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Ovations Theatre’s mission is to provide educational experiences that ENGAGE, INSIPRE and EMPOWER our students and push each of our performers to the next level. We have some very exciting opportunities on the horizon for our 2016-2017 season.

Reserve your slot here:

One Time Current OVATIONS THEATRE Student $10 (Must purchase one for each class)
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One Time Student $15 (Non-OVATIONS THEATRE Student)
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WHEN: Saturday, November 5th 12:00-2:00PM
WHERE: Held at The Pump House located at 401 South Horners LN, Rockville MD

This fall we are very excited to be offering a Master Class led by Lance E. Hayes. Lance Hayes just returned from the National Tour of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, where he performed in the ensemble and understudied (and performed) the role of Lumiere. This fall, Lance will lead Ovations Theatre students through the audition combo which features choreography from GASTON and BE OUR GUEST!

Lance E. Hayes, grew up singing and doing theatre all his life, but didn’t start dancing until sophomore year of high school. He studied Dance Performance at Towson University in Baltimore, and Musical Theatre at The Catholic University of America in D.C.. So Lance is no stranger to the Wasington D.C. theatre scene. Some of his favorite regional credits include Olney Theatre Center’s productions of The Producers (Bryan/Donald Dinsmore) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Gull). He also has appeared at Studio Theatre in D.C. in Carrie: The Musical, with Tony Award Nominee Barbra Walsh (Broadway’s Falsettos and the Revival of Company in 2007), where he played George and understudied Billy. He also appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center, performing with Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno. He just returned from the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast where he was in he ensemble and understudied Lumiere. Also, he did dance competitions growing up, and holds the title of Teen Mister and Mister Dance of Dance Master’s of America Chapter 17 of Maryland. Catch him this fall at Olney Theatre Center in Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins.

**Fun Fact: Artistic Director Darnell Patrick Morris and Lance both made their professional debut in A CHORUS LINE together back in 2007.


Ovations Theatre is proud and honored to offer this bold Workshop Series introducing our community to some of the most influential artists locally and across the nation. This series will feature diverse professional artists who have been on national tours and received Helen Hayes nominations and awards. They will lead various workshops designed to engage, empower and inspire our young artists including: Song Interpretation, How to Stand out at Auditions, and Dance for Musical Theatre. While this series will be led by women instructors, everyone is encouraged to attend, as the topics will be appropriate to help all young people, no matter their gender, become successful at the art of musical theatre!


WHEN: Monday January 23, 2017
WHERE: Held at The Pump House located at 401 South Horners LN, Rockville MD

Join us this January for a Musical Theater Audition Technique Masterclass: Bring in a 32-bar audition cut of a musical theatre song and sing for Sarah Lasko, who recently completed a year starring as Dorothy in the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz. Sarah coaches students one-on-one through their audition songs, helping them engage successfully with the material and teaching them the techniques of giving a stand-out audition. There will be a Q&A at the end of the masterclass for students to ask Sarah questions about auditioning, playing a role, tour life, and working in NYC. Sarah has worked with young performers across the nation and believes that learning how to audition well should be fun, informative, and stress free!


WHEN: Saturday, November 12th 12:00-1:30PM
WHERE: Held at The Pump House located at 401 South Horners LN, Rockville MD

Helen Hayes nominated actress and playwright Dani Stoller joins OVATIONS THEATRE this fall to lead a workshop called: Creating a character. Using scenes from both contemporary and classical theater, we’ll work together to mine the text to understand the character and how they relate to others. Discovering the given circumstances, subtext, and deepest desires of the characters on the page, we can work to create a fully-formed, honest portrayal of a character, and develop tools to help actors as they tackle roles in the future. Dani is currently performing in Anne Frank at The Olney Theatre Center.

Her writing has recently been featured as part of Signature Theatre’s SigWorks Program. Her performance credits include: District Merchants and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre. The Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center. Dogfight and Hair at The Keegan Theatre. The Brontes at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The Good Counselor, Bat Boy, The Italian American Reconciliation and, Blithe Spirit at 1st Stage. She received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. In the winter she will be heading back to the Folger Shakespeare Theatre to play Phebe in As You Like It and her play The Homecoming will be receiving it’s first professional reading at Signature Theatre.


WHEN: Saturday, November 12th 10:00-11:30AM
WHERE: Held at The Pump House located at 401 South Horners LN, Rockville MD

OVATIONS THEATRE Artistic Assoicate and Helen Hayes Award Winner Theresa Cunningham bring us an exciting new workshop: Singing the Story.  The difference between having a great voice and being a great musical theatre performer is the ability to tell the story.  You will learn techniques to approach a song from the inside out, deepening your connection and enriching the audience’s experience.  You will see progress by the end of the workshop, as you will sing before and after employing the techniques. Students should prepare 32 bars of a song that tells a story. An accompanist will be provided.

*This is an excellent way to prepare for auditions for Sunday in the Park With George and Hairspray.*

Theresa Cunningham is an actor, singer, pianist, poet, playwright, musical director and teacher.  She attended Syracuse University where she studied musical theatre. She then moved to Atlanta where she worked with several theatres, including Jomandi, Theatre on The Square and Synchronicity.   Since moving back to her hometown of Baltimore in 2012, Theresa has been performing and teaching in the DMV area.  Favorite DC area roles include: Imagination Stage: Wiley and the Hairy Man (Mama); Stillpointe Theatre: Caroline or Change (Caroline); Compass Rose Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun (Lena); Olney Theatre Center: Once On This Island (Asaka); Riverside Center: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier). Theresa won the 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical for her portrayal of Sofia in Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s production of The Color Purple.