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  • 11/05/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Parent’s Blog

    My daughter has been in classes at Drama Learning Center from the 3rd to 8th grades. Right away, besides her having so much fun, I loved the life skills she was forming through participating in theatre. The obvious ones include public speaking, being comfortable in front of a crowd, and listening to direction. But there are so many more skills that develop when one leaves their comfort zone and does something hardnot only for their self but for the success of the group. As part of a theatre troop a child learns how important even little things are like showing up on time and staying focused. They learn that if you don’t put in the work on your own then you will not be ready to give your best for the group. The tryout process is one of the most important things I can think of for a child to experience to prepare for adulthood. The handling of nerves, the waiting, the let down or exhilaration when the cast list is announced; learning to see value and have pride about any role no matter how seemingly small because in theatre every small and large part is equally vital to success.

    I did not participate in theatre myself while growing up but I had the unique opportunity the past six years to not only be the parent of a student but also be a scenic painter at DLC. And they do a LOT of shows. The coordination and planning of the schedule and sets for the in house shows, different programs for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults, plus the after school programs in many schools, in house summer camps, summer programs at schools, school break days, and birthday parties is mind boggling. I never knew the amount of people behind the scenes it took to run a show. Over and again I have been impressed with the level of professionals DLC brings in to design and produce. The staff follows the lead of owner Stephanie Williams by going above and beyond mere children’s theatre to creating unique and complex sets, costumes, lighting, music, and overall production for each and every show. Stephanie herself is hands on in some way for each show to make sure a high level of standard is experienced for the students and audience.

    I was able to see all this as a proverbial fly on the wall as I was painting in the attached warehouse all hours of the day and night. I have been privy to listening to classes and rehearsals at every age level. From individual singing coaching, the staff handling excited and distracted students, the handling of occasional break downs from nerves, the hectic tech weeks, even the late night production meetings that happened after every tech week rehearsal to tweak the set, lighting, lines, anything to make the show the best it can be–I’ve observed it all from the sidelines.

    Of course I have wonderful memories of watching my daughter and occasionally my other children on stage but I would like to share two of my favorite memories that aren’t about my kids. One is from the first show I assisted in set painting. I am a mural artist and had not painted for theatre before that show. It was a Red Branch Theatre production for an audience of children. I took my five elementary school age children to see it. When the first set change occurred to my surprise all the kids in the audience gasped in amazement. It immediately brought tears to my eyes because of the feeling of being a part of something that not only brought joy to the audience but also was a part of a large team effort to put on a great show. A valuable lesson kids in theatre get to learn young. The second is from one of the elementary/middle school shows when one of the lead actors messed up at the very beginning of her solo during a performance. It was the big song right before intermission. The mistake 

    threw her off emotionally and she was visibly shaken as she persevered through the song and dance number as best she could while being upset. It was hard to watch but the audience was proud of her for not quitting and gave strong applause and cheers. During intermission the set was changed for the next scene. Then, as the audience waited for the second act stage hands came out and put the set back where it had been for the end of the first act. The director and assistants/counselors had decided that this one child’s personal success was more important than what was planned and the actor came out for a do-over of that last song. She sang and danced her heart out and the smile on her face for having performed in the way she knew she could was priceless. It was a special moment and the audience cheered louder than before. I was not only full of pride for her display of fortitude but also impressed with seeing another example of the DLC staff setting value on each child’s learning experience to be the best it can be.

    The current global pandemic has been hard on everyone. The only time my daughter cried over something being cancelled was when DLC had to close. The spring show was to be her last with that age group that she has been with for six years and she had been looking forward to the excitement and importance of graduating. My kids are involved in many different sports and activities but when the pandemic hit and continues, out of all the organizations we are involved in, my mind and heart is with DLC. It is a local treasure with connections to countless kids and families in our community for over 30 years! There are many activities kids can be involved in to learn life skills and personal growth, however, I have found none that teach so many skills all at once and immediately, with lasting effects, even if they only ever do one show. Leadership, teamwork, public speaking, reading comprehension, independent thought, creativity, and the value of hard workI am grateful DLC has been a part of my kids’ lives. I look with hopefulness for DLC to persevere through this extremely hard time for businesses just like they have taught decades of children to persevere no matter what happens. I hope as a community we see the far reaching value of, "The show must go on!"

    Thank you to Stacy Brocker for sharing her talent through the years as well as this first-hand account of the impact that Drama Learning Center has made on her family. She has recently moved out of town, and we will miss Stacy and her family. As you might imagine, the impact of this global pandemic and its economic fallout impacts small businesses the most. We remain committed to keeping our students and staff safe, and are hopeful that we will be able to weather this storm. We thank everyone who has already encouraged us or sent support by way of donations to keep our operations moving forward up until now. If you haven’t yet made a donation or are able to contribute again, please know that your support at this time makes all the difference in whether or not Drama Learning Center will be around when it is safe to regather and tell stories on stage again.

    With eternal gratitude.
     
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  • 08/20/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Revamped Fall Offerings are Live

    New Fall Offerings at DLC

    DLC Owner and Artistic Director Stephanie Williams announced earlier this week to Fall students the difficult decision we have made to postpone our scheduled productions of Moana.

    "It has become clear that it will be unsafe to produce musical theatre in the traditional sense during the Fall session of DLC classes.  While we could consider taking Moana into the virtual realm and reimagining it, we can only envision this exciting title as the "On Stage Area Premiere" it was intended to be.  As such, we have decided to postpone the show until it is safe to fully reopen and return to the stage with a full cast interacting in vibrant costumes, on a beautiful set, under the stage lights, and with an audience cheering them on."

    In place of our Moana classes, we have programmed an exciting mix of socially-distant in-person and virtual drama classes for students of all ages. Topics include:

    • Drama Showcase: Moana, Madagascar, and More for Elementary 
    • Hamilton Celebration for Middle/High 
    • Improv Comedy for Adults

    Check out our Fall offerings and register for one of them today.

     

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  • 06/24/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    We’re Back at DLC!

    We’re Back at DLC for In-Person Summer Camps

    The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For is Here!

    We have received the all-clear from local officials to reopen our doors for socially-distant in-person camps beginning next week. This means that a face-to-face section of our Descendants 3 camp will meet at Drama Learning Center, and it’s not too late for you to join in the fun.

    Are you as excited as we are? We have a virtual section of the camp running concurrently with our in-person programming. Both virtual and in-person sections are guaranteed to run, so register for whichever works best for you and your family!

    The health and safety of our campers and staff is of our utmost concern. We have implemented various protocols in accordance with guidance from local and national authorities and public health experts. These include:

    • Temperature checks and hand sanitizing upon entrance to facility daily
    • Frequent hand sanitizing and hand washing breaks throughout the day
    • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings throughout the day
    • In-person sections will be limited to groups of 10
    • Singing will only be permitted outdoors with all individuals spaced at an appropriate social distance from one another
    • Final showcase will be shared virtually as an audience will not be permitted to attend
    • All campers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to attending the first day of camp
    • High-traffic areas will be frequently sanitized
    • Campers are not permitted to share any learning materials or make physical contact with one another
    • Parents/guardians will not be permitted in the building and sign in and sign out each day will be done using contact-free methods
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    05/15/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Virtual Character Appearances

    Introducing Virtual Character Appearances

    We’re excited to bring the magic of live, interactive character appearances to the comfort of your home virtually. These are a great idea for birthday parties, playdates, special celebrations, or even good behavior incentives for kids. We’ve got everyone’s favorite characters including:

    • Everyone’s Favorite Long-Haired Princess in a Tower
    • Everyone’s Favorite Bookworm Princess with a Rose
    • Everyone’s Favorite Frog-Kissing Princess
    • Everyone’s Favorite Royal Sisters from the Ice Kingdom
    • Everyone’s Favorite Snowman
    • Everyone’s Favorite Daughter of the Sea Witch
    • Everyone’s Favorite Daughter of the Evil Queen
    • Everyone’s Favorite Ogre Princess

    Ask us about all of our options over the phone. If you’re looking for a particular character, we likely have them!

    We’ve got two easy options from which to choose when booking your virtual character appearance.

    1. Meet & Greet Appearance (up to 15 minutes) – $50
      Includes Q&A and/or storytime with character
    2. Deluxe Appearance (30-40 minutes)​ – $100
      Includes Q&A and/or storytime with character, plus a song or drama enrichment

    Add a second character for half price on Deluxe Appearances!

    All virtual character apperances are held via secure Zoom teleconference to bring the magic of DLC characters directly to your home. Invite friends to join in directly from their own home as well (limits apply).

    Email us at DLC@dramalearningcenter.com (preferred) or call us at (410) 849-6335 and leave a message to book your appearance today!

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  • 05/14/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Our Path Forward

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    Our Path Forward – 5/13/2020

    Hello valued DLC families–

    As we mentioned in our last communicationwe remain hopeful that we will be able to hold summer camp in some capacity this year.  As we await final confirmation, we have been hard at work on added safety measures that we plan to implement as soon as we are allowed to reopen.

    We know that many of you are anxious about what to do with your children when you are called back to work.  We know that many others may not have childcare needs, or do not feel comfortable sending your children to an enrichment activity in the near future.  We know all of this is completely overwhelming, and as a small business with a staff who cares very deeply for our customers, we share profoundly in that feeling.

     In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, we are facing unbelievably challenging decisions about the future of our business if we cannot hold summer camp in some capacity.  Unlike many other summer camps, DLC operates year long, which means we have expenses each month.  We have not been generating our average monthly revenues since March, yet our expenses have remained nearly as high (5 figures monthly in facility expenses alone).  We are going to be making some difficult and humbling requests of you, our loyal customers, in the coming weeks.  We are going to be asking you to essentially become "investors" in DLC.  When faced with the difficult decision about what to do with your summer camp tuition, we implore you to consider keeping your money in the business.  Use that money towards one of the many enrichment options we are planning for you this summer- if not in person, virtually.  Consider holding a full credit on file to be used for a future program, for voice lessons, for corporate coaching for yourself, for a future summer that can happen as we envisioned it originally.  Consider converting that tuition payment to a donation if you are a family who has not felt the financial sting of this pandemic as others have.  As a creative business, we are working around the clock to get creative with our options for you.

    I personally ask that you please be patient with me and our incredible staff as we navigate these unimaginable circumstances.  DLC has experienced tremendous growth over the last 13 and a half years, and we were poised to have our best and most exciting year yet.  It is truly devastating for all of that momentum to be erased in a matter of months.  Despite the sadness and uncertainty,  we know that there will come a time when we can gather together again, and we desperately want DLC to still be a part of that world.  

    Your support means the world to us all. To those who have already reached out with support, your words have helped keep us going. The arts are as important now as ever, and we thank you in advance for your understanding.

    With hopeful expectation for the future,
    Stephanie Lynn Williams aka "Ms. Steph"​

    Past COVID-19 Updates

    April 24

    March 20

    March 16

    March 12

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  • Teaching Artist Thursdays
    04/16/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Thursday #3: Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Dance

    Teaching Artist Thursday #3: Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Choreography with Ms. Sarah

    DLC is back with virtual enrichment again this week. We hope you enjoyed last week’s installment of Choreography with Ms. Lauren. This week, we have another video that will get you up and moving while learning the basics of musical theatre dance. These videos are a gift from DLC to our community, but there are instructions for leaving a virtual tip in the video description if you would like to support our teaching artists in this time that they are unable to connect directly with students in the rehearsal studio.  

    Today, please enjoy fundamentals of musical theatre dance with Ms. Sarah Luckadoo!

    Tune in next Thursday for another drama enrichment video!

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  • Teaching Artist Thursdays
    04/09/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Thursday #2: Choreography with Ms. Lauren

    Teaching Artist Thursday #2: Musical Theatre Choreography with Ms. Lauren

    DLC is back with virtual enrichment again this week. We hope you enjoyed last week’s installment of Makeup with Ms. Hannah. This week, we have a video that will get you up and moving and grooving with the music. These videos are a gift from DLC to our community, but there are instructions for leaving a virtual tip in the video description if you would like to support our teaching artists in this time that they are unable to connect directly with students in the rehearsal studio.  

    Today, please enjoy musical theatre choreography to "Rotten to the Core" with Ms. Lauren McKenna!

    Tune in next Thursday for a new drama enrichment video!​

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  • Teaching Artist Thursdays
    04/02/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Thursday #1: Makeup with Ms. Hannah

    Teaching Artist Thursday #1: Makeup with Ms. Hannah

    DLC is bringing virtual drama enrichment to you every Thursday in April! Each week, we will upload a new video to keep you engaged in drama skills and topics hosted by DLC’s talented teaching artists. While these videos are our gift to our DLC community, each upload will also come with information on how to to send a tip to these teaching artists via an online tip jar to help support them in these uncertain times.

    Today brings a makeup tutorial hosted by Ms. Hannah Fogler!

    Tune in next Thursday for a new drama enrichment video!

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  • 20 Reasons to Celebrate World Theatre Day
    03/26/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    20+ Reasons to Celebrate World Theatre Day

    20+ Reasons to Celebrate World Theater Day

    World Theatre Day is Friday, March 27, 2020

    You’d be forgiven for being unaware that today is World Theater Day. After all, the world’s attention is rightly focused on the coronavirus. For most of us, it has turned life upside down. Especially for the theater and education sectors, which normally involve people coming together.

    Now, without the option of going to the theater, participating in rehearsals, or attending in-person lessons, it is becoming clearer than ever how much of a positive role drama and theater education has been playing in our lives. 

    Let’s therefore celebrate World Theater Day! And let’s mark our shared appreciation for everything theater related. 

    And so, today, we want to shout about the many benefits of drama education. In fact, here is a list of 21 compelling evidence-based benefits – each one backed up by a scientific study.  

    So, there we have it! More than 20 compelling reasons to value drama education and the benefits it brings to our children and young people.

    Let’s look forward to the time when we can once more come together and enjoy watching, participating, and learning about theater. Until that time, stay safe and follow the advice being given by the health authorities. 

    You don’t need to wait though to keep your drama going. Here are some ideas you can try at home:

    • Using creative drama in your homeschooling. Science has shown how effective it is for language development and story comprehension.
    • Encourage the kids to play fantasy role play games. This doesn’t need direction, just a few fancy dress pieces and cardboard boxes. Your kids’ imaginations will do the rest.
    • Try out some fun drama games with the whole family. These are easy to find on YouTube.
    • You may also be super keen to continue drama tuition. If so, we are hosting virtual lessons to keep your skills progressing

    Stay safe, and happy World Theater Day!

    Many thanks to Neve from WeTheParents.org for help with this valuable content!

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  • Virtual Lessons on Keyboard
    03/24/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Introducing Virtual Lessons

    Private Voice, Acting, and Audition Prep Lessons from the Privacy of Your Home

    We miss being at Drama Learning Center and seeing all of your bright shining faces exploring your creativity on our stage and in our studio. While we are not able to gather together for classes and lessons at DLC, we are pleased to be able to offer private voice, acting, and audition prep lessons online.

    Our talented TYA Professional Training Program teaching artists (Stephanie Williams, Tiffany Underwood Holmes, Megan Henderson, and Dustin Merrell) are ready to help you work through new songs and monologues as well as get you ready for your next audition while you are in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a space to work,  access to WiFi, and a laptop or smartphone.

    Our private instructors can help you prepare a song or monologue of your choosing or help you to select what’s best for you from our extensive library of repertoire. What are you waiting for? Head on over to our Virtual Lessons page to learn more and inquire today.

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  • 03/21/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    An Important Update About Spring Classes

    Hello DLC Family–

    As you know, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  In light of the recent information on the spread of the virus to a child in our area and CDC recommendations, we have made the extremely difficult decision to postpone our Spring on-site classes of Moana.  We know this is terribly disappointing to our students, staff, and families who were looking forward to this exciting area premiere.
     
    We will be transferring all Spring tuition to our Fall session, when we can safely bring this exciting production to life on stage.  We will have Fall dates on our website by the end of next week, so that families can check dates of their current classes to ensure that they are able to fit the desired class into their schedules.  We will not have any change fees should you need to switch to another class.  If you know for certain that your child will be unable to participate in the Fall, we will hold a full credit on file for you without an expiration date.  In the meantime, we will be contacting all Spring students soon with an exciting Moana-themed project which we hope to complete in the next month.
     
    We understand that this is a troubling time of uncertainty for all.  Being a small business in the arts, we are trying to stay focused on a light at the end of the tunnel, and look for creative ways to ensure that our doors will be able to reopen as soon as it is safe.  Unfortunately, many of our business costs remain fixed, whether we are conducting business or not.  We thank you in advance for your kindness and understanding as we attempt to "weather this storm."
     
    To keep our students engaged during this time, we will be offering free drama enrichment recommendations on our Facebook page.  Additionally, we will be launching online lessons via Zoom for voice, audition prep, monologue coaching and more for our students.  For adults who may have a need or interest, I will be offering online public speaking coaching sessions- work that I regularly do with corporate clients who seek to improve their confidence and presentation skills.  More information will be coming soon about these offerings.
     
    We have seen great examples of kindness and generosity in our nation during this unprecedented event, and we continue to have hope that we will all come out of this crisis feeling the strength and love of our community, with the spirit of ensemble for which our theatre education at DLC is known.  Thank you again for supporting the arts.
     
    Stay safe,
    "Ms. Steph"
    Stephanie Lynn Williams, Artistic Director
     

    "Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface …" -Moana

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    03/19/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The Latest Update About Coronavirus

    March 16, 2020

    As we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following the advice and guidelines of local and state authorities. Drama Learning Center offices and studios are closed until further notice. We are, however, working on bringing the performing arts education to you virtually with Skype lessons and distance rehearsal lesson plans. Please check your inboxes in the coming days for messages directly from your child’s teaching staff. While we might not be able to meet face to face, we will do all that we can to keep our students engaged through this challenging time. 

    "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
    –Vincent VanGogh

    Stay healthy. Stay safe. Take care of yourselves and one another.

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    03/10/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    An Important Message About Coronavirus

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    03/05/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    5 Fast Moana Facts

    Getting Ready for Spring Drama with Fast Facts About Moana

    We are stoked around here to produce Disney’s Moana Jr. this Spring. As we gear up for our Spring drama classes, let’s learn a little more about this fun Disney story that will transform from screen to stage.

    1. Moana’s name means "ocean in many Polynesian languages, including Hawaiian and Maori.
    2. In one version of the story, Moana had nine older brothers that left the island. Their sister would eventually journey to rescue them.
    3. Moana’s necklace represents her ties to both land and sea while the stars represent her identity as a navigator.
    4. Moana was the second protagonist of Polynesian descent in a Disney animated feature. The first? Lilo from Lilo & Stitch.
    5. Just like all other Disney Princesses, Moana does not have a last name.

    Have you registered for a Spring Moana drama class yet at DLC? Many classes are already full. Register for the following classes while you still can:

    • Saturday Broadway Babies
    • Saturday Middle/High School Musical Theatre
    • Saturday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre
    • Tuesday Broadway Babies

    AND due to popular demand…

    We are pleased to be offering a second section of Saturday Beginning Acting Class (grades K-2) that will meet from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm for those that were unable to get into either of our other sections of Beginning Acting before they filled. Register now while you still can!

    Register

    Find more details and facts like these at the Moana Wiki on Fandom, where we found these fun pieces of Moana trivia.

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  • Program Feature Spring Break Camp
    02/20/2020 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Program Feature: Spring Break Camp

    Program Feature: Spring Break Camp

    Do you have a budding superstar in your house? Send them to Spring Break Camp for the chance to explore their pop star persona. From April 6-10, students grades K-6 will have the chance to explore music made famous by some of today’s hottest stars while also having drama fun, meeting new friends, and making arts and crafts. Let’s take a moment to meet some of the hottest pop stars of 2020 as we gear up for Spring Break Camp this year.

    Do you have some favorites that aren’t on this list? Let us know in the comments!

    Selena Gomez

    Katy Perry

    Justin Bieber

    Meghan Trainor

    One Republic

    Demi Lovato

    Ava Max

    Do you have a favorite song of the moment by one of these pop stars or another? Get ready to rock out with other great pop stars at Spring Break Camp. Register for a day or stay for the whole week. We can’t wait to spend Spring Break with you!

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    11/19/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Class Feature: Homeschool Musical Theatre

    Featured Class: Homeschool Musical Theatre

    Our Winter Production Classes are filling at record rates this season. It’s our pleasure to highlight our production class specially designed for homeschool students. Available once each session, Homeschool Musical Theatre meets during the weekday and provides students from all over Central Maryland the opportunity to come together as a theatrical team to put on a fantastic show. In addition to working towards producing a fully-staged musical (this Winter, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical), students will also learn drama skills and receive a well-rounded theatrical education.

    Homeschool Musical Theatre meets on Thursdays from 1-3:30 pm beginning January 2nd. Following a week of dress rehearsals, the class will have two final performances on February 29 and March 1. This class, for students grades 1-8, is a great way for homeschool students to meet old and new friends alike while telling the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

    Homeschool Musical Theatre is the only class offered on-site at Drama Learning Center that offers sibling discounts. Payment plans are also available. Contact us through our website if you’re part of a group or co-op that wants to register a group of kids for special pricing!

    We can’t wait to see you on our stage early next year as we bring this magical tale to dazzling life!

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    10/28/2019 - dramalearningcenter 6 Comments
    5 Reasons to Join Us at the Movies

    Join Us Opening Weekend for Frozen 2 at the Movies!

    We are so excited to host another private screening event at United Artists Snowden Square this Fall! With our Fall production, beginning acting, AND Broadway Babies classes putting their own performances of Frozen, we knew that we absolutely had to celebrate by getting together and seeing the long-awaited sequel in the movie theater with you. Whether you have joined us for a private screening event before or this will be your first time, we wanted to share with you the top 5 reasons you should save Saturday, November 23rd on your calendar and join DLC for this one-of-a-kind event.

    1. Private Screening Means Just That:  this is just for Drama Learning Center students and their families. No worrying about sharing a theatre with strangers. See a movie with your teachers and friends from class instead.

    2. State-of-the-Art Auditorium: If you’ve seen a movie in one of the updated auditoriums with premium reclining seats, you know that there’s no going back. This theatre is swanky and comfortable. Imagine watching a movie on the big screen in your own family room with surround sound.

    3. Pre-movie Activities: We make the time before the movie fun with raffles, games, and interactive activities. No need to get to the theatre early just to save your seat and be subjected to those awful commercials that come before the previews. We’ll get you in the mood for Frozen and have tons of fun before the theatre gets dark.

    4. Exclusive Goody Bags: Your admission also comes with exclusive Frozen-themed goodies to keep the fun going past the credits rolling AND DLC bucks to use the next time you’re at the theatre buying concessions.
    5. No Need to Stalk the Movie Ticket Sites and Apps: We’re excited to be able to hold this private screening at the perfect time for families on opening weekend of the film release. Tickets to public showings will likely sell out quickly and be difficult to get. Check this off your list and sit back and relax knowing that you’ve got the hottest ticket in town this November covered.

    Don’t delay ordering your tickets. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis based on time of registration. Ticket assignemtns will begin at the back of the auditorium and move forward. Make sure to let us know if you’re planning on coming to the show with a friend that’s ordering separately by making a note in the order comments.

