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


GET A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR 2020/2021 SENIOR COMPANY SEASON

Putting together our Senior Company’s 6th season we found ourselves looking for shows that not only pushed our young artists, but also that would allow them to create three very unique and very different productions.

We’ve put together what we think is a very thrilling season, that not only embodies our mission to ENGAGE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER but showcase the talents of our students and pushes 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 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

AMERICAN IDIOT
SENIOR COMPANY
Auditions September 2020 | Performances December 2020

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, speaks to all those struggling to find their way through life.

PARADE
SENIOR COMPANY
Auditions December 2020 | Performances March 2021

In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.

THE SECRET GARDEN
SENIOR COMPANY
Auditions March 2021 | Performances June 2021

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.


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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