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Encore Stage & Studio Presents The Jungle Book

Encore Stage & Studio Proudly Presents The Jungle Book

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

WHAT: The Jungle Book

WHEN: June 2-11, 2017

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3pm
Friday, June 9, 20176 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3pm

WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

WHY: Mowgli is taught the ways of the jungle by a bear named Baloo and Bagheera, a panther, and Kaa the snake. When father wolf becomes too old to rule his animal kingdom, an angry Tiger named Shere Khan who has been out to get Mowgli since he was a young boy, tries to name himself the new king. Mowgli, with the help of the nearby villagers and a treasure given to him from ancient ruins, must stop the tiger from becoming the new king, and help restore order in the jungle again. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $10 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

KEYWORDS: children’s theatre, performing arts, Arlington, Northern Virginia, cast, crew, teens, children, drama, acting, family-friendly, theatre by kids for kids, young performers, DC Metropolitan area, kid-friendly, imagination, animal movement, jungle book

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About Encore Stage & Studio:
Our mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theatre 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, camps, and workshops. 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 production of The Jungle Book is sponsored by Fairlington Dental. Encore Stage & Studio 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.

Encore Stage & Studio Presents A Sidewalk Stroll

Encore Stage & Studio Proudly Presents A Sidewalk Stroll
WHO: Encore Stage & Studio—Theatre for the Very Young Series

WHAT: A Sidewalk Stroll

WHEN: May 11-26, 2017
Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 & 11:45 am
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30 & 11:45 am
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:30 & 11:45 am

WHERE: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207

WHY: In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll–-starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life’s surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! We recommend this production for ages 1 and older.

TICKETS: $10 General Admission. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

KEYWORDS: children’s theatre, performing arts, Arlington, Northern Virginia, drama, acting, family-friendly, professional actors, DC Metropolitan area, kid-friendly, performances for preschoolers, matinee, daytime shows

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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.

Media Advisory Encore Stage & Studio Presents A Sidewalk Stroll

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.

Encore Stage & Studio Presents The Tempest

WHO: Encore Stage & Studio

WHAT: The Tempest

WHEN: April 28-May 7, 2017
Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, April 28 and May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, 2017 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sundays, April 30 and May 7, 2017 at 3pm

WHERE: All performances of The Tempest are held at Gunston Arts Center – Theatre Two (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206).

WHY: Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors, and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. We recommend this production for ages 8 and older.

TICKETS: $10 General Admission. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.
Click here to purchase tickets online, or call our box office (703) 548-1154. Please e-mail boxoffice@encorestage.org for additional questions and information.

Running time: Approximately 1.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission

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

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

Night at the Wax Museum

Press Release:

Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Night at the Wax Museum
Production runs March 10-19, 2017

Arlington, VA – For six students, class is back in session when they take a summer school trip with their teacher to the local wax museum to help preserve the past. Between a hilarious love triangle involving Cleopatra and Henry VIII and a widespread hunt for buried treasure with Blackbeard and Butch Cassidy, it will be a trip for the history books! Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Night at the Wax Museum. This production runs March 10 through 19 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia 22204). We recommend this production for ages 6 and older.

An accessibility matinee performance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. This matinee performance will provide accommodations for children and families with special needs. Accommodations include ASL interpretation and assisted listening devices as well as Braille and large print programs to allow the performance to be accessible to all audiences. An exclusive backstage tour will be provided for children to make meaningful connections with the story and to experience theatre in a new way. Interested patrons must e-mail info@encorestage.org in advance.
Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to announce Susan Alison Keady as director for this production. Susan, a Native Washingtonian, has directed productions, taught classes, and designed and implemented Encore programs for 25 years. She has worked as the Artistic Director for 17 years. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Susan’s most recent credits are in the 3rd and 4th season of the AMC Drama Turn: George Washington’s Spies, the 3rd-5th season Netflix’s House of Cards, recent films Jackie and The Jason Bourne. She worked on over 100 episodes of an award winning local radio show, which garnered her a Peabody for her meritorious contribution as director of the series. She collected the American Association of University Professors’ Elizabeth Campbell award for Encore and in the past two years, her shows at Encore have been noted in as best director and in the overall director category from DC Metro Theater Arts.
Joining Keady on the production team are Jim Clancy (Fight Combat Director), Carla Astudillo (Assistant Director), Kristen Jepperson (Set Designer/Builder and Technical Director), Debra Leonard (Costume Designer and Make-up Designer), Matthew Heap (Composer and Sound Effects), Gary Hauptman (Lighting Director), Emma Berry (Props Manager) and Ian Claar (Assistant Lighting Designer).

