Summer Camps & Workshops!

Music Theatre Workshop Pippin (ages 11-17) -- outdoors! June 20-24, 9am-1pm  in Opal Daniels Park.

Our workshop is designed to allow students the opportunity to dive into performance and design/construction aspects of theatre by working on selections from the Broadway hit, Pippin. We will work on character development, musicianship and blocking/choreographing, We will also be crafting/sewing props, set and costume pieces.

11 students max. Students will primarily be socially distanced. Vaccinations required, masks are not required (unless in very close proximity). Instructors/helpers are fully vaccinated.

Pippin 6/20-24, 9am-12:30pm

Scenes & Numbers:
Magic to Do
Corner of the Sky
Extra Ordinary
and more!

Construction will involve sewing and minor set building

Cost: $275 (includes craft supplies and some costume/prop pieces to keep)

Note: The full production of Pippin contains adult content, but our abridged version will equate to "PG."

Music Theatre Workshop Oliver! (ages 8-12) -- outdoors! June 27-July 1, 9am-1pm  in Opal Daniels Park.

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 various scenes and numbers from the Broadway Classic, Oliver!. In camp, we will be creating characters, learning music/songs and blocking/choreography, getting to know the playing space and theatre terminology, crafting props, dabbling in set/costume design, and engaging in drama games.

Ages 8-12. 8-12 students. Students should be vaccinated.  Distance, noncontact and outdoor setting help ensure a covid safe environment. Instructors/helpers are fully vaccinated/boosted.

in Opal Daniels Park

Numbers include:
Consider Yourself
Food, Glorious Food
Where is Love
I'd Do Anything
Be Back Soon

Cost: $275 (includes craft supplies and some costume/prop pieces to keep)

Spring Classes & Workshops!

Improv (3rd - 7th grade) -- outdoors! Thursdays at 4:45pm in Opal Daniels Park. Starts March 17, Full!
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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). All games are designed to be socially distant. This will be non-contact and prolonged close proximity will be avoided. Mask optional for vaccinated students. 10 weekly 50min outdoor classes, weekly. Classes are limited to 10 students. Cost: $170. Starts 3/17 (no class 4/14), enroll here.

Storybook Theatre (K-3rd grade) --outdoors! -- Tuesdays at 4:30pm in Spring park, starts March 22, 3 spots left!

Who doesn't love to act out their favorite stories? In Storybook Theatre, students will engage with a classic story, then apply theatre concepts to become the characters in that story and act it out together. We'll start with warm-ups and imagination exercises, dig into the story, experiment with key concepts, then perform it together (ending with a curtain call of course)! Each class will focus on a new story. Acting concepts learned in class nurture imagination and relate to a host of elementary develop skills. Classes are 50min outdoors and will run once a week for 8 weeks. Classes are limited to 10 students. Social distancing measure employed. Mask optional for vaccinated students. Cost: $144.
Sign up here.
Note: No class 4/12
Music Theatre Workshop Dear Evan Hansen (ages 8-13) -- outdoors! Mondays at 4:30pm in Opal Daniels Park. Starts March 21, 1 spot left!

Sing and dance your COVID blues away in Music Theatre workshop! Workshop is designed for outdoor spaces, so students can have the best of an on stage experience with an open air setting. We'll work on music and choreography for excerpts of "Waving Through the Window," "You Will Be Found," and "Finale." This will be non-contact and prolonged close proximity will be avoided. Mask optional for vaccinated students. Final class culminates with an al fresco performance. 8 weekly 1-hour sessions. Workshop is limited to 10 students. Starts 3/21 Cost: $185
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Note: No class 4/11 (we will meet 4/18)

Scene Study (3rd-7th grade) --outdoors! -- Contact me if you are interested in putting a class together

Jump into a different world by learning how to transform into a different character in a scene. Students will learn and apply acting concepts from Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen in order to build a believable character in scene work. In each class, we will warm up together, play some theatre games, experiment with acting techniques and rehearse scenes that are chosen from provided materials. All scenes are from Broadway and off Broadway plays as well as films and television shows. Students will perform their scenes in the final class -- family are invited to attend. Scenes will be chosen based on ability to socially distance and utilize an outdoor setting.  Acting concepts learned in class nurture imagination and go hand in hand with literary analysis and writing skills Now is your chance to act out scenes from Bridge to Terabithia, Little House on the Prairie, To Kill a Mockingbird, City of Ember or even Waiting for Godot (& many more)! Weekly 1 hour sessions for 8 weeks. Classes are limited to 8 students. Noncontact. Vaccination required. Cost: $180  Class culminates with a showcase performance on the last class.

Private Coaching
Want to work on a monologue or song on your own? Interested in custom instructions tailored for your needs and interests? Or, want to learn acting with a friend on your own schedule? Try private coaching! Sessions are 1/2 hour and set to work with your schedule.
Cost: $45 for one participant per session, ($70 for 2 participants)
Email if interested in private coaching

Email with any questions


On Stage Takoma (Gretchen Weigel Doughty) has been producing local productions and offering classes in Takoma Park for the last 12 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 10 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).


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“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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