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    08/08/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Congrats to the Counselor’s Corner

    Congratulations to our 2019 Counselor’s Corner Recipients

    About a year ago, we announced the launch of our new loyalty reward program, the DLC Devotees. This past Spring, we recognized 60 students who committed to their performing arts education by completing three productions on DLC’s stage over the course of the school year. Join us giving a big round of applause to the following DLC students:

    Abigail Auburger
    Aba Barnes
    Natalie Booth
    Cheyene Bradley
    Payton Brown
    Tyler Campbell
    Rilee Chichester
    Dulcey Comeau
    Tyler Curtis
    Alia Davis
    Jenna Dodge
    Evelyn Dondoshansky
    Mazzy Dring
    Eva Edwards
    Hailey Fontanella
    Tatum France-Kelly
    Leah Freeman
    Rori Gallagher
    Ashley George
    Carly Glassband
    Spencer Glassband
    Faraby Gleeson
    Mona Gould
    Tala Gould
    Lily Granai
    Mason Guerrasio
    Cassidy Hagan
    Sonya Heffernan
    Annabel Hodges
    Emma Hoerl
    Riley Jackson
    Alexis Johnson
    Lucy Lanthier
    Molly Lanthier
    Siena Lemke
    Carly Levender
    Evan Logan
    Eric Richard
    Taishi Scott
    Annabelle Stockham
    Allison Mehta
    Riley Musselman
    Chloe Nelson
    Matinah Pender
    Gwen Poll
    Andrew Pfluger
    Cooper Rhoades
    Daniel Rubin
    Breana Ryerson
    Alexis Silver
    Eva Somersall
    Mariana Taylor
    Antoine Tettelin
    Sebrina Tseng
    Gertie Vance
    Doria Wiedel
    Kaitlyn Williams
    Max Zang
    Sasha Zang
    Andrew Zink

    Every effort was made to compile an accurate list. If you notice that your name has been omitted, please contact us using the button at the top of our web page so that we can correct the error.

    All of these students will be eligible this year to advance to the next tier in DLC Devotees: the Director’s Chair! And if you didn’t make it last year, you can start now by registering for a Fall Beginning Acting or Production Class. You’ll be 1/3 of the way to making the 2019-2020 Counselor’s Corner class!

    Our Fall Frozen classes are filling up quickly. Friday Elementary Musical Theatre is already full and on a wait list. Tuesday and Wednesday Elementary/Musical Theatre both only have a handful of spots left between the two. Do not delay to secure your spot in the class of your choice while you still can. We cannot promise that space will be available by the time school starts. 

    We look forward to seeing you on our stage soon! Any questions? Drop us a message using the form below.

     
     
     
     
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  • Back to School
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    Back to School Special on School’s Out Workshops

    Back to School Special on School’s Out Workshops

    If you’re a parent to a school-aged child, chances are you are knee-deep in school supply lists and gearing up for your trip out to the store to buy supplies. While you’re purchasing folders and binders and colored pencils, don’t forget about enrichment for kids on those days off from school. When Howard County Public Schools are closed, Drama Learning Center is open for enrichment and fun with our School’s Out Drama Workshop series. Join us for these single day workshops filled with drama games, arts & crafts, songs, skits, and fun centered around themes your kids know and love.

    On the docket for this Fall, topics include:

    • The Lion King
    • Spider Man & Superheroes
    • Toy Story
    • Frozen Fest
    • Frozen Fever

    You can register for one, or stay for all five. You get the biggest savings when you sign up for the series. Now through August 15th, register for the whole series with code BTS819 and get $25 off the already discounted full series tuition. Enjoy some Back-to-School savings that extends beyond Crayola markers!

    Register for Workshops 

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  • Sweeney Todd
    06/03/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Featured Camp of the Month – Sweeney Todd

    Featured Camp of the Month – Sweeney Todd: School Edition

    Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! Our Premiere Performers are back again this summer with another four weeks of epic musical theatre. Following last summer’s inaugural 4-week musical theatre camp for dedicated middle and high school students, we’re doing it again this year with Stephen Sondheim’s tale of suspense, revenge, and redemption: Sweeney Todd. In this infamous tale, the unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd returns to nineteenth-century London seeking vengeance against the corrupt judge who stole his world from him. The road to revenge leads him to a pie shop run by cunning proprietress Mrs. Lovett, who quickly encourages Todd down a path of intrigue, murder, and some meat pies with a surprise ingredient. Adapted specifically for students, the School Edition retains the humor and scope of the original work, which lyric and key changes to more appropriately facilitate student productions.

    Camp Dates: July 1-26
    Camp Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Grades: 6-12
    Tuition: $830

    In addition to rehearsing for five final performances of Sweeney Todd: School Edition on a Howard County High School stage, campers will take part in master classes with industry professionals on audition preparation, improvisation, and more. Space is still available in this popular camp, and you can secure your spot now with a deposit so that you don’t miss out. Just give us a call at (410) 849-6335 to put down a deposit and start your fully-customized payment plan.

    This month, as a special reward for signing up for Sweeney in the month of June, new registrants will receive four additional complimentary tickets to be used at session’s final performances. This is valid for new registrations in the month of June only. Secure your spot while you still can, and we’ll see you on the streets of 19th century London next month.

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    Featured Camp of the Month: Cinderella Kids

    Featured Camp of the Month: Cinderella

    This month, we shine the spotlight on Cinderella Kids. This enchanting camp for kids grades K-2 OR 3-5 will culminate in two final performances of Disney’s Cinderella Kids. A dream is a wish your heart makes this summer, so spend two weeks with us at Drama Learning Center bringing this magical tale to dazzling new life on stage. This month only, use code COTM519 for $15 off the grades 3-5 section of Cinderella KIDS. Don’t delay– space is limited in both sections!

    Camp Dates: July 8-19
    Camp Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Grades: K-2, 3-5
    Tuition: $535*

    *Use code COTM519 to save $15 off tuition for grades 3-5 section of Cinderella KIDS. Offer not valid for grades K-2 section.

    Check out our Summer Camp page now to register for Cinderella KIDS and to learn about all of our other summer offerings for students ages 3-18 all summer long!

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  • Counselors Corner Green Square
    04/22/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
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    Introducing Our 2019 Counselor’s Corner

    At the beginning of this school year, we announced the inception of our new loyalty program, DLC Devotees. We’re excited this Spring to celebrate the first class of inductees into our Counselor’s Corner. These students have taken three consecutive classes (Beginning Acting, Production Classes, or TYA Junior Company) in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms this year. Counselor’s Corner recipients will be recognized at their final performance this Spring and get bragging rights for a whole year in our production programs and on our website. Join us in congratulating this special segment of the DLC family!

    2019 Counselor’s Corner Recipients (in alphabetical order)

    Abigail Auburger
    Ava Barnes
    Natalie Booth
    Cheyene Bradley
    Payton Brown
    Tyler Campbell
    Rilee Chichester
    Dulcey Comeau
    Tyler Curtis
    Alia Davis
    Jenna Dodge
    Evelyn Dondoshansky
    Mazzy Dring
    Eva Edwards
    Hailey Fontanella
    Tatum France-Kelly
    Leah Freeman
    Rori Gallagher
    Ashley George
    Carly Glassband
    Spencer Glassband
    Faraby Gleeson
    Mona Gould
    Tala Gould
    Lily Granai
    Mason Guerrasio
    Cassidy Hagan
    Sonya Heffernan
    Annabel Hodges
    Emma Hoerl
    Riley Jackson
    Alexis Johnson
    Lucy Lanthier
    Molly Lanthier
    Siena Lemke
    Carly Levender
    Evan Logan
    Allison Mehta
    Riley Musselman
    Chloe Nelson
    Dakota Nielsen
    Matinah Pender
    Andrew Pfluger
    Gwen Poll
    Cooper Rhoades
    Eric Richard
    Daniel Rubin
    Breana Ryerson
    Taishi Scott
    Alexis Silver
    Eva Somersall
    Annabelle Stockham
    Mariana Taylor
    Antoine Tettelin
    Sebrina Tseng
    Gertie Vance
    Doria Wiedel
    Kaitlyn Williams
    Max Zang
    Sasha Zang
    Andrew Zink

    These students have really committed themselves to their arts education this year! We can’t wait to see your final performances and celebrate this acheivement with you next month. Congratulations– we are so proud of you!

    PLEASE NOTE: If you believe that your student’s name has been missed from this list, please send us a message here.

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  • Unicorn Universe Featured Camp of the Month
    04/08/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Featured Camp of the Month: Unicorn Universe

    Featured Camp of the Month: Unicorn Universe

    This fun-filled and magical week of preschool drama camp will keep the magic of unicorns alive for your campers aged 3-5. Use code COTM419 this month only for $15 off this captivating week of camp for our youngest performers. Broadway Babies camps meet for two hours every day for a week. The camp caulminates in a final performance for family and friends to share what they learned using crafts created throughout the week for props. Here’s all you need to know about Broadway Babies: Unicorn Universe.

    Camp Dates: July 22-26
    Camp Times: 9:45 am – 11:45 am
    Ages: 3-5
    Tuition: $135*

    *Use code COTM419 at checkout for discount!

    Check out our Summer Camp page now to register for Unicorn Universe and to learn about all of our other summer offerings for students ages 3-18 all summer long!

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    03/28/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Program Change and Enrollment Update

    Summer Program Change and Enrollment Update

    Have you heard the news?? Our Broadway Babies Preschool Drama Camp being held July 22-26 is now Unicorn Universe! Sign up your drama kid aged 3-5 for this fun and engaging unicorn-themed early childhood performing arts camp today. Our Broadway Babies camps are a great stepping stone to preschool for some of our youngest campers. Get your kid used to daily routine with a 1-week morning camp that culminates in a final performance at the end of the week to share what students have learned with family and friends.

    Here are the details:

    Unicorn Universe
    Camp Dates: July 22 – July 25
    Camp Times: 9:45 am – 11:$5 am
    Ages: 3-5
    Tuition: $135

    Ready to register for Unicorn Universe summer camp? Head on over to our Summer Camp Page now!

    Summer Camp Enrollment Update

    Many of our Summer Drama Camps are filling up very quickly. Do not wait to register for the following Summer Camp sessions:

    • Cinderella Kids (Grades K-2 and 3-5) – July 8-19
    • The Addams Family (Grades 6-12) – July 29 – August 16
    • Best of Broadway (Grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-10) – August 19-23
    • Endless Summer Fun (Grades K-2, 3-6)

    All of these sessions only have a few spots left or historically fill every single summer. Don’t wait until these sessions are full– secure your space in these exciting camps now while you still can.

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  • In the Movies Summer Camp Lineup
    03/18/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Announcing This Summer’s “Movies” Lineup

    Announcing Daily Topics for In the Movies Summer Camp

    The beginning of the summer season looks a little different for every family thanks to varied dates for the last day of school. Our first week of summer camp, "In The Movies" accomodates everyone’s end-of-summer schedules by giving you single day options from June 17-21. Pick and choose the days that work for you that first week of summer if you can’t commit to the full week. We’re pleased to announce the lineup of topics that will be explored each day in this dynamic week of camp.

    Monday, June 17: The Lego Movie 2

    Tuesday, June 18: Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Wednesday, June 19: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Thursday, June 20: Trolls

    Friday, June 21: Toy Story

    Learn songs and engage in fun drama activities and arts and crafts centered on the day’s theme each day. A short time of sharing for family and friends will conclude each day instead of showcase performance at the end of the week. Summer camp days start at 9 am and run through 3 pm. Extended care is available daily beginning at 7 am and ending at 6 pm for an additional fee. These single days of camp are a great way to transition into summer with some enrichment that will engage your kids using topics they already love as a jumping off point.

    Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 ​to register for a single day of In the Movies summer camp (you can only register for single camp days by phone). If you already know that you want to register for the entire week, save a couple of dollars by registering online or over the phone for the whole week. If you have any other questions we can help answer, drop us a line using the form below!

     
     
     
     
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  • Breaking News Graphic
    03/13/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New Spring Class

    Have You Heard The News?

    Due to popular demand, we’ve opened up a NEW Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre class this Spring! Our production classes filled in record time, and we don’t want to turn anyone away. So if you were interested in Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday class and didn’t secure your spot in time, check out our Spring Classes page and register for our special Saturday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre production of Aladdin, Jr. this Spring.

    Most of our other production classes are currently full and on long wait lists. Students in grades 3-8 can register now for this class that meets on Saturdays from 1:30-4 beginning March 30th.

    See you in Agrabah this Spring at Drama Learning Center!

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  • 03/07/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Bundles are Back in 2019

    Summer Camp Bundles are Back…

    …and better than ever in 2019! Save big when you register for multiple summer camp sessions at DLC this season. These bundles are only available for a limited amount of time, so get them while you can! Our Doorbuster discount might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on summer savings when you sign up for multiple camps. We’ve got options for campers of all ages, so there’s something to fit everyone this year.

    Broadway Babies Preschool Drama Camps are a great way to keep your kids ages 3-5 engaged in creative and imaginative play this summer. We’ve got three options for parents wanting to register preschoolers for multiple sessions of these fun-filled camps.

    • Pick 3 – Choose any 3 of our Broadway Babies Summer Drama Camps for $375 (save $30)
    • Pick 5 – Choose any 5 of our Broadway Babies Summer Drama Camps for $625 (save $50)
    • Pick 7 – Register for ALL SEVEN of our Broadway Babies Summer Drama Camps for $820 (save $100)

    Call us at (410) 849-6335 to register for one of these bundles!

    In addition to performing on stage, Middle and High School students have the opportunity to also explore behind-the-scenes aspects of theatre. If you want to spend three one-week sessions with us learning what it’s like to make the magic happen, our Backstage Bundle is for you! Register for Theatre Design 101 (July 15-19), Cosplay Creations (July 22-26), and Director-in-Training (August 26-30) and save $110. Get all three weeks of camp for $815!

    Call us at (410) 849-6335 to register for one of these bundles!

    Finally, if you’ve been bitten by the drama bug and want to stay here all summer long, you can save the biggest. This year, we have bundles for both Elementary and Middle/High School students who want to stay for 10 weeks. You’ll get a week of camp free when you register for the entire summer!

    ​​Elementary Summer Camp Bundle includes:
    • Descendants Dynasty (June 24-28)
    • Descendants Obsession (July 1-5)
    • Cinderella (July 8-19)
    • Pop Star Power (July 22-26)
    • The Little Mermaid (July 29 – August 16)
    • Best of Broadway (August 19-23)
    • Endless Summer Fun (August 26-30)

    ALL for only $2,500! That’s right– save $335 when you register for 10 weeks of camp

    ​Middle/High School Summer Camp Bundle includes:

    • Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 24-28)
    • Sweeney Todd: School Edition (July 1-26)
    • The Addams Family (July 29 – August 16)
    • Best of Broadway (August 19-23)
    • Director-in-Training (August 26-30)

    ALL for only $1,855! That’s right– save $335 when you register for 10 weeks of camp

     In addition to all of the other benefits of registering for drama camp at DLC, students registered for the Whole Summer Bundle receive 50% off extended care for your first child and complimentary extended care for any siblings.

    Call us at (410) 849-6335 to register for one of these bundles!

    Do you have any questions about Summer Camp or bundles? Give us a call or fill out the form below. You can secure your spot in applicable sessions with a deposit and a fully-customized payment plan. Let’s get started today securing your spot in the summer camps of your choosing. Act fast! These bundles won’t be around forever, so lock in your savings now.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 03/01/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Last Chance on These Drama Classes

    Your Chance to Participate in These Programs is Going in 3… 2…

    As we so goodbye to February, and soon to Winter altogether, we look forward to starting many new Spring programs and a full season of Summer camps. Register in the next few days to make sure you can participate in certain drama classes that begin soon. Register for other programs that only have a few spots left to make sure that you can participate at all. Here’s the run down on which programs you need to register for NOW to get in on Spring drama.

    1. Spring Saturday Broadway Babies

      Our Spring session of Saturday Broadway Babies – Aladdin & Abu – begins tomorrow! Space is still available, so you can register now to get in on this great performing arts activity for preschoolers aged 3-5. This class ends April 6, so you’ve still got plenty of time to fit in another Spring activity after this engaging 6-week session is done! 

    2. Glenwood Middle Onstage Musical Theatre

      We love partnering with local schools to bring drama right to their stages through our After School Classes. We’re mounting Seussical the Musical at both Glenwood Middle and Lime Kiln Middle this Spring. We started auditions for Glenwood’s after school program, but it’s not too late for you to audition and be in this whimsical musical that brings many of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters to dazzling life on stage.

    3. Spring Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre

      If your dramatic kid is in grades 3-6, their only shot at Spring drama is in Tuesday Elementary/Middle School Musical Theatre. Friday Class and Wednesday Class are both already full and on a wait list. Only a few spots remain in Tuesday Class, so register today for this highly sought-after Spring drama class. All of our production classes culminate in two final performances of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. on our stage. 
    4. Cinderella Kids Summer Camp

      Holy Moly! Our Doorbuster discount just expired a couple of weeks ago, and some of our camps are already close to full. We’ve got two sections of Cinderella Kids running July 8-26. Both of these camps are filling rapidly. Don’t miss your chance to tell this magical tale about dreams coming true on our stage this Summer. Check out Cinderella and all of our Summer Drama Camps now!

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  • 02/21/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Private Lessons Boost Student Confidence

    Private Lessons Boost Student Confidence

    Let’s face it: getting up on a stage or in front of a room full of people to sing a song or pour yourself into a character and recite lines is hard! Whether you’re brand new to performing arts or have been singing, dancing, and acting for years– everyone could use some extra help preparing their material. Let our experienced and engaging teaching artists help you put your best foot forward. When you feel prepared, your confidence soars. We’re currently scheduling through the end of March in the private lessons studio. 

    How can we help?

    • Preparing solos for a show you’re currently rehearsing
    • Putting a package together for an upcoming audition
    • Monologue and scene coaching
    • Going over show-specific material callbacks
    • Video or audio recording of piano accompaniment and/or audition videos

    What can you do to get the most out of your lesson?

    • Show up on time
    • Have a firm idea of what you’d like to accomplish in your lesson time
    • Come prepared with music (including the piano accompaniment– not just the libretto) or script
    • If you don’t have the music, contact us ahead of time so that we can help you before your scheduled session
    • Bring an audio recording device, a pencil, and a bottle of water

    Now that you know what we can do for you and what you should do before you get here, all that’s left to do is schedule your lesson! Fill out the form below or give us a call at (410) 849-6335 to get started!

     
     
     
     
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  • 02/12/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Featured Student of the Month

    Featured Student of the Month: Allison M.

    Allison M. just completed her first session of TYA Junior Company this Fall and Winter with Freaky Friday. She has previously been seen on stage in DLC productions of Newsies, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Madagascar, and The Lion King Jr. among others. Allison’s family gifted her with some custom DLC gear from our Spirit Wear store to celebrate her first Junior Company show. We think Allison looks great sporting her DLC pride. You can get your own customized DLC spirit wear, too. 

    Shop Allison’s Look

    Alternative Rocky Eco Fleece Zip Hoodie
    (Personalization available for additional fee)

     

    Boxercraft Plaid Flannel Pant
    (Youth & Adult Sizes)

     

    Don’t miss out on this gear, as well as other great pieces of apparel and accessories. Many are on sale this weekend, so check out the shop now and save. Many thanks to Allison for being such a great student, and for sporting your DLC pride!

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  • 02/07/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Save Big on Spring and Summer Programs

    Want to Save Money for Spring and Summer Activities?

    The clock is officially ticking on Spring and Summer savings. Our deepest discounts of the year are only here for a little over a week. Don’t miss out on our Early Bird discount for Spring drama classes and our Doorbuster discount for Summer camps!

    Spring Drama Classes

    We’re going on a magic carpet ride this Spring as we travel to a whole new world with Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. Check out our Production Classes (grades 3-6, 3-8, and 6-12), Beginning Acting Classes (grades K-2), and Broadway Babies classes (ages 3-5). They will all be exploring this captivating Disney classic on stage this Spring. Friday Elementary Musical Theatre is already full and on a wait list. Other classes are filling quickly. Save $15 off tuition (no coupon code needed) and secure your spot in the class of your choice when you register today. The Early Bird discount goes away on February 15th, so make sure that you get in on the savings while you still can!

    This Way to Spring Classes

    Summer Drama Camps

    Did you know that Drama Learning Center is one of the only summer camp providers open for the entire summer? ​​With 1-, 2-, 3-, and even a 4-week session covering a wide range of topics that will keep kids engaged, there’s something for everyone this Summer. For the Descendants-crazed kids, we’ve got two whole weeks of singing and dancing to their favorite Descendants tunes. Interested in introducing an elementary school student to the stage for the first time with a story they have loved forever? Check out our two-week Cinderella Kids performance camp or our three-week The Little Mermaid, Jr. production camp. For the middle and high school campers, we have production camps like The Addams Family as well as backstage and theatre skill camps, too. When you register and pay in full by February 15th, you can save up to $100 off each camp! Check out our Doorbuster pricing and lock in the session of your choice now.

    This Way to Summer Camps

    We hope to see you on our stage soon… and we hope you save some money getting here!​

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  • 02/06/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Upcoming Auditions

    Upcoming Auditions for TYA Professional Training Program, Advanced Acting Class, and Talent-Based Scholarships

    It’s audition season again at Drama Learning Center! We’re holding auditions for several different programs this month. Read on to find out how to get a spot and try your hand at one of these audition-only opportunities.

    TYA Professional Training Program

    TYA Professional Training Program is Drama Learning Center’s highest level class. Available by audition only, Senior Company produces two full-scale professional productions a year. Junior Company produces a Winter musical, and this Spring will have the opportunity to participate in a combination class. More information on both programs can be found on our TYA page, as well as audition dates and a form to request your audition. A senior company June 2019 production title announcement is forthcoming very soon, but you can sign up for an audition slot now! Auditions begin February 27th.

    Advanced Acting Class

    Middle and High School students interested in advanced acting techniques will have the opportunity to participate in a special advanced acting workshop that will culminate in the final performance of And a Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade. Video submissions are being accepted now, and invited callbacks will be held based on those submissions later this month. Check out this page to learn more about this class and how to submit a video audition.

    Premiere Performers Talent-Based Scholarships

    For the second consecutive year, DLC will offer a handful of talent-based scholarships for students with a strong aptitude for musical theatre to participate in our four-week Premiere Performers summer camp session culminating in a final production of Sweeney Todd: School Edition at Howard High School. Auditions for scholarship consideration will be held in conjunction with TYA Professional Training Program auditions. If you are interested in auditioning for a talent-based scholarship for summer, please sign up for a slot during the TYA audition window.

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  • 01/29/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Learn More About Summer Camp

    Learn More About Summer Camp Before You Register

    It’s hard to believe on arctic days like this one, but Summer will be here before you know it. Interested in learning a little more about the fun and engaging summer day camps we offer before you register? Check out our expanded camp descriptions page for even more information about our drama camps at being held this Summer. Look for this graphic:​​

    on our Summer Camp page to learn more about what’s going on this year. Don’t forget to register by February 15th to get our Doorbuster Discount savings. These are the deepest discounts we offer, and they’re only around once a year. Make sure that you register by February 15th to save up to $100 on these awesome drama camps. Do you have any other questions? Ask us on the form below and we’ll get you an answer as soon as possible.

     
     
     
     
     

     

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  • 01/25/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The Unicorns are Coming

    New, exciting updates are coming to our Birthday Party program this Spring. We are pleased to let you know that unicorns and ponies will be added to our special event offerings. If you have a special someone that would be interested in a unicorn-themed birthday party or if you’re a photographer interested in photo shoots supported by our real-life unicorns, drop as a line below. We’ll make sure that you’re the first to know when these parties launch in Howard County a little later this year.

