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Encore Stage & Studio Hosts Costume Caper 5K on October 28, 2017

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Encore Stage & Studio Hosts Costume Caper 5K
Encore Stage & Studio announces online registration for annual 5K fun run benefitting local children’s theatre

Arlington, VA –Encore Stage & Studio hosts its annual 5K run/walk and kid’s 1K fun run on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Families and community members are invited to enjoy a run on the scenic W&OD trail through Bluemont Park. Starting line begins in the south pavilion located on 399 N Manchester St, Arlington, VA 22203. Face painting and children’s games will be provided throughout the morning.

All runners and walkers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the race. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Last year, over 70 runners participated in Encore’s fun run! Prizes were awarded for the best time, most frightening costume, the most creative costume and more. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fall season while giving back to the community in a healthy and family-friendly way!“ says Sara Duke, Encore Executive Director.

Times:
8:00 am Registration
8:30 am 1K Kids Run Start
8:45 am Fun Run/ Walk Start

Registration:
5K Run/Walk:
Through October 15: $25
After October 15: $30
Day of registration: $35
1K Fun Run
Kids 10 & under: $10
Registration is available online through DC Road Runners. Early bird registration is available now through October 15 at a fee of $25. All registrants will receive a short sleeve commemorative race shirt and ribbon with their registration.

Encore Stage & Studio is currently accepting sponsorships. To learn more on how to sponsor this family-friendly event, visit: http://www.encorestageva.org/50th/5k/#beasponsor

About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children in Arlington an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theatre: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

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Encore Stage & Studio Announces Fall Drama Classes and Camps

Back to School, Back to The Theatre!

Encore Stage & Studio announces open registration for theatre classes, special workshops and holiday camps
Arlington, VA –Learn, play and explore the world of theatre this fall with Encore Stage & Studio! Encore offers theatre education programs at Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington, VA 22207). Early fall season is a four class session running Saturdays, September 16 – October 7, 2017. Late fall season is a six class session beginning with Wednesday classes, November 1 – December 13, Saturday classes on November 4 – December 16, 2017. Special workshops are available for ages 12-18 on October 21, 2017.

In addition to classes, Encore is pleased to offer Holiday Mini Camps for students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade and Play in Day for grades 3 through 5, on days when Arlington Public Schools are closed. Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with available extended hours. Holiday mini-camp series begin with Columbus Day, October 9, 2017. Schedule and registration are available online at www.encorestage.org.

Encore Stage & Studio Educational Programs:
Encore Stage & Studio offers learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12. The excitement of discovering the power of the imagination and how a story can be told on stage is emphasized for the youngest of students. Students then focus on the creative process; what can they create as a team? As students progress, Encore’s teaching artists ask them to make informed decisions to craft compelling scenes onstage. Techniques are then refined to help students to build confidence as performers and people, and challenge them to practice thinking quickly and responding authentically. Encore’s classes are taught by professional teaching artists, and lessons are designed to fit the skills and interests of the students enrolled. Encore offers group theatre classes, special workshops on a variety of specialized topics for advanced students, and private instruction in the areas of acting, singing, and piano.

Baby/Toddler – Preschool:

Share, grow and learn with your child during this special time in their life! Encore’s new parent/caregiver classes will promote your child’s development and provide exciting enrichment. Through creative play, movement and music, children will sharpen critical social and physical skills in a fun and imaginative environment.
Mommy and Me classes are Tuesday mornings, 10:30-11:15am for 6 months-2 years, and Friday afternoons, 4-5pm for ages 3-5.
Monthly registration preferred: $10 per class | Walk in rate: $12

Let’s Play Pretend
Begin your adventure with imagination! Let your little one’s creative mind expand with this new class for our youngest of actors!
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 9am – 9:45am | Fee: $95
Grades K-1:

Adventures with Madeline
Join your new friends in two straight lines as we explore the wonders of the world around us. Paris, the park, the zoo, and more! Where will Madeline go next?
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017
Time: 10am – 11am
Fee: $70

Kids in Space
3, 2, 1…Blast off! Let your imagination soar as we journey through the wonders of outer space. Join your fellow astronauts, aliens, and spaceship crewmates as we create our very own intergalactic stories.
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm | Fee: $70

Fairytales with a Twist
Everyone knows that stories begin with “Once upon a time…” But what happens next? It’s up to you! Create new and wacky twists on your favorite fairytale characters and stories in this fun new class.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 10am – 11am | Fee: $95

Puppet Playtime
Clown and play with your new puppet friends! Learn how to act with puppets and even see a show!
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 11:15am–12:15pm | Fee: $95

