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. 

Zombie Prom Preview

TYA Professional Training Program’s second annual Summer Intensive culminates this weekend in a high-energy production of Zombie Prom set in the atomic 50’s. 

What happens when the girl falls for the ghoul? Find out this week at Zombie Prom!

It’s just another day at Enrico Fermi High until Pretty senior Toffee falls for the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. After he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump, he returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart.

He still wants to graduate… and to take Toffee to the prom. 

The principal wants him to drop dead. The scandal reporter wants to sell magazines. But will Jonny get his wish? 

Find out at Zombie Prom. Only four chances to catch this zany crowd-pleaser.

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Show Times and Dates

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 PM
Friday, July 28 at 11 AM and 7:30 PM

Featuring

Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Ayla Bailey, Will Cavey, Lila Cooper, Olivia Davis, Jadyn Kelly, Lauren McKenna, Bayler Stewart, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Alyssa Tschirgi, Eli Vogel, and Luka Yetter

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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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TYA Presents Cry-Baby the Musical

Teaching Young Artists (TYA), Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present the area premiere of new Cry-Baby the Musical this June! We’re thrilled to be the first to bring yet another cutting-edge contemporary musical theatre title to area audiences!

Adapted from the cult classic 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby follows the star-crossed teen romance between delinquent Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker and the rich and square Allison Vernon-Williams in 1950’s Baltimore. 

Cry-Baby boasts a book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie) and Mark O’Donnell. The memorable rockabilly score was created by dynamic comedy duo Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum who won two Emmy Awards for original songs they wrote for Neil Patrick Harris to perform at the TONY Awards in 2011 and 2012. The duo also garnered a 2008 TONY nomination for their work in Cry-Baby. The show enjoyed a brief run at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre in 2008. The 1990 feature film by John Waters starred a young Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake.

TYA presents its Spring production of Cry-Baby from June 16-24, 2017 right here at Drama Learning Center. A select program available by audition only, TYA allows students to work in a professional theatre environment a 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 Hands on a Hardbody, First Date, Carrie, GHOST, 13, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

Tickets go on sale May 1st! These shows often sell out fast, so grab your tickets while you still can.

Production Staff

Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Choreographer: Rick Westerkamp
Lighting Design: Lynn Joslin
Costume Design: Janine Sunday

Featuring TYA Company Members

Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Alison Brodbeck, Nick Brogan, Lila Cooper, Tommy Eyes, Ceoli Jacoby, Andrew Lyon, Abrien Nelson, Ellie Parks, Alicia Philadelphia, Jason Quackenbush, Mark Quackenbush, Nya Stevens, Shannon Taylor, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Alyssa Tschirgi, Eli Vogel

Cry-Baby is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Homeschool Musical Theatre Update

Due to overwhelming feedback that we have received from our students from our Winter session of Homeschool Musical Theatre, we have changed the meeting time back to Fridays from 1-3:30pm. Class starts next week, and there’s still time to register for Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to all of our families that provided us with the valuable feedback that enables us to serve as many students as possible this Spring! Are you interested in learning more about Homeschool Musical Theatre at DLC? Fill out the form below!

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