New Rooms! New Toys! New Shows! New Info!
It might be the end of a very long year (ugh. 2016. just end already), but thre are lots of new things to look forward to - this week and beyond!
Tell your friends to bring unwrapped, new toys to DCH tomorrow (Thursday) and get into shows for free. One toy = one ticket, so bring three toys and all the shows are free! The toy drive will benefit the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. Even if you already get in for free, we'd love to support this great organization with lots of toys from our comedy family.
The DCH Town Hall will take place Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30pm in the Tharp Theater. We will specifically be talking about changes to show submissions and programming. If you have questions to ask, you can attend and ask them in person and/or submit your questions via the slips of paper in the Training Center (there's a really beautiful box).
Block Party is this Thursday at 10:30 - a grand ol' time to see people trying out new and experimental acts. There's also Honor Roll tonight, where you can drop your student ID in a big fishbowl for a chance to play with two great guys.
We've cleared out furniture (except that piano and organ) to make way for a brand new classroom in the front of the Training Center. The goal is to have this and two other classrooms completed by January 1 so we can continue to expand our course offerings and room rental availability. To cover the construction cost, we are selling naming rights to the three new Training Center rooms. 100% of the proceeds go to construction costs: from leveling and carpeting the floor, to building walls, buying doors, and painting. Name it after yourself. Name it after a troupe. Name it after that person you fell in love with in Level 1 and use it as a way to ask them out on a date and then you'll get married and have children and for generations of your family, your kids will come to DCH and say, "this is where it all began" and take a picture in front of your classroom door while holding a little framed photo of you and your spouse. I don't know. Whatever. Learn more here!
BLACK FRIDAY! (and Put Your Stamp on DCH, and Last Day for DCH Award Nominations)
I don't know if you've heard, but DCH is having a big ol' tuition sale on Black Friday. You save $50 on all classes! Term 1A and 1B are both posted, so everyone can sign-up for their next course starting in January.
Tell your friends! Tell your wives! Tell that guy on DART!
You can also make a your own promo (#DCHBlackFriday) for a chance to win a $100 bar tab at DCH. Check out some of these sweet vids and tweets. Right now, there are REALLY GOOD ODDS that you could win a $100 bar tab. And on Wednesday nights when it's Happy Hour Drinks and half-off food for all students and performers, that could go a really long way. Not saying Black Friday is the MOST magical time of the year, but I'm also not NOT saying that.
In other news, today is the last day to nominate your favs for DCH Awards (to be honored at the DCH Holiday Party on December19th). Click here to fill out your form!
AND - there's still time to "Put Your Stamp on DCH." We are looking to add THREE training center rooms in 2017, which means naming rights are up for troupes/friends/businesses/whatever. You can see the full menu of options - from a brick to a bathroom stall - by clicking here. Help us expand our space!
Thanksgiving Break & More!
With classes off Monday-Sunday of next week, this What's Up Wednesday is chock-full of reminders and events coming up before and after we all fill our faces with turkey (or tofurkey, or maybe just lots of pie).
TODAY: TERM 1A INTERN APPS DUE!
If you want to work off your first class of 2017, you can apply to be an intern! Notifications and final intern selections will go out next week, in time to know if you need to pay for classes on Black Friday, or if you can sign-up to a 100% discount with your internship. Click here to read more and apply.
SATURDAY, 11/19: AUDITIONS!
The next Sketch Revue has auditions on Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm. Sketch packets are due TONIGHT to Jonda Robinson (email@example.com). If you're interested in being a part of the next great sketch revue, be sure to submit and read more on the auditions page.
Saturday is also hosting Ewing auditions from 10:00am-12:00pm. If you are enrolled in Level 3+, you are eligible to audition! Read more on the auditions page.
MONDAY, 11/21-SUNDAY 11/27: NO CLASSES!
Our Training Center is closed for classes the week of Thanksgiving to allow students and teachers time to spend with loved ones. If you rented out spaces for rehearsals, you are still able to access the Training Center per usual.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!
