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376 Hendersonville Road Suite 3
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 253-4000
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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 Academy will move to the Biltmore United Methodist Church campus, along with Asheville Creative Arts Preschool.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy summer camps for all ages will take place at the new Biltmore UMC campus, except for Arts ‘N’ Action camps, which will take place at Biltmore Lake. Registration is officially open for all summer camps.

The new location includes a much larger dance studio, additional classrooms, and access to the Community Event Center for showcases and concerts. Biltmore UMC has a fenced-in playground and plenty of parking! This larger campus will be the perfect home for Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s expanding programs and an ideal space for offering high-quality musical theatre training in WNC. Enrollment is open for the fall!

This larger studio space will better meet the needs of the Drake School of Irish Dance at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

Thank you for all of your support and for sharing your phenomenal children with the instructors at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

04
FEB
2016

ROCK OF AGES hits Asheville this February: Asheville Performing Arts Academy Faculty & Friends Produce and Star in the Production

WNC Premiere of ROCK OF AGES opens Thursday, February 4th at the Masonic Temple Theatre, downtown Asheville.

WNC Premiere of ROCK OF AGES opens Thursday, February 4th at the Masonic Temple Theatre, downtown Asheville.

Asheville, NC– Chris D’Arienzo’s ROCK OF AGES premieres in WNC Thursday, February 4th at The Masonic Temple Theatre, downtown Asheville. Jacob Walas, Asheville Performing Arts Academy Program Director, plays The Mayor and serves as Co-Director and Co-Choreographer. Music Direction is by Asheville Performing Arts Academy Music Director, Lenora Thom. The show is co-produced by LW Fantastique Productions (Lyle Laney & Jacob Walas) and Heather Gallagher (Asheville Performing Arts Academy owner). Asheville Ballet, under the direction of Ann Dunn, is a producing partner for ROCK OF AGES and is the oldest non-profit dance company in NC.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy faculty and friends in the show include Taylor Aldrich (Academy Acting & Prep Academy Dance Instructor), Cord Scott (Academy Dance Instructor) and Nana Hosmer Griffin (Academy guest actor in CHILDREN OF EDEN JR.), just to name a few. To see a complete cast list, visit http://rockofagesasheville.com/.

To see the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker, purchase tickets at: http://rockofagesasheville.com/tickets/

For a sneak peak, check-out the WLOS preview coverage here: ROCK OF AGES – WLOS ASHEVILLE

 

 

 

18
JAN
2016

Asheville Performing Arts Academy attends Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Wins Excellence in Ensemble

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students perform THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS! for adjudicators at the 2016 Junior Theater Festival, earning Excellence in Ensemble

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students perform THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS! for adjudicators at the 2016 Junior Theater Festival, earning Excellence in Ensemble

Asheville Performing Arts Academy received the honor of Excellence in Ensemble at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, 115 student musical theater groups representing 29 states, the District of Columbia and three countries: Australia, South Korea and the United States of America, performed fifteen minute cuttings of musicals for adjudication. In addition, students and teachers attended festival workshops and performances by industry professionals. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Broadway Junior Collection of musicals to be performed by young actors. The Junior Theater Festival is supported by Music Theatre International, Disney Musicals, and Playbill.

Thirty-four Asheville Performing Arts Academy students performed a piece from Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS for adjudication. The group received Excellence in Ensemble for a third year in a row. Selected as All-Star Performers, Ava Leigh Manderson and Kiran Bursenos performed with other All-Star students on the festival main stage in front of a crowd of over 5,000 attendees. All-Star Performers have the opportunity to workshop a new Broadway Junior work for a week over the summer in New York City. Campbell Abernathy and Colin Scott also performed on the main stage through the festival’s Broadway Slam. The adjudicators rewarded Mia Sander, Ceili Taft and Honesti Whiteside for their excellence in dance with the opportunity to audition for Broadway Junior Collection choreography videos.

