Students will especially learn that their voice and their role matters, no matter how small. There is no experience needed, and kids have loved their hallmark classes — Sing Dance Act (Grades K-1), Broadway Prep (Grades 2-3), and Bridge to Broadway (Grades 4-5) — for almost 10 years.
Just for KidFriendlyDC subscribers, save $35 or more on Fall Classes (10%) with the promo code KFDCF23. Need more assistance? Scholarships are available and ask them about sibling discounts too at 301-251-5766.
Savings Alert: Tickets to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Adventure Theatre MTC
Join old friends as Adventure Theater gathers the entire Peanuts gang for a nostalgic and heartwarming musical based on the comic strip by Charles Schulz. With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life’s big questions through the eyes of Charlie Brown as his friends play baseball, fly kites, struggle with homework, swoon over crushes, and celebrate the joys of friendship. Growing up is serious business!
This show is recommended for all ages. Single tickets are on sale for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Adventure Theatre MTC (with children under the age of 1 free), but for season-long savings, consider a Flexpassinstead and save $7.50 per ticket!
About Adventure Theatre ATMTC
ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training. Learn more here.
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This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre MTC, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and think would appeal to KFDC readers.
Does your child love to perform? Are you looking for a fun and engaging extracurricular activity for them? Imagination Stage, well known for its wonderful children’s theatre, offers all kinds of performing arts classes for kids of all ages — and registration is now open for their Winter/Spring session that begins in mid-January!
Imagination Stage’s programming inspires youth of all ages and abilities to grow as artists and innovators. They provide quality, year-round education in acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Early Childhood Classes
These classes for little ones are a sensory-stimulating way to introduce students to the world of theatre and dance while also building lifelong skills such as teamwork, sharing, confidence building, and gaining independence. Students develop gross motor skills through movement activities, fine motor skills through visual art projects, learn basic music skills, and learn to use their four Actor’s Tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination through dramatic play.
* Classes for ages 12-36 months, designed for children with caregivers, include You & Me: Musical Journeys, You & Me: Winter Wonderland, You & Me: Baby Animals, and You & Me: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles.
* Drop off classes for ages 3-5 include Magic Suitcase/Maleta Mágica (Bilingual – you don’t have to know the language to participate!), Dance: Pop Starz, and Disney Drama.
Fun, non-competitive dance classes are available for students of all levels and abilities, meeting the needs of dancers at every stage of their physical and mental development. Dance classes help young children improve their coordination, gain important social skills, and explore their own creativity.
* Dance classes include Mini Broadway Song & Dance, Hip-Hop Dance Crew, and Family Fun: Broadway Dance Sampler – a fun class for for caregivers and children to dance together.
Acting and Musical Theatre Classes
These classes are open to students of all experience levels and abilities, and students are welcome to jump in and get started at any grade level. Younger age groups engage in dramatic play while older groups delve into the application of more advanced, specialized training.
* Classes for younger children include Creative Drama: Magic Tree House, Musical Theatre: Encanto, and Commercial Creators
* Older kids can participate in programs like Stand-Up & Sketch Comedy, Musical Theatre Intensive: Beetlejuice, and Acting: Scene Study
The Filmmaking program is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes in a hands-on environment working with state-of-the-art equipment. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasizing the pre-production process, visual storytelling, and artistic style. Filmmaking classes are offered for students in grades 6-12.
* Classes include Fundamentals of Filmmaking, Narrative Filmmaking Project, and the Filmmaking Conservatory Package: Sound Design, Lighting, and Directing.
Access & Inclusion
Imagination Stage’s access and inclusion program provides equitable access to all programming, from added inclusion support to peer-group access classes in order to provide the most successful experience for each student.
* Access classes include Access Acting: Character Lab and Access Voice Acting: Animated Voiceovers.
Freedom Choir *NEW*
Serious singers are invited to audition this newly formed Freedom Choir – an Imagination Stage collaboration with Artist-in-Residence Dr. Rickey Payton, Sr. and The Urban Nation H-I-P-H-O-P Choir, which will focus on a repertoire of songs from a variety of cultures, nations, religions, and styles.
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This post is sponsored by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Are you looking for theatre and ballet classes for kids (or yourself) in Northern Virginia? Synetic Theater, a center for American Physical Theatre and presenter of some of the area’s most magical plays, offers an exciting array of classes for children of all ages — as well as anyone interested in cultivating an active and creative life. Here are programs available this fall, beginning September 24!
