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376 Hendersonville Road Suite 3
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 253-4000
TheAPAA@gmail.com

AUDITION NOW FOR THE 2017-18 ACADEMY PROGRAM!

The Academy at the APAA is an individualized pre-professional/pre-collegiate performing arts conservatory, for artists committed to deepening their performing arts education in American Musical Theatre.

The Academy program is for rising 6th-12th graders who show a love for being on stage. This conservatory program offers weekly classes in Dance, Acting, and Music. The Academy students also put on a fully produced musical and attend theatrical performances/conferences.


The Professional Performing Arts Classroom.

 Academy and Prep students rehearsing choreography learned in a join dance class.

Academy and Prep students rehearsing choreography learned in a join dance class.

Students in the Academy Program take music, acting, and dance classes every week with various master classes focusing in topics like audition, improve, technical theatre, and specialized dance classes offered at different times during the semester. Classes are taught by local theatre professionals, with training from institutes such as UNCA, North Carolina School for the Arts, and Southwestern University.

 

 

 

 


Professionally Produced Theatre for Young Artists.

Our Academy students in their 2015-16 Mainstage production of "Grease"!

Our Academy students in their 2015-16 Mainstage production of “Grease”!

Students in the Academy Program are a part of the Academy Mainstage Company. This company produces one full-length production a year with full costume, sets, lights, and props. Rehearsals take place one day a week. All academy members are guaranteed a role in the production and roles will be assigned after an audition process.

 

 

 

 


The Academy is a nationally recognized program.

Awards include:

Academy Program Director Jacob Walas with students Honesti and Cammy at 2016 Junior Theater Festival

Academy Program Director Jacob Walas with students Honesti and Cammy at 2016 Junior Theater Festival

  • The Broadway Junior Spirit Award, 2010 Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2011, Into the Woods Jr., Best Music. Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2011, Pirates of Penzance Jr., Best Acting. Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2012, Annie Jr., Best Dance. Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2014, Aladdin Kids, Excellence in Ensemble Work, Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2015, Peter Pan Jr, Excellence in Ensemble Work, Junior Theatre Festival

  • 2015, Shrek Jr, Broadway Junior School of Excellence, Musical Theatre International

  • 2016, Jungle Book Kids, Excellence in Ensemble Work, Junior Theatre Festival

We also have alumni studying various degrees of theatre at schools such as Idyllwild Arts Academy, Boston University, The HARTT School, American Musical and Drama Academy (AMDA), Marymount Manhattan College, Western Carolina University, and The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


How to Register!

Interview/Audition: The Academy artists are selected and admitted each year during an interview process with a video audition for class placement. Numbers are limited to maintain cost, low student/teacher ratios, and individual attention. New students are required to meet with the director of the program for an interview to discuss the student’s goals and past experiences in order to gain admittance into the Academy program. Fill out this online form in order to request an interview.

Cost: The Prep Program costs $3200 for the year. This includes weekly classes and all of the production costs for the different shows. The Junior Theatre Festival and BroadwayCon is not included in tuition. There are scholarships available, but because of limited funds we require families to fill out an application form. Email theapaa@gmail.com to receive an application.

Registration: After the audition process, a staff member will send you the registration and payment information. You will also be given access to our Prep Family Portal. This is a webpage for all Prep Academy families will any information that you will need for the school year. There is a $150 non-refundable deposit. Once you fill out all of the necessary forms, a staff member will send you an invoice.

AUDITION FOR THE ACADEMY HERE!