Ava Leigh and Kiran, Asheville Performing Arts Academy 2016 Junior Theater Festival All Stars

Ava Leigh and Kiran, Asheville Performing Arts Academy 2016 Junior Theater Festival All Stars

The festival concluded with a concert by actor, musician and Emmy-nominated composer, Darren Criss, who most recently starred on Broadway in the title role of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and can currently be seen on the Emmy award winning FX series, American Horror Story. Asheville Performing Arts Academy students had the privilege of meeting Darren Criss after his performance.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy received accolades at previous Junior Theater Festivals. The Academy received Excellence in Ensemble in 2015 for PETER PAN JR, Excellence in Ensemble in 2014 for ALADDIN KIDS, Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2012 for ANNIE JR, Outstanding Achievement in Acting in 2011 for PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR, Outstanding Achievement in Music in 2011 for INTO THE WOODS JR, Outstanding Achievement in Acting in 2010 for ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR, and the Festival Top Honor of the first ever Broadway Junior Spirit Award in 2010.  Asheville Performing Arts Academy owner and director Heather Gallagher was also among the first to ever receive the Junior Theater Festival FREDDIE G AWARD (2010), providing her the FREDDIE G EXPERIENCE, joining Freddie Gershon in New York City for master classes with Broadway Professionals. This past summer previous JTF All-Stars Ellie Corzine-Hewitt, Hogan McLamb, Cory Silver, and Ceili Taft spent a week in New York City to workshop MARY POPPINS JR, currently on its way to becoming a show in the Music Theater International Broadway Junior Collection.

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

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students who attend the Junior Theater Festival are members of the Prep Academy and Academy musical theatre training program. Students in this program take acting, dance, music, and technical theatre classes, as well as rehearsing for productions. Students do not have to be a part of the training program to be a part of a production at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. Registration is open to the community for students in grades pre-K through high school for the upcoming production of THE LION KING JR. Rehearsals are Wednesdays afternoons. Performances will be June 11th at Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. To register, contact the Asheville Performing Arts Academy at (828) 253-4000 or theapaa@gmail.com.

04
NOV
2015

Journey through the Trees this November: Asheville Performing Arts Academy presents THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS and INTO THE WOODS JR.

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Asheville, NC– Asheville Performing Arts Academy presents THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS & INTO THE WOODS JR as a double feature at the MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, downtown Asheville, November 20th & 21st. The productions will be performed by the Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s Youth and Children’s Theater program.

THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, based on the Rudyard Kipling novel and the Disney animated film, tells a young boy’s journey through the jungle, with Shere Khan the tiger bringing danger to the trail. INTO THE WOODS JR gives a glimpse into the Brothers Grimm gone Broadway with Sondheim tunes you’ll never forget (but also never quite remember). Join a jungle boy, a big-hearted bear, a protective panther, a loving tree, a baker & his wife, a witch, a little girl with a red riding hood, a boy with a beanstalk, giants in the sky, and more on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st at the MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE by purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale now through the Asheville Performing Arts Academy Eventbright online box office.

The shows are open to audiences of all ages, with orchestra and balcony seats. All tickets are double-feature, permitting admission to both THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS and INTO THE WOODS JR. ALL advance tickets will be sold through the online box office. IF THE SHOWS DO NOT SELL OUT IN ADVANCE, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the theatre an hour before curtain. Limited sight-line balcony seats will only be sold as rush-tickets, after all other seating is no-longer available. Tickets will only be sold for the number of seats available in each section, eliminating the need to worry about the availability of priority seats.

THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS and INTO THE WOODS JR are presented by the Asheville Performing Arts Academy at the MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, downtown Asheville, through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is directed by Kylee Rose Frye. INTO THE WOODS JR is directed by Taylor Aldrich.

The APAA Youth and Children’s Theatre’s next production, THE LION KING JR., will start rehearsals in 2016, with performances in June 2016. The Asheville Performing Arts Academy also works to bring shows to schools and communities, cooperating with Ira B. Jones Elementary School to produce THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR. this November and with The Ramble at Biltmore Forest to produce a workshop edition of THE WIZARD OF OZ in December. To learn more about the programs available at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy, contact us at (828) 253-4000.
16
OCT
2015

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Asheville Performing Arts Academy Faculty and Friends Produce and Star in this Production, Live at The Masonic Temple Theatre

Rocky Horror Asheville with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy

Jacob Walas, Academy Program Director, and Taylor Aldrich, Academy Program Instructor, as Riff Raff and Janet in the upcoming THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

Asheville, NC– Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW opens Thursday, October 29th and runs through Sunday, November 8th live at The Masonic Temple Theatre, downtown Asheville. 

