Frequently Asked Questions
About the Merge
Q: Why did you merge?
A: The Staff and Board of Adventure Theatre and Musical Theater Center realized that our programs and missions complemented each other and that by combining our efforts, the resulting entity would serve children of all ages in a consistent and graduated way and strengthen organizational capacity. The combined entity is very excited about the expanded footprint and programming possibilities ahead.
Q: What will the company be called?
A: The legal name of the combined entity is Adventure Theatre, Inc. The combined entity will do business as Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC). The training programs will be called ATMTC Academy. The organization will maintain its section 501(c)(3) charitable status.
A: ATMTC will continue to provide memorable theatrical experiences for young audiences and to offer young artists the highest quality musical theater and performing arts training, including classes student productions, ensembles, and community outreach. ATMTC will continue to serve students at all skill levels and families from diverse communities. Both companies have historic traditions in Montgomery County and the DC region and the combined entity will continue to celebrate and honor the traditions and legacies of both organizations.
Q: What’s next?
A: ATMTC is in transition - merging programs, operations, governance and finances. This process, with the assistance of consultants and professionals, will be ongoing throughout the next year.
Q: As a patron, how does the merger affect me?
A: ATMTC’s goal is to make sure the merger is as seamless as possible for our patrons, with continued high quality productions and theater training programs. Pre-merger, Adventure Theatre’s programs primarily served 2-12 year olds and Musical Theater Center’s Programs primarily served 7-18 year olds.
Q: Will programs change?
A: Programs already in process will continue through August 31, 2012. ATMTC prides itself on the quality and diversity of our programs. ATMTC will continue to evaluate programs with an outward look at offering the highest quality product, based on industry standards, best practices and patron needs.
Q: What will happen to the teaching artists, staff, volunteer, and performers that we’ve come to know?
A: ATMTC is committed to merging the cultures and personnel in a seamless and comfortable way. ATMTC is devoted to offering you the best services possible.
Q: I’ve already bought tickets to shows and registered my child for classes, camps and workshops, will any of that change?
A: No. There will be no significant changes until September 2012 when the new season and the Academy’s new semester begins. All commitments made by both Adventure Theatre and Musical Theater Center will be honored.
Q: What is the leadership of the merged company?
A: Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director will lead the combined entity in partnership with Joseph A. Rossi, Managing Director and Diane Hamilton, Artistic Associate. The Boards of the two entities have combined with Jonathan Talisman as Chair and Keith Parsky as Vice-Chair.
Q: Are you moving?
A: ATMTC will continue to operate in two locations. The Glen Echo Park location will be the primary location of our professional productions, some classes, workshops and summer camps. The Wintergreen Plaza location will be the primary location for the Academy and summer camps. Professional productions, student productions, Academy offerings and outreach programs may happen in other locations in the DC region.
Q: When did you merge?
A: ATMTC completed the merge in March of 2012. After more than a year of conversations and due diligence and with the support of The Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Family Foundation, Shugoll Research, DLA Piper, Sam Sweet Consultant, Adventure Consultancy, The Compass Group, Ellinport Consultant, Limeleap Solutions, The Meltzer Group, Fixation Marketing, Brooks, Harrison Company, L.L.C. and numerous other supporters. The combined entity operations start on April 16, 2012.
Q: What are your hours of operations?
A: Business Hours
Box Office Hours:
Productions and Academy offerings, at certain times, happen outside of regular business hours.
Call Academy: 301.251.5766
Q: Do you have an e-newsletter or mailing list where I can find out what's happening?
A: Yes. Join our weekly e-newsletter.
Q: Where is your building located?
A: ATMTC has two locations. It is very important that you double check the location where your program will take place.
Occasionally, our Student Productions, Professional Productions and Academy offerings may happen at various other venues in the DC Metro Area.
Q: If your theatre is located in a park, is the theatre indoors? Do you have A/C and heat?
A: The theatre is an indoor theatre that does have temperature control.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Free parking in both locations is close by.
Q: How can I get there driving/public transit/etc?
A: Our Glen Echo Park location is accessible by a short Ride On Bus #29 ride from WMATA’s Bethesda Metro (excluding Sat. And Sun.) or Friendship Height Metro Station.
