Mission & History

 

Mission

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) cultivates new generations of artists and life-long audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and experiences and by providing young people the highest quality training in musical theater and theater.

 

 

Brief History of Highlights

2012          2011           2000's          1990's          1980's          1970's           1960's          1950's

 

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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