DMR All Stars at Richmond Squirrels Game

The DMR All Stars did a GREAT job singing the National Anthem this week at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on 6/14/16. What a great performance, and a fabulous way to end the semester. Check out some photos from the evening.

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Auditions for DMR All Stars and DMR Dream Team

We are auditioning for TWO musical theatre troupes for ages 7-18.

(If your child has recently participated in a DMR program, you will likely not need to audition)

You MUST register at this link to audition:
https://goo.gl/XV4QPy

DMR-All-Stars-LogoFirst is our 2015-2016 DMR All Stars! This is a performance and outreach troupe, with regular rehearsals on Sundays from 2:00-3:30, beginning on September 13. All Stars are asked to make a commitment for either 1st semester (September-December), the 2nd semester (January-May), or both. There is a total cost of $140 per semester (4 payments of $35), as well as affordable performance attire. Financial assistance is available for those in need! Our focus will be on performance and outreach, not on competition.

Dream-Team-Logo4The Dream Team is a competitive performance troupe. It is made up of our most advanced and dedicated performers who aspire to pursue a career in the performing arts. Our first year as a competitive group saw our students considered for leading roles on Broadway, in film and on television series. Our students excelled in every area of performance — from scoring leading roles in professional, community, and educational theatre as well as numerous films, to winning awards at conferences and competitions, to receiving thousands of dollars in scholarships for educational opportunities. Perhaps this is a coincidence, but we believe that the discipline, passion, and inspiration gained from being a member of our troupe and the professional training they received made this a reality. We will be traveling to Norfolk for the very first Junior Theatre Celebration at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference in October. The conference takes place October 22-25, and our adjudication will be on Oct. 24. In addition to VTA, we are also planning a trip to NYC in early 2016, (along with at least one other youth performing arts academy), where we will train with Broadway performers, see a Broadway show, and perform for adjudicators. We are also planning an industry workshop or showcase with NYC Casting Director(s) and/or agent(s). Planned dates for our trip to NYC are Jan. 15-17.Those who sign on for the Dream Team will have their *All Stars* fees waived for the first semester, so stay tuned for that exciting audition notice. Dream Team will have planned rehearsals on Sundays from 3:45-5:15, with our first rehearsal on Sunday, August 30 from 4:30-6:30.

Auditions will take place on Thursday, August 20 from 4:30-6:30. You may sign up in a 30 minute block and you must prepare a short song (16-32 bars or a verse and a chorus). Please also be prepared to move (and bring or wear appropriate clothes and SHOES for dancing)! You MUST register for this audition. For DMR All stars, we are looking for joyful performers who want to share their passion of singing, acting and dancing. Scholarships and financial assistance is available for DMR All Stars. For Dream Team, we are looking for more polished performers with a dream of pursuing performing arts in college and/or as a professional career. Very limited financial assistance is available for Dream Team.

*Invitations for those who have already auditioned will be sent by Tuesday, August 18.

Feel free to invite others by sharing this link or by sharing our FB audition event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/401971606660516/

Congrats to our All Star, Katie, on scoring the role of Chava at The Hanover Theatre

The Hanover Theatre marquee lit before the show. Photo credit Scott Erb.
The Hanover Theatre marquee lit before the show. Photo credit Scott Erb. http://thehanovertheatre.org

Congrats to DMR All Star, Katie Wall, on being cast as Chava in the upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts!

Katie Wall as Mama Euralie in Once on This Island, Jr.
Katie Wall as Mama Euralie in Once on This Island, Jr.

Katie is one of the youngest cast members and is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic musical. If you are in or near Massachusetts on August 14 & 15, please go see Katie! Katie is rising freshman at Tandem Friends in Charlottesville, and has made a huge impact this summer in DMR’s Youth Leadership Program! Katie, we are so proud of you and look forward to seeing photos and hearing all about your production.  Break a leg!

