Mission & History

 

MISSION


Adventure Theatre MTC educates and inspires new generations of theater artists and audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences.


VISION


Adventure Theatre MTC is the pre-eminent Theater Academy for youth in the DC region with an integrated and nationally renowned high quality professional theater for family audiences.


CORE VALUES


EDUCATION


We believe in the ongoing process of acquiring knowledge and developing skills through theater experience, training, and study. Education allows for personal transformation and opportunities for each member of our community to develop the skills necessary to be successful with us and in life.


CREATIVITY


We believe creativity is a key component of everything we do. Creativity and the creative process allow us to explore new ideas, develop new solutions, and aid in the progress of our organization and society.


EXCELLENCE


We believe that through our efforts to exceed the ordinary in all that we do, we convey to new generations of theater artists and audiences their value to us and to society.


NURTURE


We believe that a supportive, safe and encouraging environment must be present to assure the integrity and success of our institution, programs and members of our community.

 

 

Brief History of Highlights

                                                                

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2013

2012

2011

2000's

1990's 

1980's  

1970's

1960's   

1950's

 

2015

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ATMTC produces four world premieres: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Caps for Sale, and Lemony Snicket’s The Lump of Coal, and Garfield: A Musical with Cattitude, which was developed with Garfield creator Jim Davis.

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The Academy brings a group of 20 students to the Junior Theater Festival to perform Into the Woods Jr. The cast received the Excellence in Music Award, and two of the actors were awarded Outstanding Performer Male and Outstanding Performer Female.

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The Helen Hayes Awards honored ATMTC with eleven nominations and one award for Outstanding Set Design for Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol.

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ATMTC produces its first two-act family-friendly musical Oliver! at Roundhouse Theatre
in Bethesda, MD.

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Caps for Sale tour wraps its production schedule in Glen Echo and goes on a national tour, performing in 20 cities.

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TYA/USA honors ATMTC with the Harold Oaks Award for excellence in the field of theater for young audiences.

 

2014

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ATMTC produces the world premiere of Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig.

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The Academy debuts the Pre-Professional Program designed to prepare students for college or a career in the performing arts.

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The Helen Hayes Awards honored ATMTC with five nominations, including The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical for Three Little Birds.

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Big Nate is remounted as a national tour, reaching an audience of over 30,000.

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ATMTC remounts it production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds Off-Broadway at the New Victory Theater in New York City.

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Nonprofit Village honors ATMTC with the Making a Difference Award for its impact in the community.

 

2013

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ATMTC premiere’s BIG NATE based on the comic strip by Lincoln Pierce and THREE LITTLE BIRDS based on the music by reggae artist Bob Marley. This is ATMTC’s 13th and 14th World Premiere since 2009.

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ATMTC Academy Scholarships nearly $25,000 for its inaugural Summer Musical Theater Training Program.

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Diane Hamilton and Barry Hamilton, longtime ATMTC Artist retire.

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ATMTC Student Ensembles perform at DAR Constitution Hall, The Reagan Building, Newseum, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Children’s Inn at NIH.

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ATMTC Student Ensembles celebrates its 30th Anniversary year.

 

2012

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Adventure Theatre and Musical Theater Center merge to form one entity called Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC).

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ATMTC receives thirteen (13) Helen Hayes Award Nominations –A Year with Frog and Toad (9), Charlotte’s Web (2), Mirandy and Brother Wind(1) and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (1).

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American Theatre Magazine features Just a Dream: The Green Play in its April 2012 issue

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ATMTC’s play, Mirandy and Brother Wind selected as a finalist in the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project.

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Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt name Library Super Hero, by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

 

 

2011

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ATMTC receives the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences, If You Give a Pig A Pancake and receives a two (2) additional nominations for If You Give a Pig a Pancake and The Red Balloon.

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ATMTC’s Ensemble performed on The Millennium Stage, of the John F. Kennedy Center ofthe Performing Arts.

