Spring Classes

Acting: Al Fresco Scene Study  for ages 8-14 in Opal Daniels Park (3 blocks from PBES), Mondays 4:30pm-5:45pm, starts April 10, max 9 students. FULL Email for waitlist. Jump into a different world by learning how to transform into a different character in a scene. Students will learn and apply acting concepts in order to build a believable character in scene work.  Acting concepts learned in class nurture imagination and go hand in hand with literary analysis and writing skills Weekly 1.25 hour sessions for 8 weeks. No class Memorial Day. Class culminates with a showcase performance on the last class. Class starts 4/10. Cost $192 More info and enroll here.  

Teen Improv (ages 11-15) -- outdoors! Thursdays at 4:45pm-5:45pm in Opal Daniels Park. Starts April 13. Enrolling now.  

Who's line is it anyway? Whether you have experience in improv or are just starting out, this class is for you! Improvisation is a great way to develop imagination and brain-storming skills while having fun and blowing off steam. In improv class, we will play a host of improv games (some used in professional improv shows) and may even design one or two as a group. 8 weekly 1 hour outdoor classes. Classes are limited to 12 students. Cost: $155. More info and enroll here. Improv (ages 8-12) -- outdoors! Fridays at 4:30pm-5:20pm in Opal Daniels Park (3 blocks from PBES)! Starts April 14. Enrolling now.

Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like improvisation. Improv is a great way to develop imagination and brain-storming skills while having fun. In improv class, we will start with warm-up games and move on to various improv games (some used in professional improv shows). 8 weekly 50min outdoor classes, weekly. Classes are limited to 10 students. Cost: $148. Enroll here.


Summer Camps

On Stage Outdoors: Sound of Music (ages 7-13) 6/19-23, 9am-1pm in Opal Daniels Park. Enrolling now In On Stage: Outdoors, everyone shines!  Our camp is designed to allow students the opportunity to dive into performance and design/construction aspects of theatre by working on selections from a beloved production. This summer, we will be working on scenes and various numbers as the Von Trapp children from The Sound of Music.  $275 (includes materials) Enroll here On Stage: Annie! (ages 8-13) 7/3-7/14, 9am-3pm. Enrolling now, filling fast through City of Takoma Park Rec Dept! In On Stage Camp, everyone shines like the top of the Chrysler building!  Come be one of Miss Hannigan's orphans in Annie camp (all genders of orphans welcome). Our camp is designed to allow students the opportunity to dive into performance and design/construction aspects of theatre by working on selections from a beloved production.  Find out more and enroll here.

Private/Pairs/Small Group Coaching Class dates/times don't work for you? Want to work on a monologue or song on your own or a scene with a friend? Want to design your own small class for you and a few friends? Interested in custom instructions tailored for your needs and interests?  Try private coaching! Sessions are 1/2 hour and set to work with your schedule. Cost: $45 for one participant per session, ($60 for 2 participants, $75 for 3, $84 for 4) Email info@onstagetakoma.com or just hit Reply if interested in private coaching

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On Stage Takoma (Gretchen Weigel Doughty) has been producing local productions and offering classes in Takoma Park for the last 14 years. We offer music theatre, acting for various age groups and story-based theatre. Join us!

Gretchen holds an MFA in Theatre and has been teaching theatre classes through the City of TP and at TPES and PBES for over 13 years. She is also a professor, director (theatre, opera and film) and actor who has worked in New York, London and regionally. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, TV and voice over work. Her students have performed on/off Broadway and at various regional theatres (Kennedy Ctr, Ford's, Signature, Round House, Studio, WNO etc).


Have questions? I would love to hear from you! Click the contact button or email: info@onstagetakoma.com


“I've been very impressed by your work with the kids over the past few weeks. You're a highly skilled teacher and great with this age group. Your classroom management skills are top notch, even over Zoom (which is no small feat.) You keep things fun yet productive. I know from personal experience what a very tough tightrope that is to walk.
In fact, we had enrolled [our daughter] this week in a class via [Well Know Children's Theatre Co]  and your class is far superior to theirs. So much so that [our daughter] opted not to continue with theirs but was happy to still log on with you even though she's feeling generally done with Zoom.”

“ I can't thank you enough for this camp!  [Our child] really really loved it. She is still asking if she can take more classes with you! ”

"[Our daughter] absolutely LOVED the class today!  She was so excited to tell me all about it.  I'm so happy that you're doing this.  I've always been interested in the after-school classes, but [our daughter] normally does after care so it's never been an option.  I just wanted to pop in and say thanks.  Truly, it made [her] day."
“Thank you so much for all of the awesome theater this spring. 
When [our son] remembers COVID-19 time Storybook Theater will be a bright spot.”

"Thank you SO much, Gretchen, for a wonderful week!  [Our children] enjoyed the camp so much and we were so impressed by all the activities you had them do.  [T]hey would love to work with you again! "


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