STANDING_O performance ensemble was created and designed to prepare students in grades 5-9 to bridge between our Junior and Senior Company and help prepare to build a solid foundation for their future, no matter if they choose to pursue college training in the arts or otherwise. It teaches them hard work, discipline, working toward goals, teamwork and much more. STANDING_O uses locally established artist to help teach our young students how to excel in voice, dance, and acting. It allows young students who are dedicated to performing and who love Musical Theatre to grow in their gifts while providing top-notch training.

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Please CLICK HERE to complete your STANDING_O 2019/2020 Registration Form

2019.2020 standing

STANDING_O Performance Ensemble is a mix of training hours and rehearsal leading up to several performances including a Winter Cabaret held in December, A black box production of INTO THE WOODS JR in May as well as a Final Showcase held in June. Additionally, there are opportunities for roadshows and smaller cabarets. Members will be invited to our masterclasses (free of charge) held twice a semester. We will also host guest choreographers each semester who will choreograph several numbers!

Auditions for INTO THE WOODS JR and the remainder of the 2019-2020 season will be held from Sunday, January 5th at the Elwood Smith Center located at 601 Harrington Rd Rockville, MD. Students prepare both an up-tempo and a ballad that best displays your vocal abilities as well as your acting range and a 30-second contemporary monologue prepared.  Additionally, auditionees should bring jazz shoes, appropriate dance clothing and should be prepared to learn two short dance combinations.

Members of STANDING_O will rehearse on Sunday afternoons from 3:30pm-5:30pm and every other Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm in Rockville, MD 20850.

Sunday, January 26
Monday, January 27
Sunday, February 2
Sunday, February 9
Monday, February 10
Sunday, February 16
Sunday, February 23
Monday, March 9
Sunday, March 15
Sunday, March 22
Monday, March 23
Sunday, March 29
Sunday, April 5
Sunday, April 19
Monday, April 27
Sunday, May 3
Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11
Sunday, May 31
Monday, June 1
Sunday, June 7
Monday, June 8
Saturday, June 13: SPRING SHOWCASE (between RAGTIME performances)

Members of STANDING_O have three scheduled performances with the opportunity for several “road shows” during the school year. Below are the dates for the three confirmed performances.

SPRING SHOWCASE Saturday, June 13, 2019


STANDING_O Performance Ensemble’s tuition for INTO THE WOODS JR and the Remainder of the 2019-2020 season is of $1275.  There are payment plans and limited scholarships available. Please email ovationstheatre@gmail.com for more info. Members are required to purchase group Jacket and rehearsal bag with the option to personalize.

Payment 1 $637.50: Monday, January 6, 2020
Payment 2 $637.50: Monday, March 9, 2020

Tuition Includes:

  • Group Jacket and Rehearsal Bag with Logo and Personalize Name
  • Costume for INTO THE WOODS
  • One free audition prep (to be scheduled at any time during the MCPS school calendar year) with our Helen Hayes’s Award-winning Associate Artistic Director Theresa Cunningham
  • Submission to professional auditions
  • 2 Comp tickets to any OVATIONS Main Stage Show


  • Receive individual attention in all three disciplines of Musical Theatre in a small group/personal setting not afforded in our JUNIOR COMPANY
  • The exposure to more complex material to help prepare students for both our SENIOR COMPANY as well as their High School Musicals
  • The ability to partake in one black box production that will feature a show that bridges the gap between JUNIOR COMPANY productions and SENIOR COMPANY productions

Burdette_Melynda_Headshot-2Melynda Burdette Wintrol (Director of STANDING_O) a performer, teaching artist, and arts administrator for over 15 years, hails from Frederick, Maryland. Melynda is a graduate of The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music holding a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. Melynda went on to earn her Master of Science in Nonprofit and Association Management. Melynda currently serves as the Arts Integration Manager at Olney Theatre Center and previously served as Director of Education at Adventure Theatre MTC. During her career, Melynda has been part of the education teams at Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Drama Learning Center, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Urbana Dance, and Center Stage Performing Arts Academy, in addition to maintaining a private voice studio in her home studio.  While attending CUA, Melynda was selected to represent the school in Italy and perform a private papal audience for Pope John Paul II.  Melynda has performed off-Broadway, on tour and in regional theatres across the country. A member of three Helen Hayes nominated ensembles, Melynda has performed with the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, American Family Theatre, Washington Savoyards, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center, Shawnee Playhouse, Prather Entertainment Group, Venus Theatre, Pallas Theatre Collective, Riverside Dinner Theatre, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Melynda is a member of EdTA and serves as a Helen Hayes Awards Judge for theatreWashington. www.melyndaburdette.com   

Morgan Thomas HeadshotMorgan Thomas (Choreographer of STANDING_O) is thrilled to return to OVATIONS as the Choreographer for STANDING_O after a year of amazing growth with the inargural season. Morgan is a licensed attorney in Maryland who moonlights as a performer and teaching artist. She has been dancing for 24 years and was trained in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and African dance. After four years on Severna Park’s Dance Company, Morgan took a new course during her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) by joining the Cheerleading Team. She served as the Team Captain her last two years. Additionally, Morgan was a member of the UMBC hip hop dance competition team, Major Definition. She is currently a dance company member with Dance & Bmore, a creative movement collective, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Favorite past performances include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Throughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer, In The Heights, Parade and  her favorite role to date was as Julian Marx in Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production of Bullets Over Broadway (2018).

