After-school Workshops

Build new traditions based on time-honored seasonal celebrations.

Experiencing cultural traditions, both new and old, within a community, opens the mind and creative spirit while fostering an awareness of the larger world with its rich and varied heritage. Washington Revels’ workshops address the fundamental need for self-expression and collective joy. Washington Revels teaching artists guide participants to:

  • Explore traditional performing arts through movement and music
  • Discover the unique and universal themes of different cultures expressed in songs, dances, games, and stories
  • Create community through shared arts experiences and playful interactions

Spring registration opens in March, classes begin in April! Winter dates below:

Little Dragons

Ages 4-6, Grades Pre K-1
Fridays: 4:15-5:45 pm
Jan. 12 – Mar. 9, 2018
9 sessions, no class 1/26
$270

Hobby Horses

Ages 7-9, Grades 2-4
Mondays: 4:15-5:45 pm
Jan. 8 – Mar. 12, 2018
9 sessions,
no class 1/15 & 2/19
$270

Jesters

Ages 10-14, Grades 5-8
Thursdays: 4:30-6:00 pm
Jan. 11 – Mar. 15, 2018
10 sessions
$300

 

Winter Sharing: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
At the end of each season all classes come together for a sharing of material with each other and parents. 

  • All classes are held at the Washington Revels Office, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910. <Directions & Parking>
  • If you have questions about the workshops please call 301-587-3835.
  • Scholarships available! Call 301-830-4406 or email jblakeslee@revelsdc.org for more information!
  • Before Care is available for all age ranges. Times and pricing are available on the registration form.

Workshop Descriptions

Children Mumming #1 (Education)

LITTLE DRAGONS

Ages 4-6, Pre-K, K, Grade 1

This special series of workshops is developed with our youngest performers in mind…Through singing, movement, games, and stories, these workshops nurture and encourage children’s love of play. The stories become adventures brought to life, interwoven with traditional songs, dances, and games. Each session stresses teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect, while also encouraging individual expression.

HOBBY HORSES

Ages 7-9, Grades 2-4

In these workshops, students use their whole body, natural curiosity, and creativity to explore music, dance, and drama through traditions, songs, stories, and crafts according to the changing seasons. Emphasis is on encouraging use of the imagination while developing performance skills in a comfortable setting. Perfect for kids who like to play and explore all the arts.

JESTERS

Ages 10-14, Grades 5-8

Dragons, villains, jesters, and more…The workshops are action-packed and performance-based, where students continue to explore the theatre through traditional dances, stories and plays. Students read and write scripts, create characters, and produce skits based on broadly played characters and outlandish or mythical situations. Special Guests from Revels creative team will share the art of song leading, coordinating over a hundred people backstage, and how we combine singing, dancing, audience participation, and acting into a one-of-a-kind Revels event. For your favorite future directors, stage managers, designers, and artists… it’s time to build a Revels!

Teaching Artists & Assistants

Our workshop leaders are skilled in multiple performing arts disciplines, both as talented performers and as gifted teachers. Emphasis is placed on helping youth to actively engage in the creative process, to gain performing skills and confidence, and to develop a deeper understanding of cultural traditions – all while having fun!

CHRISTINE ALEXANDER, Teaching Artist

Christine Alexander has been teaching with Washington Revels since 2013 when she started out as the assistant for all after-school workshops. She has led the Little Dragons workshop for about 2 years and absolutely loves her time with the littlest Revelers! Following graduation from The George Washington University, Christine has participated in the vibrant DC theater community as an actor, stage manager and teaching artist, including stage managing two Christmas Revels productions. Her experience with children ranges from four summers as a counselor and paddling instructor at Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC, to her work with the Smithsonian’s Creative Tools for Teaching program, which works in PreK classes in DCPS. She is also a proud company member of Young Playwright’s Theater as well as a part-time teacher at Amazing Life Games Pre-School. In addition to her passion for working with children, Christine has a great love for the outdoors – when you meet her, ask her about her 2017 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail!

ROBERTA GASBARRE, Artistic Director & Special Teaching Artist

Bio and Photo coming soon!

ABBY SCHOENBORN, Teaching Artist

Abby Schoenborn has been teaching with Washington Revels since Spring of 2017. A native of Northern Minnesota, Abby holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of North Dakota, where she also studied directing, classical voice, arts management, and child development. Abby is a Campus Coordinator with Levine Music, where she manages onsite private lessons and music education courses at Strathmore Music Center and teaches First Music early childhood and musical theatre classes. She is also a teaching artist for Imagination Stage. Abby’s primary areas of teaching include early childhood creative drama, access and inclusion, and early elementary musical theatre.

