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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5 Ways We’re Celebrating Beauty and the Beast Students

We are so excited to take a trip back to provincial France this Spring with our class productions of Beauty and the Beast! The classic tale has been a perennial favorite on DLC’s stage for years. Take a look at just a handful of ways we’re celebrating the return of Beauty and the Beast with our students and their families this Spring.

  1. Private Screening: We’ve rented out an entire movie theater to be among the first to see the new live action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise) and Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame). DLC students will be able to engage in a choreography mini-masterclass prior to the screening, and everyone will go home with a special DLC goodie bag! Would you like to join us? Fill out the form below for more details.
  2. Exclusive Access to NYC Trip: For years, we have travelled to the Big Apple every year to see a new Broadway musical. This year, we were fortunate enough to secure seats to the new stage adaptation of animated classic Anastasia. Join us on the bus as we “journey to the past!” Register for a Spring class if you’re not already to get access to the secret link to purchase your New York City trip tickets!
  3. Beauty and the Beast Fundraiser: Jamberry wraps have taken the DLC teaching staff by storm. You can guarantee to see many teachers and staff members sporting cute nails around the theatre thanks to these stylish accessories. Jamberry has come out with an officially-licensed line of Beauty and the Beast-themed nail wraps just in time for our Spring shows. Sport your DLC pride and Beauty and the Beast spirit by purchasing some Beauty and the Beast nail wraps. If you want to shop for a cause, fill out the form below to get the link for the fundraising page. Your purchase will help off-set production costs including an overhaul of our props and costumes for this production.
  4. Refreshed Costumes and Props: Beauty and the Beast has been a well-loved show, which is why we’ve brought it back again just in time for our students to realize these characters on stage. Our production staff is hard at work to breathe new life and resources into the technical components for this production to provide our students with an enhanced theatrical experience.
  5. Exciting Souvenir Merchandise: In addition to our production t-shirts, which have become fun collector’s items, students and audience members will have the opportunity to purchase Beauty and the Beast-themed merchandise like light-up roses.

We are looking forward to a great Spring with our students! At the time of this post, Friday Elementary Musical Theatre and Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre are full and on waitlist. Register for one of our remaining Spring classes, or call us at (410) 849-6335 to be added to the waitlist. Do you have a question or want more information on anything that you’ve read above? Filll out the form below and we’ll get back to you!

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Black Friday Sneek Peak

We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the deals that we’re offering a week from tomorrow for the largest holiday shopping day of the year and are ready to share them with you all. Get ready!

While anyone registered for a Winter class or workshop will have access to even deeper discounts to public offers, this is what will be available to everyone on Friday, November 25th:

  1. Winter Workshop Series Blowout! $50 off the entire series of School’s Out Workshops from December 27 – February 21. Exciting themes include: Hairspray Day, Moana, and Elena of Avalor!
  2. Winter Break Camp – Deal of the Century! $25 off our day-long workshops held December 27 – 30.
  3. Parents’ Night Out PJ Party Bundle – get two kids registered for one of our famous PJ Parties held in conjunction with Red Branch Theatre Company’s The Happy Elf for only $35!

In addition to qualifying for these spectacular drama savings, anyone registered for a Winter class or workshop by Thanksgiving also gets access to a limited quantity of discounted gift certificates. Spend $50 and get $100 to spend on class or camp registration and tickets. Our VIP Black Friday passholders will also get access to 2-for1 tickets to our Parents’ Night Out PJ Parties, too!

So what are you waiting for? If you’re not registered for a Winter class yet, don’t delay. You’re going to want to be on the list for our most exclusive holiday shopping deals and steals!