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

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR!

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 going over their lines during a showcase of "Into the Woods" with Academy student Kiran.

Students going over their lines during a showcase of “Into the Woods” with Academy student Kiran.

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.

The cast of our fall Prep Academy show in "Into the Woods" with their director Taylor Aldrich.

The cast of our fall Prep Academy show in “Into the Woods” with their director Taylor Aldrich.

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.

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


How to Register!

Interview/Audition: The Prep Academy doesn’t require any audition or interviews to join. This is a great program for those who love to perform and want to grow as actors. There is no experience necessary, just a love for the stage! If your child is nervous or you have questions, then feel free to schedule a meeting with one of our staff members. Summer camps are a great way to meet current and future Prep members and the teachers.

Cost: The Prep Program costs $2000 for the year. This includes weekly classes and all of the production costs for the different shows. The Junior Theatre Festival 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: Once you fill out the registration form, a staff member will send you a link to selet a payment plan and give you 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.

REGISTER FOR PREP ACADEMY HERE!

Prep Academy Classes

  • Acting

    The Prep Academy Acting classes introduce, teach and reinforce realism skills and techniques that will be used in future classes. Prep Academy artists will use imagination and structured play to develop a foundation in the material of study for older Academy Artists. Classes are geared to apply their learned techniques in all monologues, scene study, script reading, interpretation and performance work. In the Prep Academy the faculty focuses on encouraging the artist’s exploration and discovery of theatrical concepts in a fun, energetic manner that will be applied in their production rehearsals.
  • Dance/Movement

    The Prep Academy Dance 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 advancement in higher levels of Dance at the Academy. Dance at the Prep Academy introduces young artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre vernacular and contemporary dance forms
  • Mainstage Productions

    Each year the artists will participate in two Junior or skill-level appropriate musicals. The Fall production is for the Prep Academy students only. This fall we are producing Madagascar, Jr with the Intermediate Academy Program. The Spring production is done in conjunction with our Youth Community Production. This year our spring musical will be Mary Poppins. The shows will rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:30-6/6:30pm, and be fully produced at the end of each semester.
  • The Junior Theatre Festival

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

Prep Academy News!

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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...
18
MAR
2014

Asheville Performing Arts Academy opens CHILDREN OF EDEN JR Friday, March 21st, MASONIC TEMPLE

Asheville, NC–The Asheville Performing Arts Academy, 210 Merrimon Avenue, opens CHILDREN OF EDEN JR this Friday, March 21st, 7pm at the MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, downtown Asheville.  CHILDREN OF EDEN JR is a children’s theatre production of the 1991 musical, written by...
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