EbenWeb-5338Eben K. Logan is happy to return to OVATIONS THEATRE after choreographing Parade last fall as well as Spring Awakening and Hairspray Jr with OVATIONS. Most recently Eben choreographed In The Heights (Directed by OVATIONS Artistic Director Darnell Patrick Morris). She served as co-choreographer, and was the recipient of the 2013 WATCH Award for Best Choreography award, alongaide Darnell for Ragtime. Select Professional Acting Credits: Felicia’s 1st Understudy/Featured Dance Ensemble in the National Tour of Memphis The Musical, A Honey in Jelly’s Last Jam with Signature Theatre, Fred’s Wife and Ghost of Christmas Present and Past U/S in Ford’s Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Gary Coleman in Constellation Theater’s Avenue Q, Whatshername in Keegan Theater’s American Idiot and Looking for Roberto Clemente with Imagination Stage. Eben was nominated for a 2017 Helen Hayes Award for her performance as Whatshername in Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot. Upcoming: Marriott Theatre:Sweet Charity. Northlight Theatre: Nina Simone, Four Women. 

Alicia-1551Alicia Osborn is thrilled be back in the DMV area after sailing The Baltic Sea for 6 months as a Lead Vocalist for Aida Cruise Lines. You might have also caught Alicia at the Hippodrome or at Wolf Trap last season in the North America Farewell Tour of Mamma Mia! (Tanya/Rosie cover). Some of her Favorite Regional credits include: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), 9 to 5(Judy), The Secret Garden (Martha), Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe) I Love You, You’re Perfect-Now Change (Woman 2), The King & I (Anna Leonowens), Godspell (Joanne), and All Shook Up (Natalie/Ed). Alicia graduated from the American Music and Dramatic Academy In NYC. You can catch Alicia this spring in Grand Hotel at Signature Theatre.

IMG-6759Shani Hadjian National Tours: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wizard of Oz, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Fancy Nancy. Off-Broadway and regional favorites: Fun Home, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Fancy Nancy, Caroline, or Change, Five Course Love, and As You Like It. The Press Papers voted Shani “Best Actress in a Professional Production” for her role of Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and DC Metro Arts voted her “Best Featured Actress in a Professional Production” for her role of Rose Stopnick in Caroline, or Change which Ovation’s own Darnell Morris directed. Favorite screen credits: Stricken, Poncho, and Sometimes at Night. She is currently in pre-production for her first feature film, Up or Out, as a filmmaker.. Graduate of The Hartt School. www.shanihadjian.com @shadjian

RP059-WEBRj Pavel is proud to be back with OVATIONS THEATRE after his first show with the company as Otto in Spring Awakening, as a Mentor Actor. Rj began his puppetry training with Philadelphia’s Enchantment Theatre Co. in 2011. That same year he continued his training with The Walt Disney Co. and continued to work there for six years. During that time, he was also with Busch Gardens, Tampa, as a puppeteer. Recently, you may have seen him in Chicago (The Keegan Theatre) and as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Riverside Center).

15873261_10211754895412394_4153305777797819825_nChristina Carlucci is a proud Actors Equity Member trained at NYU for Musical Theatre and based out of NYC. Her New York City credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Angel on My Shoulder, Bare, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Two Gentlemen of Verona the Musical (Julia)and Charlie Brown (Lucy). She had toured the world with Shrek the Musical as Gingy as well as nationally with Annie and Disney Cruise Line (Belle/Pocahontas). Her regional favorites include Mamma Mia (Sophie), Saturday Night Fever (Pauline), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Spelling Bee (Olive), Wedding Singer (Holly), Legally Blonde, Chorus Line (Val) and Hairspray (Amber). In addition to her theatre exploits Christina has been privileged to perform at events across the country opening for the likes of Martina McBride, Tony Danza and Franc D’Ambrosio. She is also a philanthropist donating her time and talents for several organizations including the National Italian American Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (whom she helped raise over one million dollars) and Anne Arundel Medical Center, becoming the face of genetic testing for the BRAC1 mutation. Christina also regularly performs with the USO Show Troupe performing for our nations troops and their families globally.

Other guest artists included:
  • Jesse Miller: National Tour of SPAMALOT
  • Sarah Lasko: National Tour of ANDREW LOYDD WEBBER’S THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • Melissa Victor: National Tour of DIARY OF A WORM, SPIDER and FLY & JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
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