Classes for the Academy

  • Academy Acting Class

    This class introduces, teaches and reinforces realism skills and techniques. Academy artists apply their learned techniques in all monologues, scene study, script reading, interpretation and performance work.
  • Academy Music Class

    This class focuses on integrating music and performance skills. Music class reinforces proper singing techniques, diction and performance. Music at the Academy introduces artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre composition.
  • Academy Dance

    This class focuses on integrating movement and musicality skills. Dance class reinforces proper Jazz and Ballet techniques, knowledge and performance. Artists will develop a stylized technique that will prepare them for higher-level dance classes. Dance at the Academy introduces resident artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre vernacular and contemporary dance forms.
  • Mainstage Production

    This year the Intermediate Academy will be producing Madagascar Jr. with the Prep Academy students. Those in the Academy Mainstage Company will perform a full-length musical. High School Academy students will be offered a role in this show. Those in Middle School will perform in group numbers and large scenes. The show for the 2017-2018 season will be announced at the beginning of the semester following an audition process. Rehearsals will take place from 10am-1pm on Saturdays. NOT EVERY ACTOR will be called to every rehearsal. Once the show is cast, you will receive the schedule for your particular role.
  • The Junior Theatre Festival

    Every year both APAA students participate in the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF). The Intermediate Academy are invited to join the Prep students this year. This fun filled weekend consists of adjudications, master classes, performances, and more! More information about JTF can be found later in the packet.
  • BroadwayCon

    This year the High School Academy students will be traveling to New York City to attend BroadwayCon in January 2018. Students can see different performances, interact with theatre professionals, and be surrounded by musical theatre lovers from all over the world!

ACADEMY TRAINING PROGRAM NEWS

09
FEB
2017

The Academy presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Tickets can be found at www.apaa-joseph.eventbrite.com! Tickets are $15 General Admission and $17 at the door.
02
FEB
2017

APAA Academy and Prep Students Win The Excellence in Ensemble Award at The Junior Theatre Festival

32 Asheville Performing Arts Academy cast and crew members, ages 7-17, presented a 15-minute selection from “Disney’s The Lion King Jr” and brought home the Excellence in Ensemble Work Award from the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA over Martin Luther King...
20
JUL
2016

BIG Announcement: We MOVED to a new Asheville location!

Asheville, NC– Asheville Performing Arts Academy has relocated to a larger space at 376 Hendersonville Road, just four miles south of the current location on Merrimon Avenue. This exciting transition happens at the end of the present semester. Asheville Performing Arts...
04
JUN
2015

Asheville Performing Arts Academy All-Stars to Workshop MARY POPPINS JR. in NYC

New York, NY– Four students from the Asheville Performing Arts Academy will land in New York City a month from today for the iTheatrics Mary Poppins workshop. Ellie Hewitt-Corzine, Hogan McLamb, Cory Silver, and Ceili Taft will join other young actors to rehearse with...
22
JAN
2015

Asheville Performing Arts Academy Earns Excellence in Ensemble Honor at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA– The Asheville Performing Arts Academy brought home the honor of Excellence in Ensemble work from the 10th Annual Junior Theater Festival. Twenty-four Asheville Performing Arts Academy cast and crew members, ages 6-18, presented selections from Disney’s...
28
JUL
2014

Academy Students Workshop MADAGASCAR JR at Junior Theater Festival ALL STARS Camp in NYC

New York, NY– Asheville Performing Arts Academy students Hogan McLamb and Ceili Taft joined Junior Theater Festival ALL STARS from across the country to workshop Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior cutting of MADAGASCAR JR, July 21st-25th at an exclusive MTI...
02
JUN
2014

APAA Annual “ACADEMY AWARDS” Celebrates 2013-2014

Asheville, NC– The Asheville Performing Arts Academy celebrated a successful 2013-2014 year for The Academy and Prep Academy conservatory acting programs with an ‘Academy Awards’ celebration, Saturday, May 31st at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. Students...
29
MAY
2014

Spring Season Concludes with Asheville Performing Arts Academy Production of PETER PAN JR

Asheville, NC– Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s Children’s Theatre Program presented PETER PAN JR at the Masonic Temple Theatre, downtown Asheville, Memorial Day Weekend.  Magic swept the stage as Charlene Powers and Sophie Rueger flew (on Heelys) across the stage...
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