LTA SUMMER CAMPS
2020 SUMMER CAMPS
Join us at our beautiful Old Town location, where we offer the best in theater education for children ages three through 8th grade! Now in its eleventh year , LTA is the premier Alexandria location for summer fun and theatre! Featuring fantastic teachers that include RADA-trained television personality Heather Sanderson; popular children’s vocal instructor Linda Wells; veteran acting teacher Kathy Dillaber; experienced director, actor and improv instructor John Waldron; choreographer, acting, and musical theater instructor, and LTA Artistic Camp Director Michael Page; teaching artist all the way from England, Eliza Lore. LTA is proud to announce our summer camp program was named one of Best Summer Camps of 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Northern Virginia Magazine!
Registration must be completed online or in person. By phone registrations not available.
Our Education Department
LTA remains committed to continuing the Spring I adult and junior classes (and the showcases) that were interrupted by the virus. We hope to complete these as soon as possible.
In-person classes for the Spring II term beginning April 5 have been cancelled. However, on a positive note, we have reconceived several Spring II classes that will go online using Zoom! Thank you, Education Governor Michael Baker and the Spring II teachers, for making this happen. Those who have already registered for the Spring II session will be contacted by LTA office staff to confirm your registration. Students who have registered for cancelled classes or are not interested in online options will receive refunds.
For now, plans for the LTA Summer Camp and the summer adult classes (both scheduled to begin in late May) are unchanged. You will continue to see our ads for these exciting opportunities, and we look forward to a great summer of learning.
During this period of social distancing and teleworking, the LTA Business Office and Box Office are closed to walk-up public business. If you need to come to LTA during business hours, please schedule an appointment with either Business Manager Tina McCrea (Tina@thelittletheatre.com) or Box Office Manager Crissy Wilke (Crissy@thelittletheatre.com). Both will be working online and coming to the office on a limited basis.
Are you going stir crazy? Don’t forget that LTA’s play-reading group, Script Addicts, has moved online and will be reading and discussing plays more frequently during the pandemic. Consult the LTA website: http://thelittletheatre.com/performances/#newsandannouncements.
In the meantime, LTA’s Board of Governors will continue to monitor CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and City of Alexandria guidelines. As necessary, I will provide updates by email, social media, and on our website (www.thelittletheatre.com).
We will continue to look forward to exciting days ahead including a new season starting with Sister Act and Summer Camp.
Your patronage is important to us, and my fellow Board members and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Until then, STAY HEALTHY!
If you have any questions regarding summer camps, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-683-5778 ext.4
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations or transfers of camps must be made at least 3 days prior to the start of the camp your child is registered. Cancellations and transfers with less than 3 days notice will be subject to only a 50% refund. All cancellations will be charged a $10 cancellation fee. Questions regarding registration can be directed to LTA’s Summer Camp Administrator.
**Special to our Hogwarts Camp: Cancellations or transfers of our Hogwarts camp must be made at least 10 days prior to the start of the camp. Cancellations and transfers with less than 10 days notice will be subject to only a 50% refund. All cancellations will be charged a $10 cancellation fee.
SUMMER CAMPS CIT PROGRAM
Our Counselor in Training (CIT) Program is for high school students who want to build their theatrical resume through working alongside professionally trained performing artists and designers in an educational setting. We want to bring local opportunities to high school performing arts students in the area. Our program gives high school students a chance to take on a leadership position in a performing arts setting and is a great way to build resumes and make contacts in the theater community of the DMV area, and potentially beyond.
CITs will work from 8:45 am – 3:45 pm in weekly sessions, being compensated with a small stipend for each week of work. If you have any specific questions about the CIT Program please feel free to contact our Summer Camp Director. If you are interested in applying for a CIT position, please complete the attached application and send it via email to the Camp Director or drop it off at the theater. Please note that you must be 14 years of age by May 27, 2020 to legally be allowed to work with our students. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2020.
Click HERE for the 2020 CIT Application
HEAD CAMP INSTRUCTORS
DONA DAVIS earned a Masters of Education from Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning program. She recently received a Certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut where she studied puppetry history, puppetry materials, shadow puppetry, and hand puppetry. Dona taught at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School and other schools for twenty-two years, bringing arts into her classroom at every opportunity. She also ran drama clubs and puppet clubs at her schools. She is one of the artists featured on Artstravaganza Day at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. Dona loves nothing more than helping children express their creativity and having fun with them.