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, March 10 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturdays, March 11 & 18, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
Sundays, March 12 & 19, 2017 at 3pm

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. Adults $15; Children, Students, Military and Seniors $10. Group discounts and birthday party packages are available.

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.

Media Advisory:

Encore Stage & Studio Proudly Presents Night at the Wax Museum

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

WHAT: Night at the Wax Museum

WHEN: March 10-19, 2017

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, March 10 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturdays, March 11 & 18, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
Sundays, March 12 & 19, 2017 at 3pm

WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

WHY: For six students, class is back in session when they take a summer school trip with their teacher to the local wax museum to help preserve the past. Between a hilarious love triangle involving Cleopatra and Henry VIII and a widespread hunt for buried treasure with Blackbeard and Butch Cassidy, it will be a trip for the history books! We recommend this production for ages 6 and older.

An accessibility matinee performance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. This matinee performance will provide accommodations for children and families with special needs.

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $10 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at (703) 548-1154.

KEYWORDS: children’s theatre, performing arts, Arlington, Northern Virginia, cast, crew, drama, acting, family-friendly entertainment, play, theatre by kids for kids, young performers, DC Metropolitan area, kid-friendly, comedy, live theatre

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Media Advisory Night at the Wax Museum
Press Release Night at the Wax Museum Encore Stage & Studio

Spring Break Camp and Classes

Encore Stage & Studio announces open registration for
theatre classes and holiday mini camps

Arlington, VA –Explore the world of theatre this spring with Encore Stage & Studio! Encore offers Saturday classes at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22204) and after-school classes at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington, VA 22207) on Wednesdays. Kindergarteners through 12th graders can try out acting or hone their dance skills. The fun begins on April 22!

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 and located at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington, VA 22207). Encore’s final mini-camp of the season will take place on Friday, March 3. Schedule and Registration are available online at www.encorestage.org.

Encore Stage & Studio Spring Classes:
Encore Stage & Studio offers learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12. For our youngest students, we emphasize the excitement of discovering the power of the imagination and how a story can be told on stage. We then move forward by helping students to focus on the creative process; what can they create as a team? As students progress, we ask them to make informed decisions to craft compelling scenes onstage. We refine techniques, help our students to build confidence as performers and people, and challenge them to practice thinking quickly and responding authentically. All of our 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, small master classes on a variety of specialized topics for advanced students, and private instruction in the areas of acting, singing, and piano.

Classes for K-1:

Dr. Seuss Presents
Oh, the places you’ll go in this brand-new Encore class! Join the Whos, the Lorax, the Cat in the Hat, and more as you journey through the colorful, strange, and silly world of Dr. Seuss’s beloved books.

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 10 am – 11 am.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Adventures with Frog and Toad
Whether it is learning how to fly a kite or reading a book under a shady tree, Frog and Toad always have great adventures. Journey into their world and see what magical journey you will be sent on with them.

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Animal Adventures
Join Encore for an hour each week as we delve into classic children’s stories! Together, we’ll use our imaginations to travel to the worlds of Rainbow Fish, Little Bear, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Curious George, and more fishy, furry, and fun friends.

Wednesdays, April 26- May 17, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm.
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207). Fee: $70.

Classes for Grades 2-3:

Jungle Book
Bring Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to life in this new class. Friendship, fun, and danger all await as you journey into the jungle and meet the fascinating inhabitants of India.

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 10 am – 11 am.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

The Sounds 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!”

