Summer Musical Showcase

Students performing in the summer musical



Who can rehearse and perform a full-length musical in one week? We can! This very unique and highly intensive program gives actors the experience of performing a full-length production while receiving top-level training.  Students will register for age-specific groups, and all will perform in the final production.  The showcase program gives actors a more production-based experience, while receiving top-level training.

Summer 2019 Production
Written, directed & choreographed by Ahmad Maaty
Musical Direction by Hayley Dandreaux

Actors will explore musical theater repertoire while sharpening their skills in audition techniques, improvisation, characterization, Broadway choreography, and musicality. Teaching Artists from AFYP and Mason Community Arts Academy will mentor young performers in acting, dance, and singing technique in preparation for a full performance on the weekend.

Tuition includes Show T-shirt and two performance tickets.  EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by May 15th for $10 off with code EARLYBIRD19.


SEE SUMMER 2019 BLOGPOST (coming soon!)

Ages:  7-11 years & 12-18 years
Dates:  June 17 – 21, 2019 + performance June 22nd
Times:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  Saturday performances, 2pm & 7pm
Tuition:  $370
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus,  Performing Arts Building


   7-11 Age Group
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   12-18 Age Group
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An “After Care” option is available for this program from 3-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “After Care/Extended Day” to your cart (be sure to choose the correct week).


Ahmad Maaty Acting Lessons Director/ Choreographer: Ahmad Maaty
Read about Mr. Maaty

Ahmad is an Egyptian-American actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer.  He was born in Washington DC, grew up in northern Virginia, and graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Ahmad has been part of the AFYP family for nine years. He is a resident actor, teaches afterschool classes, and is the musical theatre director at summer camp and for all showcase programs. He regularly performs as a guest artist for Silk Road Dance Company in DC, with whom he has performed in Doha, Qatar at the Asia Cup Games in January 2011 and New Orleans, LA in October 2015. Ahmad has danced and choreographed for the DC Metro area based modern dance company, Mayzsoul, Inc. and acted as Artistic Director for two of their concerts, Fresh and Le Monde Secret. Most Recently in NYC he has performed with Mayzsoul, Inc. in Sticky, and as part of the NYC10 Dance Week initiative. He has also taught at the Academy of Russian Ballet since 2007, and has performed with their resident ballet company since 2012.  In May 2012, Ahmad received a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. Most recently, Ahmad has appeared in Prince William Little Theatre’s productions of Tommy and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and in Fauquier Community Theatre’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


 Hayley Dandreaux, Acting Lessons Music Director: Hayley Dandreaux
more about Hayley coming soon

Hayley Dandreaux graduated from George Mason University’s School of Theater with a B.A. in Performance and Directing and a minor in Events Production. She has worked with Acting For Young People since Spring 2015 as a Teaching Artist, Production Assistant, Costume Designer and Music Director. Her theater credits include The ThreePenny Opera, Captial Fringe Premiere: Musical Therapy and directing The Fantasticks.


Mary Lechter AFYP Director:  Mary Lechter, Faculty at Mason’s School of Theater
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Read about Ms. Lechter

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).






To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.