KATHERINE M. DILLABER
KATHERINE M. DILLABER is a JMU graduate, with a B.A in Communication Arts & Educational Certification, plus graduate studies. Post college, she performed at “Tecumseh”, Ohio; ‘Land of Oz’, N. C.; Busch Gardens, Williamsburg; and local theatres. Since 2013, she participates annually in the Broadway Teachers Workshop, NYC, working with Broadway’s top artists onstage & backstage. Workshops explored the theatre craft as it pertains to school & community productions. Other experiences include a techie backstage and a theatre instructor where she has directed numerous children’s productions. Her professional education, theatre positions, and years of ballet training (Cecchetti method) are constant resources for classes.
CAROL JEAN CLARK
CAROL JEAN CLARK attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC for musical theatre. After performing, recording music, and producing benefit concerts with Broadway stars in NYC, she now lives and works in VA performing, directing, music directing, and choreographing. She is also on the board of a local theatre company and works with several others in the area. Carol teaches private vocal and piano lessons as well as audition prep and acting coaching. In her free time she rides horses, plays pool competitively, and spends time with her horse, two dogs, two turtles, and a dove.
CHANEL LANCASTER has been involved in theatre for 19 years with appearances both on screen and the stage. She has designed the hair and make up for many local theatres such as; NVP, LTA, and DS. Chanel has studied dance for 20 years which helped her in choreographing / fight choreographing shows such as; “The Wiz”, “The Giver”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” to name a few. Currently she teaches children’s Dance and Gymnastics at The Little Gym. Chanel has also traveled the world extensively with her family, in her free time enjoys everything Disney and hanging out with her husband, friends and her sisters and brother. Which whom are the reason why she started theatre in the first place
ELIZA LORE is currently living and working in the U.K., where she works for The Pauline Quirk Academy and Redroofs Theatre School. Before moving to London Eliza worked as Assistant Director at Frinton Summer Theatre. Eliza trained at Drama Studio London and is an alumni of England’s National Youth Theatre. Here in the U.S. Eliza has performed at Synetic Theatre, First Stage in Milwaukee and The Little Theatre of Alexandria. Eliza is certified in both Unarmed and Rapier and Dagger Stage Combat.
MICHAEL PAGE graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, focusing on Musical Theater Performance, Directing, Dance/Choreography, and Lighting. He has been very active for the past 10 years in the Alexandria theater community, working with theaters such as; MVCCT, PCP, ACCT, and LTA. He has directed, choreographed, and fight choreographed children and adults alike. He has a passion for teaching the performing arts in a logical way, while inspiring creativity and individual expression. Michael has been LTA’s camp director for the past two years during which time the camps experienced unprecedented growth.
HEATHER SANDERSON studied classical theatre at RADA in London and prior to moving to Alexandria acted extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area. As “Miss Heather”, she is known locally for instilling a love of theatre – in particular Shakespeare – into the hearts of children. Her youth Shakespeare troupes have performed in D.C. and in the U.K. and her privately coached monologue students have performed at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Ford’s Theatre and numerous community and children’s theatres in the area. Heather may be familiar to fans of British television programs through her Tea with Heather segments on Maryland Public Television’s Afternoon Tea.
JOHN WALDRON received his BFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an actor, director, and instructor, he has been working in the region for over 20 years. He has directed shows at Aldersgate and MVCCT. John can be seen in the motion picture Talk To Me starring Don Cheadle and was featured on Investigative Discovery show Who The Bleep! John is a member of the improvisation group, The Stagecoach Bandits.
LINDA WELLS is a private vocal teacher/coach, working primarily with children and teens. She has appeared in many musical theatre productions locally and elsewhere including The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, 1776, The Most Happy Fella, Side by Side by Sondheim, Brigadoon, George M!, Fiorello!, Guys and Dolls, and Godspell. Linda is also a professional church soloist and pianist. She was the Children’s Vocal Coach for The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA)’s Scrooge: The Musical, and the Musical Director for LTA’s A Christmas Carol (ten times) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (twice); for Aldersgate Church Community Theatre’s Mulan, Jr.; and for Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre’s Narnia.