DMR Star of the Week: Claire McCulloch

Meet Claire McCulloch, our very first DMR Star of the Week! The DMR Star of the Week program was created to recognize a member of the DMR Family: a student, teacher, mentor, staff member, or volunteer. The DMR Star of the Week should be someone who exhibits a positive attitude, a willingness to collaborate, someone who excels at being a member of an ensemble or team, and someone with outstanding leadership skills who empowers others.

Claire is a member of the Dream Team and the JTF Troupe, and has been involved in DMR for almost a year. Her first project with DMR was the Broadway Adventure production of The Lion King, JR. in which  she played a Lioness. Claire was nominated by several of the members of the 2018-19 Dream Team.

She began her performing career at the Delaware Children’s Theatre in Alice in Wonderland.  Claire said, “I started my acting debut as a door and a carpenter. I have been dancing and singing for as long as I can remember around the house and then as a member of studios and choirs.”

“My favorite memory of DMR is the production of the Lion King, and being one of the Lionesses! I loved all of the singing and choreography, and I still remember it all!”

One of the most important parts of being a DMR Star of the Week is understanding the importance and value of the ensemble. We asked Claire to share an important quality for an ensemble member to have and she responded, “The ability to stand out and blend in at the same time. On stage, you always want to be noticed for doing your part well, but at the same time, you don’t want to take away from the main characters and what they are saying or doing. So make it interesting, but don’t make it all about you.”

Claire’s favorite quote about teamwork is, “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless. – Mike Krzyzewski”

Please cheer on Claire, who is making Junior Theater Festival debut with DMR as Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka, JR. You can follow Claire and the rest of the DMR JTF troupe on the DMR JTF Facebook page or follow DMR on FB, IG or Twitter.

If you would like to nominate a Star of the Week, please click here!


DMR Alumni Spotlight: Kamryn Burton

Kamryn Burton performs

Meet Kamryn Burton, a DMR alumna who has gone on to perform professionally!

Kamryn began acting at age 9 when she performed in Once on This Island, which is now her favorite musical of all time. She immediately realized that she wanted to perform for a living and help touch people’s lives.

“I want to open people’s eyes with a song, change someone’s day with a dance, and impact a life with a monologue,” says Kamryn.

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Kamryn as Marty in Grease with DMR

Past productions at DMR include High School Musical, Annie, 101 Dalmatians Kids, Once on This Island, JRGodspell Jr., and Grease. Kamryn was also music director for the first two DMR Charlottesville camps, Broadway Baby and Willy Wonka Kids.

Kamryn was a part of DMR’s first JTF troupe, where the group was awarded with the 2013 Excellence in Acting award for their performance of Once on this Island, JR, in which she played Asaka. Kamryn was chosen to be featured in the Broadway Slam and was selected to play the role of the Witch in a number from Into the Woods, JR. on the mainstage.

After DMR, Kamryn studied musical theatre at the Shenandoah Conservatory where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. There she performed in Spring Awakening, Once on this Island, City of Angels, and All Shook Up.

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Kamryn as Asaka with DMR

After graduating, she went on to perform as Celestina Warbeck at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Other professional credits include Hairspray, Oklahoma, and Beauty and the Beast.

In addition to theatre, Kamryn loves comic books, especially Batman, Suicide Squad, and Teen Titans. Some day she’d love to voice a character in one of her favorite shows.

We can’t wait to see what Kamryn has up her sleeve next!

Kamryn Burton as Celestina Warbeck
Kamryn Burton performs as Celestina Warbeck at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios.


DMR Adventures Congratulates student Sydney Wynn on her role in A Christmas Story!

(Featured image above of A Christmas Story at Riverside Center.  Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi/The Free Lance-Star).
Photo Credit: Lori Shinseki

Congratulations are in order for Sydney Wynn, who just opened A Christmas Story at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.  Sydney is in her 2nd year as a member of the DMR Adventures Dream Team. She is shown on the left, training in NYC with Broadway vet and DMR Guest Artist, Matthew Steffens during our DMRinNYC trip this past January.

You may have recently seen Sydney in Charlottesville playing the lead role of Teli in the production of Jen Hoyt Tidwell’s No Wake at the IX Art Park.

Photo Credit: Dan Reams

This professional production of A Christmas Story is in Fredericksburg, Va. and the show runs November 16 through December 31st. You must call the box office for tickets at 540.370.4300.

Click here for a review from DCMetroTheatreArts.

Congratulations, Sydney!

Click here for our Student Spotlight blog.

DMR Adventures Congratulates student Finn Faulconer on being cast in the National Tour of Finding Neverland!

9Y0A1248Major congratulations are in order for Finn Faulconer, who will be playing George on the National Tour of Finding Neverland.  Finn was a member of the  2015-16 Dream Team of DMR Adventures, who traveled to Norfolk, VA to participate in the Junior Theater Celebration and traveled to NYC in January with DMRinNYC. Finn is shown on the left, training with Broadway vet and DMR Guest Artist, Matthew Steffens. One of the shows we saw on our New York trip was Finding Neverland, and it is a dream come true for us to see him onstage with the Broadway Tour!

faulconer_finn1The touring production will launch on October 11 in Buffalo, NY, before continuing to additional cities across the country.

Finding Neverland features direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels.

Click here to see the casting announcement from Broadway Buzz.

Click here for the official cast list from Finding Neverland!

Congratulations, Finn!


Dylan to perform in The Boy From Oz with Richmond Triangle Players

Congrats to Dylan on his first Richmond show, The Boy From OZ, with Richmond Triangle Players. Dylan was a member of the 2014-15 All Stars and the 2015-16 Dream Team and has been in several shows and many classes with DMR.

Dylan Headshot 2015Dylan is excited to be debuting in his first show in Richmond! He plays the role of young Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz at the Richmond Triangle Players. This musical is based on the colorful life story of Peter Allen who was a singer songwriter that grew up in the Outback and was subsequently discovered and brought to the USA by Judy Garland. This musical first performed in Australia in 1998-2000 and then on Broadway in 2003-2004 with Hugh Jackman playing Peter Allen. Dylan’s role is everything one imagines of a Broadway part – tap dancing, singing, dramatic acting complete with a glittering cast Finale number. Dylan thinks that the best part though was working with a dialect coach to capture that Aussie accent! The show opens on June 16 and runs for a month with possible extensions to the end of July.  Congrats, Dylan!


Wynn Sisters aka Schuyler Sisters featured on NY Times Video about Hamilton!

Click here to check out the amazing Wynn Sisters (aka the Schuyler Sister) featured on NY Times Video about Hamilton! This amazing family camped out for over 30 hours for their mom’s birthday, and all 5 of them got to see the show. They also got their own chance to entertain the public with their performances!  The Wynn sisters are members of our inaugural Dream Team and we hope they’ll continue to be a part of DMR Adventures for a long time.


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.

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!


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.