Break legs to our DMR Family Members opening Xanadu this weekend!

xanaduWe have lots of friends involved in the Live Arts production of Xanadu, which opens this Friday, July 17!  We hope you’ll check it out! DMR All Star, Youth Leadership Program member and JTF Award Winner, Jessica Harris, will be featured in the ensemble and another member of our All Star Family, Heather Powell, is the choreographer! Please go out and support our friends at Live Arts, and the wonderful members of our DMR family who have worked tirelessly on this show!

Congrats to DMR All Star, Dani Miller, who was selected by Lilla Crawford for NYC Workshop scholarship

Congratulations to our ALL STAR, Dani Miller

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Dani Miller

Congratulations to DMR All Star Dani Miller, who was recently chosen by Hollywood and Broadway Star, Lilla Crawford, to receive a scholarship for a workshop led by Crawford at A Class Act in NYC! Dani entered an online contest with kids from all over the country, and her superb vocals won Lilla’s attention and, in return, a scholarship for Dani! Dani started her day with a private meeting with Lilla, who congratulated her on winning the contest. Then Lilla started the workshop by leading warm up and improv games for the students in the class.  Next, Dani got to read scenes and perform a song from Into the Woods.  (If you are a friend of DMR Adventures, you may have just seen Dani star in our Charlottesville production as the Baker’s Wife!) The students got to spend time a the end of their workshop in a Q&A with Lilla, during which she discussed the total focus, dedication and commitment it takes to be in the business (Crawford started by appearing in commercials at age 2). Dani discovered that she shares something in common with Lilla – their favorite Broadway show is Side Show! Dani, we are so proud of your focus, dedication and commitment! You’ve grown by leaps and bounds as an actor in the last year and we know you’ll find your way to Broadway if that’s a goal you want to work toward! Congratulations! Check out the slideshow below of moments from the class, and click this link for Broadway World’s coverage on the workshop.

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DMR All Star, Joshua, cast as the lead in the film, Elemental

We’re proud to announce that one of our talented All Stars, Joshua, was recently cast as the lead, Francis, in the short film, Elemental. This was Joshua’s first film audition, and we’re so proud that he is able to represent DMR on this fabulous professional film.  Elemental is directed by Eric Hurt, and produced by Arvold Productions and Pillage & Plunder Pictures.

Joshua sent this message from set:

“This has been such a great opportunity so far! I really am enjoying it and appreciate everything everyone has done for me. Thank you Melissa for helping me so much! A special THANK YOU to Christina and Mila!”

Congratulations, Joshua!  We are SO proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do next.  Check out the gallery below, with a sneak peek of all the action on set. Thanks to Sharon Harris for the photos!

Elemental is the story of Francis, a true wunderkind, who lives with his caring and kooky Aunt Kandi. Francis is a whizkid when it comes to science and tinkering but with some advice from a kind neighbor, Francis learns that sometimes it is best to keep it simple when it comes to matters of the heart.

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DMR All Stars shine in Richmond, VA where they sang for more than 8,000 people!

We are so proud of the 4 DMR All Stars who proudly represented DMR Adventures this Memorial Day weekend by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Flying Squirrels baseball game in Richmond, VA.  Dani, Eliza, Katie, and Mia did an excellent job singing for the huge crowd (estimated at between 8,000-9,000). Congrats, ladies! We are SO proud of your incredible harmony and spirit! Enjoy this video and the slideshow below.

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DMR All Star, Dylan, Featured on Monsters and Mysteries in America!

Congratulations to DMR All Star, Dylan, on his TV Debut!

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Congratulations are in order for another one of our DMR All Stars, Dylan Stukenberg, on his TV Debut as Andy on Monsters and Mysteries in America.  Click here to see the episode Dylan was featured in (you can see him at the 7:30-8:20 mark).  You can also catch Dylan as Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Jr. on our Friday and Sunday performances. 

DMR All Star, Kaitlin, featured on Broadway World with Lila Crawford!