GUS VOORHEES, Guest Artist

Gus Voorhees (Teaching Artist)

Gus Voorhees is a button accordionist, fiddler and hurdy-gurdy player from Washington, DC, making expressive, convention challenging traditional music. He has a degree in Music and Anthropology from Beloit College and has studied with Chris Wood, with the English Acoustic Collective, and in Donegal at the Glencolmcille fiddle week. He has been morris dancing for over a decade with Foggy Bottom Morris Men, Thames Valley International and Maple Morris. Gus has danced the Lord of the Dance in the Christmas Revels, and played for Revel’s parades and May celebrations. He teaches Cotswold Morris to the 6th grade boys at Potomac School for their May Day celebration and has been on staff at CDSS English Week at Pinewoods.

CHERYL LANE, Teaching Assistant

Cheryl Lane began working with Washington Revels in 2004 as the Assistant Director of the Christmas show. She directed the May Revels from 2006 through 2011, and led Revels Festival Days for years. She has also appeared in four Christmas Revels, sung with the Washington Revels Singers, and is a founding member of the Jubilee Voices. Cheryl has a varied career in theater as a performer, teaching artist, director, and program manager. Highlights of her work with children include being an actor/educator with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, developing and teaching curriculum for elementary school drama programs in Camden County Public Schools, developing and leading a series of “Teach the Teacher” workshops to bring drama into classrooms at Armstrong Atlantic University, and serving as the Director of Outreach at Class Acts Arts, Inc. working closely with cultural artists to bring arts programming to under-served populations.

EMMANUEL KYEIBAFFOUR, Teaching Assistant

Emmanuel Kyeibaffour is new to Washington Revels this season and is so excited to be working with Revels Kids! A native Washingtonian, Emmanuel is also a Teaching artist with the Smithsonian’s “Creative Tools for Teaching” program, and has also performed at Discovery Theatre. He has also been in numerous productions in the DC area.

ANDRES PONCE, Teaching Assistant

Andres Ponce is happy to be working with Revels Kids during this Winter’s the after-school workshops. In addition to his new role with Revels, Andres is also an Artist Educator at The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre and Discovery’s “Creative Tools for Teaching” program. Andres studied musical theatre at James Madison University and has studied stuntwork with former Hollywood stuntman Peter Kent at “Peter Kent’s School of Hard Knocks” in Vancouver, Canada.

Workshop Policies

In order to offer the highest quality program, children must be in the appropriate grade (or equivalent, if homeschooled) at the start of the workshop.

Deadline

The registration deadline is exactly one week prior to the start of the workshop. Confirmation of registration will be sent via email (a valid email address is required at the time of registration).

Payment

Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Checks (payable to Washington Revels), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.

Refunds

More than 7 days prior to first session – full refund (minus $20 administrative fee)
Within 7 days prior to first session – 50% refund
After date of first session – no refund available

Cancellation

Washington Revels will cancel any workshop not meeting minimum enrollment requirements and will refund tuition in full. If individual sessions are cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, efforts will be made to reschedule, if possible, but no refunds will be issued.

Attendance

Washington Revels workshops build a community among participants, and skills build as the session progresses, so weekly attendance is very important. If you know in advance that your child must be absent, please inform your teaching artist the week prior by emailing teachers@revelsdc.org (or at the time of registration). If an absence is unexpected, please notify the Education Assistant as soon as possible by email or phone. Make-up sessions are not offered if a child is unable to attend a session. No credits or refunds can be given for missed sessions.

Punctuality

Classes will start and end on time, so please schedule your arrival to allow your child sufficient time to be settled and prepared to participate. Please do not drop off students more than 15 minutes early unless you have paid for Before Care services. Teachers and assistants will be leaving the building within 15 minutes of class ending, so students must be picked up on time.

Illness

Be considerate of others in your child’s workshop. Do not bring your child if he or she is “coming down with something.” Children who are not feeling well are not able to participate effectively. Please notify the Education Assistant as soon as possible if the student will be absent.

Preparation for Workshops

Please make sure your child dresses in comfortable clothing to allow easy movement. Hair should be tied up away from the face. You are encouraged to provide your child with a healthy snack (please: no sugar!) prior to the start of the workshop; food will not be permitted in the room.

Snacks

We recommend that your child have a snack to eat before their workshop each week, in order to sustain their energy during throughout the 90-minute class . If your child comes to the Revels Office directly after school to participate in Before Care, please pack them a snack in the morning as there will be no chance to pick up a snack between school and the office. However, we ask that you NOT provide them with sugary snacks – eating sugar before the class increases the likelihood of disruptive behavior, which can spread to other kids and threaten the productivity of the entire class. For this reason, children with sugary snacks will not be allowed to eat their snack before the workshop begins. Healthy snack ideas can be found on the parent website: https://sites.google.com/site/revelsedparentsite/

Behavior Standards

A significant component of each workshop is the creative community formed among participants. Our goal is to nurture responsible, independent, empathetic individuals. We ask that, while participating in Revels programs, families treat all people with grace and courtesy; honor differences; practice equality, social justice, and stewardship of the environment; and respect the privacy of adults and children – refrain from passing along information that might be hurtful to someone or is not intended as public knowledge.

