Summer Camps Now Enrolling!

Peter Pan (selections) outdoors in the park 6/17-21, 9am-1pm -- . Ages 8-14 2 spots left!
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 numbers as from Peter Pan. In camp, we will be creating characters, learning music/songs, lines/scenes, and blocking/choreography, getting to know the playing space and theatre terminology, crafting props, dabbling in set/costume design, and engaging in drama games.  One week (may vary if snow days are added to the school year). Enrolling now for everyone!


Matilda (abridged) in the TP Theatre (in conjunction w/ TP Rec) 7/1-12 9am-3pm --  Ages 8-14. A few spots left!
In On Stage: Spotlight, everyone is a star! This year, we will be tackling material from the Broadway hit - Matilda! Our two week camp is designed to allow participants the opportunity to dive into performance (acting, voice, character, choreography) and design/construction aspects of theatre by working on an abridged production. Camp meets at Hefner center, then loads into the mainstage theatre for performance at the end of the 2nd week!  2 weeks. Enrolling now for TP residents. Opens 2/28 to nonresidents.
Possible Peter Pan Mini camp for ages 5-8 outdoors 6/24-28, 9am-noon. If I offered this, would you be interested? Let me know! Spring Classes coming soon -- your chance to weigh in! On the menu: Acting Al Fresco: Outdoor Scene Study -- currently slotted for Mondays 4:15pm, ages 8-13 Storybook Theatre at TPES -- Tuesdays Elementary Improv -- Wed or Thur at PBES Friday --Outdoor Improv -- elementary or teen or family? or music theatre workshop? What would you like? Please weigh in on classes and/or times

Winter Classes

Acting: Scene Study for ages 10-14 in the Takoma Park Community Center Theatre Space, Mondays 4pm-5:15pm, Starts 1/22  FULL

Transform into a different character and jump into a new world through the art of acting! All scenes are from Broadway and off Broadway plays as well as feature films and television shows. Acting concepts learned in class nurture imagination and go hand in hand with literary analysis and writing skills. Class culminates with a showcase performance on the last session.  Limited to 13 students. Starts Jan 22. Enroll through the City of Takoma Park Rec Dept soon (enrollment opens to nonresidents 12/22).

Intro to Acting ages 7-10, 4pm-5:15pm Fridays at TPMS (pickup available at TPES; PBES students can meet at TPES playground or at TPMS), starts 1/12, FULL

Take your pretend to the next level by acting out a short scene from a popular play, film or TV show! Students will learn and apply basic acting concepts in order begin to build a believable character in a scene. Acting concepts learned in class nurture imagination and lay a foundation for literary analysis and writing skills. Class culminates with a showcase performance on the last class. Starts Jan 12. Enroll here.

Improv class after school at PBES on Thursdays, starts 2/1 -- Enroll 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 1 hour classes. Classes are limited to 13 students (min 6 to run). Non PBES students welcome. Cost: $152.

Thursdays, 4-5pm in PBES, non-PBES students are also welcome.  Enroll here.


Storybook Theatre at TPES  grades K-2 -- Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, coordinated with TPES to meet at same time as afterschool programs, and students can dismiss from school directly to class.  FULL 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. Starts Jan 30.  More details and sign up here!


Private Coaching Want to try your hand at the World Monologue Games next year? Want help with the school play audition? Interested in professional auditions? My students have performed in commercial and feature film, on and off Broadway in New York, and regionally at Ford's Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Roundhouse, Studio and more. If you want to step it up, private coaching in conjunction with classes is the best recipe.
Coaching rates: $50 for 1/2 half hour, $70 for 45min, $85 for 1 hour

Pairs/Small Groups
Class dates/times don't work for you? Want to work on 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. Group coaching Rates: $55 for 2 participants for half hour ($60 for 3)
Small group (4+) rates -- $25-40 per person for 50min-1 hour class depending on total number and class content

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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).


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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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