     
     
     
     
     
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  • 01/14/2019 - dramalearningcenter 1 Comment
    Performance Added to TYA’s Gentleman’s Guide Schedule

    EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!

    In case you hadn’t heard, the winter drear descended upon Chizzlemere (you will get the joke when you come to see the show) yesterday and canceled our first matinee performance of the area premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. In light of that snow-related cancellation, we have added a 2 pm matinee to the schedule on January 19th. Tickets are available now for this additional matinee as well as for all of our remaining performances. Grab your tickets to this uproarious musical comedy now!

    Don’t miss out on this hilarious romp through London circa 1909. Only five performances remain!

    Buy Gentleman's Guide Tickets

    Production Photos courtesy of THsquared Photos.​

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  • 01/08/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The Biggest Summer Savings Are Now

    Save Big When You Register Now for Summer Drama Camps

    We released our 2019 schedule of Summer Drama Camps on January 1st. Have you seen all of the fun camps yet that we’re offering for kids ages 3-18 all Summer long? Our camps have filled in record time for the past several summers, so we recommend that families register as soon as they know which camps are of interest to them to secure their spot in the camp of their choice. One of the other big reasons to register early is to save money.

    Our Doorbuster Discount is our largest promotion of the year, and it runs from January 1st to February 15th. When you register and pay in full for a Summer camp at Drama Learning Center, you’re guaranteed to get the biggest savings possible. It only comes once a year, and once it’s gone, it’s gone! This is the opportunity for families to save up to $100 off of each session. Today, learn about the camps with the largest savings you’ll get all Summer long.  

    Three-Week Production Camps ($100 OFF)

    Our three-week production camps are a hit every year. Held this year from July 29 – August 16, campers will have tons of fun putting together a fully-staged musical production with multiple final performances. Campers entering grades 1-5 in Fall 2019 will produce Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. while students entering grades 6-12 will produce The Addams Family. The camps are regularly $690, but when you register by February 15th, you can take advantage of our Doorbuster Discount and pay only $590. That’s $100 off either of these camps!

    In addition to a fun theatrical experience, tuition for 3-week sessions includes costumes, props, related production elements, 2 complimentary show tickets, a DLC summer camp T-shirt, AND a walking field trip to Shadowland LaserTag!

    Four-Week Premiere Performers Camp ($100 OFF)

    After the huge success of last year’s inaugural Premiere Performers production of Les Misérables – School Edition, we’re back with the razor sharp Sweeney Todd – School Edition. Middle and High Schoolers will spend four weeks over at neighboring Howard High School telling the tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street. Last year’s production culminated with five final performances on Howard High School’s stage with almost 50 performers. Campers will work on character development, vocal tecnique, and ensemble theatre skills. In addition to rehearsing for the five final performances, students will participate in master classes with industry professionals on audition preparation, improvisation, and more. This camp is usually $830, but when you register during the Doorbuster Discount period, you’ll receive $100 off and get this camp for only $730.

    Don’t delay– register for Summer Camp and save up to $100 off each camp today!

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  • 01/02/2019 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    TYA Presents Area Premiere this Month

    Area Premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder hits DLC’s stage this month

    Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder later this month. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is an uproarious comedic romp filled with witty, scene-stealing musical laughs. The musical hit was the most-nominated show of the 2014 season with ten TONY Award nominations (including four wins), seven Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Drama League Award.

    When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight. He sets off down a far more ghoulish path to speed up the line of succession. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives using a great deal of charm and a dash of murder to become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And don’t forget about love… because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind. Based on a novel by Roy Horniman, the book and score written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak are filled with indelible tunes and perpetual laughs in a what’s-old-is-new-again approach to storytelling that will have audiences wondering whether the show was first produced in 2014 or during Broadway’s Golden Age.

    Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Company, TYA (Teaching Young Artists), presents its Winter production and the area premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder from January 12-20, 2019 at Drama Learning Center in Columbia.  A select program available by audition only, the TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as 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 Cry-Baby, Hands on a Hardbody, First Date, Carrie the Musical, GHOST the Musical, 13, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder kicks off TYA’s 2019 season, which will also include another musical production in June and a summer intensive Theatre for Young Audiences production in July. This production continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    Performances

    January 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm
    January 13 & 20 at 2:00 pm

    Tickets

    $18 in advance
    $20 at the door

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  • 12/12/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Want to Be a Summer VIP?

    Do You Want the Scoop on Summer Drama Camps?

    Join our Summer 2019 VIP list to be the first to see schedules, titles, and more. Registration opens for our full lineup of day camps in Columbia, Maryland on January 1st. You’re going to want to register early to save up to $100 off each camp during our Doorbuster Discount window from January 1st to February 15th. Many popular titles from last year like PJ Masks, Descendants, Annie, Pop Stars, Les Misérables, filled in record time. When you sign up for our VIP list, you will get insider information before it’s released to the general public on January 1st. Just for signing up, will even provide you today with a sneak peek of the schedule! That’s right– we’re not ready to release titles yet– but you can map out exactly which weeks we’ll be holding camps that might interest you.

    So fill out the form below to get instant access to our 2019 Summer Camp schedule. You’ll also get more sneak peeks and early reveals as we head into the new year. It’s as easy as that.

     
     
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  • 12/07/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

    It’s the Holiday Season…

    With Hannukah well underway and Christmas right around the corner, it’s not too late to give the perfect gift to that dramatic kid in your life. Enjoy a few suggestions for the drama-lover in your life.

    1. Theatre Tickets

      Give the gift of experience this holiday season by bringing someone you love to the theatre!

      Red Branch Theatre Company (the professional theatre in residence at DLC) presents Curious George: The Golden Meatball this month fromDecember 14-22. Many DLC teaching artists are involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Grab some tickets today. Check out special events like Parents’ Night Out PJ Parties, Santa Sightings, and even a Sensory Friendly performance.

      TYA Professional Training Program presents the area premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder next month from January 12-20. This uproarious musical comedy will be a great evening of theatre for the musical theatre fanatic in your life. Tickets are on sale now!

    2. Drama Classes, Workshops, and Private Lessons

      Winter Classes and Camps
      We’ve got tons of fun classes and workshop days coming up this Winter. Classes begin next week, and many begin early in the new year. If you know a kid who has already gotten everything that they want or need but loves drama, put them in a Winter Class or Camp! Check out Freaky Friday (Production Classes: grades 3-6, 3-8, & 6-12), Winnie the Pooh KIDS (Beginning Acting Class, grades K-2), OR Winter Break Camp & School’s Out Workshop Days!

      Private Lessons
      Individual attention with a skilled private voice or acting teacher is the perfect thing to take your student’s skills and confidence to the next level. We don’t just teach kids, either! Do you have that adult in your life that’s got everything or impossible to shop for? Get them a gift certificate for private lessons!

      These experiences might not take up the size of a big box under a gree, but they can still be given as gifts! Give us a call today at (410) 849-6335 for a digital or hard copy gift certificate to hand over to the lucky recipient.​

    3. DLC Spirit Wear

      When all else fails, buy them some comfy loungewear to sport your DLC pride. Our Spirit Wear store is open, and we cannot wait to see our DLC families sporting this fashionable gear this Winter. Check out our entire store for hoodies, t-shirts, scarves, blankets, back-sacks, flannel pajama pants and MORE. The spirit wear ships directly to you! Order by December 9th for a guaranteed delivery by December 25th.

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    We hope that we’ve given you some worthwhile suggestions for holiday gifts for the dramatic person in your life. Have a happy and safe holiday season!​

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  • 11/30/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Are You On Track to be a DLC Devotee?

    Do You Want to be a DLC Devotee this Year?

    This Fall, we officially launched our loyalty program at Drama Learning Center: the DLC Devotees. At the end of the Spring, we will induct our inaugural crop of performers into the Counselor’s Corner.

    What do students need to do to qualify for the Counselor’s Corner?

    • Complete three conseuctive sessions in on Season (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

    What do members of the Counselor’s Corner receive?

    • Special certificate presented at the conclusion of your Spring production
    • Name recognition in all production programs for one year
    • Name listed on our website
    • Exclusive Counselor’s Corner Backsack awarded at the conclusion of the Spring session

    Pretty cool, huh? So if you completed a Fall Production or Beginning Acting Class, you’re already well on your way to being inducted into the Counselor’s Corner. The next step is registering for our Winter session before it begins in a couple of weeks. We’ve had a blast watching all of our students this session in their productions of Disney’s Newsies and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio. We look forward to seeing you this Winter in Disney’s Freaky Friday and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.

    Check out the rest of the details on our new DLC Devotees Program here.

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  • 11/09/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    DLC Spirit Wear Store is Open!

    Sport Your DLC Pride with Exclusive, Custom-Made Gear!

    We’re excited to Partner with SquadLocker to be able to offer custom DLC spirit wear in fashionable styles that you can sport all year long. These apparel and accessory items are printed on demand and shipped directly to you. Each purchase supports Drama Learning Center’s production costs to help keep tuition affordable. Now is a great time to check out what’s in the store to shop for holiday gifts for everyone in your life that loves DLC! Here are just a few things that are available in the shop:

    • Hoodies
    • Cinch Packs
    • Sweatshirt Blankets
    • T-Shirts
    • Flannel PJ Pants
    • and MORE!

    Check Out Our Store!

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  • 10/09/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Fall Shirts Are Here

    Fall Shirts are Here!

    It’s that time of the session again. Our limited edition show shirts are on sale through our partners at Booster. Snag this "Seize the Day" shirt to commemorate your time in Newsies OR this super soft and cute Pinocchio shirt to remember your weeks spent in My Son Pinocchio. These t-shirt campaigns last for a limited time, so make sure you order your t-shirt while you still can! If you opted for our Deluxe Upgrade package, no need to order. Sit back and relax knowing that your t-shirt will be on its way. In order to ensure that shirts are here in time for production, we are unable to accomodate late orders. Order now so that you don’t miss out!

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  • 10/02/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Program Highlight: Freaky Friday

    Program Highlight: Freaky Friday

    As we announced yesterday, registration is open for our Winter classes. We’re excited to bring Disney’s Freaky Friday to stage this Winter for our Production classes (with classes for grades 3-6, 3-8, and 6-12). While the story isn’t anything new, Disney recently adapted the story for stage and quickly followed it up with a made-for-television movie musical. For those that need a refresher on the story, here you go:

    "When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined."

    We’re so excited to bring this new musical to DLC’s students this Winter. Check out one of the introductory songs "Just One Day" featured in both the musical and movie to get a taste of just how fun it’s going to be to tell this story on stage this Winter.

    Register before October 15th to save $15 off tuition and secure your spot in the class of your choice. Many of our Fall classes filled in record timing this year– don’t miss out on the chance to be among the first around to bring Freaky Friday to stage in Howard County.​

     

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  • 09/28/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Getting to Know Our Private Instruction Faculty

    We continue our series on our private instruction faculty with our on-screen teaching artist. Students interested in breaking into film and voice-over work should take notice of Mr. Andy Clemence, who has been a union actor on stage and screen for over three decades. Now is a great time to get to know a little more about him, and then book some time in the private studio for this truly unique one-on-one educational experience.

    Introducing On-Screen Acting Coach Andy Clemence!

    • Who do you teach in the studio? I teach private acting for film, TV and theatre to mostly kids from ages 10 to 17 as well as adults. This includes: audition technique, scene study, monologue preparation, audition taping, and tips and insights about the acting industry.
    • What do you do outside of the private studio? Outside of teaching, I’ve been a professional union actor for film, TV, theatre, and voice-over in DC, Los Angeles, and New York for over 35 years. I’m also a musician and am writing a musical about an infamous safe-cracker based on an O’Henry short story. I also do training for Federal Law Enforcement officers and I get handcuffed and shot all the time. FUN!!
    • What’s your favorite Broadway show and why? Hands down, my favorite Broadway show is CHESS. Although I should say the original London production of it, because the Broadway version was completely different and closed very quickly. I love it becasue the score has the most amazing symphonic/rock music with lyrics by Tim Rice, who I worked with personally when I directed the "London version" of the show in Virginia.
    • What’s your favorite thing about teaching private voice? Favorite thing about teaching private lessons is that it’s all about that student! They get the whole hour to themselves and don’t have to share the time with anyone else. I love to watch a student go from stagey, artificial performance to an absolutely real and natural one that is true to the actor’s own essence.
    • How long have you been teaching? I’ve been teaching for about 3 years. I also teach classes in "Acting" and "Audition Self-Taping" in DC.

    Want to learn more about our Private Instruction Program? All of the information you need can be found here. We hope to see you soon in the studio!

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  • 09/11/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Getting to Know Our Private Instruction Faculty

    We’re back with our series on our private instruction faculty. Mr. Dustin is an avid musical director, accompanist, and private instructor. He’s almost booked through September and booking through the rest of the Fall. Now is a great time to get to know a little more about him, and then book some time with him in the private studio.

    Introducing Private Voice Instructor Dustin Merrell!

    Photo courtesy of THSquared Photos.

    • Who do you teach in the studio? I teach students of various ages who are seeking to better their technique. Sometimes we focus on a broad approach, and sometimes there are specific goals in mind. Most of my students concentrate primarily on musical theatre; whether the focus is on establishing healthy technique, building repertoire, developing audition skills, working lyrical interpretation, or preparing for college auditions, there are established end goals for every student who steps into the studio.
    • What do you do outside of the private studio? I also work as a musical director, accompanist, and composer (in both educational and professional theatre). I have directed at several Howard County middle schools through DLC’s offsite production program. I have worked as musical director at Howard Community College, Imagination Stage, Atholton High School, and the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Professionally, I have music directed for Red Branch Theatre Company numerous times, and recently served as musical director at Adventure Theatre.
    • What’s your favorite Broadway show and why? Once on This Island by Flaherty and Ahrens. I belive Once on This Island is the perfect example of how effective a piece of theatre can be. The music is beautiful, and is perfectly woven into the story and characters. The show is entertaining, haunting, sad, joyful, and thought-provoking. Choosing a favorite musical is a difficult task; however I believe that few shows are as polished and well-constructed.
    • What’s your favorite thing about teaching private voice? Watching students learn to problem-solve independently. One of my goals as a private instructor is to enable students to think critically, and to empower them to reflect on their training when attempting to solve a problem, or clear a hurdle. When I observe this happening in real time, I know that the training is producing results. Furthermore, I cherish every moment in which something "clicks" with a student. Improving upon this craft requires discipline, practice, and plenty of reptition. When I see a student finally understand a concept– or finally "feel" something on which we’ve been focusing – I am filled with immense joy and pride.
    • How long have you been teaching? I began music directing and coaching for summer musical theatre camps about twelve years ago. I have been teaching privately for seven years. 

    Would you like to meet one of our private lesson faculty members before signing up for a lesson? NEW this year, we’re offering a limited number of personalized vocal assessments.

    Our talented teaching artists would love to spend a little time one-on-one with you to hear you sing and make recommendations for next steps. Sign up now to be added to the waitlist for a free 15-minute vocal assessment. These are offered as available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 09/05/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Getting To Know Our Private Instruction Faculty

    The start of a new school year is a great time to start new activities or take your skills to the next level. As we embark on a new school year, we are filling out our private lesson studio rosters. Learn a little more about our private instruction faculty members and then sign up to spend some time with them in the private lesson studio to get ready for that next audition or add songs and monologues to your repertoire.

    First up, we’re introducing Resident Music Director Tiffany Underwood Holmes!

    Photo courtesy of THSquared Photos.

    • Who do you teach in the studio? Advanced students, TYA Professional Training Program participants, and TYA Scholars
    • What do you do outside of the private studio? I music direct TYA Senior Company’s shows, handle a lot of the administration and marketing for DLC, and play keyboard for some local shows. I also run medium-to-long distances, and enjoy traveling with my family.
    • What’s your favorite Broadway show and why? Once. The cast is also the orchestra. The story is compelling, the music is amazing, and it takes place in Dublin—one of my favorite cities in the world.
    • What’s your favorite thing about teaching private voice? I love teaching singers how to think—how to analyze what they’re hearing and doing so that they can solve problems and make decisions outside of the lesson studio. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student solve a problem on their own for the first time. You really see a big "A-HA"-style shift in what they are able to accomplish inside the studio and outside after that happens.
    • How long have you been teaching? I’ve been music directing theatre and teaching private voice for 12 years. Many of my students have gone on to matriculate at competitive college musical theatre programs around the country.

    Would you like to meet one of our private lesson faculty members before signing up for a lesson? NEW this year, we’re offering a limited number of personalized vocal assessments.

    Our talented teaching artists would love to spend a little time one-on-one with you to hear you sing and make recommendations for next steps. Sign up now to be added to the waitlist for a free 15-minute vocal assessment. These are offered as available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 08/31/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The Tale of TYA’s Busy Weekend

    Gone are the days of TYA Professional Training Program’s two-show season. In recent years, TYA’s performances, activities, and opportunities have expanded into the summer, and last week was no exception!

    After an acclaimed run of Junie B. Jones: the Musical on Drama Learning Center’s stage in July, the cast took the show on tour to Merriweather Park at Symphony Wood’s Chrysalis stage on Saturday, August 25th. TYA’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive ensemble played to an outdoor audience of approximately 900 patrons at Howard County’s newest outdoor venue, The Chrysalis.

    Following Saturday’s exciting performance, many TYA company members and alumni headed to Downtown Baltimore on Sunday to rehearse for Best of Broadway: a showcase produced by Broadway.com/Groups to preview Broadway’s hottest shows for attendees of the Student & Youth Travel Association annual conference. TYA was selected to back up Broadway’s Jesse JP Johnson (Spongebob Squarepants) and Stephen Anthony (Dear Evan Hansen). 

    On Monday afternoon, TYA company members performed for an audience of over 1,000 alongside some of Broadway’s brightest talent. They opened the show with "Best Day Ever" from Spongebob and closed the show with "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen.

    TYA company members performed for over 2,000 people in just under 72 hours after a whirlwind of rehearsals and performances!

    The fun doesn’t stop there. We’re gearing up for our next season with Fall auditions beginning in just a couple of weeks. TYA Professional Training Program is kicking the 2018-19 season off with a bang with TWO area premieres!

    Senior Company will produce A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in January…

     …while Junior Company will produce Disney’s Freaky Friday in February!

    Auditions are by appointment only! To grab yourself an audition slot, head on over to our TYA page now to review the audition requirements and sign up for a time online.

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  • 08/14/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Do You Hear The People Sing – Recent Testimonials

    Do You Hear the People Sing?

    We’ve had a great summer at DLC. One of our newest summer traditions was the inaugural Premiere Performers camp: a rigorous 4-week performance camp for students in grades 6-12. They were tasked with producing the epic revolutionary musical Les Misérables: School Edition, and they rose to the occasion. They managed to learn and rehearse the show, as well as present five final performances at Howard High School this summer. We received excellent feedback from parents and students alike. Hear what just a few parents had to say at the conclusion of the camp:

    "Not only was the show impressive, the experience was wonderful. My daughter and friends sobbed after the last performance. They’ve never been as close as a cast and they are already committed to return next summer." Andrea D.

    "I can’t say enough how blown away I was by the incredible talent. It’s been a great experience for my daughter. Thank you! She will miss the cast of Les Mis for sure!" –Margaret O.

    "Even though my daughter was one of the youngest she said she always felt included by the older kids who looked out for them. This was a hugely ambitious project and it ended up being amazing! Thank you for taking this on and making such a caring environment for all the kids! This is why I love theatre, and now my daughter does, too!" –Alexia C.

    "This was an awesome experience!! The older kids were great with my daughter who was one of the youngest in the cast. I truly appreciate the supportive and enriching environment that DLC created for this show. The show was amazing!!!!" –Beth H.

    "You can’t tell from this distance but many of the kids, even though they’d never met before, were crying as they took their final bows. In 4 short weeks, you created a family." –Andrea D.

    Many thanks to all of the parents who support their children in the arts, and for our inaugural cast of Premiere Performers at DLC! We hope to see you all again on our stage again very soon. Many of these students will participate in our Fall production classes of Disney’s Newsies (classes for students grades 3-8 are held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, class for students grades 6-12 meets Saturday mornings). Make sure that you check in to see what we have in store next summer on January 1st when we will release our Summer 2019 schedule and titles.

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  • 07/24/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Getting to Know Characters in Pinocchio

    We’re so excited that Beginning Acting students this Fall will have the chance to perform in their own productions Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr..! Get to know a little more about some of the characters in the show ahead of the start of these exciting classes for students in grades K-2.

    ​Gepetto is a lonely toymaker who longs to be a father.

    ​Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who doesn’t know where he belongs.

    ​The Blue Fairy is convinced of her own perfection and does not like having it called into question.

    ​The Fairies Rosa, Viola, & Arancia are fairies in training. They are sweet and kind.

    ​Stromboli is a bumbling, loud, incompetent puppeteer who has at least a few screws loose.

    ​Professore Buongrazzo is a passionate, mad scientist obsessed with building perfect children.

    ​The Ringleader runs Pleasure Island.

    ​Signora Giovanni is Pinocchio’s teacher.

    ​Bernardo & Maria are a married couple living in Idyllia looking to purchase a perfect daughter from Professore Buonragazzo.

    ​Talia is created for Maria and Bernardo by Professore Buonragazzo to be their perfect child.

    That’s not even all. Cast members will also serve as Town parents and children, animals, roustabouts, and delinquents. There are over 30 roles in this fun musical play written with young performers in mind. There is a great place for literally everyone to shine.

    Beginning Acting Classes meet on Friday nights and Saturday mornings for students grades K-2. These 6-week sessions culminate in two final performances with full production elements including professional lighting, set, and costume design. Register your early Elementary student for this exciting production-based storytelling adventure today!

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  • 07/19/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Our Young Performers Featured on Howard County Stages this Month
    Young Performers Featured on Howard County Stages in Two Musical Productions this Summer

    Junie B. Jones and Les Misérables: School Edition Presented This Month

    Junie B. Jones: the Musical

    Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present Junie B. Jones: the Musical this July. Junie B. Jones gives audiences a sneak peek into the "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal" of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones.

    It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her. Audiences will follow her through adventures of making new friends, getting glasses, and other exciting first grade happenings. Adapted from four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, this musical comedy is perfectly hilarious for kids and kids at heart.

    Buy Junie B. Jones Tickets Today

    Les Misérables: School Edition

    Drama Learning Center’s summer camp program has inaugurated a Premiere Performers camp this year, which will produce Les Misérables: School Edition at Howard High School this month as well. A four-week summer camp program for middle and high school students, the Premiere Performers camp session will culminate in five final performances from July 25-27.

    Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical—a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. Set in nineteenth century France, Les Misérables is an epic, grand, and uplifting musical tale. The school edition is an author-approved abridged edition designed for school-age performers.

