For the past year and a half Morgan Fannon (OVATIONS Managing Director) and I have spent our time celebrating finding our home and producing nearly two dozen shows post COVID! We have also been thinking about how to best serve both our existing student body and the new community our beloved theatre The Harriet (named after my personal hero; the world-shaking abolitionist Harriet Tubman) has brought us. Since opening the Harriet we’ve been committed to creating a space that encourages collaboration and group effort. We seek to feature, both on and off-stage, a diverse and vibrant community of artists, cast members and patrons. We strive for professional quality while creating an environment that allows for our mission; to engage, inspire and empower.
• Our Teaching Artists and production members were 90% woman
• Produced 8 Mainstage Productions featuring over 160 students
• Produced an After-School programs featuring over 50 MCPS students
• Provided over 27k in tuition scholarships for needing families
• Brought on Alumni students for several projects and provided paid opportunities
• Started a new Intern Program for students interested in learning and gaining more experience on the technical side of theatre
• STANDING_O produced two shows as well as a two trips to NYC to see the Broadway productions of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS & & JULIET
• Updated the Harriet with new raised seating as well as updating our front light to LED fixtures
With that said, we knew there area areas we had for growth and where we could expand/adjust our existing programing! I am proud to announce the formation of Upstage; our TUITION FREE/ALL AGES program blending local adult talent alongside our amazing students.
The Harriet is a place we want to open up to artists of all ages. As we have done for the past nine years, we welcome a season jam packed with stories and characters that speak to our community but also presents us with exciting challenges. It is our intention to produce the following season. Please note that all shows are pending final rights.
Our Junior Company will produce The Little Mermaid in January 2024, The Spongebob Musical: Youth Edition in April 2024 and Legally Blonde Jr in August 2024. STANDING_O will produce Matilda in October 2023 and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in June 2024.
Our Senior Company will produce Sondheim’s masterpiece Into The Woods in December 2023 and Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in May 2024.
Our tuition free/all ages program, Upstage, will produce our annual holiday musical A Christmas Carol in December 2023, the Iconic and daring classic Gypsy in March 2024, Sweeney Todd in July 2024 and the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! in August 2024.
OVATIONS has provided and offers enriching theatrical experiences for MCPS schools for the past 4 school years. Over a span of 3 months students create a fully staged production with set, props and costumes. At the beginning of the process students choose either a performance or crew track and spend the production process working in their choses area of focus. Know a local school needing an after-school drama program? Let us know!
We are thrilled to announce our apprentice program for students in grades 7 through college. Work along with professionals in our studio/black box theatre creating, designing and putting all technical aspects together with real life application. We accept 6 students a semester and provide SSL hours for all high school participants and a small stipend for all college students.
This fall we will begin offering classes through our conservatory. These group classes are geared for students of all backgrounds. Our elementary program provides a creative atmosphere for students of all skill sets with our upper program allowing students who want a more indepth intro to acting and plays.
A 5,6,7,8 (Ages 5-9)
September through December
In this class students will learn a song and scene for a hit Broadway musical. Students will work on identifying emotions, objectives and working in a group. This class is focused on the basics and foundations of musical theatre. Students will also begin learning musical theory and theatre terminology, navigating sheet music, and more.
BROADWAY BABIES (GRADES 1-3)
September through December
In this class students will learn a song medley and scenes for a hit Broadway musical. Students will work on identifying emotions, objectives and working in a group. This class continues to expand on the basics and foundations of musical theatre adding work in solo expression. Students will also continue learning musical theory and theatre terminology, how to analyze and score scripts and music, and more.
Curtain Call (GRADES 4-6)
September through December
In this class students will focus on creating a 30 minute original cabaret for immediate families consisting of group and solo works. Students will continue learning musical theory and theatre terminology, how to analyze and score scripts and music, and more.
The Acting Studio (Grades 7-12)
Semester 1 September through December
Semester 2 February through May
The class is for students looking to learn more in depth knowledge about acting and to work on a straight-play. The first semester will be spent on technique and ensemble acting that will culminate in a winter showcase of monologue and group scene work. Our second semester will be spent working through a play chosen by the class culminating in a group performance. Shows being considered are Peter and the Star Catcher, The Crucible, Our Town, The Laramie Project and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.