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.

STANDING_O Performance Ensemble is a mix of training hours and rehearsal leading up to several performances including OVATIONS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a Winter Cabaret held in December, A black box production of PIPPIN in May as well as a Solo 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.

Announcing auditions for PIPPIN! There’s magic to do when a prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in Stephen Schwartz’s iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Register to audition today!

Please CLICK HERE to complete your STANDING_O 2021/2022 Registration Form

Auditions to join our 2021/2022 season of STANDING_O will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm. 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 monologue prepared.  Auditionees should be prepared to learn a short audition combo. Callbacks will be held as needed on Sunday, January 23rd from 12:30-3:30.

Members of STANDING_O will rehearse on Sunday afternoons from 3:30pm-5:30pm and Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. Students will NOT be needed for every rehearsal. A full rehearsal schedule will be provided during the initial weeks of rehearsal.

Performances for PIPPIN will be held on May 21 & 22, 2022. All participants are also encouraged to perform in our SPRING CABARET held on May 26, 2022 where students will perform their only solo piece.


Tuition for PIPPIN is $1100.  Tuition is due at callbacks. 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.

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

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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