Our Wintergreen Plaza location is a short walk or a short Ride On Bus #46 towards Medical Center from WMATA’s Rockville Station. For more information, including driving directions, bus routes and, Metro info, click here.
Q: Do you program in other locations?
A: ATMTC’s programs may be offered at additional locations in the DC region.
Q: Is your facility available for rental?
Q: Does ATMTC have Birthday Party rentals?
A: Yes. Visit us here for more information click here.
Q: Do you sell concessions?
A: Not in Glen Echo Park. Glen Echo Park has a café open during certain months of the year. The ATMTC Academy does have vending snacks available and several nearby restaurants. At performances in other locations, ATMTC may sell concessions. For more information, visit Plan Your Visit.
Q: Does ATMTC make donations to silent auctions?
A: ATMTC will consider all donation requests, but due to the number of requests, please submit your solicitation for donations at least 3 months in advance. Please email your request letters and procurement forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or send paper mail to the Glen Echo Park address listed. Include the date of your event, a contact person, and an explanation of what or who the event benefits.
Q: Where do you receive your funding? Doesn’t it come from the National Park Service?
A: ATMTC receives funding through individual, corporate, business and foundation contributions. Additional support is made possible through state and county grants. ATMTC does not receive monetary support from the National Park Service.
Q: Will ATMTC perform a show at my (hospital, office, school, nursery, etc.)?
A: ATMTC offers several theater residencies, workshops and performances. Visit our Ensembles for information about booking student performing ensembles or At Your School for information about ATMTC residencies and/or curricular tie-ins for your students.
Q: How can I buy tickets?
A: Tickets may be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by phone at 301.634.2270.
Q: Can I purchase a subscription?
A: ATMTC does not currently have a subscription. However, you can purchase a flexpass and get a discount for Professional Productions. Visit us here for more information.
Q: I see it says “Online Sales Sold Out” on your website, does that mean I can purchase tickets at the door?
A: Unfortunately, if you see that ATMTC is sold out online, that means ATMTC is completely sold out of tickets. ATMTC does not hold any tickets for sale on the performance date. If you see the show is sold out, please visit us another date/time.
Q: Do children perform in your Professional Productions?
A: Generally, children do not perform in ATMTC Professional Productions. Occasionally, when a script calls for “age appropriate casting” ATMTC will consider child actors. Students do perform in Student Productions. Visit our Work With Us page or Student Auditions pages for more information about auditioning.
Q: Where do you find your actors for performances?
A: The actors in our Professional Productions are professionals working in the DC region. Most performers in our Student Productions train in our Academy, though some come from elsewhere in the community. All of our performers go through an extensive audition/selection process and are cast at the sole discretion of ATMTC staff and artists. For more information about auditioning for our Professional Productions or Student Productions visit us here at Work for us.
Q: Are you the company that puts on puppet shows?
A: No. Although ATMTC occasionally uses puppets in their performances, we primarily use adult actors as characters in our plays.
Q: How many people can your theatre accommodate?
A: The theatre in Glen Echo Park accommodates approximately 165 patrons with general seating. This theatre has an intimate arena style seating with benches. Patrons are no more than eight (8) rows away from the stage making every seat in the house a good one. At times, the front row center section is reserved for “birthday party guests” who pay an additional fee. To book your birthday party with ATMTC, visit Birthday Parties.
Q: How long do your shows run?
A: ATMTC’s Professional Productions generally last about an hour. Visit our Now Showing page for more information about our current productions.
Q: Do the patrons get to meet the actors after the show?
A: On the weekends, the actors in the Professional Productions will sometimes greet patrons after the performance. ATMTC does not guarantee that patrons will have the opportunity to meet the actors.
Q: Do you have group discounts?
A: For Group discounts call the box office at 301.634.2270.
Q: What happens if I can’t make the performance? Can I exchange my tickets or get a refund?
A: Tickets may be exchanged for another performance of the same title up to 48 hours (two-business days) before the performance you are scheduled to attend. If you are exchanging your tickets for a date earlier than listed on your ticket, simply contact the box office before the day you wish to attend. ATMTC does not offer credits for missed performances. All exchanges are subject to availability. There may be a service charge for changing tickets. There are no refunds.
