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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What They’re Saying

As our Spring session onsite at DLC and offsite in local schools comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on what a great season we have had here at Drama Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative environment for students to learn teamwork, develop self-confidence, and practice self-expression through the art of drama. We take every piece of feedback we receive throughout the year to heart. Here are just a few of the comments we have received over the past few weeks, reposted with permission.

  • “I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the directing job that Ms. Megan did at Glenwood Middle School this Spring with Shrek. Megan was always a consummate professional and was quick to respond to an email or question and had great communication with parents. As for her rapport with the students, it was amazing. She made the kids feel at ease even through the stress of tech week and nerves. I have had the pleasure of working with Megan a few years ago at Bushy Park and she has only grown into a more dedicated and phenomenal director. My daughter, Madison, came home after every rehearsal raving over Megan and how much she learned, which is more than I could have asked for from this experience. I just wanted to let you all know that we loved having her here and hope to have Megan again next year. Thanks for all that you did for our kids and for making the show the success that it was.” –Carrie R., Glenwood MS Parent

  • “[I just wanted] to tell you how much Evan enjoyed being a part of the play. Thank you for all that you both did to make it such a great experience for him! We will definitely be back. You guys did an awesome job!” –A Wednesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “What a truly wonderful show you directed with your Tuesday class of Beauty and the Beast. It exceeded any expectation that we had and we were thrilled to be able to watch both shows go so well! It was so much fun and [my daughter] had the time of her life. She was sad, like so many others, that it was over. That’s such a testament to your hard work and care! My simple and heartfelt thank you seems very insufficient but I wanted to send you the email to let you know how grateful we are that our daughter got to perform in such a well run and professional production!” –A Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “I wanted to take a moment to write to let you know how incredibly pleased I was with [Ms. Sarah Luckadoo] as my daughter’s director in the Little Mermaid production at TRES. Sarah was well-organized and friendly from the very beginning and she made my daughter’s (and my) first drama experience wonderful! I was a bit worried about the intensity of the schedule since my daughter is just in first grade, but after every practice, she came hom excited and looked forward to the next week. I don’t know how Sarah and her team managed to keep over 30 kids’ interest peaked and engaged each week, but whatever they did worked great! I especially loved Sarah’s communication of all of the program and show details throughout these past few months– I never had any questions or concerns as to what to expect. Most importantly, I found Sarah to be warm and engaging – not just to our children who loved her, but she also made mas a parent feel comfortable and welcoming. I truly believe that kids’ future interests in programs such as these are so dependent on who leads and teaches them and I think that Sarah did a phenomenal job in fostering a love for drama for my daughter.” –Jennifer K., Triadelphia Ridge ES Parent

Thank you to all of the families who support their children in the arts. You make our work nurturing the next generation of performers both a pleasure and an honor! 

5 Reasons to Send Your Tweens to Camp

Many parents think that Summer Camp is just for younger students, but there are many reasons to continue to keep your Middle School students engaged in activities like camp over the summer. Here are just a few reasons to send your tween to camp!

  1. It Occupies Their Time


    An idle mind can be a problematic thing… especially for a tween. Sending your student to summer camp ensures that there’s a structure to their day filled with engaging activities and a project completed at the end of a session. When you send a child to camp, you don’t have to sit at work wondering what your child is getting into at home.
    Keep your middle schooler’s hands and brains active with Theatre Tech (July 17-21) or Cosplay Creations (July 24-28)

  2. They Can Develop New Interests


    “How will you know you like it until you’ve tried it?” Summer is a great time to try out a new skill or activity in a focused environment without competing with academics and other commitments. If your tween has mentioned wanting to try a new activity but hasn’t had the chance, this is the time to let them see for themselves whether or not it’s something that they want to continue to pursue (without committing to it for the year).
    Our Acting for Film and TV camp sessions (Take 1: July 3-7, Take 2: July 10-14) are a great opportunity for campers to take their acting in a different direction.

  3. It Keeps Their Brains Active


    Camp is a fun and engaging way to avoid the “summer slump” without staying glued to a summer reading list. Keep your tween’s brain from sliding backwards by keeping them in a routine that gets them out of the house daily and learning new things.
    Our Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 26-30) and Back to School Audition Intensive (August 28 – September 1) will keep your tween on their toes while they learn new material throughout the week.

  4. Make New Friends

    We can all benefit from a change of scenery and fresh faces. Tweens benefit from it all the more. Summer camp is a great place for middle and high school students to greet familiar faces and make new friends all the same. Give your tween the chance for a fresh start this summer at camp.
    Our three-week production camp Hairspray, Jr. (July 31 – August 18) is a great place to bond with old friends and make new ones.

  5. Develop Independence and Leadership Skills


    As your student transitions into teenage life, it’s essential to cultivate leadership skills to ensure that they will thrive no matter what comes their way in high school. Camp provides outlets for your students to gain independence as they are held more accountable for tasks throughout the session.
    Want to help your students develop leadership skills? Try Director-in-Training Week (August 28 – September 1).

We just shared a few of the many great reasons to send your tween to camp this summer. Do you have any more to share? Leave them in the comments! If you’re ready to secure your student’s spot in any of our fun and engaging summer camp sessions, head on over to our Summer Camp page for the full schedule and registration information. Any questions? Fill out the form below!

 

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Janine Sunday

We’re chugging along with our weekly series getting to know a little more about our Private Instruction faculty at DLC. This week, we learn a little more about Ms. Janine Sunday!

Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
A: I was born in Vietnam, adopted as an infant, and raised in New Jersey. Maryland has been my home for almost 20 years.

Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been teaching acting and voice for about 10 years.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
A: When a student has a breakthrough, it’s exciting. I also love when a student comes back to me after an audition or a performance and tells me that things we have been working on paid off.

Q: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you in a private lesson?
A: I had a student that had been studying with me for a few months and was talking about how much she loved Sweeney Todd at Red Branch Theatre Company [the professional theatre in residence at DLC]. When I told her that I was Mrs. Lovett, she freaked out a little, and had to take a moment to recover. It was adorable and flattering.

Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
A: I’m a mom, and I still perform in the area. That keeps me pretty busy.

Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
A: Well… there are so many “fun facts” (are they REALLY fun?)… I always mention my obsession with vacuums (I love them). I stink at gardening, but I want to be good. I’m pretty crafty, and I dislike yellow mustard. I also always offer to sing “Meadowlark” even though I don’t actually know the words.

Ms. Janine hold studio hours on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Learn musical theatre song interpretation from one of the area’s perennial favorite stage performers! Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with her or any of our other highly-qualified private instructors in voice, acting, piano, audition, prep, on-screen acting, and more! Ms. Janine also teaches our adult musical theatre class during the year. Fill out the form below so that we can notify you when a new session opens up!

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