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5 Reasons to Sign up for Encore’s Summer Camps!

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The weather this week is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and we are counting down to summer! Together let’s count down 5 reasons to sign up for Encore’s Summer Camps!

#5 Explore the World of Theatre: Our mission is to build a life-long appreciation for live theatre by involving young people in all aspects of theatre arts. It’s Elementary is a great introductory to theatre, and getting a well-rounded experience onstage, backstage, in the classroom and in the audience! Our students at Scenes for Tweens will dive deeper into character study, movement, improvisation and scene work. Students in Stage Door and Tech Camp will present a fully staged musical in three weeks. One-Act Wonders will hone both their performance and technical theatre skills. Lastly, Summer Stories campers will have a chance to experiment with playwriting, turning their favorite stories into memorable scenes and skits into a one-week camp. We’ve got a great line up of camps with fun and exciting themes to make it a theatrical summer to remember!

“I love the great variety of camp themes that Encore offers. Whether you want to dive into a classic musical, sharpen your costuming skills, learn to write a scene, focus on physical comedy, or just try out acting for the first time, there’s something available this summer for you!” -Caroline Schreiber, Camp Director for Stage Door

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#4 Discover Your Creativity Drama is a great place to let your imagination soar! Students will explore their creativity in a number of ways throughout the camp day, whether it’s dance, improv and theatre games, and crafts/building props. We encourage imagination and having an open mind to sharpen your creative skills!

“Every summer I look forward to seeing what my tech students will design each year for the set, props, and costumes. They are always coming up with creative ways to build or design something new.” -Rebecca, Camp Director of Tech Camp

#3 Build Confidence Our camps build towards a final performance. We focus on the journey of page to stage. Through the process, our amazing teaching artists and camp staff guide our students towards finding their individual interests and unique strengths, sharpening their skills, and gaining the confidence to perform in front of an audience!

“It’s exciting to see our students break out of their shell and grow into confident young artists in just a matter of days!” – Aileen Pangan, Dance Instructor

“I look forward to the growth of our campers. Every year our campers return, I get a sneak preview or a snapshot as to who they will be as an adult. I am just as eager to meet our new campers and watch the process begin a fresh and anew. Its like “the circle of life” to quote the title from a very well known musical.” -Madaline Langston, Camp Director of It’s Elementary

#2 Flexibility Our It’s Elementary sessions offer full day and half day options! Full day for It’s Elementary begins at 8:30am through 5:30 pm. Morning half day is from 8:30 am through 12:30 pm, and afternoon half day is 1:30 to 5:30 pm. All other Encore camps (Scenes for Tweens, Summer Stories, One-Act Wonders and Stage Door/Tech camp) offer optional morning and afternoon extended hours. Find an Encore camp that works best with your family’s schedule! Click here to visit our summer camp page for full schedules.

#1 Lasting Friendships! The theatre is all about teamwork! We all collaborate together towards a final performance and in the process, we make friends along the way. One of our values at Encore is inclusiveness. In a fun and safe environment, moments of learning together turn into memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

“This year will be my fourth year teaching tech camp. There are a few kids who have been there since the first session four years ago. It’s great to see them return every year and greet old friends and make new ones. Working on putting a show together, especially in a short amount of time, really bonds people together and helps foster friendships that last.” -Rebecca, Camp Director of Tech Camp

“It’s exciting to see campers return year after year and keep growing with our programs. I also love seeing students “graduate”–either to the next level of camp (going from It’s Elementary to Scenes for Tweens, or Scenes for Tweens to Stage Door), or from camper to camp aide. It’s a really wonderful thing when students are eager to join our staff and share the fun they had as campers with the next group of children.” -Caroline Schreiber, Camp Director for Stage Door

Don’t miss another minute! Enroll for Encore’s summer camps today!


5 Ways To Greet the Spring Season at Encore!


Spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming, the sun is out, and we’re shining a light on 5 ways to greet the spring season with Theatre by Kids, for Kids!

#5 – Sign up for Encore Stage & Studio’s Spring Break Camp (Private School) next week! While school is on a short vacation, Encore will take its students on a vacation of lifetime–into popular stories and musicals! Students in grades K-5 will enjoy a day of theatre activities and games, crafts, a movie, and fun in a safe and supportive environment. Camp hours are 9am-3pm with extended hours of 8-9am, 3-5pm. Camp is located at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207).

Dates and Themes include:
Monday/Mar 28 – Tangled
Tuesday/Mar 29 – Peter Pan
Wednesday/Mar 30 – Beauty and the Beast
Thursday/Mar 31 – Lilo and Stitch
Friday/Apr 1 – Cinderella

Here’s what families are saying about our spring break camp:

Click here to sign up today!