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    Show Dates & Times

    Junie B. Jones (performed at Drama Learning Center)

    • July 19 at 11 am and 7 pm
    • July 20 at 11 am and 7 pm
    • July 21 at 11 am and 2 pm
    • July 25 at 10:30 am

    Les Misérables: School Edition (performed at Howard High School)

    • July 25 at 7 pm
    • July 26 at 11 am and 7 pm
    • July 27 at 11 am and 4 pm

    Junie B. Jones Features TYA Company Members:
    Lauren Alberg, Nick Brogan, Tommy Eyes, Lindsay Hopkins, Andrew Lyon, Lauren McKenna, Austin Pearsall, Nya Stevens, Bryan Thompson, Alyssa Tschirgi, John Woods III, Amelia Yasuda, and Luka Yetter

    Les Misérables: School Edition Features Premiere Performers:
    Brooke Becker, Lani Boschulte, Will Cavey, Ainsley Couch, Kendall Cox, Matthew Della Rocco, Katelynn Diuguid, Tabitha Duffy-Goodman, Isaiah Dunn, CJ Esoldo, Mason Freedman, Mikayla French, Amber Garcia, Cameron Goodwin-Schoen, Kai Hammond, Simone Hammond, Emma Hoerl, Charlotte Johnson, Mira Karpati, Lyndsay Katz, Sophia Kociolek, Owen Landinger, Becca Lavner, Isabelle Magyar, Ava Milne, Olivia Milne, Maddie Morgan, Max Nzone, Elizabeth Ottenritter, Hannah Quigley, Shantelle Richardson, Victoria Richardson, Sammy Richmond, Antonio Rivera, Mia Rohan, Logan Ryan, Meera Saini, Victoria Salmans, Madeleine Schaefer, Desmond Singhal, Bayler Stewart, Antoine Tettelin, Sophie True, Robert Vessey, Kelly Wagner, Lauren Wall, and Gabriella Wiggins

    Come on out and see young performers in summer theatre through these two Drama Learning Center productions this month!

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  • 07/11/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Introducing the New Deluxe Upgrade Package

    You asked, and we answered! This Fall, you can upgrade your tuition now for only an additional $55 to secure your:

    • Commemorative T-shirt
    • Video Archive
    • Pizza Party 

    There’s no need to worry about add-ons once your class has started when you upgrade your tuition package. If you’ve already registered for Fall, you can still go back and upgrade your tuition to the deluxe package in our registration portal. It will feel great to check one more thing off your list for Fall drama before the session even begins.

    Upgrade Fall Tuition Today

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  • 06/19/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Getting to Know Our Summer Camp Staff – Part I

    Teachers and students said "goodbye" to each other today and "hello" to Summer! Now that Summer is officially in full swing at Drama Learning Center, we wanted to introduce you to some of our summer camp staff. In this first installment, we’ll introduce you to a handful of the faces you’ll encounter at our summer drama camps.

    1. Lauren Alberg

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      I love having all my friends home from college so we can hang out and catch up!
      What camp are you most excited about and why?
      Cosplay Creations because I cosplay with my friends, and I’m excited to help other people with the skills I’ve learned over the years.
      What’s your favorite DLC or onstage memory?
      My favorite onstage memory was opening night of my first TYA [DLC’s professional training program] show– the moment before I went onstage.
      What’s your weirdest special skill or secret talent?
      I’m very good at binge-watching TV shows. I can finish entire series in just a few days.

    2. Carrie Loughry

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      Pool time, sleeping in, and of course, DLC camp!
      What camp are you most excited about and why?
      Pop Stars Sing! It’s so much fun to just sing and dance for the whole week.
      What’s your favorite DLC memory?
      Glee Camp several years ago was one of my favorite camps. Kids were so awesome and the staff was a great team! [Editor’s Note: as a part of the team for that Glee camp, I would concur. That was a memorable week of summer camp!]
      What’s a secret talent no one knows about?
      It’s a secret!

    3. Andrew Lyon

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      Spending time with friends and family.
      What camp are you the most excited about and why?
      All of them? I’m very excited for [TYA Summer Musical Theatre Intensive’s production] Junie B. Jones.
      What was your favorite DLC memory?
      The Addams Family with TYA Junior Company. It was the breakthrough for my love of theatre.
      What’s the weirdest special skill on your résumé OR secret talent?
      I do lots of impressions and voices, and I sketch and draw in my spare time.

    4. Samantha Marino

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      The weather, fun, sun, the beach, relaxing, and doing what I like to do.
      What camp are you the most excited about and why?
      Best of Broadway because I LOVE Broadway and talking/singing about it.
      What’s your favorite onstage memory?
      I have two! Playing multiple roles in Grease and directing one of my favorites: The Grunch.
    5. Dustin Merrell

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      Evenings and weekends at home, air conditioning, cookouts, and camp (duh!).
      What camp are you most excited about and why?
      Legally Blonde — because it’s going to be so much fun! I’m looking forward to being at Howard High School again.
      What’s your favorite DLC or camp memory?
      I have two! 1. The day we opened our new voice studio! 2. When my campers dressed up as me for spirit week.
      What’s the weirdest special skill on your résumé or secret talent?

    6. AJ Whittenberger

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      The beach and the warm weather (boring, I know)!
      What camp are you most excited about and why?
      Honestly, all of them.
      What’s your favorite DLC or onstage memory?
      I have a few! Johnny Guitar (2006), High School Musical (2007), and Footloose (2009).
      What’s a secret talent no one knows about?
      [Editor’s Note: Mr. AJ left this one blank, so we’ll have to share a not-so-secret talent with you all– he’s an awesome dancer!]
    7. Amy Williamson

      What’s your favorite thing about summer?
      Spending time with friends and family, going on adventures, and swimming.
      What camp are you most excited about and why?
      I’m most excited for Les Mis because it was my last show with TYA, and it holds a special place in my heart.
      What’s your favorite camp or DLC or onstage memory?
      Some of my favorite DLC memories came from participating in DLC summer camps as a student. One of the most memorable being Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010.
      What’s the weirdest special skill on your résumé or secret talent no one knows about?
      I just rescued a whole bunch of tadples from my pool when I was opening it up for the season, so let’s go with "Tadpole Rescue Specialist."

    We hope you enjoyed learning about some of our summer teaching artists as much as we did. There are still a few spots in our three camps that begin next week: Broadway Babies – PJ Masks, Trolls Takeover, and Musical Theatre Masterclass. It’s not too late to join in on the summer fun. We can’t wait to see you this summer for what promises to be DLC’s best summer ever!

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    Help Raise Funds for Ellicott City Flood Relief this Month at Urinetown

    TYA Professional Training Program opens Urinetown, the Musical on Saturday, June 9th. Urinetown is a show set in a town like any town (that you might find in a musical0 where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. In light of the recent tragic flood that has impacted many of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors in Ellicott City, Drama Learning Center is using TYA’s production of Urinetown as an opportunity to raise funds and gather donations of food and cleaning supplies for victims impacted by the flood. DLC will take donations of non-perishable ready-to-eat foods, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, bottled water, flashlights, as well as cash donations. Donated items will be passed along to the Howard County Food Bank and Community Action Council of Howard County while cash donations will be sent to Ellicott City Partnership. Each performance will feature interactive opportunities for audience members to make donations in exchange for a gift from Drama Learning Center. Giving back to the community is aligned with TYA’s mission of teaching students to be mindful of topical social issues as they relate to the shows they perform.

    We hope to see you at Urinetown, and we appreciate your help as we lend a hand to those impacted by the flood. Together, we can change our community for the better.

    Performances 

    June 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm
    June 10 & 16 at 2:00 pm

    How Can You Help?

    Bring any of the following with you to a performance:

    • non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
    • Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
    • Bottled Water
    • Flashlights and batteries
    • Cash donations for Flood Relief

    There are only six performances of Urinetown! Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. Buy your tickets today!

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  • 05/11/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Pop Stars SING this Summer

    Our Pop Stars camp is a fan-favorite every summer. We’re excited to offer this camp with a little bit of a twist this season. Inspired by some of the songs and artists featured in animated hit feature film SING!, campers this summer will be able to belt out some of their favorite hits. Let’s get to know a handful of the artists that will be featured in one of DLC’s favorite weeks of summer.

    JoJo Siwa

    Joelle Joni "JoJo" Siwa is an American dancer, singer, and actress who has made a splash as a YouTube personality. She appeared on two seasons of Dance Moms, and is well-known for her iconic "JoJo Bows" and pop singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Story."

    Bruno Mars

    Born Peter Gene Hernandez, Bruno Mars is an American singer-sonwriter, as well as a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. After being raised in Honolulu, he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue his music career. He has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

    Ariana Grande

    American singer and acress Ariana Grande actually got her start on Broadway in the 2008 production of Jason Robert Brown’s 13. She is also well-known for playing Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon television series "Victorious" and "Sam & Cat." An accomplished pop singer as well, her music videos have been viewed online over nine billion times. She’s the recipient of three American Music Awards and four Grammy Award nominates as well.

    Imagine Dragons

    This American rock band hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. Often cited for their innovation in style and musical execution, they have been inpsired by Arade Fire, Nirvana, The Beatles, Coldplay, and U2 among many others. They’ve won three American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy Award, and one World Music Award. They’ve sold 12 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide. 

    Tori Kelly

    Born Victoria Loren Kelly, she is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who garnered her following with a burgeoning YouTube presence in her early teens. After auditioning and being eliminated from American Idol, Tori independently released her first EP entitled Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly.  She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 58th Grammy Awards, and voiced shy teenage elephant Meena in the animated film Sing!

    Pop Stars SING! will be offered this summer for grades K-5 from July 23-27. Learn more and register for this exciting week of camp today!

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  • 05/02/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Camp of the Month – May

    The race to Summer continues, and we’re moving closer than ever to the beginning of our camp season. Warmer temperatures coincide with making final plans for what summer looks like for your family. Did you know that Drama Learning Center offers camps for students ages 3-18? This month, the spotlight shines on our youngest drama kids with….

    Broadway Babies Preschool Drama Camps! This summer, we’re offering seven different weeks of preschool drama class. Take your pick of the topic that interests your budding young performer and register this month to save big.

    • June 18-22: Beat Bug (save $25)
    • June 25-29: PJ Masks (save $10)
    • July 2-6: Adventures with Olaf (save $25)
    • July 9-13: My Little Pony Parade (save $10)
    • July 23-27: Elena & Jake (save $10)
    • July 30 – Aug 3: Paw Patrol (Almost full! Excluded from promotion)
    • August 6-10: Moana’s Island (save $10)

    Register for Beat Bug or My Little Pony Parade for $25 savings. Register for PJ Masks, My Little Pony Parade, Elena & Jake, or Moana’s Island and save $10 off tuition. Enter code COTM518 on registration for any of these camps now through May 31st to enable the Camp of the Month discount!

    We hope to see you this summer for any of our Broadway Babies preschool camps for students ages 3-5. Learn more about the rest of our Summer Drama Camps and register while you still can!

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  • 04/27/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The DLC Difference

    We take Summer Camp very seriously here at DLC. Through the years, we have learned what works and what doesn’t, what our campers want, and we’ve listened to families as they provide feedback each summer. We’re proud of the arts education and enrichment that we provide to kids in Howard County and beyond. Here are just a few of the things about DLC camp that set us apart.

    1. Complimentary T-Shirts When you register for camp directly through DLC and pay your tuition in full by June 1st, your Summer Camp t-shirt is on us. These shirts have become a staple wardrobe piece of the DLC community through the years. Secure your spot in DLC history with this included part of your camp tuition.
    2. Optional Lunch Add-Ons Every summer, we partner with our neighbors Industrial Deli to provide affordable, nutritious, lunch options to our campers. If you don’t have time to pack lunch every morning before leaving for camp, this is a great option for you. Menus are adjusted every season reflecting feedback from past sessions.
    3. Flexible Extended Care We’re open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm to care for your kids during the summer months. Just need care before camp? Or after? Only a few hours here and there? We’re able to accomodate every scenario for your family’s convenience. We even offer 50% off siblings to help keep childcare costs affordable.
    4. Free Performance Tickets Every week of camp culminates in some sort of final sharing or performance component. Tickets for all performances concluding our 1-week camps are free! Tuition for our 2-, 3-, and 4-week camps includes two complimentary tickets with additional tickets available for purchase.
    5. Performance Live Stream Options This year, we will offer the opportunity for parents to opt-in to a closed Facebook group specific to your student’s camp. These Facebook groups will receive the same updates that are sent via email, and we will also live-cast the final performance for parents and guardians unable to make it to show on Friday afternoons so that you can watch wherever you are.
    6. Whole Summer Option We are one of the only camp providers in the area that offers summer camp for the entirety of Howard County Public School System’s summer (including that essential final week of summer). We offer exclusive savings to anyone who wants to register for the entire summer with our Whole Summer Bundle. Take advantage of that serious summer savings while you can, and get all of your summer camp scheduling done in one stop!

    There are plenty of other things that make summer camp at DLC different. Have any you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments. Do you have other questions about Summer Camp? Fill out the form below and we will respond to any of your specific questions!

     
     
     
     
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  • 04/23/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    So You Think You Can Dance? Summer Camp Update!

    There’s some more exciting news coming to DLC camps this Summer! Drama Learning Center is partnering with The Original Production to be the first arts education organization to use their materials in order to teach the original Broadway choreography for our 3-week Legally Blonde, Jr. Production Camp!

    What Does This Mean?

    We’ve been selected to participate in a Pilot Program that enables our teaching staff the resources and rights to teach the original Broadway choreography for our summer production of Legally Blonde, Jr. Enhance your dance skills by learning TONY Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s original choreography. Campers and teaching artists will have access to videos with each number and step broken down for every experience level. We’re excited to be the first program in the area to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our students. 

    About Legally Blonde on Broadway

    Based on the feature film by the same name, Legally Blonde opened on April 29, 2007 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre and ran for 595 performances. The musical comedy follows peppy, pink-loving protagonist Elle Woods as she follows her dreams from the Delta Nu sorority house in Southern California to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law School only to see her dreams change in the process. Legally Blonde received seven TONY Award nominations (including one for Jerry Mitchell’s choreography). 

    About Legally Blonde, Jr. at DLC

    Campers grades 6-12 will perform in this musical while working as a theatrical team. This three-week camp meets and performs at nearby Howard High School, giving campers the opportunity to perform on a larger stage. In addition to rehearsing for the show participating in four final performances, campers will learn new theatre skills, play related drama games, and enjoy a field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. 

    Dates: July 30 – Aug 17
    Time: 9 am – 3 pm
    Tuition: $685

    Spots are already going quickly in Legally Blonde, Jr. We’re excited to add value to our campers’ experience by participating in this pilot program. If you’re interested in this fun and engaging summer camp, make sure you register soon!

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  • 04/04/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Les Miserables Talent Scholarship Competition

    Are you a talented high school student in the Howard County area looking to participate in a fun-filled, high-caliber production experience this Summer? Then we’ve got breaking news just for you!

    We’re thrilled to announce a Talent Scholarship Competition for our inaugural Premiere Performers camp. That’s right… have you always wanted to take the stage to tell the epic story of redemption that is Les Misérables? Now is your chance. DLC is looking for talented high school students to join this camp. We’re awarding up to $1,500 in talent scholarship to high school students. The submission portal is OPEN now through Friday, April 20th. Head on over to our Scholarship Submission page to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

    Apply for Les Mis Talent Scholarship

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  • 04/02/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Camp of the Month – April

    The race to Summer is officially upon us, and our Summer Drama Camps are filling quickly. Did you know that Drama Learning Center is one of the only camp providers in the area that holds programs for the entire Howard County Public School System Summer Break? Regardless of your family’s summer plans, we’re open and available when you need us!

    This April, the spotlight shines on…

    Frozen Adventures! This camp for students in Grades K-5 meets July 2-6 (no camp on July 4th). If you need to escape the heat, all your favorite residents of Arendelle are excited to take you on an adventure. Join us for this fun week of camp learning about your favorite characters and singing their songs. Related crafts and activities will enhance the session, and a final showcase will conclude the week. This camp is usually $265, but when you register this month and use the code COTM418, you’ll get $25 off!

    We hope to see you this Summer for Frozen Adventures. Learn more about the rest of our Summer Drama Camps and register while you still can!

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  • 03/28/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    5 Reasons to Send Your Tween to Summer Camp – UPDATED

    We originally published a version of this blog post in 2017. We’ve updated it with 2018 camps and content. You’re not going to want to skip this!

    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 Design 101 (July 16-20) and Cosplay Creations (July 23-27).

    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 Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 25-29) is a great way to opportunity for campers to learn new theatre skills and repertoire.

    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 Legally Blonde, Jr. Production Camp (July 30 – August 17) will keep your tween on their toes while they learn an entire show in three weeks!

    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 four-week Premiere Performers session of Les Misérables: School Edition (July 2-27) 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 27-31).

    We shared just 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! 

     
     
     
     
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  • 03/27/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Upcoming Facility Tours

    Have you been following DLC for awhile but never had the chance to actually come inside and see what we do? We’re offering Facility Tours and Sample Classes this Spring! 

    If you would like to get a taste for what class or camp feels like before you sign up, come join us on Saturday, April 28th or Saturday, May 19th to get a tour of our rehearsal and theatre spaces, meet teaching artists, and be led in a drama activity. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, and to register on site for an upcoming program if you haven’t already. And if you HAVE already signed up for class or camp, this is a great chance to come and see the space before your program begins!

    These tours and sample classes are free and open to the public. All we ask for is an RSVP so that we know to expect you! Get started by filling out the form below. We look forward to seeing you soon at DLC!

     
     
     
     
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  • 03/21/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Snow Day Special

    You can always count on Maryland weather to be… a little unpredictable. So, in prime Maryland weather fashion, it appears that most of us are holed up at home watching the snow come down. Since you have some time at home, we decided to do a little flash sale and offer some….

    SNOW DAY SPECIALS! It’s not too late to get involved in Spring drama at DLC. We’re going to have a blast this Spring with Madagascar – a Musical Adventure. Many classes (are supposed to) start this week. You haven’t missed your chance, though! Register for a Spring Production or Beginning Acting Class today only using code WAIVELATE and we’ll waive the late registration fee.

    Wondering what Madagascar is even about? Check out one of our recent blog posts detailing the story to get a taste of what’s in store.

    Register Today and Save

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  • 03/02/2018 - dramalearningcenter 5 Comments
    Summer Bundles Are BACK!

     As 2018 continues full steam ahead, we’re chugging closer and closer to 2018! If you missed The Doorbuster (our biggest discount of the year), it’s not too late to save big on Summer Drama Camps at DLC. Have fun and save money when you register for multiple camps with the following bundled packages. Act fast– these packages are available for a limited time only.

    We’ve got not one, not two, but THREE different options for you to enjoy multiple Broadway Babies Preschool Drama camps this Summer.

    Save with Bundles Now

    Middle and High School students that are interested in learning behind-the-scenes aspects of theatre will get the most of our Backstage Bundle! Register for Theatre Design 101 (July 16-20), Cosplay Creations (July 23-27), and Director-in-Training Week (August 27-31) and save $110 when you use code BACKSTAGE at checkout. That’s right– get all 3 camps for only $800.

    Save with Bundles Now

    ​Finally, if your Elementary school student is ready to have drama fun all Summer long, you can save the biggest! Get the whole Summer of Elementary 1-, 2-, and 3-week camps, and get a week for free. That’s Descendants’ Dynasty, Trolls Takeover, Frozen Adventures, Pop Stars Sing!Annie, Alice in Wonderland, Best of Broadway, and Endless Summer Fun — for $2,800 (a $330 savings). PLUS– campers enrolled through the Whole Summer Bundle also receive 50% off extended care as well. Register today using code WSB2018 to save $330 when you stay for the entire summer of drama fun at DLC!

    Save with Bundles Now

    *HELPFUL HINT: You can secure your spot in applicable sessions of these bundles with a deposit and a fully-customized payment plan by calling us at ​(410) 849-6335​. Bundles on payment plans are subject to an additional handling fee.​

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  • 02/23/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    What is Madagascar About?

    If you’re still on the fence about registering for our Spring session of Madagascar because you’re unfamiliar with the story, allow us to shed some light on the topic for you!

    Check out the trailer for the film here:

    And now… for the play-by-play of Madagascar! Be warned: spoilers below. Don’t read this if you don’t want to know what happens in Madagascar – a Musical Adventure.

    1. Marty the zebra celebrates his tenth birthday at the Central Park Zoo with his friends Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe. 
    2. Marty gets bored, and inspired by the zoo’s penguins– Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private– who are escaping from the zoo. Marty decides to break free from the routine by breaking out of the zoo.
    3. Alex, Melman, and Gloria follow Marty to try to convince him to come back. They all find each other in Grand Central Station, and are sedated with a tranquilizer gun after Alex’s attempts to communicate with humans are misunderstood as aggression.
    4. The zoo is forced to ship the escaped animals by sea to a Kenyan wildlife preserve after facing backlash from animal activists. The penguins take over the ship and set it on course for Antaarctica. In the scuffle, the crates containing the rest of the animals overboard. 
    5. The creatures wash ashore mistaking the coast of Madagascar for the the San Diego Zoo. They meet a pack of lemurs led by King Julien XIII.
    6. While Marty, Gloria, and Melman begin to enjoy their new setting, Alex finds himself hungrier and hungrier without the steady supply of raw steak he received at the zoo. A starving and disoriented Alex accidentally starts preying on his friends and is banished to the predator side of the island.
    7. When the penguins turn the ship around and head back to Madagascar, Marty sneaks over the predator side of the island to get Alex before returning to the ship and everyone lives happily ever after!

    We hope this has made you a little more familiar with the premise of this fun story about zoo animals in the wild. Many classes are starting to fill up, so register today for one of our Beginning Acting, Production, or Broadway Babies class to "move it, move it" with DLC this Spring!

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  • 02/13/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Urinetown – 5 Fast Facts

    TYA Professional Training Program Spring and Summer auditions are fast approaching. Ahead of casting for our Spring production of Urinetown and Summer production of Junie B. Jones, we wanted to share some quick facts with you about our next mainstage show. Are you ready? Here we go…

    1. Urinetown played 965 performance on Broadway after 25 previews
    2. It opened September 20, 2001 (7 days after its scheduled opening, that was postponed due to the World Trade Center attack that cancelled Broadway shows for a brief period of time)
    3. Winner of 3 TONY Awards (nominated for another 7)
    4. Even though Urinetown was selling well and had just recouped its initial $3.7 million investment, it met an untimely end. Producers were notified that they needed to vacatethe Henry Miller Theatre as it was being torn down to make room for a new skyscraper. When the producers were unableto find a new home for the show, it remained permanently closed.
    5. Writers Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis are reportedly developing both a prequel and sequel for Urinetown.

    Now that you know a little more about Urinetown than you did before, it’s time to schedule your audition! Get all of the information you need here.

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  • 02/13/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight

    The time has come to shine the spotlight on yet another fun-filled Summer Camp session in store this year. Did you know that Drama Learning Center offers programs all summer long for campers aged 3-18? No matter your age or interest, there’s truly something for everyone this Summer! Today, we’re talking about…

    Annie KIDS (July 9-20)

    It’s the hard knock life for us! Everyone’s favorite orphan returns to the DLC stage in a one act show that’s sure to make the sun come out this summer. Campers will improve their acting, singing, and dancing skills as they work together as a theatrical team. Camp culminates in two final performances!

    Annie has been captivating audiences and actors alike for generations. Whether you’re enamored with 1982 "Annie" or groove with 2014 "Annie," your budding star is sure to have a blast in this camp. Here’s what you need to know about this session:

    • Dates: July 9 – July 20
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available 7 am – 6 pm for an additional fee)
    • Tuition: $685*

    *Register by February 15th at 11:59 pm to get $100 off tuition with our Doorbuster Discount before it expires!

    BONUS: Check out this vintage shot of Annie at DLC from over 10 years ago featuring Drama Learning Center Artistic Director, Ms. Stephanie Williams (far left) and Teaching Artist Ms. Amy Williamson as Ms. Hannigan. Annie is a bonafide hit at Drama Learning Center every time we produce it, but this was the first!

