Mainstage Camp 2019


Are you ready to push yourself to the next level as a storyteller? 

Our all new Mainstage Camp is geared specifically to our current Mainstage students. The goal of the camp is to empower you as storytellers and take you to the next level in your development. Come ready to work hard and learn much.

Each morning, camp kicks off with physical and vocal warm-ups, followed by some meditation techniques. After a break, students will then be split into two groups by age. Throughout the day, students will participate in two different master classes - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. See descriptions of classes below.

In the past, students have selected from a list of options. However, this year our Artistic Director (Daniel Sheridan) has created a specific camp with the intention of strengthening the Mainstage company and giving all students skills that can be used at DJT or towards other theatre opportunities outside DJT.

Each day we will also have a 45 minute guest topic where a local area professional comes to speak to the group. Perhaps the Artistic Director of Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse or the owners of ComedySportz or the head of the Saint Ambrose Theatre Department. Guests that will let you learn even more about what is happening in the Quad Cities and beyond!

Lunch and breaks will be enjoyed out on the DJT lawn. Camp will conclude with a workshop like sharing for families and friends.

  • Students are to bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

  • Parent or Guardian must fill out Camp Waiver and bring on first day. We will email waiver.


Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Performance for family and friends is:
Friday: 4:00-5:15pm (students will stay all day)

Ages: 6th grade and up (grade in 2018-19 school year, not next year)
Requirements: Completed a DJT Mainstage Show
Cost: $140 for all registrants
* No early drop-off / late pickup offered.
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, July 10

Only 30 spots available!

DJT’s Mainstage camp is run and managed by Junior Theatre Inc, who directly manages our Mainstage Production Series.


Workshops Below

Own the Character : Mask and Movement (Daniel DP Sheridan)

Class Description: This course will focus on the techniques of 20th century french movement master, Jacques LeCoq. Mask work heightens students’ sense of physicality and focus. Mask work connects you to your breath and teaches the actor to clearly invest in one action at a time for the strongest performance. The movement taught in the class (also from Jacques LeCoq) will allow the student to more precisely tell stories, own their own movement, and understand the power of each and every moment found on the stage. Workshop will end with a demonstration of skills learned at the end of the week.

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Instructor Bio: Daniel is proud to have grown up in Davenport. A graduate of West High School, he was a longtime member of Davenport Junior Theatre (1994-2001). At DJT, he was a mainstage performer, teacher and on the Junior Staff. He would continue to come back and teach at DJT during his college years.

Daniel received his B.A. in Theatre from Saint Ambrose University. While at Ambrose, Daniel had the chance to practice in theatre as an actor, designer and director. During his tenure, he spent a semester abroad at the University of London Queen Mary studying performance art. He also spent a couple summers directing and acting at Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria, Minnesota. Daniel was fortunate enough to win the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship through the American College Theatre Festival and move on to the final round at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC. He was also a professional performer at ComedySportz (Quad Cities) for over five years.

Daniel focused on performance at the University of Connecticut, where he earned his MFA in Acting. While there for three years, he studied Vocal Technique (Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Houseman, Stern), LeCoq Movement, Suzuki, Comedia, Clown, Shakespeare, and a variety of acting styles / approaches.

As an MFA student, Daniel was a company member of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and was seen in many productions. He also worked in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's management office for three years.

Daniel spent a summer season at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studying alongside 13 other students who were selected out of the nation's top 12 MFA acting universities, he had the chance to work with national and international theatre artists. One of those artists, Andrew Wade (former head of voice for the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years), has come to Junior Theatre as a guest instructor.

At DJT, Daniel has directed BunniculaThe Adventures of AesopAlice in Wonderland, the 30-hour Play Project: All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play, and most recently The Velveteen Rabbit. He has designed (lights, sound, scenic, tech director, etc.) on over 20 shows at DJT and other shows in the community. He has collaborated with local authors to bring all new, original plays to the DJT Mainstage.