#4 – Sign up for a theatre class this spring! Spring classes for students in grades K-8 begin Wednesday, April 6 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207). Saturday spring classes start April 9-30 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Become a World Traveler, explore your comedic side with Saturday Stooges and Classic Comedy and more! Click here to check out our class schedule.


#3 – Buy your tickets for Musical Theatre Intensive’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on April 22-24, at Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206). Get ready to sing, dance and SPELL your heart out along for a great time! Seven young spellers come together at a local school to use their talents to decide who will represent Putnam County in the national bee. Their zany personalities shine as they take on words that most people have never heard of, let alone can spell. Words fly as this fun, modern musical tells a tale of growing up while competing for prestige and bragging rights. We recommend this production for ages 8 and older.

Click here to buy your tickets online!


#2 – See our Twelfth Night cast perform at Bowen McCauley’s Move Me Festival on April 30! Drawing in over 1,200 attendees annually, Move Me is a FREE family-friendly celebration of arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts and featuring performances and interactive activities provided by over twenty Arts Partners from the D.C. Metro area. The event is Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204.)

#1 – Last but not least, help us celebrate Encore Stage & Studio’s 49 Season of “Theatre By Kids, For Kids” at the Sunny Side Up Benefit Breakfast. Learn about Encore’s 49 years of serving and inspiring children in our community with special performances by Encore Stage & Studio participants on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Washington Golf & Country Club.

Encore Stage & Studio will also present the 2016 Celeste Groves Award to recipients Pat Kobor and Betsy Lohmann. There is no cost to attend the breakfast. Click here to RSVP today!

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Meet Encore’s Education Programs Manager: Madaline Langston

You may have seen her friendly face during the summers at It’s Elementary–and we’re so thrilled to have her back throughout the season! She’s fabulous, she’s wonderful, and she’s ball of sunshine! Meet our new Education Programs Manager, Madaline Langston!

Madaline Younger Langston has been with Encore Stage & Studio’s It’s Elementary program for over a decade. Madaline is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC. She began developing her improvisation and classical skills performing with the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Madaline went on to perform with the Shakespeare Theatre Company under the artistic direction of Michael Kahn, and has performed in two national tours with the Kennedy Center’s programs for children. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, she has worked in films, industrials, and regional and national commercials. Madaline is also a member of Actors Equity Association. She is CPR and First Aide Certified.

Encore: What will you be working on this season with us?

Madaline: This season I will be working on projects for our youngest campers and students. My plan is to energize our current programs by re-designing our after school, mini and summer camps. With the collaboration of our Executive Director Sara Strehle Duke, there is a strong possibility that we may create a new program for Encore.

What are you looking forward to this season with Encore?
Madaline: We have so many ideals…I can’t wait until they become a reality.

Encore: You are a creative artist! What inspires your ideas for theatre games, lesson plans, etc?
Madaline: I have many sources of inspiration. I always prepare when I go into a classroom. At the first meeting, I spend time getting to know the children. Based on our conversation ideals begin to flow like a river. I capture my thoughts and then input them into the lesson plan, so that everyone grows and has a wonderful experience.

Encore: What do you enjoy most about working at Encore Stage & Studio?

Madaline: I enjoy working with children, the Encore staff is awesome, the board is supportive and I am allowed the privilege of being creative. I thank the Lord daily for the wonderful people he has placed in my life.

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We are so fortunate to have Madaline Langston join our administrative staff! Be sure to sign up for It’s Elementary this summer, running June 27 through September 2. Click here to enroll today!
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Encore offers Job Opportunities for Summer 2016

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Work for Encore Stage & Studio! Encore offers paid summer internships, development and teaching positions as well as camp aides positions for high school students.

Opportunities include:
-Arts Management Intern
-Dance Teachers
-Development Manager
-Education Intern
-It’s Elementary Teaching Artists
-Scenes For Tweens Teaching Artists
-Production Stage Manager

Opportunities for High School students include:
-Summer Camp Aides
-In Season Stage Manager

Ahoy! Join us for the Pirate Party | Feb. 27, 2016

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Join us for this special event featuring treats, arts and crafts, stage combat demonstrations and a chance to meet your favorite pirates!

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Pirate Party takes place immediately after the 11am Treasure Island performance.
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204)

Tickets: $20 | Ticket admits one. 11 am performance of Treasure Island is sold separately. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Exec Director Sara Duke is Chosen as an Honoree of Leadership Arlington’s Forty Under 40!