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, produced by Jacob Walas and Lyle Laney, features a six-person professional pit and seventeen talented stage-performers. Jacob Walas, Academy Program Director at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy, plays Riff Raff and serves as Co-Director and Co-Choreographer. Other Asheville Performing Arts Academy faculty and friends in the cast include Asheville Performing Arts Academy Owner and Artistic Director, Heather Gallagher as Columbia, Academy Instructor Taylor Aldrich as Janet, and Academy parent Dr. Lyndi Hewitt as The Usherette and a phantom. Other adjunct Academy faculty and friends in the cast include Rachel Gordon and Maximillion Koger, also playing phantoms, and Zacary Landolt, The Narrator. To see the full cast-list with short biographies, visit THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW ASHEVILLE website. Musical direction by Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s Lenora Thom.

This fun mix of horror and science fiction does include sexually charged content. A parent or legal guardian should accompany any audience member under the age of eighteen. Audience participation will be encouraged. Merchandise, snack concessions, beer and wine will all be available for purchase. Tickets for THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW are available online. There will be a pre-show performance by LKDance. For more information about the production, visit  http://rockyhorrorasheville.com.

Rocky Horror Asheville

22
JUL
2015

Support Our Scholarship Fund at Saturday’s Downtown Color Run

Asheville, NC– Join the Asheville Performing Arts Academy as a volunteer at The Color Run: Shine Tour in downtown, Asheville this Saturday, July 25th and support our scholarship fund! For every Asheville Performing Arts Academy volunteer, The Color Run will donate $40 to the Asheville Performing Arts Academy scholarship fund.

There are a variety of ways to help! The Color Run: Shine Tour needs volunteers to assist with registration, passing out water, throwing color & glitter on the runners, and more. The Asheville Performing Arts Academy and The Color Run have a common passion for keeping people active in our community. This partnership will help make The Color Run: Shine Tour a success and will provide the opportunity for children in this community to bring the arts to life at the APAA.

To volunteer, go to: The Color Run: Shine Tour Asheville. Then select the top option for “Asheville Performing Arts Academy” and fill out the registration information for the number of volunteers you’d like to register. Families, students, friends, employees, and anyone who loves the APAA are invited to register as volunteers!! Volunteers will receive a free The Color Run t-shirt, snacks, and water for their service. An email will be sent Friday morning with all of the details, including parking information, what to wear, where to go, and a map of the event. There will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, and pre-race stretching.

Go for it! Register as a volunteer today and join Heather Gallagher, Asheville Performing Arts Academy owner, to support the APAA scholarship fund at the The Color Run: Shine Tour Asheville. Feel free to throw glitter at Kylee Rose Frye, APAA instructor and Creative Arts Preschool Director, who will run the race with her family.

PS- If you see Pippin there, congratulate her on losing her first puppy tooth today!

Volunteer at Asheville's The Color Run: Shine Tour and support the Asheville Performing Arts Academy Scholarship Fund!!

Volunteer at Asheville’s The Color Run: Shine Tour and support the Asheville Performing Arts Academy Scholarship Fund!!

13
JUL
2015

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

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students Cory, Hogan, Ceili, and Ellie at the 52nd Street Project in NYC

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students Cory, Hogan, Ceili, and Ellie at the 52nd Street Project in NYC

New York, NY– Four students from the Asheville Performing Arts Academy spend a week in New York City for the iTheatrics summer workshop. The audition-only theatre camp gave students Ellie Hewitt-Corzine, Hogan McLamb, Cory Silver, and Ceili Taft the opportunity to workshop MARY POPPINS JR. and perform this never-before-scene production for audiences, Friday, July 10th. The audience included Freddie and Myrna Gershon with the 2015 class of Freddie G Broadway Experience award-winning teachers. Freddie Gershon is the CEO Chairman of Music Theatre International and Co-Chairman of the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers. Heather Gallagher, owner and director of the Asheville Performing Arts Academy, also attended and is a member of the very first class of Freddie G Broadway Experience award-winners. Heather received the award in 2010, the same year the Arts Academy won the top honor of Broadway Junior Spirit at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Parents and core faculty members joined Heather and the four students for the week in NYC.