    *Helpful Hint: Annie may split into two separate sections divided by age based on enrollment. Students grades K-2 might be in a different group than students grades 3-5.

    Check out Annie KIDS and the rest of our Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions and can save up to $100 off camp.

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  • 02/12/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Programming Change: Spring Break

    Like many of you, we’re ready for Spring! Unfortunately, this Winter is impacting everyone’s Spring Break plans, including our previously scheduled Spring Break Camp. Due to Howard County’s recent announcement that April 4-6 will now be used as inclement weather make up dates, we are making the following adjustments to our camp week:

    March 30, April 2 & 3

    These days will now be Superhero-themed School’s Out Workshops. Register for one, or all 3! Each date will feature a different topic with a Superhero theme. Students will create their own Superhero persona and participate in scenes and songs. In addition to drama activities, each day will also include arts & crafts, games, movies, and fun!

    April 4-6

    Drop-in Drama Workshops with pre-registration for those who still need enrichment on those days. Themes for these days will be fluid and cater to the specific interests of registered students.

    All students previously registered for Spring Break Camp have been notified. If you would like to register for any of these new programs in the adjusted format, call us at (410) 849-6335 to get started!

    Time: 9 am – 4 pm (extended care available from 7 am – 6 pm)
    Grades: K-6
    Tuition: $75 per day
    Add a Sibling: +$25 per day

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  • 02/05/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #3

    It’s time to highlight more of our engaging and enriching Summer Camp sessions that are coming this year. Drama Learning Center is one of the only summer camp providers in Howard County that is open for the entire summer. Join us for a week or two, or stay for an entire summer of fun with diverse offerings and unique opportunities guaranteed to meet everyone’s interests. Today, we’re talking about…

    Middle & High School Performance-Based Camps

    For middle and high schoolers that want to hone their performance skills, we’ve got some great weeks of camp lined up for you. These camps will position students in grades 6-12 to improve their audition skills, self-confidence, and dive deep into character development by performing in full productions. Productions of Les Misérables and Legally Blonde, Jr. will both be performed on stage in the Howard High School auditorium.

    Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 25-29)

    Work with industry professionals to take your singing, dancing, and acting to the next level. Ace that next audition and learn to pick material with confidence! Students will hone techniques and complete the week with a new audition package, an updated theatrical resume, and a professional headshot. Have ideas for pieces you’d like to perform? Bring them along or let us make suggestions.

    Les Misérables: School Edition (July 2-27)

    Dream a dream with DLC! One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to life on the stage this summer. Students will explore the complex story of Les Miserables while working on their character development, vocal technique, and ensemble theatre skills. In addition to rehearsing for the performance, students will also participate in master classes with industry professionals on audition preparation, improvisation, and more. Camp culminates in four final performances. 

    Legally Blonde, Jr. (July 30 – August 17)

    Perform in a musical while working as a theatrical team. Join Harvard’s beloved blonde on a journey of self-empowerment in this energetic, pop-infused musical. Tuition also includes a walking field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. Camp culminates in four final performances.

    • Time: 9 am – 4pm
    • Grades: 6-12
    • Tuition**: Musical Theatre Masterclass – $330; Les Misérables – $825; Legally Blonde – $685

    **All three of these camps qualify for our Doorbuster Discount. Register by February 15th for $100 each session of camp! Register for all 3 and save $300!

    *Helpful Hint: Les Misérables and Legally Blonde camps both meet at Howard High School. Complimentary transportation is available to and from extended care at DLC for these sessions.*

    Check out all of our offerings for Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions. Many camps fill very early, and you save big money when you secure your spot early!

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  • 01/31/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Madagascar – Five Fast Facts

    We’re so excited to bring the 2005 DreamWorks Animation feature film Madagascar to dazzling life on our stage this Spring in Madagascar – a Musical Adventure. In anticipation of these fun-filled Spring drama classes, we’ve put together a couple of facts to get you in the Madagascar spirit. Are you ready??

    1. None of the main character animals (lion, zebra, giraffe, or hippo) are actually housed at the real-life Central Park Zoo. The Zoo does have penguins, though.
    2. In real life, King Julien wouldn’t be the king. In lemur tribes, they follow a matriarchal structure. The female lemurs are the ones who lead the tribes and do most of the fighting. Fans of the original movie generally reconcile this because Maurice, King Julien’s right-hand-lemur, announces him as the "self-proclaimed king of the lemurs."
    3. Alex the lion considers himself to be an actor even though he’s also a great dancer.
    4. Gloria the hippo is a talented dancer and tightrope walker.
    5. In addition to numerous other ailments and phobias, Melman the giraffe ironically and hilariously suffers from Acrophobia (a fear of heights).

    Thanks for stopping by for some of these fun facts about Madagascar. We adapted them from the Madagascar Wiki, so if you’re itching for some more Madagascar trivia, check them out! We hope to see you on our stage this Spring in a Production Class (grades 3-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays), Beginning Acting Class (grades K-2, Fridays or Saturdays), or Broadway Babies Class (ages 3-5, Saturdays or Tuesdays). Register by February 15th for $15 off tuition!

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  • 01/30/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp – What to Expect

    Summer is a time for fun, and we definitely like to strike a great balanace between work and play in our Summer Drama Camps. We find that a lot of first-time campers are curious about what they can expect during their days in a drama camp at DLC. While some of our specialty camps (like Cosplay, Theatre Tech, and Director-in-Training) have a different format, the below sample schedule is a good indicator of what you can expect most days to look like for our performance-based camps. The first two days are generally comprised with "Getting to Know You" activities, drama games, orientation to the facility, and auditions/casting placement.

    After that, a typical camp day looks something like this:

    • 9am – 9:15am: Drop off, get settled
    • 9:15am – 9:30pm: Warm ups
    • 9:30am – 10:30am: Rehearsal 1 (Music, Staging, or Choreography)
    • 10:30am – 10:45am: Snack/Rest room Break
    • 10:45am – Noon: Rehearsal 2 (Music, Staging, or Choreography)
    • Noon – 12:45pm: Lunch & Recess
    • 12:45pm – 1:15pm: Drama Games, Arts & Crafts
    • 1:15pm – 2:45pm: Rehearsal 3 (Music, Staging, or Choreography)
    • 2:45pm – 3pm: Final Wrap Up & Dismissal

    Our three-week production camps (Alice in Wonderland and Legally Blonde) also can expect to have fun celebrating the week of the show with spirit week (pajama day, wacky tacky day, etc.), enjoy a walking field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag, and spend the final two days of camp sharing what they learned with family and friends through four final performances. 

    We hope that this answers some of the questions that you might have about what summer fun means at Drama Learning Center. Make sure you register for our Summer Drama Camps by February 15th to save up to $100 off each session of camp!

    Do you have any other questions about summer camp? Do you have something else you’d like us to blog about? Drop your questions and suggestions in the form below!

     
     
     
     
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  • 01/25/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #2

    We’re ready to talk about more of our exciting Summer camp sessions that are coming this year. From 1-, 2-, 3-, and (new this year) 4-week sessions, we have options all summer long that will keep your budding performer engaged and take your summer vacation into account. To help you decide which session or sessions will be the best fit for your camper this summer, we’ve returned to highlight yet another session to give you a better idea of what you can expect. Next up, we’ve got…

    Broadway Babies: Preschool Drama Camps!

    We’re offering the largest number ever of Broadway Babies Summer Drama Camps for our youngest campers. Offered for preschoolers aged 3-5 years old, these half day camps are a great way to either introduce your preschooler to a new activity or help them continue building self confidence and self expression through performing. Centered around the topics that interest preschoolers the most, our Broadway Babies can expect to have a blast learning songs and dances and spending time with their favorite characters for a whole week. Throughout the course of a Broadway Babies session, campers can expect:

    • to learn songs and scenes based on the topic of the week
    • to create arts and crafts that will be used in their final performance
    • to play drama games that will help campers grow in their comfort with their peers
    • to share what they have learned in a performance for family and friends at the conclusion of each week

    Let your young performer’s star shine bright this summer whether it’s a single session or all seven! Here’s what’s on the Broadway Babies lineup this summer:

    ​Beat Bug: June 18 – 22

    PJ Masks: June 25 – 29​

    Adventures with Olaf: July 2 – 6 (no camp 7/4)

    My Little Pony Parade: July 9 – 13

    Elena & Jake: July 23 – 27

    Paw Patrol: July 30 – August 3

    Moana’s Island: August 6 – 10

    • Time: 9:45 – 11:45am
    • Ages: 3-5
    • Tuition: $130 (specialty pricing for Adventures with Olaf session)*

    *Helpful Hint: Broadway Babies camps still qualify for our Doorbuster Discount. Register by February 15th for $15 off tuition for each Broadway Babies session ($10 off Adventures with Olaf). If you register for all seven Broadway Babies Summer Drama Camps during the Doorbuster period, that’s a savings of $100! 

    Check out all of our Broadway Babies offerings as well as our other Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions. Many of these camps fill very early.

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  • 01/10/2018 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #1

    We are so excited about the camp season that’s in store at Drama Learning Center. We’re ready to spend the whole Summer with your budding young performers. Whether you’re interested in 1-week, 2-week, 3-week, or even (new this year) 4-week camp sessions, we’ve got something for everyone between the ages of 3 and 18 at DLC. We’re going to spend the next few weeks highlighting a session at a time to give you a better idea of what you can expect. First up, we’ve got…

    Pop Stars Sing!

    Create a pop star persona and perform songs by Jojo Siwa, Tori Kelly, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and more!

    Our Pop Stars camp has been a real fan-favorite over the past several summers. This year, we’ve put a twist on it and will give campers the opportunity to sing some of their favorite pop songs from both the hit radio stations and your favorite animated movie musicals. We don’t know about you, but Sing! has been a real hit around DLC headquarters. How much fun would your camper have learning hits that had them tapping their toes in the movie theatre? This one-week camp culminates in a final performance with major star appeal. You won’t want to miss it!

    • Dates: July 23 – July 27
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm
    • Grades: K-5
    • Tuition: $330*

    *Helpful Hint: Pop Stars Sing! and most of our other camps qualify for The Doorbuster – our deepest discount of the year! Register by February 15th to get $100 tuition for this camp and many others!

    Check out Pop Stars Sing and all of our other Summer Drama Camps today! Register now while you still have your choice of sessions. Many of these camps fill very early.

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  • 12/12/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Winter Workshop Topics in the News

    We love getting to explore topical subjects for our School’s Out Drama Workshops. These are a great opportunity for students to learn what it’s like to be at Drama Learning Center for a day– learning songs and dances, having fun with arts and crafts, and learning from our fun and engaging staff of teaching artists. This Winter’s lineup of workshop topics is definitely ripped from the headlines!

    1. Star Wars Hero Training Camp: This Winter Break, we’re exploring a different dynamic duo from the Star Wars franchise just in time for the release of The Last Jedi. Check out this definitive ranking of all 9 ‘Star Wars’ movies from USA Today. Join us from December 26-29 (either for a day or all 4) as we train heroes just like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and more. Check out the whole lineup here.
    2. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: Disney/Pixar tacked on a 20-minute Olaf ‘short’ to the beginning of new animated feature Coco, and it was a controversial move. Find out what some people thought about it in ‘Coco’ Director Says ‘No Lessons Learned’ from ‘Frozen’ Short recently published on HuffPost. Did you see the short? We always have a little bit of "Frozen Fever" here at DLC, and we’re going to be celebrating all things Olaf on Monday, January 15 for our first School’s Out Workshop of 2018. Register today here.
    3. Tangled: We’ve been loving that Rapunzel has gotten more story time with the launch of Tangled: The Series. Have you been watching the new television series? Check out this recent review of "Queen for a Day," which takes place after the events of Tangled but before the Tangled Ever After short. Our Tangled-themed School’s Out Workshop will be held Friday, February 16. We hope to see you there! Register for it here.
    4. Nicktoons: Here at DLC HQ, we practically grew up on ’90s Nicktoons, so we’re glad that they’re experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Check out this recently-published list of 43 Behind the Scenes Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Favorite ’90s Nicktoons on Buzzfeed. We’re celebrating Nicktoons on Wednesday, February 19. Register for that School’s Out Drama Workshop today.

    Check out all of our School’s Out Drama Workshops and Winter Break Camp offerings and register online at anytime!

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  • 12/06/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Winter Enrollment Update

    Time is running out to participate in our exciting Winter session of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach! This fantastical tale based on one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved novels has been set to music by hit Broadway duo Pasek & Paul (Dear Evan Hansen). Tuesday Elementary/Middle School started this week, and the rest of our popular Production Classes are slated to start soon.

    Ms. Amy’s Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre on the first day of class – Winter 2017-18

    Here’s a quick update on where we stand with our classes. If you’ve been on the fence about registering, now is the time to commit so that you don’t miss out!

    • Tuesday Elementary/Middle (with Ms. Amy): Started this week. A few slots still remain. Call us at (410) 849-6335 to register by phone and set up an audition before the start of the next class.
    • ​Wednesday Elementary/Middle (with Ms. Debbie): Starts next week. A handful of spots remain. Register online or call us at (410) 849-6335 so that we can hold a spot for you.​
    • Friday Elementary (with Ms. Debbie): Starts January 5. Only a few spots remain, and this class routinely fills. Register online today to ensure you can participate in this highly-coveted class.
    • Saturday Middle/High School (with Ms. Amy): Starts January 6. Over half full, and this class routinely fills. Don’t wait until the holidays to try to register. Secure your spot online today or call us at (410) 849-6335 so that we can hold a spot for you.
    • Homeschool Musical Theatre (with Ms. Sarah): Starts January 4. Ask about our sibling discounts and enrollment deposit program. This is also a great class for groups from small independent schools. Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 to talk with us about partnering with your local Montessori school or Homeschool Co-Op for a discounted rate.​

    That’s not all we’ve got in store this Winter. Also check out our Broadway Babies: Fairy Tale Adventure classes for preschool students and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty presented by our Beginning Acting Classes. Both of those programs begin in the New Year and are filling up quickly!

    Do you have any other questions? Drop us a line in the form below and we’ll get right back to you!

     
     
     
     
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  • 11/20/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    On …GIANT PEACH From The Creators

    We LOVE this quote from Benj Pasek, who is half of the hit songwriting duo Pasek and Paul. They were interviewed on their approach to the development of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach a few years ago by Playbill’s Michael Gioia.

    Check out the rest of the interview here. Pasek and Paul have gone on to become celebrated composers and lyricists for their work on A Christmas Story and Dogfight. This year alone, they’ve won an Oscar for Best Original Song, "City of Stars," from the movie musical La La Land and six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score for Dear Evan Hansen.

    We’re so excited to bring this quirky and complex tale written by Roald Dahl to magical life on our stage with James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Our Winter classes are definitely going to have a blast. Are you registered for a Winter Class yet? Make sure that you’re registered by this week! Winter registrants have exclusive access to our Spring New York City Trip to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway as well as the best Black Friday deals available to our customers.

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  • 11/13/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Black Friday at DLC

    Where has the year gone?! It’s almost Thanksgiving, and after eating all of that turkey with family, it’s time to keep your eyes on holiday deals. Drama Learning Center is no exception– make sure you check in with us between November 24 – November 26 to get some exclusive Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday savings! Want to find out how you can prepare for holiday savings at Drama Learning Center? Keep reading below!

    Three Things You Can Do to Prepare for Black Friday at DLC

    1. Register for a Winter Class – everyone registered for a Winter Class by Wednesday, November 22nd will get a special exclusive mystery deal delivered to their inbox on Friday, November 24th. These deals will be random, and some of them will be pretty significant, so make sure you’re registered for a Winter class AND that you check your inbox for these timely discounts on Friday, November 24th. In addition, all Winter registrants will automatically be added to our Black Friday VIP list to get a sneak preview of holiday savings deals that will be available to all. You know you want to be the first to know!
    2. Join Our VIP List – want to know what our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals will be before they go on sale? Make sure that you opt-in to our VIP list by signing up using the form below to make sure you don’t miss out. You’ll be able to eye up exactly which promotions you want to take advantage of beforehand so that you can go into the weekend with confidence.
    3. Tickets, Lessons, Parties, Camps – Pick One! There will be savings on every aspect of what we offer here at DLC during our Black Friday to Cyber Monday holiday savings event. So pick one and get ready for some huge savings.

    Be the first to know about our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions!

     
     

     

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  • 10/24/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    5 Facts About the 3 Good Fairies

    We’re going to have so much fun bringing the story of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty to magical new life on our stage this Winter in our Beginning Acting Classes! Let’s learn a couple of facts about some of the main characters in this classic Disney fairytale ahead of our Winter session.

    1. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are also known collectively as the "Three Good Fairies." Flora wears red, Fauna wears green, and Merryweather dresses in shades of blue.
    2. As a group, the three good fairies have powerful magical abilities, channeled by their wands. They are able to do many magical things such as shrinking in size, flying, bringing inanimate objects to life, and putting people to sleep.
    3. The three good fairies were inspired by the seven fairies from the original "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale by Charles Perrault.
    4. The three good fairies are also Princess Aurora’s guardians. They raise her in a woodcutter’s cottage in the forest to protect her from Maleficent.
    5. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather don’t just appear in the original film or in our stage adaptation. Their characters can also be found in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, Disney Junior hit show Sofia the First, live action film Maleficent, and Descendants 2.

    Join Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather this Winter in Beginning Acting Class on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings. These drama classes designed especially for students grades K-2 will round out your student’s performing arts education this Winter perfectly! Register today for a chance to come on our annual NYC bus trip– this year to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway while seats are still available.

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  • 10/23/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    The Critters in James and the Giant Peach

    Get to know the critters behind Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach ahead of our fantastical Winter session of production classes!

    ​​Spider is a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James.
     

    Ladybug immediately takes on the doting, maternal role in James‘ life. 

    Grasshoper is the leader of the Insects. Ever the optimist, he assumes a paternal role in James‘ life.

    Centipede is a bit of a grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack. Will he win over James by the end of the story?

    Earthworm is one part gentle spirit, one part coward. Will he be able to gain enough courage to save the day for James and the rest of their Insect pals?

    So many questions get answered throughout Roald Dahl’s classic story of James and the Giant Peach. Join us on our fantastical journey this Winter by registering for a Winter production class today. Next time, we’ll introduce you to the people in James and the Giant Peach. Who is your favorite insect? Let us know in the comments!

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  • 10/18/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 10/14/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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!

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  • 10/09/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Going Inside James and the Giant Peach at DLC

    The cat’s out of the bag! This Winter, students will perform in their own productions of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr. on DLC’s stage. Now that you know what we’re doing, learn a little more about it before you register for a Winter class at DLC.

    What’s It About?

    ​ ​When young orphan James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Based on the fantastical tale by Roald Dahl (author of other popular children’s books like Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFGand Matilda) with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the duo behind Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen), James and the Giant Peach promises to be a magical adventure.
     

    How will we tell this fantastical tale?

    The visual elements of this production will nod towards the work of Henry Selick (director of the film adaptations of James and the Giant Peach and Coraline) but we will also derive inspiration from the style of Tim Burton.

    Register by October 15th for our Early Bird Discount: $15 off tuition for any of our Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies classes.

    PLUS

    Any student registered by October 15th will get access on October 16th to buy tickets for our New York City bus trip to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway! We only have a limited number of tickets and anticipate these seats to sell out very quickly, so register early to save money and ensure you’ll be able to secure your seats to this once-in-a-lifetime trip on the day tickets go on sale!

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  • 10/02/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    How to Get a Ticket to DLC’s Annual Spring NYC Trip

    One of the many things to love about living in the Mid-Atlantic is our proximity to New York City. Every year, DLC takes a New York City bus trip to see a Broadway show. Past trips have included Disney’s Aladdin, Finding Neverland, Disney’s The Lion King, and Anastasia. 

    This year, we’ll travel to the Great White Way to see….

    Disney’s Frozen on Broadway!!!!

    Do you want to travel with us on April 4th to see Disney’s hit animated classic come to dazzling life on a Broadway stage? Register for a Winter class by October 15th to get our Early Bird Discount AND to have exclusive access to buy Frozen tickets on October 16th. This opportunity will only be available on October 16th to families registered for a Winter Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies class by October 15th. We have a limited number of tickets, and we anticipate them going very quickly. So secure your spot in Winter drama, save money, and ensure that you’ll have access to buy tickets to our annual NYC bus trip as soon as they’re available by registering for a class today.

    What productions will students perform in on DLC’s stage this Winter?

    • Production classes (grades 3-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays) will perform in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach by Pasek & Paul– the same duo responsible for the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.
    • Beginning Acting classes (grades K-2, Fridays or Saturdays) will perform in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS — one of Disney’s most iconic stories of all time.
    • Broadway Babies classes (ages 3-5, Saturdays or Tuesdays) will learn the basics of storytelling skills through an enchanted lens with Fairy Tale Adventures.

    It’s going to be a magical Winter here at DLC, and we can’t wait for you to join us. Register today and save!

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  • 08/31/2017 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Private Lessons News

    Fall is the perfect time to get back into the swing of private study or start lessons to learn new material and improve technique. Whether it’s private voice, piano, acting, audition prep, or on-screen skills, Drama Learning Center has you covered. Package prices for select instructors will increase on September 15th. Register for your new package now to lock in last year’s prices! We’ve got a couple of announcements regarding our Private Instruction program at DLC.

    • Mr. Andy Clemence has added more studio time for On-Camera Lessons to Wednesdays
    • Interested in Guitar Lessons? Fill out our brief survey so that we can bring a guitar instructor to DLC
    • Instructors are being scheduled through the remainder of the year. Lock in your preferred date and time by signing up for a package today!

    Do you have a question about private voice lessons, acting lessons, piano lessons, audition prep, or on-camera lessons at DLC? Fill out the form below and someone will be in touch with you shortly!

     
     
     
     
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  • 08/29/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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. 

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  • 08/16/2017 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Tax-Free Week Savings at DLC

    It’s Tax Free Week in Maryland, and DLC is getting in on the action with exclusive savings for school-year programs! This week only, use the code TAXFREE for $25 off the Full Series of School’s Out Workshops or $50 off the Full Series of Winter Break Camp.

    Act now! This offer is only around through the end of the week.

    Register Today!

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  • 07/31/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Quick Questions Part 1

    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!

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.

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  • 07/26/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 07/19/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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

      ​​​​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!

    Buy Your Tickets NOW!

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  • 06/09/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Meet the Guest Artist: Sarah Thompson

    We’re excited to welcome Sarah Thompson as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Theatre Tech camp in July!

    Stage Manager Sarah Thompson is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where selected credits include ‘Tis PityThe Merchant of VeniceBluebeard’s Wife, Tiny, and Amy and the Orphans. Additional credits include Mary Jane (Yale Repertory Theatre); Styx SongsAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Death of QueensDutch Masters, Xander Xyst: Dragon, 1, Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Yale Cabaret);  Evita (Olney Theatre Center); The Comedy of ErrorsAs You Like ItThe Taming of the Shrew (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company); and Mrs. Mannerly (Paper Lantern Theatre Company), among others. Sarah holds a BA in collaborative theatre and sociology. Sarah will also serve as Production Stage Manager for this Summer’s production of Lysistrata Jones at Red Branch Theatre Company

    Please join us in welcoming Ms. Sarah as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Students in the Theatre Tech camp will learn about all aspects of backstage work including design and fabrication, stage management, and crew. Campers will be able to let their creativity shine as they help design and paint the sets for summer camp productions. They will also have the opportunity to be running crew for camp shows later in the summer. Theatre Tech camp runs July 17-29, and is open to students in grades 5-12. Registration is currently open until the session fills. Secure your spot today!

