To help you get to know some of the faces behind Drama Learning Center, we’re going to ask them a quick question once a week and share the 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: What is the first show you ever saw? What did you think about it?
Now, we know that it’s technically TWO questions, but we got some very interesting responses. Check them out!
- Ms. Sarah Pencheff: “The very first would have either been something that my mother was in, or one of the high school musicals that she choreographed. I would have been super young, like 3 or 4, so I don’t actually remember… but I’m sure I loved it. The first professional production I remember seeing was an opera of Hansel and Gretel when I was about 6. I liked it, but still ran around the house making fun of the overly dramatic singing stle for a few days afterward. “HAN-sooooollllll…..” Ms. Sarah just completed her second summer leading our Cosplay Creations camp.
- Ms. Debbie Leonard: “I saw Godspell at a local high school, and I was in awe.” Ms. Debbie teaches camp all summer long and Wednesday and Friday Production classes during the school year. She has taught at DLC for longer than any other teaching artist currently on our roster.
- Ms. Tess Owen: “Les Misérables! First professional show when it was touring and at the Hippodrome a long, long time ago. I liked it, but was confused since I was very young.” Ms. Tess is an assistant music director with a specialty in music. She has worked alongside Ms. Debbie for production classes.
- Ms. Stephanie Williams: “Dinosaur Rock or Sesame Street Live! I still can remember some of the songs and recall acting them out with my toys at home. I suppose my parents should have known then that they were destined to have a theatre kid. At the very least, they should have known when they had to institute the family rule, ‘No Singing At the Dinner Table.'” Ms. Stephanie is the owner and artistic director of Drama Learning Center. She directs productions for TYA Professional Training Program’s Senior Company and is responsible for all of the programming done through DLC onsite and offsite.
- Ms. Melody Easton: “The first show I saw was Cinderella at the local high school, the one I eventually ended up attending. I was obsessed and I remember not even moving during the performance because I didn’t want to miss anything.” Ms. Melody previously served as DLC’s Office Manager and Director of Saturday Class. You can still find her around working on special projects and events from time to time.
- Ms. Addie Sutter: “When I was five, I saw my cousin Jen as Marian the Librarian in The Music Man. It was the best thing ever. I watched the movie a hundred times after that and learned all of the songs.” Ms. Addie taught at DLC for many years. She has more recently been seen performing onstage with Red Branch Theatre Company, notably as the title role in Dear Edwina.
- Ms. Megan Henderson: “I honestly don’t remember my first show, but the one that suck with me was Joseph… because my family loved it. I still remember watching the Donny Osmond version on VHS because my mom loved him so much.” Ms. Megan serves as the HR Coordinator at DLC. She also is a longtime teaching artist and directs TYA Professional Training Program’s Junior Company productions.
Well, there you have it– our first installment of Quick Questions with DLC Teaching Artists! 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.