VSA Loudoun

VSA Loudoun VSAarts of Loudoun provides creative opportunities through performing and visual arts to individuals of all abilities in an inclusive environment.
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Grand Finale! VSA Theatre Camp's showcase performance is tonight, 7:15 pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge ...
10/09/2018

Grand Finale! VSA Theatre Camp's showcase performance is tonight, 7:15 pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE for...

09/26/2018
Fall Theatre Camp - something new every week!

Square Dancing in the Barns -- the Franklin Performing Arts Center barns! VSA-Loudoun County Theatre Camp students are having a blast with Miss Amanda and the teachers who've been sharing their expertise! (Video by Dave Levinson)

VSA Loudoun DaVinci Artist Studios
09/22/2018

VSA Loudoun DaVinci Artist Studios

We are right next to the garage and the Town Hall building at Arts in the Alley in downtown Leesburg until 6pm. It will stop raining at 11:15 so you can come out and visit 🙂☂️

"Check it out!" Visit Rust Library to see the work of VSA-Lo.Co. art work by our DaVinci artists! Exhibit includes artis...
09/13/2018

"Check it out!" Visit Rust Library to see the work of VSA-Lo.Co. art work by our DaVinci artists! Exhibit includes artist bios (in a book to the left of the exhibit). Just enter Rust and head to the back wall on the right - wonderful art to see and enjoy!

VSA's Theatre Camp - off to a rousing start with new Camp Director Amanda Barr!! This year's camp features acting, Music...
09/11/2018

VSA's Theatre Camp - off to a rousing start with new Camp Director Amanda Barr!! This year's camp features acting, Musical Theatre dance and Square Dancing, puppetry, drumming and more!

Auditions now open (Ages 8 and up) for our spring musical, TREASURES, written by Dolly Stevens and Thomas Sweitzer! Slot...
08/29/2018

Auditions now open (Ages 8 and up) for our spring musical, TREASURES, written by Dolly Stevens and Thomas Sweitzer! Slots open until all the Nov. 13 & 14 slots are filled, so register today (No walk-ins accepted). More info and registration at VSALoudoun.org or call 540-338-7973!

TODAY'S THE DAY! Registration begins for our fall Theatre Bootcamp for the VSA spring musical and VSA Spring Musical Aud...
08/16/2018

TODAY'S THE DAY!

Registration begins for our fall Theatre Bootcamp for the VSA spring musical and VSA Spring Musical Auditions!

Here's the note from Kellie Goossens that tells you all you need to know:

Use Loudoun County’s PRCS website to register. Registration is limited for Boot Camp and for the Spring musical Auditions, so please don’t wait until the last moment to sign up. There's no wait list and spaces fill quickly!

Just go to: http://www.Loudoun.gov/prcs. On the left side of the page, click on online registration (webtrac)

· On the right side of page, look for “Search for a class and CLICK on “(click to see all)”

· Click on Franklin Park Arts Center (NOT Franklin Park)

· On bottom left, click “search”.

· Click on the “+” (add to cart) sign on the left of the activity section to register.

The TWO CLASSES below will show up (Click on the “+” sign on the left of the activity section to register and follow the prompts).

1: VSA LOUDON COUNTY: THEATRE ARTS BOOTCAMP for ages 8 & up.

Eager to brush up on your theatre skills and dance and sing to some Broadway tunes? This VSA Loudoun County-sponsored workshop for Actors will teach and improve your theatre skills - all in a fully inclusive setting that includes drama, acting, music, dance and puppetry. Activity Fee: $75, payable to VSA at first class. For more info, call 540-338-7973 or visit http://www.vsaloudoun.org. VSA Loudoun County is the County's organization on Arts and Disability.

163719-01 space reservation only; fee paid to VSA on first day

Tu,Th 9/6-10/9 6:15pm- 8:15pm

2: VSA LOUDOUN COUNTY: SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS

(Ages 8 & up)VSA Loudoun County, the County's Organization on Arts and Disability, is auditioning actors for an original musical: “Treasures – The musical adventures of Tom Sawyer”. There is no need to prepare anything - bring your smiles and enthusiasm! You MUST register for both section 01 AND a specific audition slot in sections 02-06. When audition slots are full, VSA cannot accept any more participants. NO WALK-INS ACCEPTED. For more info call 540-338-7973 or visit www.vsaloudoun.org.