    Register Today!

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  • 06/07/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Become a VIP

    Do You Want to Be an Insider?

    We announce our Fall titles and open registration on July 1st every year. For the first time, we’re offering some lucky insiders a sneak peek at what we’ve got up our sleeves for Fall. Do you want to be on the VIP list to learn the Fall titles before everyone else? Fill out the form below and sign up today! You never know what other surprises we might have in store for our VIPs, so you should probably just sign up to make sure you don’t miss anything cool and exciting.

     
     
     
     
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  • 05/25/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    HUGE Memorial Day Savings

    We have exclusive summer savings for all age groups this Memorial Day weekend! Take advantage of these Summer Drama Camp deals for a limited time only while supplies last!

    Now through Monday, May 29th, use the following promotional codes to save on the following camps:

    ​Broadway Babies Preschool Camps

    Get one session free when you register for all 4! Use code MEMORIALBABIES at checkout.
     
    Winnie the Pooh Performance Camp
     
    Get $50 off when you use code MEM50 at checkout
     
    Acting for Film and TV
     
    Register for Take 1 and Take 2 and save $100 when you enter code TVBUNDLE at checkout
     
    These promotions expire at 11:59 PM, Monday, May 29th (or earlier if the camps fill)! Don’t take a chance… register today to secure your spot in these exciting summer camps!

    Register Today!

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  • 05/18/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    What They’re Saying

    As our Spring session onsite at DLC and offsite in local schools comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on what a great season we have had here at Drama Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative environment for students to learn teamwork, develop self-confidence, and practice self-expression through the art of drama. We take every piece of feedback we receive throughout the year to heart. Here are just a few of the comments we have received over the past few weeks, reposted with permission.

    • "I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the directing job that Ms. Megan did at Glenwood Middle School this Spring with Shrek. Megan was always a consummate professional and was quick to respond to an email or question and had great communication with parents. As for her rapport with the students, it was amazing. She made the kids feel at ease even through the stress of tech week and nerves. I have had the pleasure of working with Megan a few years ago at Bushy Park and she has only grown into a more dedicated and phenomenal director. My daughter, Madison, came home after every rehearsal raving over Megan and how much she learned, which is more than I could have asked for from this experience. I just wanted to let you all know that we loved having her here and hope to have Megan again next year. Thanks for all that you did for our kids and for making the show the success that it was." –Carrie R., Glenwood MS Parent
    • "[I just wanted] to tell you how much Evan enjoyed being a part of the play. Thank you for all that you both did to make it such a great experience for him! We will definitely be back. You guys did an awesome job!" –A Wednesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
    • "What a truly wonderful show you directed with your Tuesday class of Beauty and the Beast. It exceeded any expectation that we had and we were thrilled to be able to watch both shows go so well! It was so much fun and [my daughter] had the time of her life. She was sad, like so many others, that it was over. That’s such a testament to your hard work and care! My simple and heartfelt thank you seems very insufficient but I wanted to send you the email to let you know how grateful we are that our daughter got to perform in such a well run and professional production!" –A Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
    • "I wanted to take a moment to write to let you know how incredibly pleased I was with [Ms. Sarah Luckadoo] as my daughter’s director in the Little Mermaid production at TRES. Sarah was well-organized and friendly from the very beginning and she made my daughter’s (and my) first drama experience wonderful! I was a bit worried about the intensity of the schedule since my daughter is just in first grade, but after every practice, she came hom excited and looked forward to the next week. I don’t know how Sarah and her team managed to keep over 30 kids’ interest peaked and engaged each week, but whatever they did worked great! I especially loved Sarah’s communication of all of the program and show details throughout these past few months– I never had any questions or concerns as to what to expect. Most importantly, I found Sarah to be warm and engaging – not just to our children who loved her, but she also made mas a parent feel comfortable and welcoming. I truly believe that kids’ future interests in programs such as these are so dependent on who leads and teaches them and I think that Sarah did a phenomenal job in fostering a love for drama for my daughter." –Jennifer K., Triadelphia Ridge ES Parent

    Thank you to all of the families who support their children in the arts. You make our work nurturing the next generation of performers both a pleasure and an honor! 

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  • 05/10/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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!

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 05/02/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #5

    A lot of people have asked us… what exactly will campers do in Acting for Film and TV this Summer? We’ve got answers for you in this installment of Summer Camp Spotlight.

    Acting for Film and TV: Take 1 & Take 2

    "Lights, Camera, Action!" Students will learn on camera acting and auditioning skills such as slating, using a reader, movement within the frame, and much more! At week’s end, students will have a filmed monologue (Take 1, July 3-7) or filmed scene (Take 2, July 10-14) from a contemporary film or television show that can be used for their digital demo reel. Each week will conclude with a brief showcase of student work followed by a Q&A with professional Film & TV actor Andy Clemence, who will discuss what it takes to be a successful on-screen actor.

    If your student has ever wanted to know the nitty-gritty behind getting into screen acting, these sessions are a MUST for them this Summer. Register for either week individually or both to maximize your skills. Make sure you read to the bottom of this post to learn how to save BIG when you register for both weeks. Here are the details:

    • Dates: July 3-7 (Take 1) & July 10-14 (Take 2)
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
    • Grades: 6-12
    • Tuition: $280 (Take 1), $350 (Take 2), $530 (Take 1 & Take 2)

    Helpful Hint: Use code TVBUNDLE to get $100 OFF when you register for both weeks!

    About the Instructor

    Andy Clemence has been a professional stage, film, and voice actor for 35 years, appearing in lead roles at The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, American Century Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. He has done voice acting in hundreds of audiobooks for Graphic Audio Productions and performed for 15 years with the political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, portraying President George W. Bush for 8 years all across the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In Hollywood, Andy starred in a number of films for SyFy-Universal including Black Forest  opposite Ben Cross, Super Cyclone opposite Ming-Na, and Rise of the Zombies opposite LaVar Burton and Danny Trejo. He also appeared as the Secretary of Labor on House of Cards, season 3 opposite Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

    Mr. Clemence holds a BFA degree in Acting from The Catholic University of America. He is represented by Jordan, Gill, and Dornbaum Talent Agency in NYC, and is a life-long member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. Many of the youth and adult actors Andy has coached privately have signed with top agents from New York and LA as a result. He also provides Video Audition taping services, on-camera coaching, audition prep, and career & industry consultations. He keeps private lesson studio hours at Drama Learning Center throughout the year. Learn more about Andy here and here.

    Check out Andy’s reel, and then register for Acting for Film and TV: Act 1 and Act 2 TODAY!

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  • 04/28/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Spotlight: Janine Sunday

    We’re chugging along with our weekly series getting to know a little more about our Private Instruction faculty at DLC. This week, we learn a little more about Ms. Janine Sunday!

    Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
    A: I was born in Vietnam, adopted as an infant, and raised in New Jersey. Maryland has been my home for almost 20 years.

    Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
    A: I have been teaching acting and voice for about 10 years.

    Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
    A: When a student has a breakthrough, it’s exciting. I also love when a student comes back to me after an audition or a performance and tells me that things we have been working on paid off.

    Q: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you in a private lesson?
    A: I had a student that had been studying with me for a few months and was talking about how much she loved Sweeney Todd at Red Branch Theatre Company [the professional theatre in residence at DLC]. When I told her that I was Mrs. Lovett, she freaked out a little, and had to take a moment to recover. It was adorable and flattering.

    Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
    A: I’m a mom, and I still perform in the area. That keeps me pretty busy.

    Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
    A: Well… there are so many "fun facts" (are they REALLY fun?)… I always mention my obsession with vacuums (I love them). I stink at gardening, but I want to be good. I’m pretty crafty, and I dislike yellow mustard. I also always offer to sing "Meadowlark" even though I don’t actually know the words.

    Ms. Janine hold studio hours on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Learn musical theatre song interpretation from one of the area’s perennial favorite stage performers! Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with her or any of our other highly-qualified private instructors in voice, acting, piano, audition, prep, on-screen acting, and more! Ms. Janine also teaches our adult musical theatre class during the year. Fill out the form below so that we can notify you when a new session opens up!

     
     
     
     
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  • 04/27/2017 - dramalearningcenter 2 Comments
    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.

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  • 04/19/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Spotlight: Getting to Know Andy Clemence

    Welome back to our weekly feature as we introduce you to our private instruction faculty members! Next on the docket… Mr. Andy Clemence (who teaches on-screen acting, voiceover acting, monologue coaching, and audition prep on Fridays).

    At the Hollywood premiere of Andy’s film "Super Cyclone"

    Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
    I’m from Annapolis, MD. I’ve lived here for over 15 years. I grew up nearby, although I was born in Rhode Island.

    Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
    I’m an acting instructor. I teach On-Camera Acting & Auditioning for Film, Television, Voice-over, and Theatre. That includes: audition technique, scene study, monologue preparation, audition taping, and all about the business of acting.

    Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
    I love that it’s all about that student! They get the whole hour to themselves and don’t have to share the time with anyone else. Also, I love to watch a student go from a "stagey" artificial performance to an absolutely real and natural one.

    Having lunch with Disney composer Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book) at The Magic Castle in Hollywood

    Q: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you in a private lesson?
    I was working with a very young girl (6, I think) who became fascinated with my camera and tripod. She said she wanted to try it. So I did the scene and I let her film it. She was thrilled. That Christmas, she asked for a camera and tripod, and her parents got it for her. (wow!) So who knows, she may become a famous director someday!

    Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
    I act in film, TV, theatre, and voice-over. I’ve been a professional actor in Los Angeles, New York, and DC for over 35 years. I’m also a musician and writing a musical about an infamous safe-cracker based on an O’Henry short story.

    Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
    I do occasional training for Federal Law Enforcement officers, and I get handcuffed and shot at all the time!!

    Mr. Andy’s film and television acting lessons are the newest offering in our private lesson studio, and we’re so excited to bring it to our students. He’s also teaching two weeks of summer camp for Middle and High School students where he will cover a lot of what he teaches in private lessons as well. Check out Acting for Film and TV: Take 1 (July 3-7) and Acting for Film and TV: Take 2 (July 10-14) to receive instruction from Andy Clemence in a group setting!

    With Ming-Na Wen (who is now starring in "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") in "Super Cyclone"

    Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with Andy Clemence for acting for film and television. Interested in private voice or piano lessons? Try one of our other highly-qualified teaching artists availabile for lessons in the private studio from Monday through Saturday!

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  • 04/10/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Deposits Are Back

    It’s hard to believe, but Summer 2017 will be here before you know it! Our camps are filling at record paces, and we don’t want an yone to miss out on the Summer fun. That’s why we’re making it even easier for you to secure your spot in any one of our fun and engaging Summer Drama Camps before it’s too late!

    Secure your spot now in the camp of your choice with a $100 deposit. We’ll hold your card on file and auto-bill the balance on May 1st.

    Get started today by filling out the form below or calling us at (410) 849-6335. Definitely take advantage of this if you’re interested in ANY of the following sessions (each have only a handful of slots left):

    • DLC Pop Stars
    • High School Musical 2
    • Hairspray
    • Best of Broadway
    • Endless Summer Fun
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 04/08/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Teaching Artist Spotlight: Getting to Know Dustin Merrell

    Join us for a weekly feature as we introduce you to our private instruction faculty members! First up… Mr. Dustin Merrell (who teaches private voice, acting, and audition prep on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

    Q: Where are you from? How long have you been in the area?
    A: I was born in Virginia, but raised in Columbia, MD. I have been here for most of my childhood and adult life. 
     
    Q: Which areas of study do you teach? How long have you been teaching?
    A: I have taught piano and acting lessons, but my primary focus is in vocal training. I have been teaching privately for six years.
     
    Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching private lessons?
    A: I love to see the moment when something "clicks" with a student. When that happens, it’s rarely due to my instruction alone; rather, it happens when a student begins to learn how to practice, and how to set and accomplish personal goals. When a student tells me about an obstacle that he or she has tackled – away from the private studio – I can’t help but feel proud and fulfilled. As an educator, one of my significant goals is to teach students how to problem solve.
     
     
    Q: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you in a private lesson?
    A: I once helped a student prepare for her third callback for Matilda on Broadway. It was really crazy to help this young performer prepare the same 32 bars from one of Broadway’s hottest musicals over and over again.
     
    Q: What do you do outside of teaching?
    A: Professionally, I also work as a musical director and accompanist. Outside of work, I spend my time composing, playing video games, and watching sports. I am an impassioned sports fan; in fact, I just formed a softball team. We will be playing double-headers every Thursday, for ten straight weeks.
     
    Q: What’s one fun fact that we should know about you?
    A: I’m an avid J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings six times (in addition to Tolkien’s other works). When I was in 7th grade, I joined a Tolkien literacy club. The club hosted an in-school Lord of the Rings trivia competition every month, and after winning my third competition, I was asked to refrain from participating. During that time, I also learned how to read and write in Sindarin and Quenya (the two prominent Elven languages in Tolkien’s works) – a skill I still possess.  
     
     
    Mr. Dustin’s studio hours are often full months in advance. Give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today to inquire about availability with him or any of our other highly-qualified private instructors in voice, acting, piano, audition prep, on-screen acting, and more!
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  • 04/03/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 03/30/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Dance Masterclasses Start Soon!

    School’s Out days at Drama Learning Center aren’t just for elementary students anymore. Middle and High School students can work on building and refining their dance skills with our Spring School’s Out Masterclass Series! Morning and afternoon sessions give older students the ultimate flexibility to pop in for half a day or work on their skills for the entire day.

    Come learn combinations from original Broadway productions of Chicago, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, and West Side Story. We have two School’s Out days this Spring when Howard County Public Schools are scheduled to be closed:

    • Monday, April 17th
    • Friday, May 19th

    Register for one ($40), two ($60 using code FULLDAY), or all four ($100 using code FULLSERIES). Students who opt to take both masterclasses in one day will have a supervised lunch break in between sessions.

    Register for Masterclasses Today!

    About the Instructor

    Ms. Sarah Luckadoo is a DC/Baltimore-based actress, dancer, stage combatant, and singer. She is currently a Performance Apprentice with Red Branch Theatre Company and teaching artist with Drama Learning Center. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a BFA in Acting. She enjoys teaching acrobatics and tumbling, and was previously an instructor at a nationally-ranked studio: Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. You can see Ms. Sarah’s original choreography on stage right now in Red Branch Theatre Company’s production of  Mad Libs Live running through April 8th.

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  • 03/28/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 03/27/2017 - dramalearningcenter 46 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #4

    Winnie the Pooh Performance Camp

    A.A. Milne’s enchanting stories of Pooh Bear and his friends from the Hundred Accre Wood have been enchanting audiences for over 90 years. From those original children’s books to the Pooh of the Disney era, there is something about the honey-loving teddy bear that keeps everyone coming back for more. 

    Let your campers bring this magical tale to new life on our stage this summer with our two-week performance camp. Students will tell the popular stories of Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, and all of the others while learning self-confidenceand working together as part of a theatrical team. Our two-week camps have been a hit for years– giving elementary aged students the opportunity to work towards a final theatrical production with costumes and set pieces. Register today while space is still available.

    • Dates: July 10-21
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
    • Grades: K-2, 3-5
    • Tuition: $530

    Helpful Hint: Winnie the Pooh Performance Camp is registered in two sections – grades K-2, and grades 3-5. Sections may combine based on enrollment numbers.

    Check out Winnie the Pooh and all of our other Summer Drama Camps and register today while you still have your choice of sessions.

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  • 03/23/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New Staff Alert: Rachel Sandler

    We are thrilled to welcome DLC alum Rachel Sandler to our private instruction faculty as our newest private voice and piano instructor. Ms. Rachel has experience teaching classical, pop, and musical theatre repertoire to students of all levels. She emphasizes a healthy, classical technique that can be applied to all genres in order to avoid vocal fatigue and other vocal health issues. In lessons, Ms. Rachel also focuses on stage presence, audition techniques, and text interpretation. Ms. Rachel will begin holding studio hours at DLC on Wednesdays starting April 5th. Sign up for a package in the month of April to lock in pricing before rates increase in May! Add yourself to the interest list using the form below.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 03/01/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Adult Musical Theatre Returns!

    Back by Popular Demand!

    Our adult musical theatre students had a great time this past Fall learning singing, dancing, and acting skills from acclaimed singer, actor, and educator Janine Sunday. Class is about to start again, and it’s not too late for you to join! Students ages 18 and over will be able to learn new skills and hone the ones that they already have in this low-pressure class tailored to the interest and tastes of the class. Share what you learn in a final showcase for family and friends at the end of the session. Here are the things you definitely need to know about Adult Musical Theatre:

    • Class Dates: March 11 – May 13 (No class 4/8 and 4/15)
    • Class Time: Saturdays, 3:30-5pm
    • Ages: 18 and up
    • Tuition: $185

    We hope to see you there!

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  • 02/27/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Save Big with Summer Camp Bundles

    Money. Who doesn’t like saving some? We’re offering a new way for our campers to save with camp bundles on select Middle/High School camps.

    This is a great way for your middle and high school students to spend two weeks honing specialized skills over the summer. All you have to do to get a sweet discount is register for both camps in the bundle and enter the code below. An exclusive discount will be applied at checkout for the camp bundle.

    Audition Prep Bundle

    Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 26-30) and Back to School Audition Intensive (August 21-25) – $100 off when you register for both. Enter code AUDITIONBUNDLE at checkout.

    Acting for Film and TV Bundle

    Acting for Film and TV: Take 1 (July 3-7) and Take 2 (July 10-14) – $100 off when you register for both. Enter code TVBUNDLE at checkout. In addition, while supplies last, get a free ticket to our private screening of "Beauty and the Beast" when you register!

    Ready to save money you would have spent on Summer Camp on something else? Here’s a list of suggestions to spend that extra $100 on instead. Just make sure you register for summer camp before you reward yourself. Do you have any questions? Submit them in the form below!

    Register for a Summer Bundle!

     
     
     
     
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  • 02/23/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    5 Ways We’re Celebrating Beauty and the Beast Students

    We are so excited to take a trip back to provincial France this Spring with our class productions of Beauty and the Beast! The classic tale has been a perennial favorite on DLC’s stage for years. Take a look at just a handful of ways we’re celebrating the return of Beauty and the Beast with our students and their families this Spring.

    1. Private Screening: We’ve rented out an entire movie theater to be among the first to see the new live action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise) and Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame). DLC students will be able to engage in a choreography mini-masterclass prior to the screening, and everyone will go home with a special DLC goodie bag! Would you like to join us? Fill out the form below for more details.
    2. Exclusive Access to NYC Trip: For years, we have travelled to the Big Apple every year to see a new Broadway musical. This year, we were fortunate enough to secure seats to the new stage adaptation of animated classic Anastasia. Join us on the bus as we "journey to the past!" Register for a Spring class if you’re not already to get access to the secret link to purchase your New York City trip tickets!
    3. Beauty and the Beast Fundraiser: Jamberry wraps have taken the DLC teaching staff by storm. You can guarantee to see many teachers and staff members sporting cute nails around the theatre thanks to these stylish accessories. Jamberry has come out with an officially-licensed line of Beauty and the Beast-themed nail wraps just in time for our Spring shows. Sport your DLC pride and Beauty and the Beast spirit by purchasing some Beauty and the Beast nail wraps. If you want to shop for a cause, fill out the form below to get the link for the fundraising page. Your purchase will help off-set production costs including an overhaul of our props and costumes for this production.
    4. Refreshed Costumes and Props: Beauty and the Beast has been a well-loved show, which is why we’ve brought it back again just in time for our students to realize these characters on stage. Our production staff is hard at work to breathe new life and resources into the technical components for this production to provide our students with an enhanced theatrical experience.
    5. Exciting Souvenir Merchandise: In addition to our production t-shirts, which have become fun collector’s items, students and audience members will have the opportunity to purchase Beauty and the Beast-themed merchandise like light-up roses.

    We are looking forward to a great Spring with our students! At the time of this post, Friday Elementary Musical Theatre and Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre are full and on waitlist. Register for one of our remaining Spring classes, or call us at (410) 849-6335 to be added to the waitlist. Do you have a question or want more information on anything that you’ve read above? Filll out the form below and we’ll get back to you!

     
     
     
     
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    Summer Camp Spotlight #3

    Production Camp: Disney’s High School Musical 2

    We’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the original release of Disney’s High School Musical 2. Originally released August 17, 2007 on Disney Channel, we’re bringing HSM2 to dazzling new life on our stage with students in grades 1-5 this Summer. This story all about summer vacation is the perfect production to put on. Follow East High basketball star Troy Bolton, A-student Gabriella Montez, and the rest of their friends through adventures as they navigate life working summer jobs at Sharpay and Ryan Evans’ country club Lava Springs.

    In addition to working towards two final performances of a fully-staged musical production of Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr., students in this 3-week session will also enjoy a walking field trip to Shadowland LaserTag and lots of exciting adventures reserved especially for our production camp campers. Get back in on the High School Musical fun in time for the release of Disney’s High School Musical 4.

    • Dates: July 31 – August 18
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care is available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
    • Grades: 1-5
    • Tuition: $685 <—- $585 is you register by February 15th!

    Helpful Hint: Our Elementary 3-Week production camps are generally the first to fill every Summer. Cross one more thing off your list and ensure your student’s participation in this fun summer musical while also saving $100 off tuition. Register today!

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  • 02/08/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Spring NYC Bus Trip

    We’re continuing our tradition of bringing our students and their families to New York City to experience the magic of Broadway yet again this year with our annual Spring Trip. Join us on April 12, 2017 as we travel to the Big Apple to see Anastasia, the new musical adaptation of the classic tale based on the 1997 film of the same name.

    From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic RagtimeAnastasia features a book by Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

    What is included with the trip?

    • Round-trip transportation on a luxury motor coach
    • Workshop with New York teaching artists in a Times Square rehearsal studio
    • Mezzanine seats to the matinee performance of new Broadway musical Anastasia

    How do I get tickets?

    If you haven’t already, register for a Spring class! All Spring registrants will be emailed a secret link on February 10th to purchase their seats to the New York trip. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and we only have a limited number of slots. Guarantee that you will be able to join us by registering for a Spring class today. Payment plans will be available.

    We hope to see you in class this Spring for Beauty and the Beast, and on that bus on April 12th as we "journey to the past" on Broadway! Any other questions? Drop us a line below and we’ll get back to you.

     
     
     
     
     
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  • 01/27/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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!
     
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  • 01/24/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #2

    Superstars on Stage: Pokémon TV

    Join us as we dive into the interactive craze that took last Summer by storm: Pokémon Go! Chances are that las, you saw neighborhood kids and adults alike (and probably had at least one in your household) that were glued to their smartphone while they seemed to be aimlessly wandering the streets waiting for virtual battles in a quest to "catch ’em all." Well, word on the street is that a HUGE Pokémon  update is on the way and hitting the app very soon. Help the avid gamer in your life take their passon for Pokémon from their phone to the stage this summer while meeting new friends with similar interests. 

    Get your kids off their phones for a week while they create the action that they’ve learned to love in the game on stage. Capitalize now on renewed interest in the game AND take advantage of our Doorbuster discount from now until February 15th. Save $35 on this exciting specialty camp that’s sure to fill quickly.

