Summer Theatre Adventures 2017

It’s a theatre adventure, and you’re invited!

NextStop’s Summer Theatre Adventures are week-long theatre classes which follow a process-based curriculum to foster a life-long love of the performing arts. Each session is led and designed by highly experienced professional teaching artists, allowing students to explore different subjects and areas of theatre week by week.

Sessions meet Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Single week sessions present a showcase at 3:30pm on Fridays, and two week sessions perform full productions on the Saturday following the second week.




2017 Schedule




Grades 1-4

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($175 in Savings!)

Grades 5-9

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($264 in Savings!)

July 10-14

Ready Set Act!


Calling all budding actors! We will create characters, play theatre games, and make stories come to life in this acting class perfect for both first time actors and seasoned performers!



Whose line IS it anyway? Learn the art (and fun!) of acting without a script as we improvise our way through games, think on our feet, and create scenes without memorizing a single line! This class is a NextStop favorite!

July 17-21

Let’s Put on a Show:

School House Rock, Jr


ACTORS:  Aspiring actors, singers, and dancers will work together to put on a full scale musical production! Whether you are a seasoned performer or this is your first time on stage, there is a spot in the cast for everyone! Students will get mini classes on acting, singing, and choreography, and we will rehearse to put on our very own production. Roles will be auditioned and assigned during first 2 days of class.

Final performances are on Saturday morning following the class.

July 24-28



Stories aren’t just for reading!  We will act and dance some favorite stories and create some new ones as we work together to explore the art of storytelling on stage.

School House Rock, Jr (Continued)

July 31-Aug 4

Pirates and Mermaids


Arrgh, Matey! Stories of the deep blue will come alive as we explore and act out the ancient folklore and modern tales of Pirates, Mermaids, and other sea creatures!

Acting For the Stage


Dive into the artistic process! We will focus on skills that performers must master to succeed, including auditioning, developing a character, artistic collaboration, scene work and more. This class can be taken as a standalone class, or as preparation for the “Let’s Put on a Show” session.

Aug 7-11

Let’s Put on a Show:

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.

ACTORS: Aspiring actors, singers, and dancers will work together to put on a full scale musical production! Whether you are a seasoned performer or this is your first time on stage, there is a spot in the cast for everyone! Students will get mini classes on acting, singing, and choreography, and we will rehearse to put on our very own production. Roles will be auditioned and assigned during first 2 days of class.

See ACTOR Waitlist Info


CREW (Lion King Jr. Only) Sign up for our Crew Section for two weeks of putting on a show for THE LION KING JR from the backstage perspective. Students will learn about theatrical design, scenic painting, and costuming while creating the items we will use in the final production. Our Student Crew will also be backstage during the final performances, serving as assistant stage managers, run crew members, and board operators.

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Final performances are on Saturday morning following the class.

Aug 14-18

Animal Adventures


It’s a jungle out there! Actors will bring to life the movement and voice of various animal tales and adventures, and create scenes involving some of the most famous animals in Fables and Fairytales. Students may even get to peek into rehearsals for “The Lion King Jr”.

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr (Continued)





Teachers love questions! See our policies and FAQ below or e-mail our education coordinator at You can also leave us a message at (703)481-5930×2.

Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios

Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios







Summer Education Programs will take place at the NextStop Theatre in Herndon: 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, Rhythm Street Dance Center in Herndon: 289 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA, and Reston Community Players Rehearsal Studio: 266 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20170. Check your session’s location when you register.

Registration Fees and Payment

All registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registration using a credit card is available online or by phone at (866)811-4111. To register and pay by check, please e-mail or call (703)-481-5930×0. (Make checks payable to NextStop Theatre Company. A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks.)

Late Pickup/Fees

Our program day ends at 4:00pm. After 4:15pm, late fees are assessed at the rate of $1.50 per minute. Please contact if you would like more information about before or after care options. Late fees are due upon pick up of the student.


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Please contact to request an application.  Applications are due by April 30, 2017.


A full refund will be made in the event that a program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.  A partial refund (minus a non-refundable 25% deposit) is available if a participant is withdrawn at least one month prior to the start date of the program.  No refunds will be made within a month’s time of a program’s scheduled start date.


NextStop Theatre Company assumes no liability for injuries or damages arising from participation in any class or program.


Photos and/or video taken of participants during programs may be used without compensation or further consent of the participants and/or the parents/guardians of the participant.




Frequently Asked Questions:
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    Will the students be at NextStop Theatre all day, or will they be taking field trips to local pools, parks, etc.?

    Students will be on site at NextStop Theatre (or specified program site) all day. No student will be permitted to leave the building without a parent or guardian.
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    What is your pick-up/ drop-off procedure?

    Students will only be released to adults listed on the emergency form, and IDs will be checked. Emergency forms will be made available after your registration form is processed by the NextStop Education staff. Especially on the first day, please prepare and allow extra time for the staff to ensure the safety of your child at dismissal.
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    Are lunches or snacks provided?

    No. Each student is responsible for bringing their own snacks and lunch each day.
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    Can you describe a typical day at NextStop Theatre Adventures?

    We are offering programming with a theatre focus, and students will be doing theatre activities all day. Each session will be slightly different due to theme, but a typical schedule could look like this: 9:00-9:30 Warm-up activities 9:30-10:30 Acting Class 10:30 Optional Snack (students provide their own snack) 10:45-12:00 Movement and Voice Class 12:00-1:00 Lunch and games/free-time (students provide their own lunch) 1:00-2:00 Storytelling/ Music/ Improv 2:00-3:30 Session-themed rehearsal and theatre games 3:30-4:00 Afternoon snack and cool-down activities (students provide their own snack)
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    Tell me about the staff of NextStop Education

    Our Teaching artists are highly qualified and experienced Theatre artists and teachers! Each teaching artist brings their own unique set of skills and experiences to the program. From College Theatre majors, to professional actors and designers, to FCPS classroom teachers, our staff is extremely knowledgeable and caring. Feel free to read more about our Education Coordinator, Jaclyn Young, at
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    How many students are in each session?

    Our maximum enrollment for each week-long session will be 25, and the maximum for the summer 2 week “Let’s Put on a Show” session is 30. In the unlikely event of low-enrollment, a full refund will be issued and families will be notified in advance.
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    Are there any opportunities for students who want to learn about backstage?

    The Crew Section of Lets Put On A Show in the summer is great for students who want to try their hand at the design/tech world. Typical activities will involve lots of Theatre games and learning about different areas of design (lights, sound, scene painting, costumes, stage make-up, props, etc) as well as trying them out. Students will also get to be hands-on in the session, and will actually get to help make the set, costumes, and props that will be used in our Lets Put On A Show On Stage session.
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    Will students have to audition to be a part of the cast of the performance session? (“Let’s Put on a Show” session)?

    All students who enroll in the ACTOR session will be a part of the cast! We will hold auditions the first day to determine who will be playing which roles, and students will get their scripts the first day. We will cast the show based on who enrolls in the session, and no roles are pre-cast… it will definitely be an adventure!
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    How do you determine your scholarships?

    Our scholarships are determined by need and merit. Need guidelines are based on the federal guidelines for Free and Reduced lunches at school. For an application, or if you have an extenuating circumstance that needs further consideration, please contact us at

NextStop Theatre Company is just moments away from Historic Downtown Herndon, Dulles Airport, Reston Town Center, and Wiehle-Reston Metro Station. NextStop has received rave reviews for showcasing a wide array of local talent, Broadway headliners, education programs and locally-driven arts relevant to the community. NextStop is proud to host summer educational programs as part of its mission to foster a lifelong love of the performing arts.

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