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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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!