    • Dates: July 3 – 7 (no camp 7/4)
    • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available from 7 am to 6 pm for an additional fee)
    • Grades: K-5
    • Tuition: $265 <— $230 until February 15th!

    Helpful Hint: Students will not be playing the game on their phones during the camp day. If you have a student that is particularly attached to their technology, this is a great session to encourage them to take a break from their screens for a week.

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  • 01/17/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #1

    Production Camps: Hairspray

    Summer is a great time to try something new or refine skills you already have in a warm, nurturing environment. Middle and High School students will have just that opportunity this Summer during our 3-week Production Camp (July 31 – August 18). Hairspray has been a perennial favorite every since TYA Professional Training Program first produced it back in 2011. With hit songs like "Good Morning, Baltimore," "Welcome to the 60’s," and "You Can’t Stop the Beat," performers and audiences alike have a great time bringing this show to stage.

    Hairspray has received a renewed interest following this past December’s live TV musical production starring the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson.

    Our 3-week Production Camp is a great opportunity for your Middle or High School student to get a full production experience this Summer. The three week session includes auditions, casting, rehearsal for the musical, and two final performances. Here are the details you need to know about this fast-paced, high-energy musical camp:

    • Dates: July 31 – Aug 18
    • Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm daily (extended care available from 7am to 6pm for an additional fee)
    • Grades: 6-12
    • Tuition: $685
    • Tuition includes: all rehearsal and performancematerials, costumes, set pieces, two complimentary tickets to final performance, walking field trip to Shadowland LaserTag

    Helpful Hint: Register by February 15th for $100 off tuition. No need to enter a code at checkout. The Doorbuster Discount is automatically applied at your time of registration.

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  • 01/13/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Upcoming Special Events

    We have a couple of benefit events coming to the theatre next week! Both events take place on Saturday, January 21 with proceeds benefitting Drama Learning Center and Red Branch Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at DLC.

    1. Headshot Day with Bruce F Press Photography (12:30-2:30 PM)

      Bruce F Press Photography has been capturing performers and performances in DLC’s TYA Professional Training Program and Red Branch Theatre Company for years with his stunning headshot and event photography. He is partnering with Red Branch to give back with a Charity Headshot Day. Update your online look and help out a great cause at the same time! Book a short session to get a professional headshot with Bruce for the modest investment of a donation to Red Branch.

      Everyone who participates will get a digital copy of their headshot, suitable for use across all social media. You will also receive a $100 print credit at Bruce F Press Photography and a chance to win a studio portrait session for up to four people.

      Suggested donation: $25

      Secure your spot while you still can here.

    2. Shop for a Cause – LuLaRoe Charity Pop-Up (12-3:30 PM)

     Join us for a LuLaRoe fundraiser beneffiting Drama Learning Center and Red Branch Theatre Company. Shop comrotable, stylish clothing for women and children, sizes 2T-3XL! Skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings! 

    We hope to see you there for one or both events! Thank you in advance for supporting these small business owners as they partner with us to keep the arts alive in Howard County. Any questions? Shoot us a message on the form below.

     
     
     
     
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  • 01/10/2017 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 12/15/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Snow Day Workshops

    For the third consecutive year, DLC will offer workshops on days when Howard County Public Schools unexpectedly close due to incldement weather. If the roads are passable, we will be open. Do you want to be on the list to be notified when we are holding Snow Day School’s Out Workshops? You must opt-in using the form below! We will only contact you when we are open for Snow Day Workshops.

    ​Here’s how it works:

    We will email you as soon as Howard County Public Schools make a determination about school closings and we’re able to determine whether or not roads are passable. Workshops are held from 10 AM – 4 PM for students grades K-5. Tuition will be payable online or in person when you drop off your child(ren). Pricing is $55 for the first student and $20 for additional siblings. Our engaging staff will lead students through supervised drama games, arts & crafts, and fun. Extended care may be available based on the weather conditions and staff availability. The email notification you receive from us will clearly state whether or not extended care is available that day.

     
     
     
     
     
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  • 12/05/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    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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  • 11/28/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New Winter Master Class Series

    We’re excited to help our students cultivate and hone new performing skills through a couple of Master Class-style workshops for students in grades 6-12 this Winter at DLC!

    January 16: On-Screen with Mr. Andy

    Camera shy? No problem! Learn techniques for acting for the camera with DLC’s newest teaching artist: Mr. Andy Clemence. 

    Mr. Clemence has been a professional stage, film, and voice actor for 35 years, appearing in lead roles at The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, American Century Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. He also performed for 15 years with the political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, performing all across the U.S and Off-Broadway. In Hollywood, Andy starred in a number of films for Syfy-Universal and has appeared as the Secretary of Labor on House Of Cards. He holds a BFA degree in Acting from The Catholic University of America.

    Class Time: 9:30-11:30 am – Limit: 20 students

    Tuition: $40

    February 21: Broadway Dance with Ms. Sarah

    Learn the authentic choreography from Original Broadway productions of some iconic classics.

    Ms. Luckadoo is a DC/Baltimore-based actress, dancer, stage combatant, and singer. She is currently an Acting Apprentice with Red Branch Theatre Company and teaching artist with Drama Learning Center. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a BFA in Acting. She enjoys teaching acrobatics and tumbling and was previously an instructor at nationally-ranked studio Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy.

    Class Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Limit: 15 students

    Tuition: $50

    Do you have questions about these upcoming offerings? Fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly!

     
     
     
     
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    Or if you’re ready to register, head on through our registration portal to secure your spot in one or both of these exciting new workshops for middle and high school students!

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  • 11/17/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Black Friday Sneek Peak

    We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the deals that we’re offering a week from tomorrow for the largest holiday shopping day of the year and are ready to share them with you all. Get ready!

    While anyone registered for a Winter class or workshop will have access to even deeper discounts to public offers, this is what will be available to everyone on Friday, November 25th:

    1. Winter Workshop Series Blowout! $50 off the entire series of School’s Out Workshops from December 27 – February 21. Exciting themes include: Hairspray Day, Moana, and Elena of Avalor!
    2. Winter Break Camp – Deal of the Century! $25 off our day-long workshops held December 27 – 30.
    3. Parents’ Night Out PJ Party Bundle – get two kids registered for one of our famous PJ Parties held in conjunction with Red Branch Theatre Company’s The Happy Elf for only $35!

    In addition to qualifying for these spectacular drama savings, anyone registered for a Winter class or workshop by Thanksgiving also gets access to a limited quantity of discounted gift certificates. Spend $50 and get $100 to spend on class or camp registration and tickets. Our VIP Black Friday passholders will also get access to 2-for1 tickets to our Parents’ Night Out PJ Parties, too!

    So what are you waiting for? If you’re not registered for a Winter class yet, don’t delay. You’re going to want to be on the list for our most exclusive holiday shopping deals and steals!

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  • 11/14/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    How to “Black Friday” the DLC way!

    It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are right around the corner. We’re putting the finishing touches on our Black Friday specials. They’re under wraps for another week, but we CAN share with you that the most exclusive deals with the deepest discounts will be offered to anyone who is registered for a Winter class or workshop by Thanksgiving Day.

    Additionally, anyone registered for a Winter class by Thanksgiving will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate that can be used towards classes, workshops, and tickets. Make sure you’re registered for a Winter class to be tnered into our drawing AND take advantage of the best DLC deals that are on the biggest shopping day of the year.

    What are you waiting for? Register for our high-flying adventure today to make sure you don’t miss out on the best DLC has to offer.

    Register for Winter Session Today!

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  • 11/11/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    5 Things You Never Knew About AristoCats

    We are so excited to bring the jazzy world of Disney’s AristoCats to magical new life on our stage with our Winter Beginning Acting Classes. As we gear up to help students in grades K-2 tell the story, we wanted to share a handful of AristoCats facts with you that you might have not ever known.

    1. Walt Disney’s final feature – this was the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney himself. He died in 1966 before the film was released.
    2. Alley Cat Thomas O’Malley’s full name is actually Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley. This friendly alley cat finds Duchess and her kittens stranded in the woods and becomes a father figure to the kittens.
    3. Famed showbiz sister Eva Gabor provided the speaking voice for Duchess the White Cat.
    4. The character of Scat Cat was designed to be voiced by Louis Armstrong, but he was unable to record any of the film due to illness. The character’s look, the way he played his trumpet, and other physical characteristics were still modeled after "the great Satchmo.
    5. The characters of Toulouse and Berlioz are named after famous French artists (painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and composer Hector Berlioz) while the dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are named after famous french generals (Napoléon Bonaparte and Marquis De Lafayette). 

    We hope you enjoyed these fast facts about AristoCats. Our Beginning Acting Classes are going to have so much fun on stage this Winter! Class meets on Thursdays or Fridays and runs for six weeks before two dress rehearsals and two final performances. Register before Thanksgiving to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate and receive access to our best Black Friday deals.

    Register for Winter Session Today!

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  • 11/07/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New On-Screen Private Instructor: Andy Clemence

    Are you interested in acting for film, TV, or voice-over work? We’re excited to welcome Mr. Andy Clemence to our private instruction faculty to provide guidance to children and adults in this highly marketable skill. In addition to being a film & television actor and voice-over artist, Andy is a skilled teaching artist with specialties in On-Camera coaching, audition preparation, and scene work. Mr. Andy will be in DLC’s private lesson studio on Fridays. Get a couple of sessions on the calendar before the studio officially opens in January.

    Take a sneak peek at what pricing will be for Mr. Andy’s On-Screen coachings in January.

    ​1-Hour Session
     
    10-Lesson Packages
     
    Drop-In & Trial Lessons
    (30 minutes, space permitting)
     
    ​$85
     
    $825
     
    $45
     

    Get 2015’s pricing for sessions booked and scheduled through the rest of this year. Any other questions about private instruction at DLC? Ask us in the form below or give us a call at (410) 849-6335 today.

     
     
     
     
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  • 11/01/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Winter Break Camp

    We’re excited, for the first time ever, to offer workshops during Winter Break this year! Each session is a day filled with fun surrounding a different theme that will keep you in the holiday spirit all the way through New Years. So don’t let the kids sit at home while you’re at work. Drop them off at the theatre for engaging theatre fun led by our energetic and knowledgable staff of teaching artists! Drop in for a day or stay for the entire week.

    December 27: Nightmare Before Christmas

    December 28: Winter Wonderland

    December 29: Home Alone

    December 30: New Year Countdown

    Grades: K-5
    Workshop Time: 9 AM – 4 PM (extended care offered from 7 AM to 6 PM)
    Tuition: $75 per day, add a sibling for $25

    Interested in more information and other dates? Check out our whole line up for School’s Out Workshops here!

    Questions? Drop us a line on the form below and we’ll get right back to you!

     
     
     
     
     
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  • 10/25/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Mary Poppins Returns

    Did you know that Mary Poppins is headed back to the silver screen after many long years? This new adaptation is directed by Rob Marshall, and stars Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, The Devil Wears Prada), Lin-Manuel Miranda (author and star of hit Broadway show Hamilton), and Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Diary,  Mamma Mia!). This sequel set in Depression-era London is set to be released Christmas of 2018. In honor of this Mary Poppins re-boot, we’re sharing some trivia about the upcoming film today!

    • Julie Andrews, who originated the film role in 1964, was very supportive of Emily Blunt’s casting as her successor. She called it a "wonderful" casting decision. When Emily Blunt heard the news, she created tears of joy.
    • Director Rob Marshall previously collaborated with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep on the musical film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014.
    • When the first Mary Poppins movie was being written, Walt Disney offered the role to Julie Andrews, who declined because she was pregnant. Walt felt so strongly about casting Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins that he posponed the production to accommodate her schedule. The same thing happened again with "Mary Poppins Returns!" Production had to be postponed to accommodate for Emily Blunt’s pregnancy.

    As you can see, this is a great time to tell the story of everyone’s favorite flying nanny. We’re so excited to bring this well-loved tale to our stage at DLC this Winter. Registration is open and classes will be here before you know it. Head to our Winter page and register for class today!

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  • 10/11/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    DLC Annie-versary Tshirt Campaign

    Chances are that if you’ve been a part of the DLC community at any point in the past ten years that you have participated in a production of the classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie. This is the musical that started it all for Ms. Stephanie Williams – third and current owner of Drama Learning Center. Annie has been a perennial favorite at Drama Learning Center from onsite classes to Summer drama classes to after school classes in local Howard County Public Schools partners. 

    Do you see Ms. Stephanie? How about Drama Learning Center Alum and current teaching artist Amy Williamson as Ms. Hannigan in Ms. Stephanie’s first Tuesday Class as owner of DLC

    We’re commemorating Ms. Stephanie’s 10-year anniversary owning Drama Learning Center with Fall production classes of Annie and a collectors’ edition long-sleeved t-shirt with our current Annie artwork reflecting our updated take on the American classic. Paying homage to the newest film adaptation of Annie starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

    Now, regardless of whether you’re in a Fall production class at DLC, we have a living souvenir you can get now to remember your memories of Annie at DLC.

    We’ve partnered with Booster to print these limited edition Annie-versary shirts. Celebrate your time at DLC whether it was 10 years ago or today. Booster will donate a portion of the proceeds back to DLC to offset production costs and fund much-needed facility improvements while keeping tuition affordable. Grab yours today– this campaign only lasts for 13 more days. Once the campaign closes, we can’t print anymore shirts. We can’t wait to see current DLC production classes sport their shirts for #ShowShirtSaturday. 

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  • 10/07/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New Programs This Winter

    We’re pleased to offer many new programs this Winter at DLC! We hope you’ll join us for an exciting new class or workshop.

    1. Weekday Broadway Babies – You asked, and we listened. For those of you interested in preschool drama enrichment but unable to commit to Saturday mornings due to other activities, we are are now happy to offer a new Broadway Babies section on Tuesdays from 3-4 PM. Back by popular demand after sold out Summer sessions, this Winter’s topic is popular animated TV hit Paw Patrol!
    2. Homeschool Musical Theatre – We’re pleased to offer daytime drama education for homeschool students. If your weekday daytime schedule is flexible, join us for a special section of Mary Poppins and meet some new friends!
    3. Costume Designs & Cosplay Creations – There’s no need to sit on the sidelines just because you’re not interested in being onstage. Gain valuable backstage knowledge with our latest technical theatre class. 
    4. Winter Break Camp – School’s Out Drama Workshops are now open during Winter Break. If you’re in town and the kids are looking for something to do, register them for our fun and engaging day-long workshops. Topics include: Nightmare Before Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Home Alone, and New Year Countdown.
       

    Don’t forget– register for any Broadway Babies, Beginning Acting or Production Class by October 15th and get $15 off tuition!
    We hope to see you this Winter during one of our many exciting programs. Do you have any questions? Ask us on the form below! 

     
     
     
     
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  • 10/04/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    4 Key Reasons to Register Early for Winter Classes

    The early bird gets the worm.

    You snooze, you lose.

    At DLC, we believe in rewarding the early birds. Commit to class early and get the deepest discounts we are able to give. If you’re still wondering why you should register for Mary Poppins, Disney’s AristoCATS, or Broadway Babies: Paw Patrol early, you need look no further. We’ve compiled a quick list of the top 5 reasons to register early.

    1. Get your choice of time and class – many popular classes (like Elementary Musical Theatre on Friday evenings) fill up during the early bird registration period. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to secure your spot in your favorite class.
    2. Plan your schedule in advance – when you register for class, you have all dates for regular weekly classes, dress rehearsals, and performances at your fingertips. Plug them in to your calendar and schedule the rest of your activities with confidence that they won’t be interrupted by an unanticipated trip to Drama Learning Center.
    3. Cross another thing off your list before the madness of holiday season starts. In December, you’re going to want to be focusing on your Winter Break vacation plans and holiday shopping– not registering for activities. Get it done now, and then you don’t have to think about it in December.
    4. SAVE MONEY! Who doesn’t like an extra $15 in their bank account? That’s an extra Starbucks or two for you this month!

    So, what are you waiting for? If you have any questions about which class is the best for your student, please let us know by filling out the form below.

     
     
     
     
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  • 09/12/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Meet the Teaching Artist – Janine Sunday

    Many of our favorite Fall classes are underway or about to start. We don’t believe that drama instruction is just for the kids, and we’re excited to offer our second Adult Musical Theatre class this Fall. Under the tutelage of veteran performer, teacher, and theatre artist Janine Sunday, students are guaranteed to get a lot out of this class. Get to know Janine a little better now!

    Janine Sunday has been performing on stages in the DC/Baltimore area for almost 20 years. She is a four time Helen Hayes Nominee and a familiar facve at both Toby’s Dinner Theatre and at the Olney Theatre Center. She was an integral part in CCTA’s Teen Professional Theatre Camp for many years serving as the company managing director, teaching various master classes in lyric interpretation, 16 bar and audition preparation, developing a character in an ensemble, monologue coaching and more. Ms. Sunday was classically trained at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was most recently seen on stage as Mrs. Lovett in Red Branch Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd. Ms. Sunday also teaches private voice lessons at DLC and serves as our production manager.

    Janine’s varied expertise in all areas of theatre provides a unique, holistic, and ensemble-based focus on this Adult Musical Theatre class that was a hit last session. Learn from Janine as well as your fellow students while working together in a group to learn new songs, choreography, and scenes in a low-pressure environment suitable for beginner and intermediate students. Adult Musical Theatre meets Saturdays from 3:30 – 5 pm starting October 1st. The class will culminate in a final showcase for family and friends at the end of the last class. Secure your spot in this fun and enriching class for adults today!

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  • 09/07/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    TYA Fall Title and Auditions Announced (Part 2)

    While the TYA Senior Company production title has been out for awhile, Drama Learning Center announced TYA Junior Company’s Fall/Winter production title on social media last week. Following successful productions of SHREK the Musical and The Addams Family, Junior Company will fly high with England’s favorite "practically perfect" nanny, Mary Poppins. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven TONY Awards during an exciting Broadway run of 2,500 performances.

    After being the first nanny that hasn’t been sent packing, Mary Poppins takes Young Jane and Michael Banks on magical and memorable adventures. She teaches the children and grown-ups alike that "Anything can happen if you let it."
    Junior Company will have the opportunity to tell this timeless story through memorable songs, enchanting dance numbers, and special effects and illusions. Auditions begin next week by appointment, and some slots remain.

    Junior Company students should note that students who are accepted into Fall/Winter session of Junior Company will be unable to do a Drama Learning Center Winter production class. Directors recommend that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes in conjunction with TYA Junior Company’s Winter production and Spring skills-based class to maximize their performance opportunities and skill-building potential.

    Secure your spot on the audition schedule now. Spaces are limited, and you’re not going to want to miss out on the incredible productions being produced by both companies of TYA Professional Training Program. Full casting call information can be found on our TYA page. Check out our new TYA FAQs if you’re new to the program to get a taste of what to expect. And if you’ve already decided to give TYA a try but want to polish your audition material, consider setting up a couple of audition prep lessons with one of our highly qualified teachers to help you rock your next audition!

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  • 08/15/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Tax-Free Week Specials

    It’s Tax-Free Week in Maryland, and with that comes lots of Back to School shopping. While it’s great to score a discount on backpacks, new school clothes, and supplies for your locker, you shouldn’t forget about school year enrichment. The school year will be here before you know it, and after the dust settles from the first day of school, your kids will want to get back into the swing of the new year with after school activities. Drama Learning Center is helping you save some dollars during Tax-Free Week with a special offer on our Fall classes. Here’s what we’re offering THIS WEEK ONLY at DLC:

    Register for any Fall Production Class, Beginning Acting Class, or Broadway Babies from August 14-20 and get $10 off tuition when you enter the code TFW10 at checkout.

    Register & Save Today

    The savings don’t stop there! Howard County Public Schools have SEVEN scheduled days off from school during our Fall session. We’re really excited about our Fall workshop topics, and we know your students will be, too. Register for the full School’s Out Workshop series and get $20 off when you enter code BTS20 at checkout!

    • September 12: Summer Serenade
    • October 3: The Adventures of Nemo & Dory
    • October 12: Ghostbusters
    • October 31: DLC Halloween Party
    • November 7: Fantastic Beasts…
    • November 8: …and Where to Find Them
    • November 23: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    Save on School's Out NOW!

    Don’t delay! This offer is valid for this week only while supplies last. Many classes are close to full, so register today!

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  • 08/09/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    TYA Fall Title and Auditions Announced (Part 1)

    TYA directors announced Senior Company’s Fall/Winter production at last month’s TYA Cabaret and Senior Showcase. Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program has a long-standing history of producing area premieres, and this season’s Hands on a Hardbody is no exception. Past area premieres include shows like High School Musical13, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Carrie, and last season’s First Date. In addition to being the first performing company in the area to produce this title that was nominated for 2013 TONY Awards for Best Original Score, and Best Featured Actor & Actress in a Musical, company members will have the opportunity to explore contemporary musical styles often not found in musical theatre (such as Country Western and Gospel among others).

    The exciting announcements don’t end with the revelation of Hands on a Hardbody, though. Junior Company candidates will learn the production they are slated to produce on September 1st. TYA Junior Company has previously mounted successful productions of SHREK the Musical and The Addams Family. This season’s Winter 2017 title is sure to please as well.

    Junior Company students should note that students who are accepted into Fall/Winter session of Junior Company will be unable to do a Drama Learning Center Winter production class. Directors recommend that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes in conjunction with TYA Junior Company’s Winter production and Spring skills-based class to maximize their performance opportunities and skill-building potential.

    Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post when we are able to announce the title on Spetember 1st. Secure your spot on the audition schedule now, though. Spaces are limited, and you’re not going to want to miss out on the incredible productions being produced by both companies of TYA Professional Training Program. Full casting call information can be found on our TYA page. Have you already decided to give TYA a try, but want to polish your material? Consider setting up a couple of audition prep lessons with one of our highly qualified teachers and rock your next audition!

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  • 07/22/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Private Lessons This Summer

    This point in the summer is the perfect time to refine your skills with one-on-one study. In addition to quality, production-based theatre education through classes and camps, DLC also offers private lessons year-round in the following areas:

    • Voice (Musical Theatre & Classical)
    • Acting/Monologue Coaching
    • Audition Preparation
    • Beginner Piano

    Whether you’re looking to learn a new song or monologue, take the laid-back time of the summer to improve your technique, work on a new skill, or master your material for that next audition— we have highly qualified and engaging instructors waiting to help you reach your goals. All of our lessons are geared toward the individual student, so tell us your goals, and we’ll help you reach them!

    Mondays, you can work with Ms. Janine Sunday on musical theatre repertoire taught with classical technique while perfecting your approach to character.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can work with Mr. Dustin Merrell on putting your song and monologue package together under the care of a theatrical music director in demand for his accompaniment skills throughout the region.

    Wednesdays and Fridays, you can work with Ms. Christine Goddard on voice or piano in a nurturing environment with lots of affirmation– perfect for beginners!

    How would you spend 30 minutes with one of our private instructors? Let us know in the comments!

    If you have any other questions or want to start the process, please send us a message using ​the form below. We look forward to helping you along on your journey towards being a stronger and more confident performer!

     
     
     
     
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  • 07/19/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight: Doctor Who’s Time Lord University

    Calling all Whovians: Drama Learning Center has a week of Summer Camp just for you! Back by popular demand, DLC is bringing back Doctor Who’s Time Lord University from August 22-26. Get your fandom fix with other students who share your love for all things Doctor Who before you head back to school for the Fall! Students will create their own characters and storyline, write their own show, and create costume and prop lists all with the final goal of putting on their own showcase at the end of the week for family and friends.

