Summer Musical Showcase


Students at summer musical program

From Stage to Screen and Back Again!


A movie-reel mishap at a big Hollywood Studio threatens to destroy all of the classic musical films in the archives! Timeless characters, stories, and showstopping song and dance numbers are at the heart of this intensive musical program where young performers will spend the week working with Teaching Artists from Acting For Young People and Potomac Arts Academy, nurturing their acting, dance and vocal techniques. At the end of the week, students will showcase their work in full performances filled with classic Hollywood and Broadway songs.



Ages:  7 – 18 years
Dates:  June 26 – July 1, 2017
Times:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday performances, 2pm & 7pm
Tuition:  $370
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus,  Performing Arts Building


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Aftercare is available until 6:00 pm for $90/week.
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Mary Lechter Director:  Mary Lechter
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A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech Communications, Mary has been working professionally as an actor in the metropolitan Washington-area, Los Angeles, and New York since 1985. She has worked at Washington area theaters including Theater of the First Amendment, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and Source Theatre. Television, radio and film credits include ABC’s All My Children,Barry Levinson’s Avalon, Diesel Films’ Dracula’s Mother, the MGM/Lionsgate thrillerHit and Run, and several spots for NPR’s Morning Edition.

Mary founded AFYP in 1997, and has seen the company grow from being its only teacher with a sporadic program schedule in rented spaces to where it is today: a year-round program with a full staff, working in conjunction with Potomac Arts Academy, for which she is Associate Director.

She is a longtime member of Mason’s School of Theater faculty in the areas of Performance and Theater Education. She was named a 2013 “Teacher of Distinction” and was a 2014 TEDxGeorgeMasonU speaker (“Magic Moments: the Transformative Power of  Theater“). She previously taught at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her professional memberships include The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Educational Theatre Association.

Mary’s directing credits include An Experiment with an Air Pump and Shakespeare in Hollywood (George Mason University); Still Beating Hearts and A Godless Man (Theater of the First Amendment First Light Festival); Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown, 101 Dalmatians, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Willy Wonka, Jr.; Peter Pan, Jr.; A Seussified Christmas Carol; Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (AFYP).


Find out more program details on the Acting For Young People website!




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