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Fairytale Fun
Live like a king for an hour each week with this engaging fairytale-themed class. Slay dragons, break magic spells, and live happily ever after as you and your classmates act out classic stories.

Wednesdays, April 26- May 17, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm.
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207). Fee: $70.

Classes for Grades 4-5:

Acting for Beginners
Learn the acting basics with Encore; it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Find out what it takes to memorize lines, become a character, and be part of a production with Acting for Beginners!

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 10 am – 11 am.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Improv Comedy
Want to learn how to think quickly on your feet while acting in a scene? With improv comedy you will learn how to make your audience laugh from beginning to end!

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Decades of Dance
Travel through time with Encore, dancing all the way! In this fun, fast-paced class, we’ll challenge ourselves to try all types of dance, from swing to the jitterbug, hip-hop to the hand jive. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move to the beat!

Wednesdays, April 26- May 17, 2017. Six Class Session. Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm.
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207). Fee: $95.

Classes for Grades 6-8:

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, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 10 am – 11 am.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Jazz and Hip Hop Fusion
Learn the foundations of both jazz and hip hop dance in this new, upbeat dance class. No previous dance experience is necessary, and this class may be repeated.

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Classes for Grades 9-12:

The Voice and the Actor
Interested in taking your acting to the next level? The Voice and the Actor will use advanced training techniques to help actors control their vocalization in order to produce higher quality, more nuanced speech. Emphasis will be placed on vocal health and creating well-supported vocal variation. Some acting experience is recommended. Students should be open to pushing their boundaries in a supportive environment and trying techniques which may be new to them. Please note: this is an acting class, not a musical theatre/singing class.

Saturdays, April 22-May 13, 2017. Four Class Session. Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204). Fee: $70.

Spring Break Camps:
Travel with Encore as we explore the exciting music, movement, and magic of theatre! Each day will focus on a different theme. With imagination, students will bring popular stories and musicals to life. Students grades K-5 will also enjoy theatre games, crafts, a movie and activities. We’ll be sure to send a postcard! Students must bring a brown bag lunch. There will be a final sharing during the last 15 minutes of camp (2:45pm).

Dates: April 10-14 & 17 (Public School); April 17-21 (Private School)
Camp hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Extended hours: 8-9am & 3-5pm available.
Fee: $75 per day, Extended hours: $10 AM, $15 PM. Full week: $375.
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington, VA 22207).

About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For almost 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.

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.

For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | 4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207

Godspell

PRESS RELEASE:
Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Godspell
Production runs March 31-April 9, 2017

Arlington, VA – A small group of people help Jesus tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance and love comes vibrantly to life in Encore Stage & Studio’s musical production of Godspell. This production runs March 31 – April 9 at Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, Virginia 22206).

We are excited to announce Douglas Ullman Jr. and Kelsey Meiklejohn as co-directors for this production. Douglas Ullman, Jr., who also music directs the show, is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School. He is a member of Encore’s voice faculty and has musically directed Encore’s productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella’s Magic Slipper, and the Encore Show Choir. As an actor, Doug originated the role of the Mute and later played Matt in the current Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. Other credits include the Asian tour of The Sound of Music (Rolf), A Funny Thing… (Hero) at Florida Repertory Theatre, Ragtime (Younger Brother), Fiorello!, Grease (Doody), and Godspell.

Kelsey Meiklejohn also serves as the production’s choreographer. Kelsey Meiklejohn has been a part of Encore for five years as a teaching artist, choreographer, director, and Registrar. Encore credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (director/choreographer), Mary Poppins (assistant director/co-choreographer), Shrek (choreographer), Once Upon A Mattress (choreographer), and Legally Blonde (choreographer), Stage Door and Summer Showstoppers camps, and the Encore Show Choir. Outside Encore, Kelsey serves as the resident musical choreographer at The Madeira School for Girls. She is graduate of William & Mary with a BA in Theatre & Dance and Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Dance Department. Kelsey is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theatre Education through The University of Northern Colorado.
Encore Stage & Studio’s Musical Theatre Intensive is a year-long program committed to sharpening students’ skills in voice, dance and acting. This top-notch group consists of a cast of eighth grade through high school students. In the cast are Zach Longsworth, Nick Boone, Lucy Rocchio, Ella McHugh, Jared Robbins, Kimmy Lewis, Annie Wood, Marney Harris, Louisa Martial, Katheleen Brewster, Georgia Deane, Lia Vicens, and Dow Swart. Stage Managed by Sarah Strunk.

