Last Call for Lion King T-Shirts!

Our Fall T-shirt fundraiser is currently underway! Sport your DLC pride and commemorate your studen’s production of The Lion King with a t-shirt (or two… or three). The sale ends on Friday, so order yours today!

These super-soft t-shirts come in both youth and adult sizes, so there’s the perfect shirt for everyone in your family. We’ve partnered again with Custom Ink Fundraising, who will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Drama Learning Center. These shirts help offset production costs and keep your tuition affordable. What does that mean? When you participate in fundraisers like this one, we’re able to raise money for costumes, set pieces, props, and professional theatre technicians. That way, more of the money that you pay for tuition goes directly to paying your teaching artists. We’re committed to keeping tuition affordable, and that’s why we periodically hold fundraisers just like this one. Thank you in advance for supporting your child’s journey in the arts!

This fundraiser closes on Friday, October 20th. We aren’t able to honor any late orders, so make sure that you order yours on time so that you don’t miss out.

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New Broadway Babies Session

If your preschooler can’t wait until January to start the next session of Broadway Babies drama classes, we’ve got some exciting news for you! Due to popular demand, we’ve just opened a new session. Broadway Babies: Pony Parade will run from November 4 – December 16!

Join Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and all the ponies of Equestria and jump into a world of friendship and fun! Students will learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. Class session culminates in a final showcase for family and friends featuring props created by the students during craft time.

Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am

Class Dates: November 4 – December 16 (No class 11/25)

Ages: 3-5

Tuition: $95

Class starts in a few short weeks– register today!

Silent Auction Preview

For six years, TYA Professional Training Program has marked the official close of its season by holding a one-night-only Cabaret & Senior Showcase. This year is no different. Join us on Saturday, July 22 for Brand New Day: TYA’s Annual Cabaret and Senior Showcase. Help us bid farewell to graduating members while also celebrating the company’s past season.

As always, a silent auction will be held throughout the evening to benefit the upcoming season. We’re pleased to offer you a preview of some of the awesome loot that will be available for bidding at this year’s silent auction.

  1. Limited Edition Show Memorabilia – Cry-Baby masks

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    Now is the time to snag one of those limited edition masks of Lila Cooper, Mark Quackenbush, or Nick Brogan used in last season’s production of Cry-Baby.

  2. Riding Lesson with Ms. Stephanie and Picnic Basket


    In addition to owning Drama Learning Center and directing mainstage productions for TYA and Red Branch Theatre Company, Ms. Stephanie is also an accomplished equestrian athlete. Get a riding lesson from her held at her family’s ranch with one of her three horses.

  3. Headshot Session with Bruce Press


    If you’ve ever seen any of our stunning production photography for TYA shows, you’ve seen Bruce’s work. Get a headshot for your professional use (not just for performers) from one of the region’s best event and portrait photographers.

  4. Math Tutoring


    Do you wish mathematics came to you as easily as performing did? Get some extra help with two hours of math tutoring.

    ….and finally…. the pièce de résistance….

  5. The Iron Bridge Wine Co. – 5-course dinner with wine pairings for two


    For the foodie in your life, you’re going to want to snag this experience to have an exquisitely crafted meal with wine pairings from one of Howard County’s favorite fine dining establishment.

Other goodies you can bid on at the silent auction include: themed baskets (Game Night, Stampin’ Up Scrapbooking Supplies, Craft Beer and Snacks), a Recording Session with DLC’s own Mr. Dustin, original artwork, baked goods, a Challah-making session, and MORE!

So if you needed an excuse OTHER than great performances from members of DLC’s professional training program, make sure that you come out to bid on some of this great stuff. TYA Professional Training Program has produced consistently excellent and acclaimed musical theatre with the area’s most talented emerging theatre artists for years. Your support at this event will ensure that TYA can continue to train these students in a nurturing, professional environment for seasons to come.

We hope to see you there!

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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!

 

It’s T-Shirt Time

Sport your DLC pride and support Beauty and the Beast at the same time by ordering a limited edition Beauty and the Beast T-shirt through our Booster campaign!

As always, Booster donates a portion of the proceeds from these t-shirts back to DLC to help off-set production costs and keep tuition affordable.

“….off-set production costs…” – what does that mean?

Drama Learning Center has produced Beauty and the Beast time and time again since TYA Professional Training Program first presented the show in December of 2008. We put a lot of resources into the custom development of enchanted costumes and specialty props that you need to bring the story to life on stage. In that time, our costumes and props have been used on DLC’s stage, in Howard County schools as part of our after school programs, as well as throughout the country for other youth productions. With the release of the new live action film, we have decided that it is time to refresh our Beauty and the Beast costumes and props to enhance the education and production experience of our students. Hiring designers and consultants and purchasing new materials costs money, and we don’t want that increased cost to trickle down to your tuition prices. Instead, we host fundraisers like this one to help pay for these new theatrical elements so that as much of your tuition dollars go to paying teaching artists and keeping those bright stage lights on as humanly possible.

So if you want to see Mrs. Potts and Lumière become “human again” on our stage, consider purchasing a Beauty and the Beast t-shirt or two. Not only does it show everyone how proud you are to be a bright, shining star at Drama Learning Center– it also helps enable us to keep our kids telling fresh, new stories on DLC’s stage without raising the price of tuition.

Some new features this time around for DLC spirit t-shirts include:

  • Juniors Sizing*
  • Softer material

*We recommend sizing up as the style tends to run small.

Thank you in advance for helping support the arts in Howard County! Get your t-shirt soon… all orders must be in by April 18th for shirts to print and arrive in time for Beauty and the Beast to open at DLC!

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