WORKSHOPS

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2017 SPRING WORKSHOPS

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 will be open Monday February 2oth.

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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Making The Grade: College Audition Prep Workshop With Jimmy Mavrikesjimmy-performance-collage_228
WHEN: Saturday March 11th 10am-11:30am
WHERE: The Pump House 401 S Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20850

*Recommended for grades 9-12

This workshop will focus on compelling ways to wow that audition panel! Unlike a lot of college prep workshops where you are listening to professors point of view- you’ll get to hear from a recent college grad! In addition to hearing about how to prep for auditions, strategic ways to construct a resume & audition book, students will get a chance to ask Jimmy questions they still might have during our Q&A section.

Students need to bring a 32 bar cut of a musical theatre or pop/rock song with sheet music in the correct key, headshot and resume and a willingness to have fun and try new things!

Jimmy Mavrikes is a DC native, Helen Hayes nominated actor. He has been seen in productions at Arena Stage (Fiddler and Oliver), Signature Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Imagination Stage, 1st Stage (Bat Boy, HH nomination Best Lead Actor), Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Infinity Theatre, etc. He will be seen in Olney Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady later this year. Jimmy is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and a 2013 B.M. Musical Theatre Major at Catholic University. Jimmy has won national musical theatre awards in competitions with the NSAL and NATS organizations. In addition to performing, Jimmy serves as Co-Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Monumental Theatre Company. Monumental Theatre has produced shows such as Urinetown and Holidazed and will produce Bonnie & Clyde this summer. Jimmy has had the pleasure of working with Darnell Morris on Spelling Bee and Pirates of Penzance! 

**Fun Fact: Artistic Director Darnell Patrick Morris directed Jimmy in the Ruby Griffith Award winning production of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.


mels-performance_94Street2Stage: Hip Hop Workshop With Melissa Victor
WHEN: Saturday March 11th 12pm-2:00pm
WHERE: The Pump House 401 S Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20850

Join Melissa as she leads our students through a Hip Hop/Street Jazz bootcamp. Students will start out with a hip hop/street jazz warmup including stretching, isolations, technique. Students will do across the floor routines and learn a hip hop/street jazz combination as well as engage in a improv dance battle at the end of class where they will tap into each student’s inner creativity and choreography skills.

Students should come dressed to move (Jazz shoes or Sneakers only) and bring a bottle of water!

Melissa Victor, known around town as Melly Mel, is a born and bred Baltimore native singing and dancing her way through the streets of D.C. And NYC. Melly Mel is a 2012 graduate from The Catholic University of America with her Bachelors in Musical Theater. Her DC credits include Sweeney Todd(Olney), Jelly’s Last Jam(Signature), Black Nativity (Theatre Alliance), The Color Purple ,In the Heights and Hairspray(Toby’s Dinner Theatre). She has been seen on 2 National Tours, Diary of A Worm, Spider and A Fly and James and The Giant Peach. NYC  credits include See All Her Faces: A portrait of Dusty Springfield and For All My Girls. Melly Mel is a teaching artist in Baltimore for YATTAS Performing Arts Program and has done different master classes throughout the city, as well as hip hop dance master class in Nebraska for Omaha Theatre Company. Melly Mel is thrilled to get the kids moving at Ovations Theatre, get ready to kick your face, dab and twirl for your life!


Acting Through The Song: Learn To Act Your Song With Shani Hadjianshani-performance_64
WHEN: Saturday May 6th 10am-11:30am
WHERE: The Pump House 401 S Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20850

Join Shani as she works with students on how not to just sing your song but how to act through it. Students should come with two contrasting songs prepared. We will take note of the direction already indicated by the composer and lyricist and then create our own interpretation to add to it. We will be working on finding the acting moments in the song and connecting to the emotion in order to give a fully polished final product.

Shani Hadjian is most recently known for starring in the North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz as The Wicked Witch of the West. Other touring credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Fancy Nancy. Off-Broadway and regional favorites include Fancy Nancy, Caroline, or change, Spamalot, Les Miserables, 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 for voted her “Best Featured Actress in a Professional Production” for her role of Rose Stopnick in Caroline, or Change (directed by Ovation’s own Darnell Morris). Shani is a graduate of The Hartt School in Connecticut. In NYC, Shani has led an audition masterclass where she focuses on acting through the song and repertoire. Attendees to the class have subsequently been cast in Touring and Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon, Guys and Dolls, Shrek, Anything Goes, Nice Work if you Can Get It, and many more along with countless regional productions.