Class Behavior Guidelines

The cornerstones for defining socially appropriate behavior are health, safety, and respect for self, others and property. Unacceptable behaviors (as determined by the instructor) include but are not limited to: excessive pushing and hitting, biting, running away from the group and instructor, and/or impulsive behavior that endangers the safety of self or others. If your child’s behavior compromises the safety or enjoyment of the other children in the workshop, the child will be asked to leave the room and sit in the Program Manager’s office for a period of time, following which they will be asked to rejoin the group. If a child is dismissed more than once from a class we will contact you and ask that you pick up your child as soon as possible. If their behavior persists we will consult with you on whether it is appropriate for your child to continue. In extreme cases we will ask that your child not return to Washington Revels and will refund the remainder of your session cost. Parents will be billed for any property damage due to socially inappropriate behavior on the part of their child.

Physical or abusive verbal discipline may not be used by anyone at any time on the Washington Revels premises or grounds. Sexual abuse/assault is illegal and will not be tolerated. Allegations of abuse or assault will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately. This applies to all employees, subcontractors, volunteers, parents and students.

Professional Integrity / Non-Discrimination

Washington Revels does not practice or tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family status or responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence or business. Allegations of discrimination will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately. This applies to all employees, subcontractors, volunteers, parents and students.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Because the teaching artists are concentrating on the children, it is difficult for teaching artists to confer with parents at arrival and dismissal times. If you would like to speak with your child’s teaching artist, please e-mail teachers@revelsdc.org, specify which teacher, and the teaching artist will get back to you within 24 hours.

Valuables

Valuable items should not be brought to the workshop. Please leave toys and other personal objects at home or in the car. Washington Revels will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Items found will be placed in the lost-and-found cubby. Articles left in the lost-and-found cubby will be donated at the end of every session to a local charity.

Parents, Siblings, and Visitors

Workshops are for children, without adult participation or observation, which inevitably changes the dynamic of the class. If you (or anyone else accompanying the participant) would like to remain in the Revels building, we ask that you wait in the designated areas during the session to avoid disruption. For the final “sharing” session of each workshop, family and friends are eagerly welcomed and encouraged to participate. If a family member will be unable to attend the final session and would like to sit in on the last rehearsal instead, you should email teachers@revelsdc.org at least one week before that class. Please note that a request to sit in on a class is not guaranteed and is approved only at the discretion of the teaching artist.

Inclement Weather Policy

Washington Revels generally follows Montgomery County Public Schools for closings due to weather conditions. If Revels is closed, there will be a message on the answering machine – 301-587-3835 – stating that we are closed. You will also receive an email from the office if class is cancelled. If class is not cancelled but conditions are difficult, you are the best judge of driving conditions in your neighborhood and the safety of your street during dangerous weather conditions; please use your best judgment as to whether to come or not.

Emergency Situations

In case of an emergency (a fire, for example), your child will be walked to a safe location where he or she can be picked up. If you are unable to pick up your child during a crisis or emergency, your child will be cared for until you can be reunited. Please provide an alternate emergency contact on the registration form.

Photography and Videography

Washington Revels will hold all copyright and be the sole owner of all recordings, photographs or other images that are taken during the workshop for any purpose (including but not limited to website and promotional use) other than public sale of such recordings and documents. You will be required to sign a publicity waiver at the time of registration. When using any images involving children, for any purpose, names will not be used without first obtaining written permission from the child’s parents or guardians.

Release Agreement

Although every effort is made to provide a safe environment, there is always a risk of accident. Participants are expected to carry their own accident and medical insurance. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability and indemnity form at the time of registration.

[updated 03/21/2014]

Register

Animal Hats (Education)

Spring Registration Opens in March

Please note: Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Read the workshop descriptions and policies thoroughly.
  2. Download the Registration Form [fillable PDF].
  3. Include payment via one of the following methods:
    • MAIL – Fill out, print, and mail your completed form to Washington Revels, Education Programs, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • FAX – Fill out, print, and fax your completed form to 1-888-587-9050 (credit card only)
    • EMAIL – Fill out, save, and email your completed form (as an attachment) to: jblakeslee@revelsdc.org
    • Scholarships available – Email jblakeslee@revelsdc.org or call 301-830-4406 for more information!

Registrations cannot be completed by telephone, but please call 301-587-3835 with any questions.

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