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Get Kids into the Act at Imagination Stage Winter & Spring Classes!

 

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.

See the full list of Early Childhood classes!

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Dance Classes
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.

See the full list of Dance classes!

 

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

See the full list of Acting and Musical Theatre classes!

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Filmmaking Classes
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.

See the full list of Filmmaking classes!

 

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.

See the full list of Access classes!

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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.

 

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Fun for FALL at Imagination Stage

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.

For full class information, visit the website.

 

Early Childhood Classes
Check out some of the classes and workshops for children ages 1-5, which focus on providing fun and developmentally-appropriate experiences!

You & Me: On the Farm (12-23 months)

Saturday Song Circle: We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt (ages 1-5)

Sunday Fun Day: Not Quite Narwhal (ages 1-5)

You & Me: Creating with Color (24-36 months)

Heroes, Royalty, & Dragons (ages 3-4)

NEW Drama & Music/Drama & Música (Bilingual) (ages 4-5)

Broadway Boogie (Ages 4-5)

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Elementary School Aged Classes
Kids can embrace the fun, whether they’re dancing to Disney tunes or learning comedic timing 101!

Creative Drama: Star Wars Adventures (grades K-1)

Drama and Music: Jungle Tales (grades K-1)

Mini Broadway Song & Dance (grades K-1)

Creative Drama: Myths and Magic (grades 2-3)

Comedy Kids (grades 2-3)

Dance: Newsies (grades 2-3)

FUNdamentals of Musical Theatre (grades 4-5)

Improv Theatre Games (grades 4-5)

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Teen Classes
Middle and high school aged students have a chance to hone their skills and have some fun in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre, Training and Performance, Filmmaking, or Access classes!

NEW Freedom Choir (grades 5-12)

FUNdamentals of Filmmaking (grades 6-8)

“Have at Thee!” – Shakespeare Scenes & Combat (grades 6-12)

Dance Academy: Technique and Flexibility (grades 6-12)

Voice & Dance: Rock/Pop Musicals (grades 7-9)

Musical Theatre Performance (grades 9-12)

Access Voice Acting (ages 13-21)*

*Imagination Stage provides equitable access to all programming, from added inclusion supports to peer-group access classes in order to provide the most successful experience for each student.

 

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.

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Act Now: Registration is Open for Adventure Theatre Summer Camp!



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.

For more information, including rates, registration, and the shows being performed this summer, visit the Adventure Theatre website:
Camp at Glen Echo Park
Camp at the Atlas


Summer Musical Theatre Training: Grades 6-12

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.

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Get Kids into the Act at Adventure Theatre Summer Camp

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There are so many options for summer camps in the DC area, and my kids have been to a variety of them over the years. But there’s one that consistently has been a part of our summer: Adventure Theatre’s acting camp.

The program is a fantastic opportunity for kids going into grades 1 – 6 to experience musical theatre in a fun, full-day camp. 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!

Sasha on stage in the 'Camp Runamuk' performance last summer

Sasha on stage in the ‘Camp Runamuk’ performance last summer



Owen started our family trend with the camp, participating in the two-week sessions for several summers. Sasha began carrying on the tradition last year and loved it so much she’s signed up again. I truly adore the program, too. The kids really learn an incredible amount about acting and the inner workings of the theatre, and the production at the end is such a treat. It’s so impressive to see just how much they get out of classes, and knowing how much fun they have in the process makes it even better.

Adventure Theatre Summer Camp is held at both Glen Echo Park and in the District at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. All sessions run for two weeks everyday from 9am – 4pm with before and after care available.

For more information, including rates, registration, and the shows being performed this summer, visit the Adventure Theatre website:
Camp at Glen Echo Park
Camp at the Atlas


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre MTC, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Get Kids into the Act this Fall at Adventure Theatre MTC Academy

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As autumn looms and our children head back to school, Adventure Theatre MTC is also gearing up for the fall semester — one filled with performing arts classes that are fun and enriching, that will benefit kids on stage and off.

The Adventure Theatre MTC Academy offers their students the highest quality creative drama and musical theater training, including classes, student productions, camps, and workshops based on National & State Fine Arts Standards of Learning. Courses have a defined curriculum and goals regardless if they are enrichment (ie, just-for-fun) or technique-based, and the teaching artists have over 30 years combined experience. And ATMTC prides itself on its history of alumni which includes Broadway and National Touring artists as well as leaders in local theatre in and around Washington, DC.