Cory and Ellie received the opportunity to attend this iTheatrics camp through their All-Star performances Captain Hook and Wendy in the Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s performance of PETER PAN JR. at the 2015 Junior Theater Festival. Ceili and Hogan applied for the workshop through an audition process that included sending in video footage. Ceili and Hogan received recognition as All-Star performers at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival for their roles as Iago and Aladdin in ALADDIN JR. Ceili and Hogan went to NYC last summer to workshop MADAGASCAR JR. through iTheatrics. The Asheville Performing Arts Academy received the honor of Excellence in Ensemble at the Junior Theater Festival in both 2014 and 2015.

Ceili (and behind her, Ellie) playing in Central Park, NYC

Ceili (and behind her, Ellie) playing in Central Park, NYC

In addition to spending their days working with theatre professionals, Ellie, Hogan, Cory, and Ceili made time for exploring the city, eating at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, seeing Broadway shows, and playing in Central Park. Between the parents, staff, and students on the trip, over ten different Broadway shows were seen, including SOMETHING ROTTEN, THE LION KING, LES MISERABLES, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, FUN HOME. Everyone on the trip had the opportunity to branch out on new adventures, from Kylee Rose visiting the Bronx Zoo to Heather meeting the incredible Bernadette Peters!

This iTheatrics summer workshop took place at the NYC 52nd Street Project, which houses a community-based arts organization by the same name, created to match inner city kids to professional theatre artists to create original theatre. The Friday iTheatrics workshop production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS JR. took place in the 52nd Street Project Five Angels Black Box Theater. The theater is named in memory of five people who have passed on who were all enthusiastic supporters of the Project, the theater and/or the children of New York City: Laurie Beechman, Ron Black, Bill Foeller, Tom Gardner and Rusty Magee.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy instructors Jacob Walas and Kylee Rose Frye accompany students Ellie and Ceili to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy instructors Jacob Walas and Kylee Rose Frye accompany students Ellie and Ceili to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway.

MARY POPPINS JR. is a musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Book by Julian Fellows. Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh.

The original Broadway and London production of MARY POPPINS was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher. Co-Choreographer, Stephen Meor.  Lighting design, Howard Harrison. Scenic and costume design, Bob Crowley. Co-Direction and Choreography, Matthew Borne. Directed by Richard Eyre.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy instructor, Kylee Rose Frye, with students Ceili and Ellie at AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy instructor, Kylee Rose Frye, with students Ceili and Ellie at AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway.

The creative team for this production of MARY POPPINS JR. included Director Marty Johnson and Music Director Kristen Singer. Choreographer, Dominick Sannelli. Stage management, Jakob W. Plummer. iTheatrics interns, Nick Libretti, Daisy Rudin, and Jasmine Sarwar. Observing teacher, Spencer Lau.

iTheatrics Staff: Timothy Allen McDonald, Marty Johnson, Susan Fuller, Steven G. Kennedy, Lindsay Weiner Lupi, Cynthia Ripley, Jacob W. Plummer, Rob Rokicki, Laura Jo Schuster, and Vichet Chum. The creative team and several members of the iTheatrics Staff were also present for the Friday performances.

Ceili, Cory, and Ellie all attend local elementary schools and are members of the Preparatory Academy Training Program at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. Members of the Prep Academy take dance and acting classes in addition to rehearsing in community shows at the Academy. This fall, intermediate prep students will also have the opportunity to take music classes with Lenora Thom, music director at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students Cory, Hogan, Ceili, and Ellie at 52nd Street Project for iTheatrics Summer Camp Broadway Workshop of MARY POPPINS JR.