163721-01 Registration space reservation only. $75.00 fee paid to VSA Loudoun County on audition day)

Tu,Th,Su 11/13-3/31 6:15pm- 8:15pm (EVERYONE must register for this section)

REGISTER for a section below for your specific audition slot

163721-02 Audition Slot #1 – ages 8-12
Tu 11/13-11/13 6:15pm- 7:00pm

163721-03 Audition Slot #2 – ages 13-17
Tu 11/13-11/13 7:15pm- 8:00pm

163721-04 Audition Slot #3 – ages 18- adult
Tu 11/13-11/13 8:15pm- 9:00pm

163721-05 Audition Slot #4 – ages 8-15
Wed 11/14-11/14 6:15pm- 7:00pm

163721-06 Audition Slot #5 – ages 16 - adult
Wed 11/14-11/14 7:15pm- 8:00pm


For further information, contact:
Kellie Goossens, VSA and Program Specialist,Volunteer Coordinator
Franklin Park Arts Center, County of Loudoun, PRCS

540-338-7973 or [email protected]

Time for another fun year of friends, family and great theatre!  Information on our fall Theatre Arts Bootcamp and Audit...
07/30/2018

Time for another fun year of friends, family and great theatre! Information on our fall Theatre Arts Bootcamp and Auditions for the spring musical can be found in the Facebook Post below (Photo from the spring 2018 musical, WILLY WONKA - photo by Jim Poston). Look for more information soon on the VSA - Loudoun County website: https://vsaloudoun.org/

HUZZAH! Our THEATRE ARTS Boot Camp and AUDITIONS are here! Info and directions for signups below:VSA LOUDON COUNTY: THEA...
07/30/2018
VSA Loudoun | An inclusive community, through the performing & visual arts.

HUZZAH! Our THEATRE ARTS Boot Camp and AUDITIONS are here! Info and directions for signups below:

VSA LOUDON COUNTY: THEATRE ARTS BOOTCAMP
(Ages 8 & up) Eager to brush up on your theatre skills and dance and sing to some Broadway tunes? This VSA Loudoun County-sponsored workshop for Actors will teach and improve your theatre skills - all in a fully inclusive setting that includes drama, acting, music, dance and puppetry. Activity Fee: $75, payable to VSA - Loudoun County at first class. For more info, call 540-338-7973 or visit www.vsaloudoun.org. VSA Loudoun County is the County's organization on Arts and Disability.

163719-01 space reservation only; fee paid to VSA on first day

Tu,Th 9/6-10/9 6:15pm- 8:15pm

VSA LOUDOUN COUNTY: SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS

(Ages 8 & up) VSA - Loudoun County, the County's Organization on Arts and Disability, is auditioning actors for an original musical: “Treasures: The musical adventures of Tom Sawyer”. There is no need to prepare anything - just bring your smiles and enthusiasm! You MUST register for both section 01 AND a specific audition slot in sections 02-06. When all the audition slots are full, VSA - Loudoun County cannot accept any more participants. NO WALK-INS ACCEPTED. For more info call 540-338-7973 or visit www.vsaloudoun.org.

163721-01 Registration

Tu,Th,Su 11/13-3/31 6:15pm- 8:15pm

163721-02 Audition Slot #1

Tu 11/13-11/13 6:15pm- 7:00pm

163721-03 Audition Slot #2

Tu 11/13-11/13 7:15pm- 8:00pm

163721-04 Audition Slot #3

Tu 11/13-11/13 8:15pm- 9:00pm

163721-05 Audition Slot #4

W 11/14-11/14 6:15pm- 7:00pm

163721-06 Audition Slot #5

W 11/14-11/14 7:15pm- 8:00pm

Participants in WILLY WONKA 2018. Come join the fun!
07/30/2018

Participants in WILLY WONKA 2018. Come join the fun!

Tonight's the night! VSA Free Movie night, with THE VELVETEEN RABBIT on the big screen at Franklin Park Arts Center! VSA...
07/12/2018
2018 Summer Socials

Tonight's the night! VSA Free Movie night, with THE VELVETEEN RABBIT on the big screen at Franklin Park Arts Center! VSA's 2012 production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, with original songs by Tom Sweitzer, is rockin' the house! Snacks and fellowship at intermission. All you have do is sign up and go!

Stay connected with your VSA friends over the summer! Come to VSA Loudoun County's Summer Socials and enjoy some fun "out of the sun", at VSA's home theatre, Franklin Park Arts Center. On Sunday, May 20, meet your friends at the Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.  to enjoy a "sneak peek" of an original, p...

VSA Loudoun  Summer Social Tomorrow Night!
07/12/2018
VSA of Loudoun JULY Social THIS THU

VSA Loudoun Summer Social Tomorrow Night!

THIS Thursday, July 12th, meet your friends at the Franklin Park Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. to watch one of VSA Loudoun's most loved musicals.  You are sure to see some VSA Actors that you know and love! Share snacks and play games during intermission. This social is FREE; just sign up and show ...

