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A Musical Theatre Summer Experience Like No Other with Young Artists of America

 

You may have heard of Young Artists of America before. They’ve been voted as a top summer camp by Washington City Paper and Bethesda Magazine readers for many years in a row. Their productions have won Regional Emmys, and their year-round programming was named “Best Youth Music Program” (Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda 2020) and “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” (MD Theater Guide 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards).

With the pandemic, they have been pivoting quickly, thinking creatively with safety first – offering virtual classes as well as fully-staged digital musical theatre productions that include filmed, in-person performances and virtual performances edited together. They were recently featured on Fox5 for one of these productions, their upcoming presentation of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS, partially performed literally in the woods!

So, if you are looking for a summer program for your performing arts tween or teen, check out what YAA is offering! They have two different programs this summer:

Conservatories is a full-day, on-campus or hybrid model that focuses on the artistic process plus applied training in Acting, Dance and Voice, culminating in a fully-staged digital musical theatre production (RENT, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Jr., and Madagascar, Jr.) at the end of each session. They run from June 25 – July 9 and July 9-23

Academies is a half-day, all virtual model called that focuses on the artistic process to educate aspiring young performers of all levels in the many disciplines of musical theatre. Both of these models have programming for students ranging from 5th grade to college freshmen at all levels. Sessions run from June 28 – July 9 and July 12-23.

You can learn more about both programs here.

If your summer is booked, be sure to check out their year-round programming as well. They offer spring and fall semester training for singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists as well, and even have one-off workshops (sometimes free!). No matter the program, YAA is known for one-of-a-kind opportunities, truly nothing like anything in the area.

Students learn from top teaching faculty as well as teaching artists, oftentimes right from Broadway. Their students have had the opportunity to work directly with such Broadway legends as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (Lion King), and performers the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, and Eleasha Gamble, Anthony McGill, and countless others.

In normal times, they produce full-staged, symphonic productions and perform them on state-of-the-art stages like the Music Center at Strathmore and The Clarice. Check out highlights from Les Miserables, one of their last fully-staged productions before the pandemic:

Even more, Young Artists of America has generously offered KFDC readers $100 off registration for new students depending on the program! Use promo code KF100 at check out when you register on their website.

 

This post is sponsored by Young Artists of America, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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National Children’s Chorus Online Conservatory – Apply Now for Spring 2021!

 

The National Children’s Chorus Academy based in Washington, DC, provides children ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary online musical environment this spring. The country’s leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in an exciting array of virtual performances, presenting world premieres and collaborating with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world.

Additionally, students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children’s Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don’t waste another minute. Set up a virtual audition today!

 

Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to apply.

Online courses include:
Ensemble Training (Virtual Choir Videos) • Individualized Coachings with Conductors • Musicianship & Kodály Method • Voice Class • Advanced Ear Training • Advanced Sight Singing • Masterclass Series


Apply now to book a virtual audition and attend the online information presentation on November 7th!

This post is sponsored by the National Children’s Chorus, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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The Digital Playwriting Program at Young Playwrights’ Theater

 

On September 28, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) launches its Digital Playwriting Program, after-school virtual playwriting classes for young people. The Digital Playwriting Program is open to students in grades 3 – 12, who are interested in learning how to express themselves through playwriting and storytelling. YPT playwrights learn to create bold characters, imaginative settings, and thrilling action in their very own play with live instruction from a YPT Teaching Artist through video conference.

YPT is dedicated to providing accessible programming to all young people. Students and families have the choice of registering for any Digital Playwriting Program at the cost of $20, $15, $5, or $0 to ensure all students can attend with no financial barrier.

Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from September 28 to November 4, 2020, at the following times:
3rd to 5th Grade: 3:30pm – 4:15pm EST
6th to 8th Grade: 3:00pm – 3:45pm EST
9th to 12th Grade: 2:30pm – 3:30pm EST

And if you’re an adult looking to explore your own storytelling, YPT has classes for you, too! Step into The Playwrights’ Lab, YPT’s virtual courses for ages 18 and up, where adults can explore playwriting and provide constructive feedback to a group of supportive fellow writers. You’re never too old to be a young playwright!

Enroll in YPT’s playwriting programs today and learn more about all of YPT’s virtual programs as well as their digital curriculum and resources for educators at YPT’s Online Programs Page. For additional questions, contact Young Playwrights’ Theater at [email protected]

About Young Playwrights’ Theater
Young Playwrights’ Theater is an award-winning arts education organization and theater company in Washington, DC. YPT inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices through high-quality arts education programming and productions. Learn more at yptdc.org.

 

This post is sponsored by Young Playwrights’ Theater, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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11 Great Things To Know About Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps!

[Note: This is a sponsored guest post by Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps.]

The Washington Wizards have announced their official Jr. Wizards Basketball Camp dates! If you have a young one interested in crafting their skills or a beginner who wants to learn more about the game of basketball, registration is open now here. And you can learn more about the camp below!


11 Great Things To Know About Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps

1. There is a Jr. Wizards Basketball Camp during spring break, and 12 camps during the summer.
The spring break camp runs from April 6 – 10 in Sterling, VA. There are 12 camps throughout the summer, the first beginning on June 15, and the final camp starting on August 10.

2. Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps are in different locations around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Locate the city closest to you and pick a camp date!

Washington DC: July 13–17; July 20–24; August 10-14
Fredericksburg, VA: June 22–26
Sterling, VA: April 6–10; June 15– 9; July 6–10
Boyds, MD: June 22–26
La Plata, MD: July 6–10
Baltimore, MD: July 6–10
Middleburg, VA: July 27-31
Severn, MD: July 27-31
Bowie, MD: August 3-7

3.The Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps last for 5 days from 9am – 3pm.
The camps run Monday – Friday from approximately 9am – 3pm

4. All campers receive two (2) game ticket vouchers towards a 2020-21 Washington Wizards home game, with an option to purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate, and a Jr. Wizards T-shirt.
The Jr. Wizards are providing each camper two free ticket vouchers to check out a Washington Wizards game during the 2020-21 season! They provide vouchers so parents can pick which game works best for your schedule later.

5. Payment options are available.
You can pay the balance in full upon registration, or you can sign up for a payment plan which requires a minimum $75 deposit.

6. Discounts are available for siblings and groups.
A 10% sibling discount is automatically applied to the second child during registration when both children are registered together and on the same account. Groups of 10 or more players are also eligible for discounts. More information on group discounts can be found here.

7. The Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps offer scholarships.
There are a select number of scholarships awarded by the Washington Wizards Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps. More information about the scholarship application can be found here.

8. The camps are open to girls and boys ages 6 to 14.
All boys and girls ages 6–14 are welcome to attend, regardless of their current basketball skill level.

9. Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps give your child a chance to learn from the best.
The Jr. Wizards coaching staff is made up of experienced coaches from all levels, including high school, middle school, AAU, current and former collegiate players/coaches, game officials, trainers, and other basketball personnel.

10. Meet and compete against new kids.
Campers are grouped by age and skill level after an initial evaluation period on the first day of camp.

11. Your kid will have a blast!
The goal of Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps is for every camper to further develop their basketball skills — and have a great time playing a sport they love.


Enrollment for Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps is open now. Register your child here for spring or summer camp today!

This post is sponsored by the Washington Wizards, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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