Asheville Performing Arts Academy students Cory, Hogan, Ceili, and Ellie at 52nd Street Project for iTheatrics Summer Camp Broadway Workshop of MARY POPPINS JR.

Hogan, a student at the Buncombe County Early College, is a member of the Academy Training Program at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. Academy students take acting, dance, music, and technical theatre classes. In addition to often participating in APAA community shows, students in the Academy Training Program also participate in an exclusive Academy-only production. Hogan is also an intern for Summer Camps at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

Marty Johnson is scheduled to visit Asheville next month to watch the Asheville Performing Arts Academy’s world premiere production of PETER PAN JR., based on the 1954 Broadway Production with Mary Martin.

All of the summer and fall programs at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy are currently open for enrollment, including the Creative Arts Preschool, the Drake School of Irish Dance, Youth and Children’s Theatre, the Prep Academy, and the Academy Training Program. Our community shows for 2015-2016 are JUNGLE BOOK KIDS!, INTO THE WOODS JR., and THE LION KING JR. For more information, contact the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

 

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08
JUN
2015

Drake School of Irish Dance to Perform at WNC Highlands Celtic Festival

WNC Highlands Celtic Festival Asheville, NC– The Drake School of Irish Dance at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy is set to perform at the WNC Highlands Celtic Festival, Saturday, June 20th at the Highland Brewing Tasting Room in Asheville. The all-day event will include live Celtic music by Carolina Ceili, Bare Knuckle Quartet, Tuatha Dea, Cutthroat Shamrock, and Rathkeltair. In addition to Highland Craft Brews, there will be food trucks by Appalachian BBQ, Root Down, and St. Andrews. Several vendors and demonstrators will also be present.

The Drake School of Irish Dance is one of the most prestigious Irish dance schools in the United States. The school was founded in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia by Dublin, Ireland-native, Karl Drake, TCRG. Since its beginning, the Drake School of Irish Dance has branched out across the Southern United States. After establishing itself in five Southern States, the Drake School went global, expanding internationally into Mexico and China. The Drake School of Irish Dance at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy is North Carolina’s only location for the Drake School of Irish Dance and grew out of The Gallagher School of Irish Dance, founded by Heather Gallagher. The Drake School’s lead instructor at the Asheville location is two-time world-medal holder Amanda Carpenter, TCRG.

The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets, visit the Highlands Brewing Company event page. Children 12 and under are free.

The Drake School of Irish Dance at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy is currently accepting students.
For more information, Contact the Asheville Performing Arts Academy.

05
JUN
2015

Meet Pippin: The Academy Puppy

Meet Pippin, the Academy pup!

Asheville, NC– Meet Pippin, the newest addition to our Asheville Performing Arts Academy family.

Pippin joined the Academy last Saturday at eight weeks old, making her the youngest Academy member. So far, Pippin loves to play with her purple hedgehog, her baby giraffe, and (of course) all of her new Academy friends.

Pippin is a chocolate labradoodle and her low-shedding coat should typically be safe for everyone to pet, even friends with allergies. She is a laid back lady who sleeps through hard-shoe rehearsals of the Drake School of Irish Dance at the APAA. She’s been happy to play with children of all ages. Pippin will grow-up at the Academy, a class pet and source of comfort for all of our students from the Creative Arts Preschool through the Adult Dance Class. Although basketball player Scottie Pippin did make it to the Dream Team, the APAA’s little pip-squeak is named after the Tony Award winning musical, PIPPIN.

Like everyone, Pippin needs to feel safe.
Please follow Pippin’s puppy rules to help Pippin feel safe at the Academy.
Pippin’s Puppy Rules!
-Don’t feed Pippin anything without permission.
Sometimes a puppy’s tummy can be sensitive.
-Don’t wake-up Pippin.
Just like babies and young children, Pippin needs her rest. Nap-time is serious business.
-Be gentle!
Pippin loves to rough-house and play, but please don’t do anything to harm or frighten her.

Welcome to the Academy, Pippin!

Ceili in NYC seeing PIPPINPippin, the Academy Puppy!Pippin, The Academy Puppy!