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, Spring Musical Showcase held in Mayn and a final Showcase held in June (partnering with our TADA program). Additionally there are opportunities for roadshows and smaller cabarets. In addition, members will be invited to our masterclasses held twice a semester. We will also host guest choreographers each semester who will choreograph several numbers!

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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

More Guest Artist to be announced soon-Please keep checking back!

STANDING_O is dedicated to cultivating a small group of around 20 members who excel in voice, dance and acting. Acceptance is based on the auditionees abilities of singing, dancing and acting. Auditions for STANDING_O happen once a semester. Auditionees are only allowed to audition once in a calendar year. Those who aren’t selected will have the ability to ask for feedback for future auditions. This feedback is not open ended and is meant as a starting point for students to focus on.

Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held at 3:30pm on both Sunday, September 9th and Sunday, September 16th at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850. 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 auditioneesshould 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-5:30pmand Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30pm at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, 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.

STANDING_O Performance Ensemble’s tuition for the 2018-2019 season is of $2000 plus a $250 costume fee.

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

There are additional payment plans and limited scholarships available. Please email ovationstheatre@gmail.com for more info.
Tuition includes:

  • Free admission to OVATIONS MUSICAL THEATREBOOTCAMP($325 regular admission) where local professional choreographers, music directors and actors will lead our students through masterclasses to enhance their skills as musical theatreperformers
  • Group Jacket and Rehearsal Bag with Logo and Personalize Name
  • Performance Costume
  • 12hrsper semester of dedicated time to technique training in voice, dance and acting
  • One free one-on-one coaching for audition prep with OVATIONS’ Director of Education, and Helen Hayes Award winning actress, Theresa Cunningham
  • Submission to professional auditions
  • 2 Comp tickets to any OVATIONS MainstageShow

There is a payment plan available to families. Those interested should reach out to ovationstheatre@gmail.com with an email title of PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS FOR STANDING_O.

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