Beginning Acting Classes are going to have so much fun on stage this Winter! Class meets on Thursdays or Fridays and runs for six weeks before two dress rehearsals and two final performances. Register before Thanksgiving to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate and receive access to our best Black Friday deals.

Register for Winter Session Today!