Broadway Kids
Explore the magic of movement for musicals in this fun and interactive dance class! Students will enjoy discovering new songs, rhythms, and steps as they learn creative choreography. This class may be repeated, as each session focuses on different dances.
Wednesdays, November 1–December 13, 2017 (No Class November 22, 2017) | Time: 4:30pm–5:30pm | Fee: $95

Grades 2-3:
Dances from Around the World
Travel the globe with your dancing feet! In this class, we will learn about the special dances of many different cultures and, perhaps, create something of our very own!
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 10am – 11am | Fee: $70

Superheroes!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a Superhero! Countless heroes exist, and in this class, it’s your job to bring them to life. Make daring rescues, prevent dastardly plots, and thwart your enemies with your super strength, speed, and intelligence in this headline-worthy class.
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm | Fee: $70

Adventures in Neverland
Second star to the right, and straight on to…Encore! Channel your favorite fairy or Lost Boy as we journey to Neverland, where the creative play never ends!
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 10am – 11am | Fee: $95

Clowning Around
Do you love to laugh? Join Encore for a hilarious journey as we explore physical comedy, clowning, and more. You’ll be sure to leave any audience in stitches with the comedic antics you’ll learn in this side-splitting class.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 12:30pm–1:30pm | Fee: $95

The Sound of Music
The hills are alive at Encore! Come experience a few of your favorite things with The Sounds of Music. Whether your 6 going on 7, or singing “doe-a-deer,” this class explores the classic songs of the Broadway hit. You’ll never want to say “so long, farewell!”
Wednesdays, November 1–December 13, 2017 (No Class November 22, 2017) | Time: 4:30pm–5:30pm| Fee: $95

Grades 4-5:

Scenes from Encore’s Season
From the streets of Paris to the mysterious alleys of London, the deserts of Africa and beyond, get a taste of what Encore’s 50th Anniversary season has in store!
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 10am – 11am | Fee: $70

Acting with Puppets
Work with our teaching artist to develop your theatrical abilities with your acting partner…a puppet! Learn about puppetry and put new techniques to use as you create whole new characters.
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Fee: $70

Singing Sensations
Everyone knows that stories begin with “Once upon a time…” But what happens next? It’s up to you! Create new and wacky twists on your favorite fairytale characters and stories in this fun new class.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 10am – 11am | Fee: $95

Myths and Legends
Explore the fascinating tales of Greek and Roman mythology as you travel over 2000 years into the past with Encore. Bring gods and goddesses to life, interact with otherworldly villains, and do your best to outwit the Fates in this exciting class. Students will use their voices, bodies, and imaginations to breathe new life into classic tales via acting, music, and movement.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 11:15am–12:15pm | Fee: $95

No Fear Shakespeare
Give classical theatre a try as you learn to interpret and perform works by one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Engage in battles of wit, visit courtrooms and forests, and discover timeless themes as you work with your classmates. Beginners and experienced students are welcome!
Wednesdays, November 1–December 13, 2017 (No Class November 22, 2017) |Time: 4:30pm–5:30pm | Fee: $95

Grades 6-8:

Commedia
Grab a mask and explore the fascinating world of Commedia dell’Arte! Actors will gain an appreciation for the stock characters who have influenced memorable roles for centuries while also expanding their physicality and expressive acting abilities. No previous experience with physical theatre or commedia is necessary to enjoy this class.
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 11:15pm – 12:15pm | Fee: $70

Rock the Mic
Do you imagine your name in lights? This may be the class for you! Channel your favorite performers as we build on projection and confidence to rock the mic!
Saturdays, September 16–October 7, 2017 | Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Fee: $70

Broadway Musicals
Do you dream of 42nd Street? Lace up your dancing shoes and pony your way onto the stage with Encore! Students will learn fun combinations as well as basic dance terminology to set the foundation for years of dance and movement appreciation.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm | Fee: $95

Character Creativity
Are you an astronaut lost in space trying to get rescued? Or a magical wizard on a brand new journey to a new land? You will decide your character and their fate in this class all about bringing to life the characters in your imagination.
Saturdays, November 4–December 16, 2017 (No Class on November 25, 2017) | Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Fee: $95

Grades 9-12:

Musical Theatre Intensive
Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI), Encore’s pre-professional training program, provides instruction in vocal, acting, dance, and audition skills. Program culminates in a fully staged production of James and the Giant Peach. Tuition also includes a field trip to see select local theatre performances.
Program is directed by accomplished choreographer, Kelsey Meiklejohn and Broadway performer Douglas Ullman, Jr. This top notch group is open to students in grades 9-12. Best for students with previous choral and dance experience. Students must commit to attending weekly rehearsals from fall through late March and tech week.
Rehearsal Times: 7-9 pm
Fee: $1250

Special Workshops for Ages 12-18:

