Artfully Edmonds brief: Dandylyon Drama partners with Edmonds’ Phoenix Theatre

Dandylyon Drama, which brings after-school drama clubs and large-scale school musicals to students who may not typically have access to these types of performing arts programs, is partnering with The Phoenix Theatre to provide a mid-winter break camp to third through sixth graders.

The camp program, titled “The American Voice” will take place the week of Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Registration for the drama camp is open now.

The synopsis for the mid-winter camp production describes an American Idol-like experience, “Come join judges Simon Coward, Runty, and J-low for fun and excitement.”

Founded in 2007 by local mom Melani Lyons Dandylyon Drama has grown into a sought-after source for bringing the performing arts into area schools. For some students, the drama experience provides the basic training students will need to succeed in the arts, and for other it’s a place to thrive and gain a sense of belonging.

Dandylyon Drama’s teaching artists and musical directors are highly-sought-after, top-notch professionals who also care deeply about their community and see their legacy as building skills and confidence in young people.

Dandylyon Drama’s Afterschool Clubs are tuition-based and require no start-up costs to schools. “My family couldn’t afford to pay for additional clubs and classes when I was a child, so we keep our tuition fees as low as possible and always offer scholarships.” says Lyons. The production costs of a Dandylyon Drama Musical are often sponsored by a school’s PTA Enrichment Program but pay for themselves through reduced tuition, ticket and concession sales.

For more information about the programs and camps offered, visit For specific program questions, contact Amy Gentry, Dandylyon Drama at, 206-852-4674

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