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I can personally attest to the quality of their programs. Owen recently participated in his third year of camp with Adventure Theatre, an experience that was once again a highlight of his summer. Over a two-week session the kids learn an incredible amount about acting and the inner workings of the theatre, which they showcase in a real production that parents and friends are invited to watch. It truly is impressive to see just how much they get out of classes.

But the best part is knowing how much fun they have in the process and seeing them gain skills that translate into other parts of their lives. As one Adventure Theatre rep put it:

“No matter what you do in life, you will have to present yourself and display confidence despite what you’re really feeling inside. For interviews, presentations, and meetings, regardless of your chosen career path, you will have to understand your own body language and movement ability — and what that says to others. Learning to present oneself early in front of a group of people will assist in future endeavors no matter what path they choose in life. Additionally, enhancing nonverbal and verbal skills helps you stand-out and creatively communicate to others in this age where everyone relies on digital communication. However, if their path is one of the stage (singers, musicians, actors, and even behind-the-camera), understanding the actor’s process is essential.”

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A variety of classes are available this fall for all ages, interests, and experience, even a workshop for parents, including:

(Grades K-3) Musical Theater Dance: A beginning dance course designed to introduce your young dancer to the dance moves and terminology used in professional musical theater. Under the direction of the instructor, students will learn proper dance terminology, develop dance etiquette, and increase their body awareness as they learn the basics of ballet, jazz, and tap dance.

(Grades 6-12) Actor’s Workshop: In Actors Workshop III, students will sharpen their talent through the process of rehearsal and presentation of scene work and a one-act piece, allowing them to identify acting habits that will inhibit growth in textual work, character development, technical polish and interplay. Pre-requisite of Acting Technique II is required, or by instructor permission. (Once advanced to level III, students will continue to work a different play each semester, culminating in The Academy Acting Showcase to be performed at the Glen Echo Main stage on Sunday, May 15, 2016.)

Smart Stage Parent’s Workshop: This workshop has been created to provide parents with practical, solid advice to benefit their child and assist them in navigating the world of professional theater. Make no mistake, the arts world offers steady stress for kids: Auditions outnumber jobs; competition and rejection are facts of life. This special workshop will offer valuable insight, advice and tips from a professional panel including casting and collegiate professionals. Topics will include overcoming what is holding you back from getting seen by Casting Directors (it’s all about relationships), to get (or not to get) a manager & agent, to be (or not to be) equity, creating resumes and headshots that stand out (for the right reasons!), steering clear of scams, how to effectively handle rejection, and plenty of insider tips that will help you help your child follow his or her dream.

Parent Favorites:
(Grades K-3) Sing, Dance, Act!: The best way to introduce your young thespian to the genre of musical theater! This class will include stage performance basics, vocal instruction, and simple Broadway dance combinations by creating and using age-appropriate musical scenes. No pre-requisite or placement is required for this course. (Advancement level option after two semesters, or by instructor permission: Broadway Prep.)

(Grades 1-3) Mini-Play: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: No audition required This class culminates in an informal performance that is guided by literature and created by our students. Participants will join Snow White, the Wicked Queen, and the Seven Dwarves as they explore the story, its characters, plot line, and sequence; working together to create their own improvised theater piece!

(Grades 6-12) Ballet/Jazz Combo I or II: Students learn two musical theater styles in one class. The combination course allows students to gain a fundamental knowledge of and preparation for the dance forms of both ballet and jazz. Classes consist of learning the standard placement of feet and arms, basic terminology, barre exercises, floor work and simple jazz combinations.

(Grades 4-7) Acting the Song: Facilitated by an experienced voice teacher and musical theater professional, students will work on the skills necessary to technically and aesthetically perform musical theater repertoire. Both up-tempo and ballad songs will be chosen for students’ vocal ranges and acting abilities.

These are just a sample of the many classes being offered, so be sure to check out the full list. Days, times, and rates vary by class — you can find all of those details on the Adventure Theatre MTC website.


Disclosure: 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.


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