In putting together our 2019-2020 season, our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, we really put a lot of thought into picking shows that would not only stretch our students as young artists but also shows that resonates with our community, our values and what’s going on in the world around us.

We’ve put together a very eclectic season that not only embodies our mission to ENGAGE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER but showcase the talents of our students and push each performer to the next level.

Under the leadership of some of the area’s hottest local musical theatre talent, 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, Morgan & Theresa

2019-2020 season


INTRODUCING OVATIONS JUNIOR & SENIOR COMPANIES
In putting together our 2017-2018 season, we reflected on our program and what would move us to the next level. We are thrilled to share with you our two new groups: OVATIONS SENIOR COMPANY (Grades 8-12) & OVATIONS JUNIOR COMPANY (Grades 3-9).

In creating these companies, we wanted to provide a clear overview of what we expect from our students and what our community can expect from OVATIONS programming. We believe these two programs embody our core objectives: ENGAGE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER.

At OVATIONS we always strive to create a professional yet enriching and supportive atmosphere.  Our production teams are composed of DC and NYC professional theatre artists dedicated to bringing the next generation of artist to the next level. Through mentoring, exploration and encouraging self-discipline, we confidently feel that we prepare our students for performing and for life. To quote Mama Rose, “You’ll be swell, you’ll be great, gonna have the whole world on a plate..” 

DarnellWeb-0083-Darnell Patrick Morris

Producing Artistic Director


WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR JUNIOR COMPANY

Before Moving Onto Our SENIOR COMPANY Students Are Able To:JrColorBackground

  • Create fully realized characters with the ability to answer such questions as: Who Am I? Where Am I Coming From? What do I want?
  • Understanding character objectives and able to label whether in spoken dialogue or sung lyrics
  • Act and emote songs
  • Make songs and musical moments an extension of dialogue and scene
  • Understand the basic process of script analysis
  • Comfortable with the process of “marking up your script”
  • Understands the principals of between the actually written text vs sub-text
  • Comfortably acts using various and sometimes multiple emotions as characters dictate

What We Expect From Our Students:

  • Students are expected to come to rehearsals familiar with scenes or musical numbers and are expected to be off book for the particular scene or number once they are staged
  • Students come prepared to rehearsals with character descriptions
  • To understand their character(s) objectives
  • Students are expected to work outside of rehearsals on their staging, dialogue, and music whether on their own or with their voice and acting teachers
  • Students come with a willingness to step outside their comfort zone

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR SENIOR PROGRAM
After Completing Our SENIOR COMPANY Students Are Able To: SrColorBackground

  • Create three-dimensional characters
  • Understanding character objectives
  • Act and emote songs: ability to “live in the moment” vs “showing the moment”
  • Make songs and musical moments an extension of dialogue and scene
  • Confident in the process of script analysis and able to “mark up their script” clearly labeling beats, objective, subtext
  • Clearly understands the difference between text and sub-text
  • Understands how to create and share complex emotions, objectives, and situations with their audiences

What We Expect From Our Students:

  • Students are expected to be off book for every rehearsal
  • Students come prepared to rehearsals with full character descriptions and clear understanding of their characters objectives
  • Students are expected to work outside of rehearsals on their staging, dialogue, and music whether on their own or with their voice and acting teachers
  • Students come with a willingness to step outside their comfort zone

WORKSHOPS, MASTERCLASSES AND MORE
Both the SENIOR and JUNIOR COMPANIES will take part in at least (2) 
Master Classes and Workshops tailored to each specific groups abilities and needs- always led by DC and NYC professional Theatre Artist.

Our 2019-2020 season will, once again, push the envelope artistically and challenge our students and audiences to immerse themselves in and delve into thought-provoking theatre. In a time where society is trying to silence art it is important to give our students not only a distraction from the tough circumstances around them but also empower them with a voice- a voice that is heard and celebrated.


PRESS FROM OUR PAST SEASON SHOWS

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