FRIDAY, 11/25: BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Save $50 on classes for ONE DAY ONLY! Starting at 12:01am on Friday, 11/25 and ending at midnight, all classes are discounted for Black Friday.
If you're feeling artsy, you can create your own Black Friday promo and tag us with the hashtag #DCHBlackFriday for a chance to win a $100 bar tab. (WOW!)
TUESDAY, 12/6: DCH TOWN HALL!
With 2017 just around the corner, our December 6th Town Hall is an opportunity to ask questions and get clarifications as we head into the new year. This Town Hall will specifically focus on theater submissions, scheduling, and shows.
A Question Box and cards will be available in Training Center for you to write down any questions you want answered. We hope to see you there!
It felt weird to post this on Wednesday after such a long election night. In a divided country, one thing is for sure: we have a lot of great distractions at DCH coming up.
Auditions for the next sketch review and Ewing teams are scheduled! Mark your calendars and check-out the AUDITIONS page of this site for more information (like what to prepare and best practices).
Course Catalogs & New Classes
On Monday, we officially uploaded our first batch of 2017 classes. We've got all the traditional offerings of stand-up, sketch, and improv, plus additions of acting, storytelling, and kids' programming. And, tap dance and hip hop are back and ready for registration!
And, for the first time ever, we've created course catalogs so you can see all that DCH Training Center has to offer in 2017. We've got a bunch of them and you'll start to see them around the Training Center and Theater. We would love your help getting them out to people and places that might be interested!
If you want to take a stack of Course Catalogs, let Maggie, Amanda, or David know and we will GLADLY provide you with a bunch to hand out.
Veterans Day Discount for Military Service Members
Hey, Military Veterans and Service Members: Thank you for your service. On Friday - Veterans Day - you can pick up drinks and food at Happy Hour prices all night long.
Intern Applications for 2017
In 2017, Intern Applications will be reviewed one week prior to Early Bird Registration. An exception to this is Black Friday, Sale, coming up on November 25. If you would like to be considered for an intern position and be alerted before the Black Friday Sale, you must complete an intern application by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16. Click here for the 2017 Intern Application.
Here's What You Have to Know About 2017 Courses and Classrooms
First, a little story about where we've been: The picture above, behind the huge text explosion, is a photo of one of the two training center rooms at DCH's original Commerce Street location. When we moved to our current location in May 2015, we doubled our classroom space with four air conditioned and carpeted classrooms. At the same time, we began to expand course offerings. We began offering stand-up, sketch for screen, and, most recently storytelling. We also hosted our first ever kids' summer improv camp and taught over 75 youth improv basics. We started offering improv classes every month with the A/B term schedule. As a result, we have more students and classes than ever before!
As we head into 2017 and continue to expand course offerings, we also need to expand our Training Center space. We've decided to cancel the finish out of the offices and, in their place, add more classrooms. Our goal is to add two additional full-sized classrooms and one writing room by January 2017 so we can continue to offer a full roster of classes AND space for teams to meet and rehearse. Check-out more info about 2017 Training Center Expansion below:
Naming Rights to New Rooms!
Probably one of the most exciting things about this is that with new rooms comes new naming right opportunities! We've reopened the "Put Your Stamp on DCH" campaign in honor of this new expansion. If you or a group would like to buy the naming rights to one of the three new classrooms, you can! Click here to learn more. (We've also opened up the bricks/chairs/plaques/bathroom stalls for those of you who have been asking how you can get in on naming rights).
More Courses and Workshops!
On Monday, 11/7 at noon, our full list of course offerings and registration for Term 1 A/B of 2017 will be posted. Early Bird pricing is, of course, in full affect. Some highlights being added to this first round of classes:
Bringing Back that Black Friday Tuition Sale!
You can save $50 on the price of class registration on Friday, 11/25, AND you can apply that sale to multiple classes - as long as those classes are all happening in Term 1A/B of 2017. Thinking about starting stand-up while finishing up your improv classes? You could save $100 by registering for both on Black Friday! Read more about the Black Friday specifics on our new "Black Friday FAQ" temporary page.
Other Reminders & Events:
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