OVATIONS is excited to continue being one of the DMV’s leading Educational theatres with the introduction of OVATIONS Musical Theatre Conservatory! This class will be taught by Helen Hayes Award-winning actress and OVATIONS Director of Education, Theresa Cunningham. 

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In this year-long program, our Spring Musical Theatre Conservatory will explore the text and music of HamiltonNext to Normal, and A New Brain. Through script analysis, discussion, and play, we will delve into the distinct emotions, styles, and plots of each of these pieces. We will also address vocal and acting technique through warm-ups, improvisation, and workshops with guest artists. Incorporating songs, scenes, and monologues, this conservatory will explore the actor’s process. The class will culminate in a recital which showcases each of the participants.

During the conservatory, we will host several special guest Artist who will lead workshops tailored to our students in voice, acting and dance. Our first guest will be Helen Hayes Award-winning and Broadway actress Tracy Lynn Olivera. A classically trained singer, Tracy Olivera has appeared in many musicals and plays, including the Broadway run of Ragtime. At Signature Theatre she has been seen in Company, Gypsy, Les Miserables (Helen Hayes nomination), ACEMerrily We Roll Along (Helen Hayes nomination), Follies, and Sweeney Todd. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Sunday in the Park with GeorgePassionMerrily We Roll Along, and Ragtime; at Ford’s in Hello Dolly and Liberty Smith; at Studio Theatre in Bachelorette; Olney Theatre Center in Cinderella and The Sound of Music; at MetroStage in The Last Five Years; and in Candide at the Shakespeare Theatre and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Tracy is also a member of Rorschach Theatre Company and has taught at Catholic University, Signature Theatre for Stage One and Overtures, Adventure Theatre/MTC, and Imagination Stage. 

When? Sunday afternoons from 12:30-3:30

Who? Students in grades 8-12

Where? Elwood Smith Center

Cost? $950

Auditions for the conservatory will take place in early September. Students should have two contrasting monologues and songs prepared for auditions. 

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