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 local 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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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 blackbox production (Show will soon BEE announced but what we can say is were sure it will be a huge S-U-C-C-E-S-S) in May as well as a Final Showcase held in June (partnering with our TADA program). 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!

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Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held at 3:30pmon both Sunday, September 9th and Monday, September 16th in Rockville, MD. You only need to sign up and attend one audition session. Those auditioning should prepare both an up-tempo and a ballad that best displays your vocal abilities as well as your acting range. 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 Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30pm in Rockville, MD 20850.

The first rehearsal will be held on Thursday September 20th. A full rehearsal, performance and workshop schedule will be provided during the initial rehearsals.

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.

WINTER SHOWCASE  Saturday, December 15, 2018
BLACK BOX PRODUCTION (Production to be announced S-O-O-N) May 17 & 18, 2019
SPRING SHOWCASE Saturday, June 8, 2019

STANDING_O Performance Ensemble’s tuition for the 2018-2019 season is of $2000. There are payment plans and limited scholarships available. Please email ovationstheatre@gmail.com for more info.

Payment 1 $800:Thursday, September 20, 2019
Payment 2 $800:Thursday, December 6, 2019
Payment 3 $400:Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tuition Includes:

  • Free admission to OVATIONS MUSICAL THEATRE BOOTCAMP ($325 regular admission) where local professional choreographers, music directors and actors will lead our students through masterclasses to enhance their skills as musical theatre performers
  • Group Jacket and Rehearsal Bag with Logo and Personalize Name
  • Performance Costume
  • 12hrs per semester of dedicated time to technique training in voice, dance and acting
  • One free audition prep (to be scheduled at any time during the MCPS school calendar year) with our Helen Hayes’s Award winning Director of Education Theresa Cunningham
  • Submission to professional auditions
  • 2 Comp tickets to any OVATIONS Main Stage Show

Additional Perks of joining STANDING_O Performance Ensemble:

  • Receive indivuidal attention in all three disciplines of Musical Theatre in a small group/personal setting not affored 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 prouctions

DarnellWeb-0083Darnell Patrick Morris (Standing_O Company Director), has been a Director, Choreographer and Theatre Educator in the Washington, DC area for the past decade.  His students have been seen on Broadway as well as many local professional stages including Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Centre, ATMTC, Wooly Mammoth and Ford’s Theatre.  Select Directing Credits – OVATIONS THEATRE: Carrie, The Wild Party, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, Gypsy, The Addams Family Young@Part, ParadeHeathers, Hairspray Jr, Sunday in The Park With George, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr, Spring Awakening, Rent, Into The Woods JrSweeney Todd and Seussical Jr. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre: In The Heights, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Hairspray, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Stillpointe Theatre: Caroline or Change. Kensington Arts Theatre: Les Miserables, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show.  Awards: City Paper 2015 Best Musical: Caroline, Or Change, 2014 Ruby Griffith Award for Les Miserables, 2013 Ruby Griffith Award for Avenue Q, 2012 Ruby Griffith Award for Hairspray, 2011 Ruby Griffith Award for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 2009 Ruby Griffith Award for Pippin, 2014 WATCH Awards for Best Choreography and Best Musical for Ragtime, 2014 Best Community Theatre Production of a Musical in DC on broadwayworld.com. Recently Darnell was selected as one of 6 up-and-coming DC area directors to participate in Signature Theatre’s Musical Theatre Young Directors’ Workshop.

Morgan Thomas HeadshotMorgan Thomas (Standing_O Choreographer) is thrilled to join OVATIONS as the Choreographer for Standing_O after serving last season as a Mentor Artist in their Senior Company production of Parade. 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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