Designing Puppets
Develop your theatrical and craftmanship abilities through the art of puppetry! Learn about new and exciting techniques of puppeteering, movement, storytelling and more as you design and build your very own character. Interested in joining the puppeteer crew for The Lion King Jr? This workshop is a great way to gain experience!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Time: 10am – 12pm | Fee: $70

Stage Combat
Learn how fights can define a character, thrill your audience, and enhance your story, while staying safe. Develop exciting techniques of hair pulls, swordfights, punches without a scratch! No previous acting or stage combat experience is required.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Time: 12:30m – 2:30pm | Fee: $70

Holiday Mini Camps and Play in a Day:
When school is out, Encore’s on…onstage that isEncore will take students grades K-2 on an adventure filled trip –into literary destinations! Students in Holiday Mini-Camp will enjoy a day of theatre activities and games, crafts, and fun in a safe and supportive environment. Students in 3rd – 5th grade will work together to create a brand new play in just one camp day! Using their imaginations, students will develop the script and story, create the setting, and star in the show. This never before seen production will be performed at the end of the day for family and friends.
Students must bring a brown bag lunch. Healthy snack will be provided. Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fee: $75. Extended hours are available 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and 3 –5 p.m. for an additional $10 for AM and $15 for PM.

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About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children in Arlington an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theatre: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Click here to view pdf version ‘Back to the Theatre – Fall Education Programs Encore Stage Press Release’

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents Puppet Playhouse - Performances for Preschoolers

Encore Stage & Studio’s Puppet Playhouse Presents: Jungle of Bungaloo

WHO: Encore Stage & Studio—Theatre by Kids, for Kids!

WHAT: Puppet Playhouse Presents: Jungle of Bungaloo

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10am
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10am
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10am and 11:15am
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10am
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10am
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10am and 11:15am
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10am
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10am
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10am and 11:15am

WHERE: Encore’s Main Campus
4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207

WHY: Characters come to life through the art of puppetry and rhyme! Explore caves, lakes, and waterfalls on an adventure of a lifetime. Discover the sounds and movements of the animals in the Bungaloo–including a snake, a spider and a bat too! Meet our actors and play on the set, this exciting performance will be your favorite yet!

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About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children in Arlington an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theatre: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Jim Clancy, Allstate's National Volunteer of the Year

PRESS RELEASE:
Allstate National Volunteer of the Year Shines Spotlight on Life Skills
Distinction comes with $5,000 grant from Allstate to local children’s theatre company

Arlington, VA – Allstate employee Jim Clancy’s volunteer work with Encore Stage & Studio began in 2012 with a case of mistaken identity.
He was dropping off his eldest of two sons at Encore’s scene shop, where kids construct elaborate theater sets. When the senior Clancy walked in, everyone assumed he was there to help. When they put him to work helping kids, Clancy shrugged his shoulders and dove right in.
And he hasn’t stopped helping since.
Five years and thousands of volunteer hours later, Clancy is the recipient of the Allstate National Volunteer of the Year award. The recognition comes with $5,000 from Allstate to Encore on Clancy’s behalf. Last year alone, Clancy donated an incredible 465 hours of his time to Encore – an average of nine hours per week – and took on the additional responsibility of treasurer.
Encore, a national leader in children’s theater, provides camps, workshops and stage production experiences “by kids, for kids” as a way to encourage young people to appreciate theater arts.
“I’m grateful to Allstate for this recognition and the company’s support,” Clancy said. “I’m really proud of the work that Encore does to inspire kids’ creativity and to teach them skills that will serve them well in life, like leadership and teamwork. My advice to anyone looking to volunteer is do what brings you joy, because you will bring joy to others in turn.”

“Since he began volunteering with his two sons during a production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in summer 2012, Jim has proven himself invaluable,” said Sara Duke, Encore’s Executive Director. “Jim Clancy is one of our most consistently excellent volunteers and has proven himself to be dependable, dedicated and willing to pitch in whenever the organization needs help.”

Clancy, a technology manager for 30 years with Allstate, bested more than 350 nominees to win the accolade. The volunteer award is part of the company’s annual Helping Hands volunteer recognition program, celebrating employees who go above and beyond in donating their time to the causes they care about – and creating positive social change in their communities. Allstate employees and agency owners volunteered more than 1 million hours in the last five years. In 2016 alone, agency owners and employees coordinated 7,500 volunteer projects.

“We’re proud of Jim and the thousands of Allstate employees and agency owners who every day show how much they care about the wellbeing of people in their communities,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate responsibility. “Caring is core to our purpose and commitment to be a force for good – in our customers’ lives and in society.”