Congratulations to DMR All Star, Kaitlin Burton 

Kaitlin Burton with Lila Crawford at workshop with A Class Act NYOur very own DMR All Star, Kaitlin Burton, was personally selected by actress Lila Crawford (Little Red in Disney’s feature film INTO THE WOODS, Annie in ANNIE and Debbie in BILLY ELLIOT) to attend a workshop with the Broadway and Hollywood Star. The workshop, produced by A Class Act NY, had a feature on Broadway World, and you can see our Charlottesville star featured on this link.  Congrats, Kaitlin! If you want to see more of Kaitlin’s work, please purchase tickets now for Into the Woods, Jr. Kaitlin will be playing Cinderella on both Saturday shows!

Congratulations to DMR All Star, Katie Wall!

Katie Wall in a Broadway Workshop with Keven Quillon.
Katie Wall in a Broadway Workshop with Keven Quillon.

Congratulations to DMR All Star, Katie Wall!
Katie entered her first competition with On Stage New York in Northern Virginia and achieved gold in judging and won the Vocalist Award. She traveled with our friends from the Orange School of Performing Arts! If you’d like to hear Katie’s incredible vocal chops in person (you’ll be amazed), come to our production of Into the Woods, Jr., in which she plays the Witch in Cast B.

For more information on Into the Woods, Jr., please click on this link.

For more information about the award-winning DMR All Stars, please click on this link.

Another professional booking! DMR All Star to play Young Violet at Heritage Theatre Festival!

Kaitlin Burton March 2015 HeadshotDMR Adventures is thrilled to announce that another one of our amazing DMR All Stars has landed a professional gig. Kaitlin Burton will play the role of Young Violet in the production of Violet at Heritage Theatre Festival.   Violet will run from July 28–August 1 in the Culbreth Theatre.  On learning she was cast in the role, Kaitlin said “I am humbled, honored, and very excited to have this opportunity to work with Bob Chapel and the many talented people I will learn from this summer.  I love this musical, and look forward to being a part of Heritage Theatre Festival!”

Kaitlin appeared this past fall in the title role in Cinderella, produced by DMR Adventures at Fry’s Spring Beach Club. She recently traveled with the DMR All Stars to Atlanta, GA, where the troupe won the award for “Best Ensemble” at the Junior Theater Festival.  You can see Kaitlin play a different interpretation of Cinderella, this time in Into the Woods, Jr.  from April 24-26 at Burnley Moran Elementary.  In addition to her incredible work on stage with DMR Adventures, Kaitlin is also a member of the Youth Leadership Program, through which she assists in productions and classes in the performing arts.

Kaitlin, your DMR Adventures family is SO proud of your hard work, dedication, professionalism and passion! We know it won’t be long before you play on the same stages as you favorite performer, Sutton Foster!

DMR All Star to create role in pre-Broadway run of Because of Winn Dixie!

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DMR All Star, Anya Rothman, will play the role of Sweetie Pie in the new musical, Because of Winn Dixie

We’re so excited to announce that one of our DMR All Stars, Anya Rothman, booked the role of Sweetie Pie in the pre-Broadway run of the new musical Because of Winn Dixie, based on the book of the same name, at Delaware Theatre Company. The musical has a Book by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and Music by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). The musical will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who was nominated for a Tony for her revival of Ragtime. We’re all SO excited for Anya and thrilled that a larger audience will get to see how truly amazing and professional she is!  

Anya has participated in all of the Broadway Master Classes we’ve hosted in Charlottesville with instructors Brad Bass & Keven Quillon. She was also featured in our first camp in 2014, Broadway Baby. She played a narrator in our fall production of Cinderella, Kids, and played Little Red in our award-winning Junior Theater Festival short production of Into the Woods, Jr.

You can purchase tickets and find out more about the production at this link.  You may also recognize one of Anya’s co-stars in the musical, if you saw the live television production of Peter Pan:  http://www.delawareonline.com/…/dog-peter-pan-hea…/19846207/