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Magic of Disney
1st Grade – 5th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 9-10am
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer
It’s a Whole New World with this acting class for elementary aged students. Each class will be themed off of a different Disney movie with games and activities tailored to the theme each week. Students can sing, act, and dance their way to the ball in this one of a kind acting class! They will learn how to use their imaginations to create new and exciting worlds and characters. Themes include Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Big Hero 6, and so many more! Grab your pixie dust and imagination and get ready to never grow up.
Spies in Disguise
6th Grade – 8th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 10–11am
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer
Calling all secret agents! There is an enemy that must be found and captured. In this seven-week class, students will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a spy…. a physical theater spy, that is. Students will learn secret tumbling tricks, create epic spy gear, and hopefully save the world. This class is open to any middle school age student looking to try their hand at acting or improve on their skills.
Beginning Ballet Ages 4-6
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 1-2pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available. Young dancers learn balance, coordination, and beginning ballet steps such as plies, releves, jumps, and turns as they come together to develop a lifelong love of dance. This class culminates in a shareformance of warm-ups and a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.
Ages 7-12 September 30 – November 18 | Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available. This multi-age class teaches fundamentals of ballet through barre, center, and across-the-floor. Young artists learn alignment, strength, agility, and ballet technique through a wide variety of exercises, stretches, and dance combinations. The class culminates in a shareformance of a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 2:30-3:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.
Perfect for adults returning to ballet or anyone who wants to improve their core strength and posture, strengthen their back muscles to reduce injuries, improve their flexibility, and learn basic ballet terminology. No experience is necessary for this fun and creative class. All classes are limited to 8 participants.
All classes take place at the Synetic Theater Studio in the Crystal City area of Arlington. Learn more and register through the links above. And for more information about Synetic Theater, visit the website.
This post is sponsored by Synetic Theater, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.
Imagination Stage has been a beloved and trusted theatre for 43 years! Their fall classes provide an ideal setting for nurturing creativity, exploring the arts, and making new friends and great memories. Registration is now open for 6- and 10-week classes as well as one-day workshops in acting, musical theatre, performance, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18. They are conveniently located in Bethesda, just minutes from the Metro.
The skilled and fun-loving teaching artists are dedicated to the Imagination Stage mission of empowering all young people to discover their voice and identity through the performing arts. Financial aid is available.
I just mentioned a few days ago that sign-up for summer camps around the DC area has begun. And I’m highlighting another one that both of my kids have enjoyed over the years: Adventure Theatre!
The popular Glen Echo theater that brings us wonderful family entertainment with plays and musicals especially for younger audiences also offers camps and classes all year round, including summer programs for school-aged kids in 1st to 12th grades.
Musical Theatre Camp: Grades 1-6
This program is a fantastic opportunity for kids entering grades 1–6 to experience musical theatre in a fun, full-day camp. During the two-week sessions, they work alongside accomplished DC-area theater professionals and teaching artists during daily rehearsals in dancing, singing, and acting. With props and costumes, singing and scene-work, sessions culminate in a performance of a full-scale show for family and friends. And this is all with one of the best children’s theatres around! Five two-week sessions are offered at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park from June 18 – August 24. And there will be two sessions at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC, July 2-13 and July 16-July 27. Cost of tuition includes a ticket to see Tinker Bell at Adventure Theatre MTC, June 22 – August 19 in Glen Echo Park.
This three-week program is committed to the development of the next generation of performers by providing focused instruction in an intensive and immersive musical theater environment. Offered to kids in middle and high school, each student is placed into a company based on factors that include ability, age, and experience. Companies train together in technique-specific classes and work collaboratively during the rehearsal process on assigned musical numbers, vignettes, and scenes to be presented on the last day of the session for family and friends.
The first session lasts for three weeks and includes a trip to New York City to see Once on This Island (show subject to change) and take a master class with Broadway Performers who will be appearing in that same show on July 3, 2018. The second session will split training the day with rehearsal and will put on a production of Les Miserables Student Edition at the end of the four weeks on the Adventure Theatre stage in Glen Echo Park. Performances will be the weekend August 11-12.
For more information, including rates and registration, visit the Adventure Theatre website.
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On a personal note, I can’t say enough how much we’ve enjoyed this camp over the years. Owen started the trend for our family, participating in the two-week sessions for several summers. Sasha began carrying on the tradition a couple of years ago and loves it. I adore the program, too. It offers a great foundation for kids interested in the performing arts. They learn an incredible amount about acting and the inner workings of the theatre. And the production at the end is such a treat for us parents to see just how much they get out of the camp, from their knowledge about the production process to confidence being on stage to having a blast with friends, old and new.
Sasha and her castmates take their bows after a fantastic performance last summer
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre MTC, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.