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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Quick Questions with Ms. Megan Henderson

As TYA Junior Company is about to head into tech week for the DLC premiere of Mary Poppins, we were able to sit down for a couple of minutes with TYA Junior Company director Megan Henderson to ask her some questions. See what she had to say below!

Question: Who are you and what is your role at DLC?

My name is Megan Henderson and I am the director of TYA’s Junior Company. I am also the HR Coordinator and Box Office Manager. I’m an Artistic Associate with DLC’s sister company, Red Branch Theatre Company. I started attending DLC classes around age 6, so I feel incredibly lucky to be working here in so many roles.

Question: How long have you been preparing for this production of Mary Poppins?

I’ve been preparing for this production since September! Preparations began with reading the script, listening to the music, and doing research on the books, movie, and musical. My younger sister was also obsessed with Mary Poppins around age 2 and insisted we watch the movie almost every day. She could watch it on an endless loop. So really, I’ve been preparing for this show for about twenty years. She called it “Mary Poppoo.”

Question: What’s your favorite part in this show?

This is a difficult question because I love so many of the songs, and because of my sister, this whole show is near and dear to me. I think I have to say “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” since that’s the traditional ending of the movie, and holds so much nostalgia for me. The kite is also an important symbol of the show, and brings the family together. A close runner up is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because it’s such a fun song!

Question: How many people are working behind the scenes to make this show?

So many! The production team includes about 15 people. There’s Ms. Christine, our music director, and Ms. Claire, our assistant director and stage manager. There’s also our production manager, Ms. Janine, who is also coordinating all of the props and a group of fantastic builders and painters executing the set. We also have our fabulous costume designer, Mr. Andrew Malone, and Ms. Amy on lights. That doesn’t even include everyone. Basically it takes a village to put up such a large production. We have a wonderful team.

Question: What’s your favorite thing about JCo?

I love the opportunity to see young actors grow. I know that sounds incredibly cheesy, but it’s true. I get to work with a group of actors who are serious about bridging the gap between production classes and school plays and working in a professional theatre setting. In Junior Company, we work to prepare the students for Senior Company and beyond. I learn so much from watching them discover and take chances and often reflect on how grateful I am for the chance to be a part of that.
TYA Junior Company’s production of Mary Poppins runs from February 3-5. Get your tickets today!

5 Fast Facts About Hands on a Hardbody

Teaching Young Artists (TYA) is Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program. This Friday, TYA will present the area premiere of new American musical, Hands on a Hardbody. Based on a 1997 documentary film by the same name, the show follows the 1995 competition in which ordinary people competed to win a pickup truck by seeing who could keep their hand on it for the longest amount of time. Get to know a little more about the story now with five fast facts about the documentary.

  1. Film director S. R. Bindler is from Longview, Texas, where the “Hands on a Hardbody” competition took place annually.
  2. Each year, 24 contestants competed in this endurance competition. Whoever lasted the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting won.
  3. Five-minute breaks were issued every hour. 15-minute breaks were issued every six hours.
  4. The 1995 competition depicted in the film lasted 77 hours.
  5. The documentary garnered many awards from international film festivals from 1997-1999.

With a thoroughly American score infused with country, rock, and gospel music, this theatrical retelling of a “human drama thing” is sure to capture your hearts. There are only six performances of this exciting new work, so grab your tickets today while you still can!

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3 Easy Ways to Support TYA this Month

TYA Teaching Young Actors is Howard County’s premiere professional training program for emerging youth talent with professional performance aspirations. This Winter, TYA Senior Company will produce the area premiere of Hands On a Hardbody from January 13-21. High quality theatrical education that produces theatre with discerning artistic standards is no easy (or inexpensive) feat. There are three easy ways that you can help support this invaluable resource to the area’s most dedicated teen performers while ensuring that tuition and tickets remain affordable:

  1. Buy a commemorative production t-shirt We have partnered with Booster to print stylish limited edition t-shirts. Booster donates a portion of the proceeds back to DLC to help offset production costs (like coordination of truck transport, installation, and overhire).
  2. Support our Crowdfunding Campaign We have launched a 30-Day crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo for the direct costs associated with purchasing and transporting the hardbody pickup truck from Liberal, Kansas to Columbia, Maryland. There are some great perks associated with the campaign including t-shirts (not the same as the one above), trucker hats, photo opportunities in the truck, front-row show tickets and more. Donations through this crowdfunding campaign are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Act fast– we’ve got a limited window to raise $2,500!
  3. Buy Tickets! All of the hard work that these students have put into mounting this show are no good without an audience. Tuition costs go to direct program expenses. Your ticket purchase goes directly to supporting the production: theatrical rights, professional designers and artists, and materials.
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