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ATMTC’s In-School Players travels to Singapore and Malaysia to perform Just a Dream to over 14,000 students, sponsored by the Tony Wining Singapore Repertory Theatre.

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ATMTC’s Ensemble performed in three (3) youth festivals in Ireland on goodwill tour and cultural exchange.

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ATMTC receives a National Endowment for the Art Access to Artistic Excellence Award for $30,000 for a co-production with African Continuum Theatre Company for Mirandy and Brother Wind.

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ATMTC named the 14th Most Exceptional Place to Work in the State of Maryland by The Gazette of Politics and Business – Exceptional 53.

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ATMTC’s Autism/Sensory Friendly Performances are emulated in Broadway’s The Lion King.  With ATMTC’s help, this was the first ever Broadway performance to be adjust for children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other sensory issues.

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ATMTC’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt is elected to theatreWashington’s Board of Directors.

 

 

2000’s

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ATMTC, as Lead Partner with two other non profit organizations: Project Change and Conflict Resolution, receives a two (2) year $150,000 grant from the Trawick Foundation for a performance arts camp for at-risk middle school students.

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ATMTC’s production of If You Give a Pig a Pancake is featured in American Theatre Magazine.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform for The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

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ATMTC’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt receives the County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts - Emerging Leader.

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ATMTC partners with Montgomery College to co-produce, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf, featuring the work of Tony-winning artists John Rando and Michael Rupert.

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With the support of The National Endowment for The Arts, ATMTC presents a Student Production of The Stephen Schwartz Project, a musical revue of the Broadway and Oscar winning composer. 

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ATMTC completes the renovation of the theatre in Glen Echo Park.

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ATMTC receives the Maryland State Arts Council’s Cherry Adler Award for Excellence in Children’s Theater.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform in Celebrating Sondheim Concert at the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center.

 

 

1990’s

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ATMTC Ensembles perform as the children’s choir in the national touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform at the Verizon Center, the Australian Embassy and at a U.S. House-Senate Dinner.

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ATMTC’s Wintergreen Plaza studios open in 1998.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform aboard the Royal Caribbean’s “Sovereign of the Seas.”

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ATMTC Presents 100 Years of Musical Theater at Mazur Auditorium at National Institute of Health to benefit Metro Teen AIDS and Children’s Inn at NIH.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform in Wolf Trap Salutes Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform at The White House Christmas Concert.

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ATMTC Ensembles tour the former Soviet Union.

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ATMTC Ensembles perform with Barry Bostwick at A Capitol Fourth, nationally televised on July 4th from the U.S. Capitol Mall.

 

 

1980’s

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Young Americans of Washington was founded in 1984 by Richard Hartzell (later to be renamed the Musical Theater Center)

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The County Council of Montgomery County proclaims June as “Adventure Theatre Month,” for 35 years of service.

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ATMTC Ensemble perform with Grammy Award-winning composer, David Foster.

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New Plays Book published, Six Adventure Theatre Plays, which was distributed to bookstores and children’s theaters around the country.

 

 

1970’s

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ATMTC expands programming by partnering with the Junior League of Washington to create The Picture Book Players, a performance troupe for pre-school and early elementary aged children. 

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ATMTC creates a puppet division, now The Puppet Co., another resident of Glen Echo Park.

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ATMTC receives The American Alliance for Theater and Education Award for Outstanding Theater Project of the Year Award.

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ATMTC moves into its space in Glen Echo Park in 1971.   

 

 

1960’s

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ATMTC’s In-School Players, a traveling troupe, is launched as a result of a request by the Director of Language Arts for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

 

 

1950’s

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ATMTC begins commissioning plays by award-winning, nationally-recognized children’s theater playwrights, Flora Atkins and Helen Avery. Both are recipients of the prestigious Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award from The Children’s Theatre Association of America.

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Adventure Theatre is founded in 1951 by a group of women from the Community Arts Association’s drama classes.

 

 

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