Q: What happens when I miss a performance?
A: Tickets for missed performances are not exchangeable or refundable.
Q: Can I get a refund for unused tickets?
A: Tickets are non-refundable, but feel free to turn them in to the box office before the performance. If we can resell your unused tickets, the value can be considered a charitable gift to ATMTC.
Q: How do I redeem a coupon, voucher, pass book ticket or auction item?
A: To redeem your item call, 301.634.2270
Q: What happens if I am late for a performance?
A: ATMTC understands that sometimes lateness is unavoidable. ATMTC will do its best to seat you regardless of how late you are, however, please know that this can be distracting to the actors and other patrons and house management will do its best to seat you in a timely fashion.
Q: How far in advance should I order my tickets?
A: Last season, ATMTC sold at 96% capacity. ATMTC suggests ordering tickets in advance.
Q: Who do I call if I have other Ticketing questions?
A: Our box office can be reached at 301.634.2270.
Q: I see that you have age recommendations for your shows. What if my child is younger than the recommended age? Can I still bring my child to the theatre?
A: ATMTC makes age recommendations based on subject matter, staff recommendations, parent recommendations, school curriculum tie-ins and other theatre companies around the country’s recommendations. It is the responsibility of each and every parent to deem the appropriateness of the material for their child. ATMTC hopes that if there is material that does not suit your parenting styles you will use the live theater experience as a bonding and teaching moment. All attendees, one (1) year old and up, require a purchased ticket. Children under one (1) year old must sit in a family members lap.
Q: Does my child who just turned one require a purchased ticket?
A: Children under the age of one (1) are admitted free of charge, but must sit in a family member’s lap. Children 1 and above require a purchased ticket.
Q: How do I know if my child will like a show?
A: Most children love theatre, and they are natural performers and likewise enjoy watching live actors on stage. Our Professional Productions are based on popular stories (books, films, songs and poems) that your child may already know. You can experience these stories with your child before attending the performance. Each patron will receive a pre-performance email with games, puzzles, useful information about the show. This will help you prepare your child for the live theater experience. Our Student Productions are shows that already exist in the Broadway cannon of work. The content of these shows can be found by researching on-line. If you are unsure, just call our box office to discuss the material and how best to prepare for the show.
Q: What if my young child gets scared and starts to cry?
A: ATMTC understands that some children are experiencing live theatre for the first time. Sometimes these experiences can be scary. If your child gets scared, kindly escort them to the lobby, so as not to disturb other patrons. Our lobby in Glen Echo is equipped with a TV monitor that allows you and your child to watch the play.
Q: It's my first time, what should I wear? What should I expect?
A: A lot of people coming to Adventure Theatre MTC for the first time have a lot of questions. Please visit the Plan Your Visit page for additional information. Overall, you can wear what you would wear to go to the movies (shirt and shoes required). Fancy dress is NOT required.
Q: Is food allowed in the theatre?
A: No, food is not allowed in the theatre. If your child requires a snack, you may bring them out to the lobby.
This information and more is covered in our Class Policy page.
Q: How do I register my child for camps, classes, and workshops?
A: Registering your child can be done online through ATMTC’s website at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. ATMTC’s Academy does not accept registrations by walk-in, fax, phone, or mail. Students are enrolled upon receipt of registration form and payment in full. You will receive registration confirmation via email. No further notification will be given unless a class is filled or cancelled.
Q: Does my child need to have prior drama experience?
A: ATMTC’s classes, camps and workshops are a great fit for children with and without prior experience. Certain classes and camps have prerequisites or require placements, but there is an entry point for all ages.
Q: What if I just want to try a class?
A: ATMTC does not allow students to audit classes. Contact our Education Directors for more information about the best fit for your child.
Q: Is there a performance at the end of the camp session?
A: While our camps, workshops and classes emphasize the process of theatre over the product, ATMTC sometimes offer final sharings, recitals or performances. Some performances require ticketing. Please check the website for more information.