Summer Theatre Escape

***ENROLLMENT IS OPEN – See below for registration links***

Join NextStop for in-person, socially distant classes for rising 1st-12th graders. Each session is 3 hours a day for one week, taught by our professional teaching artists. Space is limited!!

NextStop Summer Theatre Escape is a newly devised series of one-week education sessions, featuring daily, in-person acting, musical theatre, and improv workshops for 1st through 12th graders. The program has been designed to adhere to the highest standards of health and safety recommendations, to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Each session will be three hours per day for five days and occur in our theater.  Students will be given opportunities to participate in socially-distant activities and exercises on the stage, which provides over 800 square feet of open floor space. When not on stage, students will be spaced out in our 114-seat capacity audience. The session lengths are reduced to remove the need for unstructured breaks. The goal will be to facilitate sessions that enable students to practice safety, focus, and self-discipline.

This new program will not offer exactly the same kind of interactive, often frenetic summer days that have become a hallmark of our education programs. However, we have sensed the need in our students (really in all of us!) for creative expression and safe social interaction. This program will provide opportunities for collaboration, imagination, and greater individual attention from teaching artists due to smaller class sizes. It is our sincere hope that we can balance our desire to provide students with an artistic outlet, while honoring our commitment to the safety of our community.

NextStop’s top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community. However, it is up to each individual family to decide the circumstances and environment in which they are comfortable. We strongly encourage parents and students to carefully review the following list of primary rules and protocols that will be strictly enforced throughout the Theatre Escape program. If these fall outside of your family’s preferences, we recommend you consider whether this program is right for you.

  • Students and staff will maintain social distance (6+ feet) at all times
  • Each student will be required to bring a mask and may be asked to use it at some or all times, depending on state requirements and/or teaching artist safety assessments

  • Only students and staff will be allowed to enter the facility

  • We will conduct mandatory touchless temperature checks at the start of each day

  • We will require frequent hand washing

  • A comprehensive cleaning process will be conducted between each session, by teaching artists and support staff

  • Students who do not meet and follow all health and safety requirements will be given a warning. If they continue to be unable to comply, they will be asked to leave the session, without a refund

DISCLAIMER: NextStop remains fully committed to placing the health and safety of our staff, students, and community above all else. As such, the start of this new program will be based on Northern Virginia successfully staying in“Phase Two” of the governor’s recovery plan and NextStop’s own evaluation that conditions become and remain acceptable. (*NEW* NextStop has official approval from local government for operating our education program in our space during Phase Two.) Failure to meet either of these benchmarks could result in cancellations, with refunds being automatically issued to all participants. Participants will also be permitted with withdrawal from the program without penalty until up to three days before the commencement of a session.


Summer Theatre Escape Schedule – Click on each session for the the links to register!

1st-4th Grade Sessions (8-11am, $185/session)

July 20-24   Creative Play

July 27-31   Musical Fun

5th-9th Grade Sessions (1-4pm, $185/session)


July 13-17    Musical Theatre *

July 20-24    Improv

July 27-31    Acting ***LIMITED AVAILABILITY***

Aug 3-7       *JUST ADDED* Musical Theatre 8am-11am ***BY POPULAR DEMAND***

Aug 3-7        Musical Theatre 1pm-4pm SOLD OUT

Aug 10-14    Improv

9th-12th Grade Sessions (6-9pm, $200/session)

July 13-17         Advanced Musical Theatre ***EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY***

July 27-31         Advanced Musical Theatre ***EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY***


Creative Play – Students will let their imaginations run wild with games and activities that help them create fun new characters, scenes, and worlds!

Musical Fun – For all the aspiring young performers who just long to sing, dance, and shine in the spotlight!

Acting – Learn and develop new skills for becoming a stronger actor through character and scene work.

Musical Theatre – Nothing beats the fun of blending voices with the whole cast or nailing the big dance break!

Improv – Practice the wild and crazy art of performing without a script.

Advanced Musical Theatre – Master classes with professional actors, directors, and choreographers. An advanced session for our die-hard musical theatre lovers, who are missing a good, old-fashioned, act-one finale!


About NextStop Theatre Company

NextStop Theatre Company is an award-winning professional black-box theatre moments away from Reston Town Center, Historic Downtown Herndon, Dulles Airport, and the upcoming Herndon Silver Line Metro Station. The company has established a strong regional reputation for producing critically acclaimed productions and educational programs, while showcasing a wide array of local talent and arts relevant to the community.

NextStop Theatre is made possible in part by generous support from the town of Herndon, The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, the Nelson J. & Katherine Friant Post Foundation, ARTSFAIRFAX, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and NextStop’s loyal patron donors.