FREE Movie Night! Meet us Thursday, July 12 at 7pm at Franklin Park Arts Center for our 2012 production of, THE VELVETEE...
06/29/2018
2018 Summer Socials

FREE Movie Night! Meet us Thursday, July 12 at 7pm at Franklin Park Arts Center for our 2012 production of, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, with original songs by Tom Sweitzer! Snacks and fellowship at intermission; just sign up here:

Stay connected with your VSA friends over the summer! Come to VSA Loudoun County's Summer Socials and enjoy some fun "out of the sun", at VSA's home theatre, Franklin Park Arts Center. On Sunday, May 20, meet your friends at the Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.  to enjoy a "sneak peek" of an original, p...

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06/28/2018

VSA Loudoun

VSA Loudoun
06/28/2018

VSA Loudoun

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - spring 2018! Photo by Jim Poston, Middleburg, VA
06/28/2018

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - spring 2018! Photo by Jim Poston, Middleburg, VA

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06/28/2018

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(Drum Roll, Please!) Meet your friends and bring the family to the Franklin Park Arts Center Lobby Gallery this Sunday n...
05/17/2018
2018 Summer Socials

(Drum Roll, Please!) Meet your friends and bring the family to the Franklin Park Arts Center Lobby Gallery this Sunday night, May 20, for our FREE Readers' Theatre presentation of "Princess Quinlynn, Fairy Protector", written by VSA Loudoun's own Dee Cashin with music by Ben Cross! The fun begins at 6:30 pm and includes popcorn and drinks.

This reading is the kick off of VSA Loudoun's Summer Social Series, and we'll be bringing you entertainment all summer long!

Stay connected with your VSA friends over the summer! Come to VSA Loudoun County's Summer Socials and enjoy some fun "out of the sun", at VSA's home theatre, Franklin Park Arts Center. On Sunday, May 20, meet your friends at the Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a "sneak peek" of an original, p...

VSA Loudoun participants, Registration to perform is open until May 7th if anyone is interested in participating in this...
04/15/2018
Your Sunshine

VSA Loudoun participants, Registration to perform is open until May 7th if anyone is interested in participating in this event in Oakton, VA.

Your Sunshine is proud to present the 2nd annual talent show for individuals with special needs. The special talent show gives individuals with special needs and disabilities (of all ages) the chance to express themselves and their unique talents. The show will include more than a dozen individuals' performances. The event will also include guest speakers, music and dancing, prizes, food, games and activities, arts and crafts stations, and special magic show by Magic of Zain inclusive for all.

The major goals of the event are to change attitudes, by celebrating and demonstrating that all are unique and talented, despite any physical, emotional, and mental obstacles; to recognize and honor the talents, and to empower those with special needs. Every individual with special needs who is performing and attending the event would get recognized. For many performers, it will be the first time in their lives where they can learn to embrace confidence, develop trust in others, and enhance their belief in themselves. It is a chance to transmute life experiences into a discovery process of their own talents.

***This event is FREE for all ages!!! We will be holding this event May 12, 2018 from 3-8pm at the American Legion #177 Banquet Hall on 3939 Oak St., Fairfax, VA 22030

The cut off date to register to perform is May 7, however there is no registration deadline for guests to register to attend.

To join the celebration register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-talents-shine-up-2018...

03/17/2018

Willy Wonka weekend 2 has officially begun! Get you tickets while you can! We only have 10 tickets left for sunday for walk ins af the box office.

03/11/2018
VSA Loudoun DaVinci Artist Studios

VSA Loudoun DaVinci Artist Studios

Wonderful turn out today at our opening reception and we thank you for coming to see the work DaVinci artists have done- the art exhibit stays up until April 8th.

And outstanding theater production VSA Loudoun ! Willy Wonka was a full house and my family and I adored it!!! The cast was amazing, the set was gorgeous, loved the music and sound... I could go on but hope everyone will see for themselves.

03/10/2018

Brava to the Cast and Crew of Willy Wonka! It was an amazing opening night!

VSA board members and dedicated volunteers prepare golden ticket wonka bars for shows opening! Can you see the  beginnin...
03/08/2018

VSA board members and dedicated volunteers prepare golden ticket wonka bars for shows opening! Can you see the beginnings of the Something Sweet Art show in the background?

VSA Loudoun
03/02/2018

VSA Loudoun

03/02/2018
Actors of All Abilities Deliver ‘Wonka’ Magic – Get Out Loudoun

“The annual VSA Loudoun spring musical has been knocking the socks off audiences for nearly 30 years. And this year’s production of “Willy Wonka,” featuring actors with and without disabilities promises to take the wow factor up a notch.” Wow, indeed! Wonderful piece by Jan Mercker for Loudoun Now’s “Get Out Loudoun”. Get your tickets soon!