    Here’s a sample day in the life of this Who-happy camp:

     9:00 AM – Check in, Getting to Know WHO Sheets
     9:45 AM – Warm Ups & Acting Games (Action Alan)
    10:30 AM – Snack Break
    10:45 AM – Intro to Story Structure/Character Creation
    11:30 AM – Planning Your Plot Story Development
    12:00 PM – Lunch
    12:30 PM – Acting Game (Weeping Angels)
     1:00 PM – Script-Writing/Casting
     2:15 PM – Acting Game (Wibbly Wobbly Props)
     2:45 PM – Wind Down/Clean Up
     3:00 PM – Dismissal

    Other questions you might want answered?

    Class Dates & Time: August 22-26, 9 AM – 3 PM*
    Grades: 6-12
    Tuition: $325
    Camp includes: high quality instruction in our air-conditioned studios and fully-equipped theatre; craft supplies; 2 complimentary show tickets
    Optional add-ons: Extended care* (7 AM – 6 PM), lunch packages, post-camp enrichment (private voice, acting, and piano lessons), Summer Camp t-shirts (while supplies last)

    This camp filled last year, so make sure you reserve your spot if you’re interested in joining us for a Doctor Who-themed adventure this Summer. This is one of our most popular weeks of camp since we’re one of the only providers that offers programs the final week of Summer before Howard County Public School students head back for the Fall.

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  • 07/18/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    13: TYA’s First Summer Intensive

    Drama Learning Center’s professional training company for emerging young artists will present Jason Robert Brown’s 13 this month (July 27-29). A hilarious coming-of-age musical about discovering that "cool" is sometimes where we least expect it, 13 follows Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to a small Indiana town. Grappling with his parents’ divorce, and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, Evan navigates the complicated social circles of a new school, as well as the ins and outs of learning how to be a successful young adult. With music by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World), 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

    13 marks the fourth time that TYA Professional Training Program has produced a title by Jason Robert Brown, having previously mounted the area premiere of 13 (2010), Songs For a New World (2013), and Parade (2016). Alums of TYA also shared the stage with the composer when he visited the space for a one-night-only performance in 2014.

    Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Company, TYA (Teaching Young Artists), presents this production of 13 from July 27-29 as the culmination of its first ever summer intensive. The three-week program available by audition only includes master classes with area casting directors and professional artists in addition to rehearsals and skill-building activities. The TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as 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 Parade, First Date, Carrie the Musical, GHOST the Musical, 13 the Musical, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

    13 is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

    Show Dates & Times: 
    July 27-29 at 7:30 PM
    July 29 at 11 AM

    Featuring TYA Company Members:
    Flora Aubin, Lila Cooper, Jane Cumming, Elizabeth Feurbach, Brittany George, Cole Huffman, Daniel Joya-Iglesias, Andrew Lyon, Leah McClelland, Lauren McKenna, Azaria Oglesby, Ellie Parks, Ava Pirie, Jason Quackenbush, Mark Quackenbush, Amanda Tossman, Sarah Tossman, Eli Vogel, Luka Yetter

    Tickets are $16 currently on sale to the public. Get yours today!

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  • 07/12/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Brand New You – Annual TYA Cabaret

    Every year, Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program (TYA) hosts a Fundraising Cabaret and Senior Showcase to bid farewell to graduating members of the company and celebrate the past season. Alums of the program also come back to perform and update the DLC family on what they have been up to for the past year. A silent auction is also held in conjunction with the cabaret to raise money that offsets production costs for the upcoming season in order to keep tuition affordable. This year’s cabaret will be held on Saturday, July 16. Doors open at 7:30, and the performance begins at 8. 

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    This year, we honor the following graduating seniors:

    • Flora Aubin
    • Patrick Campbell
    • Keri Goto
    • Kendall Grove
    • Aly Murphy
    • Austin Pearsall
    • Jason Quackenbush
    • Sarah Tossman

    The seniors will each have the opportunity to present a solo piece as well as a group number. In addition, the entire TYA ensemble will perform small group numbers as well as annual fan favorites: the "Year in Review" and "Roles I’ll Never Play" medleys. 

    Silent auction items include:

    • Theatre tickets from organizations such as Arts Collective, Rep Stage, and Olney Theatre Center
    • Restaurant gift cards from CoalFire, Bare Bones, and Ellicott Mills Brewing Company
    • SkyZone gift certificate
    • Food & Beverage baskets
    • Jewelry
    • DLC and Red Branch Theatre Company memorabilia including props, professional photography, and MORE!

    Help us send off our seniors in style. We hope to see you there!

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  • 06/20/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Last Minute Summer Camps

    We get it– it’s the first day of Summer Vacation for many of you, and it’s just hit you that you don’t know what you’re doing with the kids during these next few weeks or months. No need to fear: we’ve still got openings in many of our camps at our fully-equipped facility in Columbia, MD, and we’ve opened up new sections for some of our camps that filled early by popular demand! If you’re still looking for high quality arts enrichment for your budding performers this Summer, look no further!

    Featured Elementary School Camps

    • Minecraft Mayhem (June 27 – July 1): Fans of the squarish world of Minecraftverse will have the chance to create their own characters and scenes for a final performance at the end of the week. Bring the fun your kids have on the computer or tablet into the real world while making new friends and building confidence on stage!
    • Go Fish (July 11-29): Right on the heels of the BLOCKBUSTER release of Finding Dory, your kids will go under the sea and "just keep swimming" as they learn how their differences make them each special. This two-week performance camp culminates in two final performances!

    Featured Middle/High School Camps

    • Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton (July 5-8): Your kids have been listening to the cast recording and rapping and singing their hearts out for months. Now it’s time for them to hone their dance skills while learning original choreography to everyone’s favorite Broadway smash hit musical. Special pricing for this 4-day camp while supplies last.
    • Theatre Tech (July 18-22): Gain tons of hands-on practical experience in all areas of stagecraft! Your students will help paint the sets for our sumer camp productions while learning about stage management, props, running crew, costumes, and the tech booth.
    • Doctor Who’s Time Lord University (August 22-26): BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. This is the perfect place for all young Whovians to spend their last week of Summer. Campers will take new adventures through time and space with The Doctor as they create aliens, build new civilizations, and more! Register for this camp before it fills. This time slot is always a hit since we’re one of the only camp providers in Howard County that offers camp this final week of the Summer season!

    Featured Preschool Drama Camps

    • Frozen Fever & Paw Patrol: New afternoon sections have been added to our fastest selling preschool drama camps. Do you have a preschooler (aged 3-5) that already has morning commitments? Register them today for Frozen Fever (July 5-8) or Paw Patrol (August 1-5) for our afternoon sections to round out their day with drama fun!
    • Sheriff Callie (August 8-12): Your preschooler will have the best time singing songs, playing games, and working on arts & crafts surrounding one of their favorite TV shows!

    Do you have questions? Send us a message by pressing the button below or give us a call at ​(410) 849-6335​ today!

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  • 05/27/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Memorial Day Flash Sale!

    This weekend, we honor all those who have served our country bravely.

    To celebrate Memorial Day, we are hosting a FLASH sale for select Summer Camps! Enter code MEMORIAL at checkout for special savings on the following camps:
    • Broadway Babies: Frozen Fever or Paw Patrol – $20 OFF
      (AFTERNOON SECTIONS ONLY)
    • Musical Theatre Bootcamp (any one of the three) – $35 OFF
    • Minecraft Mayhem – $35 OFF
    Valid for new registrations only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires May 31st.

    Register Today to Secure Yours

    Only a few days remain!
    These limited edition shirts have become collector’s items here at DLC, and we love seeing our students, campers, and instructors sport their Summer Camp pride from years past each season. T-shirts are complimentary and guaranteed when students are registered and tuition is paid in full by June 1st. Don’t miss out on getting your little piece of DLC history! Register today to secure your spot in your preferred camp and ensure that this charming shirt will find its way into your wardrobe!

    Do you have anymore questions that we can answer? Contact us today!

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  • 05/20/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Meet the Guest Artist

    We’re excited to welcome (back) CJ Cunningham as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton camp in July!

    CJ Cunningham is a Howard Community College Dance Company Alumni. He has been dancing for most of his life and teaching since he was 18! As an up and coming dancer and choreographer you can find him all over the Maryland and DC area. He calls Carroll County Dance Center his home, but can be found at Studio Dans, Kinetics Dance Theater, Howard Community College, Carroll Community College and many other dance studios. CJ has had the privilege to be able to learn various styles of hiphop from some of the best in the business including the choreographers that work for Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Americas Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance. He is currently a member of Kinetics Dance Theater’s professional dance company and also works prolifically with dance companies and competition teams around the area. His style mixes many kinds of dance into hiphop to create a unique look for his shows and dancers. He has had the privilege to choreograph not only hiphop dances but also musicals, wedding dances and modern dances. His constant high energy demands everyones attention, dancer and audience member alike!  

    Mr. CJ is no stranger to DLC! He contributed choreography to last June’s TYA production of Bring It On the Musical and taught the original "Hip Hop Hamilton" workshop class this past February. We’re thrilled that he’s able to take some time out of his busy choreography schedule to help our students hone their Musical Theatre Dance skills while learning combinations set to some of Broadway’s most popular music! Please join us in welcoming back CJ as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Musical Theatre Bootcamp: Hip Hop Hamilton camp runs July 5-8, and is open to students in grades 6-12. Registration is currently open until the session fills. We’ve expanded the Musical Theatre Bootcamp series by popular demand this year. Students will be able to focus on a different area of skill each week to help them ace their next audition. Don’t forget to check out the Vocal Audition Prep and Monologues & Cold Reads sessions running from June 20-24 and June 27 – July 1st, too. Secure your spot today!

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  • 05/18/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Upcoming Important Dates at DLC

    We’ve got a lot of things coming up soon at Drama Learning Center. Mark your calendars for these important milestones on DLC’s calendar!

    1. June 1st – Summer T-Shirt Deadline
      Complimentary summer camp t-shirts are only available and guaranteed for students registered on or before June 1st. These commemorative shirts are a collector’s item, and campers love sporting them at DLC for years to come. Check out last year’s design below, and make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to get your piece of DLC history. Register for Summer Camp today!
    2. June 20 – First Day of Summer
      The last day of class for Howard County Public School System students June 17th. DLC Summer Camps start on the official first day of summer with DLC Beach Week (Grades K-5), Musical Theatre Bootcamp (Grades 6-12), and Broadway Babies: The Doctor is In (PreK). Kick off summer with drama fun and enrichment. DLC is also historically one of the only providers in the area that offers camp through the last week of summer. Best of Broadway and Doctor Who’s Time Lord University will cap off another engaging season of summer camps from August 22-26. They fill early every year, so secure your space soon!
    3. July 1st – Fall Season Announcement
      We announce our Fall titles and open registration for Production & Beginning Acting Classes, Broadway Babies, and Fall School’s Out Workshops on this day every year. Mark your calendar and register early to save big. We always have an Early Bird Discount promotion for those who register early. Make sure that you check the website that day for our big announcement. We also announce the titles on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as to our eNews list. Have you subscribed to our list yet? See what we’ve done in seasons past and cast your vote for what you think we’ll produce in Fall 2016.
    4. August 18 – Area Premiere of School of Rock the Musical
      DLC has a strong history of being the first performing group to bring new musical theatre titles to the area. We’re excited to continue that tradition with our summer camp production of School of Rock! Still running on Broadway and nominated for 4 TONY Awards (including Best Musical), DLC’s campers will spend three weeks bringing this rocking story to life on our stage. Space is still available for talented student actors and musicians in this one-of-a-kind rock & roll musical adventure. Register today to be a part of this exciting new area premiere.

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    5. Right Now – TYA Professional Training Program’s Parade Tickets on Sale
      Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Program presents Jason Robert Brown’s TONY Award Winning Parade next month. Tickets are on sale for this powerful and thought-provoking musical. Get your tickets today!

      Are there any other questions that we can answer for you about important dates coming 

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  • 05/05/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    More Summer Camp Titles in the News

    Our exciting topics for DLC’s Summer Session continue to heat up the headlines. Here are some more news nuggets and pop culture tidbits that have passed our screen lately.

    1. Check out the video of this squirrel stealing nuts from a Doctor Who Cyberman bird feeder.

      Join us August 22-26 for Doctor Who’s Time Lord University (Grades 6-12) for some more Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Travel Time back by popular demand!
    2. Hamilton Creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams to Honor Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with YOU!)

      Jam out to the infectious music from the groundbreaking TONY Award-nominated Broadway musical Hamilton in our Musical Theatre Bootcamp "Hip Hop Hamilton" session July 5-8.
    3. Teen Beach Movie’s star Ross Lynch cast as lead in upcoming film comedy Status Update.

      Get in full-on summer mode with songs and scenes from summer favorites including Teen Beach Movie and others with DLC Beach Week from June 20-24.
    4. Fans keep their fingers crossed for a Camp Rock throwback as Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato gear up for their new tour.

      Get ready to ROCK with our three-week production session of Disney’s Camp Rock (grades 1-5) from August 1-19.
    5. Doc McStuffins inspires real-life society to promote diversity in the medical field.

      Join us with the trailblazing Doc McStuffins in our Broadway Babies: The Doctor Is In Preschool Camp (ages 3-5) from June 20-24.

    Join us next week for a new installment of your summer camp topics in the news and pop culture. Summer drama camps are filling up fast, so register early to get your first choice of summer camps!

    Questions about which summer camp is the right one for you? Send us a message so that we can help you make the best selection for your student!

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  • 04/25/2016 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    Meet the Guest Artist

    e’re excited to welcome Sarah Pencheff as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Cosplay Creations camp in July!

    Sarah Pencheff is a NYC-based Costume Designer, Special Effects Make-up artist, and Certified Cosplay Enthusiast.  Sarah regularly attends New York Comic Con, and nearly always starts building her cosplay at the absolutely last possible minute.  In 2015, her Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy) Cosplay made it onto the Rotten Tomatoes Best of NYCC blog (twice!).  Other favorites include Andrea from "The Walking Dead" (comic book version, of course!), Julie Winters from "The Maxx" (proof that you can cosplay with just your own wardrobe and a pair of scissors), and being bodypainted as Batman V. Superman.  Her ultimate cosplay goal is to build a screen accurate Battlestar Galactica flight suit.  In addition to creating cosplay ensembles, Sarah has also created several original characters for stage and new media productions.

    Please join us in welcoming Sarah as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Students in the Cosplay Creations camp will learn about costume design and creation, special effects make up, and character development. Whether you’re prepping for a local convention or for Ren-Fest, Ms. Sarah and the rest of the staff will be sure to help you shine at your next appearance! Cosplay Creations camp runs July 25-29, and is open to students in grades 6-12. Registration is currently open until the session​​ fills. Secure your spot today!

    Register Today!

    UPDATE: Ms. Sarah Pencheff will officially return in 2017 to lead our Cosplay Creations campers in another great session of costume creation. Register today to secure your spot in this highly popular camp.

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  • 04/19/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Titles in the News

    We’re very excited our summer camp topics for this session of DLC! Have you seen or heard yet of any of these news nuggets or pop culture tidbits?

    1. Charlize Theron’s 4-year-old son, Jackson, became a huge fan of Emily Blunt’s character on the set of new movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War…. because he thought she was Elsa from Frozen!

      Join us from July 5-8 for Frozen Fever (grades K-5) or Broadway Babies: Frozen Fever (Pre-K)!
    2. The Jungle Book is a beast at the box office and points to more Disney live-action re-makes… whether we want them or not.

      DLC goes to the Jungle from July 11-22 with The Jungle Book (grades 3-5)

       

    3. Minecraft creator Microsoft announces release of special "Education Edition" in June to teach kids about navigation, collaboration, social skills and creating reusable projects for their classes.

      We’re entering the squarish world of Minecraftverse with Minecraft Mayhem (grades K-2 and 3-8) from June 27-July 1.

       

    4. Nickelodeon’s new School of Rock sitcom reboot has been renewed for a second season!

      We’re ready to rock ‘n roll with the area premiere of School of Rock (grades 6-12) from August 1-19.

       

    5. Smash hit musical Hamilton wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama— the 9th musical to do so.

      Musical Theatre Bootcamp is going HIP HOP HAMILTON (grades 6-12) from July 5-8. Hone your musical theatre dance skills to this exciting contemporary music!

    Join us next week for a new installment of your summer camp topics in the news and pop culture. Summer drama camps are filling up fast, so register early to get your first choice of summer camps!

    Questions about which summer camp is the right one for you? Send us a message so that we can help you make the best selection for your student!

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  • 02/03/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Valentine’s Day Dance – February 12th

    What are you doing to celebrate Cupid’s favorite holiday?

    You might be getting some of this:

    or exchanging some of these…

    You may be on the giving or receiving end of some of these…

    We’re guessing that you’d probably like to celebrate Valentine’s Day this way…

    …but maybe you have some family members that look a little like this…

    No matter how much you love them, you really just want a couple of moments to yourselves to celebrate Valentine’s Day together– just the two of you. Right? DLC to the rescue! Drop the kids off at our Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 12th from 7-11 PM. Our talented and engaging staff of teaching artists will keep your little ones occupied with drama fun, arts and crafts, and even a Cupid-themed dance party leaving you the opportunity to have a date night with your special someone!

    Tickets are $20 for the first child and $15 for a sibling.

    Register online here* or call us at ​(410) 849-6335​ to secure your spot in this fun activity!

    *To register online, click through the link and select Winter 2015/16 as the term on our enrollment page. The Valentine’s Day Dance is at the bottom of the list.

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  • 01/27/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Snow Day School’s Out Workshops

    What do you do with the kids when schools are closed day after day due to EPIC BLIZZARD CLEANUP?

    If your kids are starting to do crazy things…

    If you’re starting to look like a crazy person…

    If your boss has said "no more days off!"…

    Register your children for our Snow Day School’s Out Workshops!

    Howard County Public Schools just announced that they’re closed again tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th. We’ll hold another School’s Out Workshop.

    UPDATE: Howard County Public Schools are closed on Friday, January 29th! We’re open. All registration information is the same.

    Here are the details:

    Workshop hours: 10 AM – 4 PM
    Tuition: $55/student. Add a sibling for $20

    *Call us at (410) 849-6335 to add extended care from 8 AM – 10 AM. Before care is available with pre-registration only. After care available until 6 PM.

    Sign Up Today!

    (Login to the registration portal and then select the class at the top of the list in the Winter term to complete registration)

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  • 01/12/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight #2

    Broadway Babies Preschool Drama Camps

    One of our favorite things to witness every year is the transformative power of performing being introduced to a new generation of artists. Our Broadway Babies camps and classes are designed for the youngest little superstars, and we have four offerings over the course of the Summer to introduce them to the stage! These developmentally-appropriate camps combine drama games & activities, songs and scenes, arts and crafts, and fun into a week-long exploration of self-expression. With themes centered around topics that kids love the most, you won’t regret enrolling your Broadway Baby in this exciting drama camp. Topics for these camps include:

    • The Doctor is In (June 20-24)
    • Frozen Fever (July 5-8)
    • Paw Patrol (August 1-5)
    • Sherriff Callie (August 8-12)
     

    A final showcase performance will be held each Friday at noon to share what the students learned with family and friends. Here are the details you need to know about these adorable camps for our youngest shining stars:

    • Dates: June 20-24, July 5-8, August 1-5, August 8-12
    • Time: 9:45 – 11:45 AM
    • Ages: 3-5
    • Tuition: $125 ($100 for camp July 5-8)
    • Tuition includes: arts & crafts supplies, props and performance materials, two tickets to the final performance

    Helpful Hint: Many parents use these camps as a great tool to help ease their preschool-aged children into a routine in preparation to head to school in the Fall!

    Call us at (410) 849-6335 or register online today to secure your spot in Summer Preschool Drama!

    Register Today!

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  • 01/05/2016 - Dana Medford 0 Comments
    Summer Camp Spotlight

    Start of Summer Beach Week

    This is an exciting time of year for us here at DLC as we have just announced our Summer Camp offerings for the 2016 season. In the coming weeks, we will spotlight some different sessions to help you get to know just what your summer camp superstar can plan to experience at one of our exciting drama camps.

    First up in this series is our Start of Summer Beach Week (June 20-24)! This first full week off from school is always a very popular session every year. Students will participate in drama activities, arts and crafts, games and fun all centered around a different favorite summer movie each day. Make sure your camper brings a swimsuit or an extra set of clothes for fun outdoor water games to help them get in full-on summer mode. Topics for this week of camp include:

    • Monday: Teen Beach Movie
    • Tuesday: Grease
    • Wednesday: The Little Mermaid
    • Thursday: High School Musical 2
    • Friday: The Parent Trap
     

    A final showcase performance will conclude the week to share the songs and scenes students have learned during their time in camp. Here are the details you need to know about this red hot summer camp:

    • Dates: June 20-24
    • Time: 9 AM – 3 PM
    • Grades: K-5
    • Tuition: $325
    • Tuition includes: arts & crafts supplies, props & performance materials, two tickets to the final performance, and a camp T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by June 1st)
    • Students should bring: a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle
    • Ask us about: extended care 7 AM – 6 PM and our  optional lunch package

    Register and pay in full by February 15th for $100 OFF tuition! Secure your spot AND our largest discount of the year to start summer off with a bang. Call us at ​(410) 849-6335​ or register online today.

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  • 12/18/2015 - dramalearningcenter 0 Comments
    New Site and Ticketing System

    We’re excited to launch our new website and ticketing and registration system today. Transitioning to a new system and website over the past year has come with a lot– both positive and challenging. At the heart of any administrative changes that we make here at Drama Learning Center, however, is our desire to more efficiently and effectively serve the families who spend their time and talents here so that more of our resources can go towards providing quality arts education to our students. We are pleased to begin a new partnership with Arts People: a ticketing and registration system for performing arts organizations. Our new partnership with AP brings to a close our relationship with our previous ticketing vendor. While there will be a new look to ticketing and registration (including a new layer of security for student registration), a lot will stay the same. We are confident that the things that are changing will help us to better serve you while also improving your patron experience. Over the next several weeks, we will release some blog tutorials to help you get the most out of this new system. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding ticketing or registration, please do not hesitate to call us at 410-997-9352 for troubleshooting. And, of course, mark your calendars for January 1st when we open registration for Spring and Summer 2016. It’s an exciting time at Drama Learning Center, and we’re thrilled that you’re here to share it with us!

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“I can’t say enough how blown away I was by the incredible talent. It’s been a great experience for my daughter. Thank you! She will miss the cast for sure!”

– Margaret O.

“Even though my daughter was one of the youngest she said she always felt included by the older kids who looked out for them. This was a hugely ambitious project and it ended up being amazing! Thank you for taking this on and making such a caring environment for all the kids! This is why I love theatre, and now my daughter does too!”

– Alexia C.

“This was an awesome experience!! The older kids were great with my daughter who was one of the youngest in the cast. I truly appreciate the supportive and enriching environment that DLC created for this show.”

– Beth H.

“Not only was the show impressive, the experience was wonderful. My daughter and friends sobbed after the last performance. They’ve never been as close as a cast and they are already committed to return next summer.”

– Andrea D.

“You can’t tell from this distance but many of the kids, even though they’d never met before, were crying as they took their final bows. In 4 short weeks, you created a family.”

– Andrea D.

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