In addition to his work with Encore, Clancy also volunteers with the Arlington Fencers’ Club, where he helps score fencing tournaments. His two volunteer worlds collided when he had the chance to bring his fencing expertise to the children’s theater, teaching kids stage-fighting techniques with wooden swords for the 2016 production of Treasure Island.
“We had 10 fights and 26 kids, and we armed all of them,” Clancy said. “We taught them distance, placement, timing, safety, how to make it look like they were in danger. I told them, ‘If your parents are cringing in their seats, then you did a good job.’” He is currently serving as the fight chorographer for Encore’s production of Night at the Wax Museum, running through March 19 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre.

About Encore Stage & Studio “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

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Jim Clancy Volunteer of the Year Award Encore Stage Press Release

Encore Stage & Studio Launches The Theatre for All! Fund at 2017 Benefit Breakfast

Encore Stage & Studio kicked off its 50th anniversary on Wednesday at its annual benefit breakfast while launching The Theatre for All! Fund. Summary and captions are below. Photos are attached. Please let me know if you’d like additional information and materials

On Wednesday, May 3, Encore Stage & Studio celebrated the start of our 50th anniversary with its Annual Benefit Breakfast at the Washington Golf and Country Club.

Since founded in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio has produced 210 shows, and almost 300,000 patrons have attended Encore’s productions. Encore Stage & Studio will produce 10 shows this year.

Throughout the breakfast, guests enjoyed performances by Encore’s Musical Theatre Intensive students including “Day by Day” and “All for the Best” from Godspell. Students including Zoe Rocchio and Xander Tilock shared their involvement and the impact of Encore in their lives. “For my path in life, I am one of those kids who was born with dreams of performing. I started dancing in preschool, often imagining what it would be like to be a Princess on a stage,” Zoe shared. “I found my love of musical theater in an elementary school play and assumed I would participate in musical theater through school and into the future. Encore prepared me for the future I imagined when I was little. And, because of Encore, I was able to be a Bear, a Dragon, a Mouse and a Duck. I have also been a Lady-in-Waiting, a Realtor, Snow White, a Fairy Godmother and even a Princess. I am truly grateful.”

The Board of Directors established the Celeste Groves in 2008 in honor of Encore’s long-time Executive Producer Celeste Groves, whose “celestial” record of 30 plus years volunteering for Encore’s organization gives us all a high standard to live up to.

50th anniversary chairman, Katie Boone announced the upcoming events to celebrate Encore’s golden year including the 2017/2018 Season Reveal Ice Cream Social on June 4, 2017, the Bus Trip to Broadway on September 23, 2017,the Costume Caper 5K in the fall and more.

Since founded in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio has produced 210 shows, and almost 300,000 patrons have attended Encore’s productions. Encore Stage & Studio will produce 10 shows this year.

Throughout the breakfast, guests enjoyed performances by Encore’s Musical Theatre Intensive students including “Day by Day” and “All for the Best” from Godspell. Students including Zoe Rocchio and Xander Tilock shared their involvement and the impact of Encore in their lives. “For my path in life, I am one of those kids who was born with dreams of performing. I started dancing in preschool, often imagining what it would be like to be a Princess on a stage,” Zoe shared. “I found my love of musical theater in an elementary school play and assumed I would participate in musical theater through school and into the future. Encore prepared me for the future I imagined when I was little. And, because of Encore, I was able to be a Bear, a Dragon, a Mouse and a Duck. I have also been a Lady-in-Waiting, a Realtor, Snow White, a Fairy Godmother and even a Princess. I am truly grateful.”

Executive Director, Sara Duke presented the 2017 Celeste Groves Award to Dana Schindler for outstanding volunteer. The Board of Directors established the Celeste Groves in 2008 in honor of Encore’s long-time Executive Producer Celeste Groves, whose “celestial” record of 30 plus years volunteering for our organization gives us all a high standard to live up to.

50th anniversary chairman, Katie Boone announced the upcoming events to celebrate Encore’s golden year including the 2017/2018 Season Reveal Ice Cream Social on June 4, 2017, the Bus Trip to Broadway on September 23, 2017,the Costume Caper 5K in the fall and more. Click here to read the full list of events.

Lastly, Board of Directors Co-president Karol Boudreaux and former president Jerry Gidner announced the launch of The Theatre for All! Fund. Encore’s goal is to raise $250,000 to help us continue to support our spectacular programs and share them with all children in our community. Encore’s Theatre for All! Fund is an opportunity for both new and loyal supporters of the arts to make a substantial impact on our organization. Kicking off the campaign, Jerry presented with a “check” for $81,500, the total amount of pledges received so far.
To end the morning, Encore students performed a fun parody, “My Name is Encore Stage & Studio.” Encore raised $17,000 in donations from the breakfast and have reached over $83,000 in pledges towards The Theatre for All! Fund. We’re excited to celebrate Encore’s 50th birthday year-round with our community and beyond! There’s truly something for everyone–“just you wait.” To learn more, visit www.encorestage.org.

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About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Encore Stage & Studio’s 2016/2017 season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.