By Jan Mercker The annual VSA Loudoun spring musical has been knocking the socks off audiences for nearly 30 years. And this year’s production of “Willy Wonka,” featuring actors with and without disabilities promises to take the wow factor up a notch. With direction from Karlah Louis of Main S...

02/28/2018

Behind the Scenes with VSA episode 2 is here! Meet our Willy Wonka.

For Music Director Carma Jones, involvement in VSA Loudoun County is a "work of heart"... Carma Jones has been Music Dir...
02/26/2018

For Music Director Carma Jones, involvement in VSA Loudoun County is a "work of heart"...

Carma Jones has been Music Director and pianist for VSA Loudoun County, the County Organization on Arts and Disability, for three seasons, now. When asked what prepared her for the job, she said, “Playing shows, loving shows, and…” she laughs “… knowing the music!”

VSA Loudoun County is coming up on its 30th year of serving special needs children and adults through the arts (Next up; WILLY WONKA, directed by Karlah Louis! - March 9-11 and 16-18: Tickets via https://vsaloudoun.org/theater-productions/).

The vast majority of those who make it happen hold day jobs, and Carma is no exception. But for Carma, her day job (as a music teacher at Round Hill Elementary) has blended perfectly with her work with the organization. In fact, her teaching background is especially important: “I needed to connect with my students at school, and VSA helped me to better connect with students who have challenges. And then, teaching at Round Hill helps me create methods to teach VSA participants.”

Carma holds a music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, and while there she played multiple instruments for multiple musicals. Musicals are in her blood, you might say, and over the years, she’s continued to work with many community theatre groups. And, she says, producing a show always requires teaching.

But when asked what might be different about working with this group – VSA Loudoun County - Carma’s answer comes quickly: “This?… This is a work of heart.… Working with these children has changed my life – watching them grow and overcome challenges that seem so small to other people but are huge to them.” And Carma sees another great show in the works with the upcoming VSA Loudoun County musical, WILLY WONKA (Don't miss it! https://vsaloudoun.org/).

So what does she love about this particular production? “Well, the music of course! But it’s the joy I see in the kids… and watching them grow.”

To be a part of these musical adventures, Carma keeps a schedule that would make many of us weep: up at 5 in the morning, she drives from Martinsburg, WV to Round Hill to get to work by 7:30 am, teaches until 3 pm and then goes over schoolwork until 4 pm. Then it’s time to catch up on email, catch up on teacher planning, and… catch dinner. Then twice a week, she heads to VSA rehearsals, and every Sunday she’s at the piano for a church in Aldie. Does she have free time for anything else? Carma just laughs: “I pick up [community theatre] musicals as I can... and as I desire!”

Carma is one of many, many moving parts that make a VSA Loudoun County musical "sing": there’s the participants of all ages and abilities, parents and caregivers, the required Director, Choreographer, Set Designer, and crew, and then, working further behind the scenes, is the VSA Loudoun County Board itself which is busy year round with program planning that includes the musicals, the DaVinci Art program, exhibits, fundraisers, grant requests, and the list goes on and on. And, like Carma, many people put in double shifts to make it happen.

So why does she do it? “I believe music is a huge gift, and I have to use it. I feel called to share it with people, because it connects people in ways other things can’t.” And when it comes to VSA Loudoun County, there’s another layer, too: “I believe VSA participants are capable and have produced amazingly fine work.” Carma smiles as she adds. “…work that is good - not just acceptable.”

So, for Carma it’s the love of music and the joy she sees as kids and adults learn and grow. But, as anyone in a VSA-Loudoun production with Carma will tell you, her love of music sparkles through her piano, and her talent and her laughter and her smiles have a lot to do with why they grow.

- Submitted by VSA Loudoun County Board Member, Meredith Bean McMath

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Carma has worked with VSA-Loudoun as Music Director for three seasons worth of shows, including Spectrum, Parade Train, Election 3,000 BC and Tarzan. She is a full-time music teacher at Round Hill Elementary School in Loudoun County and a 1993 graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, where she played keyboard, flute, clarinet and saxophone for three summers with the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre Orchestra. Productions included "Candide", "The Murder of Edwin Drood" and "Annie". As Assistant Musical Director for the former Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. (2004-2008), she helped produce all Aurora musicals, from the first, "The Pajama Game", to the final production, the fall 2008 presentation of "Guys and Dolls" at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center. She is currently Assistant Music Director for Run Rabbit Run Theatre, where she has composed the accompaniment for both "Once Upon A Christmas Carol" and "A Musical Little Women".

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36441 Blueridge View Ln
Purcellville, VA
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