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, March 31 and April 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturdays, April 1 and 8, 2017 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sundays, April 2 and 9,2017 at 3pm

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154. $10 General Admission.

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. 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 is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity.

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Kitchen Adventures

Press Release:

Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Kitchen Adventures
Production runs February 9-25, 2017

Arlington, VA – Something’s sizzling at Encore! In its newest play series for preschoolers, Encore Stage & Studio presents Kitchen Adventures— starring professional artists who bring kitchen adventures and colorful foods to life, all the while teaching your little one about healthy choices. With more than a tablespoon of fun, Encore has the recipe for an exciting theatre-going experience for you and your child! This production runs February 9-25, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, Virginia 22207). We recommend this production for ages 1 and older.

In Kitchen Adventures, two siblings, with their mom at their side, explore the wonder, excitement, temptation, and nutrition that their kitchen has to offer. On their journey, they encounter fantastic creatures, breakfast mixups, and must face difficult decisions. Ultimately, through cooperation and play, the brother and sister discover the joy in healthy choices and learn the beauty of “everything in moderation.” Created especially for the very young, this silent interactive piece will have audiences of all ages laughing and playing along!

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to announce Francesca Chilcote as director for Kitchen Adventures. Chilcote is a theatre artist, performer, and teaching artist in Washington DC area. She is also a founding member of Women From Mars, an international female trio of clowns Dory Rebekah Ford Sibley (Tut’Zanni), Echo Sibley Abbate, and Genevieve Durst, whose clown-noir cabaret, Silent Reflections, has toured Italy and the US. She has a B.A. in Theatre from The College of William and Mary and an M.F.A in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte from Arezzo, where she studied commedia dell’arte with Maestri Marcello Bartoli and Michele Bottini. As a part of the program, she performed in residence in Torino at the FLIC Circus School, with Familie Floz in Berlin, and with Teatro Continuo on tour in the Czech Republic. Her masters work focuses on feminist performance and the commedia dell’arte. While in Europe, she toured with ACLE Theatrino bringing English Language performances and workshops to Italian schools. Back in the US, she continues T.I.E. work as an actor in the Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a teaching artist with Encore Stage & Studio since 2015, and is very proud and honored to be working on this new project as performer-director. Performing alongside Chilcote are Carol Spring and Adrian Iglesias.

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. $10 General Admission. Group discounts are available.
Encore Stage & Studio’s production is in partnership with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) for the Healthy Play Initiative (HPI). HPI launched in September 2016, combines AFAC’s nutritional knowledge with Encore’s theatrical expertise, and the participating preschoolers are having a blast. Each Friday afternoon, Encore’s Teaching Artists hold class at the community center at the Gates of Ballston, where they lead children in exercises involving movement and imagination, including learning theatre games, creating new dance steps, and more. The children—many of whom are bi-lingual—also have a chance to practice their language skills and frequently enjoy watching and performing in puppet shows with Encore’s two HPI mascots, Eat Healthy Enrique and Get Moving Mona.

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.
For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | 4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents Kitchen Adventures

A Little Princess

Press Release:

Give Your Family The Royal Treatment! Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents A Little Princess
Production runs January 6-15, 2017

Arlington, VA – Encore Stage & Studio enhances your family’s theatre-going experience with exciting special events! A Little Princess is the story of Sara Crewe, a young heiress to a diamond mine fortune, leaves her home and father in India to go to school at Miss Michin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London. When adversity strikes, Sara’s imaginative powers come to the rescue, transforming a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. Using the grace and virtue of ‘a little princess,’ Sara proves that kindness always wins.

Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents A Little Princess, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This production runs January 6-15, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia 22204). We recommend this musical for ages 4 and older.
In addition to the show, Encore invites you to attend the “Princess Ball” on Saturday, January 14 immediately following the 11am performance (approximately 12:45pm). This special event features sweet treats, fun activities, and a chance to interact with the cast of A Little Princess! Tickets for the Princess Ball is $20. Tickets to the 11 a.m. performance are sold separately.

An accessibility matinee performance will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 3 p.m. This matinee performance will provide accommodations for children and families with special needs. Accommodations include ASL interpretation and assisted listening devices as well as Braille and large print programs to allow the performance to be accessible to all audiences. An exclusive backstage tour will be provided for children to make meaningful connections with the story and to experience theatre in a new way. Interested patrons must e-mail info@encorestage.org in advance.

New this year, Encore Stage & Studio offers a variety of special Girl Scout experience packages on select Sunday matinees. These packages will allow girls to not only see a production, but also participate in a workshop specially designed to meet selected badge requirements while exploring theater as an art form. Encore Stage & Studio workshops are taught by seasoned, theater professionals and are designed to help scouts gain confidence in learning to express themselves in different ways. Class content will address badge requirements and teach scouts how to use their acting tools (body, voice, and imagination). Encore Stage & Studio will present “Brownie Friends Day” on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Participation in this workshop will enable Brownie scouts in grades 2 and 3 to earn their Making Friends Badge. Interested scout leaders can visit www.encorestage.org to learn more.

Encore alum, Sarah Conrad will be directing this production. Sarah Conrad has a dance background in Ballet and is currently working towards a Master’s in Reading Specialty at the University of Virginia. She has been involved with Encore since 2005, performing for many years and directing and choreographing for many in-season shows. She is currently the Director of the Preschool at St. Thomas More Cathedral School.

Joining Ms. Conrad on the production team are Galina Tarasova (Music Director), Carla Astudillo (Choreographer), Kristen Jepperson (Set Designer/Builder and Technical Director), Debra Leonard (Costume Designer and Make-up Designer), Gary Hauptman (Lighting Director), Emma Berry (Props Manager) and Ian Claar (Assistant Lighting Designer).

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, January 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sundays, January 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. Adults $15; Children, Students, Military and Seniors $10. Group discounts and birthday party packages are available.

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 sponsored by Fairlington Dental and 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.
For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | 4000 Lorcom Ln Arlignton, VA 22207
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Press Release: A Little Princess
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A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

Press Release:
Breaking News! Big Bad Wolf Huffs “Humbug!” to the Holidays
Encore Stage & Studio presents A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
Production runs December 2-4, 2016

Arlington, VA –As a new Encore Holiday Tradition, A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol gathers together a cast of your favorite fairy tale characters to recreate the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s magical Christmas Eve. Mother Goose lends her talents to narrate as the Big Bad Wolf takes on the humbugging lead role. Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, and many beloved characters help create a new twist on the traditional Dickensian fable. This production is recommended for holiday lovers (or humbugs) ages 4 and older. This production runs December 2-4, 2016 at Gunston Arts Center –Theatre One (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206).

Guiding the creative vision of these holiday hijinks is Kelsey Meiklejohn, who says that it “has been really exciting watching the kids make the connections between the traditional Dickens’ story and how their fairy tale characters fit into that world. There are lots of light bulb moments where the jokes suddenly make sense, or an Easter egg is there for the audience to pick up on. It’s inspiring to see those moments of discovery.”

Joining Meiklejohn on this wacky adventure is Sarah Strunk, who will be designing the production’s set and assisting the technical director. The Yorktown High School senior has been involved with Encore since 2007. Encore is excited to be able to offer its students these new and exciting production opportunities.

The creative team is rounded out by Susan Alison Keady (Artistic Director / Technical Director), Kristen Jepperson (Master Carpenter), Emma Berry (Costume and Makeup Designer / Props Manager), Ian Claar (Lighting Designer), Caitlin Simmons (Audio Technician), and Matthew Heap (Composer).

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. $10, General Admission. Group discounts are available.

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. 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 season is sponsored by Fairlington Dental and 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.

For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | 4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207

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Press Release: Encore Presents A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

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