We are delighted to share exciting news! Encore Stage & Studio’s Executive Director, Sara Duke, has been chosen as an honoree of Leadership Arlington’s Forty Under 40! Today, December 4, 2015, Leadership Arlington celebrates the 40 impressive trailblazers in the 2015 Forty Under 40 honorees at the Army Navy Country Club. Forty Under 40 is an initiative that builds social and intellectual capital for the DC metro community amongst this leadership group as they move into key decision making positions. The under-40 demographic represents a large segment of the area’s population. Leadership Arlington and the community as a whole have the responsibility to empower and celebrate this civically-minded, future leadership. We are proud to honor our Executive Director, a remarkable leader and a great contributor to the youth’s performing arts in Arlington! Congratulations Sara Duke!

“I am so happy that Sara was awarded this honor,” Encore Board member Jerry Gidner stated, “she has not only transformed Encore Stage and Studio, but the world of children’s theater in Northern Virginia. I can’t wait to see where she leads Encore next.”


5 Ways to Celebrate Fall with our “Theatre By Kids, For Kids!”


Fall for Encore Stage & Studio means a lot of things: the start of rehearsals, the beginning of a new season, and so much more! As we count down the days until opening of Hansel and Gretel, here are 5 ways to celebrate the fall season with us!


#5 – Come join us this weekend at Kinder Haus Toys and meet Encore Stage & Studio’s cast of Hansel & Gretel! Enjoy an afternoon of theatre games, storytelling, and a sneak preview of Hansel & Gretel! Click here to learn more about our Kinder Haus Toys event. Be sure to buy your tickets to Hansel and Gretel! Click here to buy your tickets online.


#4 – Sign up for a theatre class this fall! Late fall classes for students in grades K-12 begin Saturday, November 14. Show your pirate side and Walk the Plank, go on an Animal Adventure, or bring to life the bad guys in Shakespeare’s Villains

#3 – Participate in Encore’s Spirit Week! We challenge you to show off your Encore Spirit! Dress up for our theme days and post them on your social media for a chance to win cool prizes! Click here to learn more.

#2 – Sign up for our holiday mini camps this fall! While school is on a short vacation, Encore will take its students on a vacation of lifetime–into literary destinations! Students in grades K-5 will enjoy a day of theatre activities and games, crafts, a movie, and fun in a safe and supportive environment. Upcoming camp days include: Catholic Prof Devel/Oct 30 | Theme: The Great Pumpkin
Election Day/Nov 3 | Theme: Hansel & Gretel
Veterans Day/Nov 11 | Theme: Big Hero 6
Click here to sign up today!

#1 – Subscribe to Encore’s 2015/2016 season! Plan your family theatre adventure from beginning to end and enjoy the benefits of being an Encore subscriber! Subscribe to an entire season for just $66!

Encore Spirit Week starts November 2!

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Encore friends and family, near and far! We challenge YOU to show off your Encore Spirit! Encore Spirit Week begins November 2, participate in all theme days for a chance to win some fun prizes!


How it works: Dress up in our theme days. Be sure to take a photo and post it on social media using our hashtags: #encorespirit #encorestageandstudio on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You must tag or mention @EncoreArlington as well so we can see your submissions! Each social media post equals one submission to our raffle to win our prizes. The more you dress up and post, the more chances you’ll have to win!


-Two 5-show season subscription
-One Family 4-pack gift certificate to Snow White
-$25 gift certificate to Silver Diner

Here are the theme days:
Monday, November 2 – Sports Day
Tuesday, November 3 – Cowboy Day
Wednesday, November 4 – Witch Day
Thursday, November 5 – Techie Appreciation Day
Friday, November 6 – #RepYourShow Encore Shirt Day
Saturday, November 7 – Superhero Day
Sunday, November 8 – Mystical Creature Day
Thursday, November 12 – America Day
Friday, November 13 – Crazy Hat and Sock Day
Saturday, November 14 – Pajama Day
Sunday, November 15 – Flannel Day

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Winners will be announced on November 15! Be creative and show your #EncoreSpirit!

Theme days brought to you by the cast of Hansel and Gretel

Kinder Haus Toys Presents An Afternoon with Encore

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Meet Encore Stage & Studio’s cast of Hansel & Gretel and join us for an afternoon of theatre games, storytelling, and a sneak preview of Hansel & Gretel! Bring your friends and join the fun!

Sunday, October 18, 2015 | 12 – 1:30 pm

Located at Kinder Haus Toys Store
1220 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201 | This event is free.