Daniel has at the Antioch Classical Theatre Company (San Francisco), Curtainbox Theatre Company (Davenport, IA) Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse (Rock Island, IL), St. Ambrose University Theatre Department (Davenport, IA), QC Theatre Workshop (Davenport,IA). He has also been involved with collaborating with a wide array of local organizations to help bring arts to kids.

In 2014, Daniel received the Innovation Award from the Young Professional's Network through the QC Chamber of Commerce.  In 2017, Daniel was awarded the Showtime Pal Award for his work securing the funding an laying the vision for the renovation of DJT's home theatre, The Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander Theatre.

Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of Davenport Junior Theatre and the Performing Arts Supervisor for Davenport Parks and Recreation. Daniel also loves finding time as an instructor whenever he can. However, with a growing Junior Theatre program those opportunities have been few and far between. He lives in Davenport with his amazingly talented wife and two beautiful boys.

Developing Character with Musical Theatre  (Ashley Mills Becher, Bobby Becher)

Class Description: You do not have to be an amazing singer or dancer to deliver a stellar performance in a musical. It’s all about character! This course will teach every student how the character behind the performance is what counts. We will take a deep dive into vocal work and movement that will help you succeed as a storyteller alongside music. Other specific topics will be addressed like how to adapt basic steps for characters, tricks to learn a combo quickly to practice on your own, rhythm, musicality, and more. As a group students will learn how to blend voices, styles, and characters (including when characters voices are appropriate and not appropriate). Small solo parts will be encouraged, but not required. Even if you do not fancy yourself a singer or dancer, you will learn a lot! A demonstration of skills and techniques will be shared at the end of the week.


Instructor Bio : Ashley Mills-Becher : Ashley grew up in Bettendorf, and was active in local theatre from an early age, spending most summers at Quad City Music Guild, and Countryside Community Theatre. She earned a B.F.A in Music Theatre at Viterbo University before moving to New York to pursue her theatrical bliss. 

For the last 11 years, Ashley has been an NYC based working actor, performing in musicals all over the United States. She even spent 3 years in South Korea, at English Musicals Korea, where alongside performing, she also directed, choreographed, wrote, costumed, and eventually served as Artistic Director for 2 years. With her incredibly talented and wonderful husband, she is Co-founder of WhatFun! Theatre, a theatre for young audiences company, that launched in the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival with their original musical, Rapunzel in the Wild West. Most recently Ashley has been teaching at DJT and recently directed the mainstage production of Aesop’s Falables. This summer Ashley will be teaching at DJT and performing as an actor at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse.

Ashley is passionate about connection, learning new things, and inspiring others to create a brighter, and lovelier tomorrow!


Instructor Bio : Bobby Becher : Bobby grew up attending performing arts magnet schools in Huntsville, Alabama, and has been on stage since the age of five. He graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) in 2011 with a B.A. in Theatre and minors in Music and Dance and has been acting professionally ever since. 

Shortly after college, Bobby moved to Paju, South Korea to join the Edutainers at English Musicals Korea. In his two and a half years abroad, Bobby worked as a director, music director, choreographer, and accompanist, but his primary contributions came as a composer and playwright. During his time Edutaining, Bobby wrote three original Main Stage scripts. He also composed over 40 original songs, including the complete scores and orchestrations for 4 Main Stage productions. Bobby also composed incidental and fight music for a number of shows.

Since returning to the States, Bobby and his wife (fellow DJT instructor, Ashley Becher) have been working consistently as actors, and have successfully established their own Theatre for Young Audiences company, WhatFun! Theatre. Bobby and Ashley have performed from New York City to Southwest Florida, and most recently back here in the Midwest, in Sullivan, Illinois. WhatFun! Theatre’s shows have been produced throughout the country, including at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2015. This summer Bobby will be teaching at Junior Theatre and working as an actor at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse.

Most recently at DJT Bobby was the music director, and sound designer for Aesop’s Falables. Bobby also arranged the music for the production.