2016-2017 SEASON

small-0262“Art isn’t easyEvery minor detail is a major decision…”
“Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art
Every moment makes a contribution
Every little detail plays a part
Having just a vision’s no solution
Everything depends on execution
Putting it together, that’s what counts!”
Sunday In The Park With George

In putting together our 2016-2017 season, we at Ovations Theatre strove to create a series of shows that not only embody our mission to ENGAGE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER but showcase the talents of our students and push each performer to the next level.

We spent much time looking at the big picture (pun intended as you’ll see below) and worked hard to come up with what we think will be the perfect selections for our students this year. While we still have one title to announce later this fall (waiting on rights to be processed for a title we are very, very excited about) we are proud to announce our new and improved 2016-2017 Main Stage season!

Under the mentorship of some of the area’s hottest local musical theatre stars, Ovations upcoming season will push the envelope artistically and challenge our students and audiences to immerse themselves in and delve into thought-provoking theatre. We hope you will join us this coming season, one we believe the DMV area will remember for quite some time!

-Darnell Morris

Artistic Director



Featuring Students in Grades 8-12
December 2, 3 and 4 2016
Performances held at the Kreeger Theatre JCC of Greater Washington

The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical–Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind, this show is set in late-19th-century Germany, and tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of puberty and coming into their own. This show contains mature themes.
“*****Spellbinding vocals by the cast members and the ensemble…Director Darnell Patrick Morris brought a fresh approach to the Tony Award-winning musical… Given the quality of the production, I look forward to seeing more from this young troupe.” Bev Fleisher, DCMetroTheaterArts.

Featuring Students in Grades 3-9

January 12, 13, and 14 2017
Performances held at the Kreeger Theatre JCC of Greater Washington
Based on the original Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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Featuring Students in Grades 8-12
March 3, 4 and 5 2017
Performances held at the Carl Freeman Auditorium located at 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Olney MD 20832
Inspired by the painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Sunday In The Park With George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter Georges Seurat won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
“Quite simply, I was blown away by every aspect of this production by Ovations Theatre, under the direction of Darnell Patrick Morris.” Bev Fleisher, DCMetroTheaterArts.

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Featuring Students in Grades 3-9

April 21, 22 and 23 2017
Performances held at the Kreeger Theatre JCC of Greater Washington
 It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!
“Ovations Theatre hits another one out of the park with their production of Hairspray, Jr.performed entirely by 3rd through 9th graders… All in all, this production was first rate. Congratulations to everyone involved. I look forward to the next Ovations production. To quote my daughter once more, “My hands got numb from clapping so much!” Nicole Hertvik, DCMetroTheatreArts