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The Prep 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 Prep Academy program is for rising 1st-5th 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 the Junior Theatre Festival.
The Professional Performing Arts Classroom.
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.
Each year the artists will participate in two Junior or skill-level appropriate musicals. One show is closed only for Prep Academy students and the other is in conjunction with our Youth Community Productions.. These shows are a way for the artists to use their skills from their classes in front of an audience.
The Prep Academy is a nationally recognized program.
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