YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES

Asheville Community Theatre offers Youth Production Classes for K-12 students interested in learning the ins and outs of participating in a big production and Broadway Bootcamp for middle and high school students who want to sing, dance, and act. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.

For Pre-K and younger children, we offer classes that stimulate creativity and encourage active movement, storytelling, and musical play.

Youth Production Classes

Logo for James and the Giant PeachJames and the Giant Peach

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James’ mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end. The action is tied together by the Narrator, a storyteller, motivator, emcee and audience friend.

Rehearsals begin Monday, March 2, 2015.  Open to students ages 9-15.  Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from March 2 to April 22 (with a possible make-up class if we cancel due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 11). From April 23-May 7, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 9 and 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

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Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.

Bye Bye Birdie is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Boy,” “Kids,” and “Rosie” are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun!

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, August 25, 2015.  Open to students ages 9-15.  Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from August 25 to October 14, 2015. From October 19-29, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is October 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm and October 31 and November 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest

Based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. All the characters you love are here: Snow White; the seven funny little men; the absent-minded king, King Absent Minded; Bella, his new wife, part queen, part witch, but far more funny than frightening; her servant, the frantic Maid Dim Witty; and the handsome and conceited Prince Goodhearted. There are some new characters, too, created for this dramatic version— Snow White’s animal friends and the fascinating Miss Time, whose father, Father Time, started the whole Once Upon a Time business!

Rehearsals begin Monday, September 7, 2015.  Open to students ages 7-13.  Classes meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from September 7 to October 29, 2015. From November 2-12, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm and November 14-15, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

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Aladdin, Jr.

Based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment and the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more – are in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides! The tuneful, accessible Academy award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” will send you soaring!

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  Open to students ages 7-15.  Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from January 5 to February 25, 2016. From February 29-March 10, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm and March 12-13, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Join Milo on his adventures in the Land of Wisdom where he’s forced to think about many new things. Milo learns of the argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathemagician whose disagreement over words and numbers has led to the banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Milo is dispatched to rescue the Princesses from the Land of Ignorance. The knowledge and skills Milo picks up on his journey help him to save the Princesses. When he must return home, Milo is sorry to leave his friends – but enriched by his experience, he realizes his attitude towards learning will never be the same.

Rehearsals begin Monday, February 22, 2016.  Open to students ages 7-13.  Classes meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from February 22 to April 14, 2016. From April 18-28, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm and April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

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Broadway BootcampBroadway Boot Camp

Gotta Sing … Gotta Dance –  BROADWAY BOOTCAMP!

An all-new, 10 week class offered to teens (12 – 17 years) spotlighting the fabulous world of Broadway taught by Jerry Crouch (ACT’s Mr. Musical himself) who has directed such hits as Hairspray, Annie and Oliver!

Jerry will teach you how to polish your audition techniques, build a musical theatre resume and learn appropriate theatre etiquette. He will also partner with a seasoned Musical Director and Choreographer to improve your singing, dancing and acting techniques so that you can “razzle-dazzle” at your next musical theatre audition!

The finale of this class will be a cabaret style of weekend performances featuring all class participants in a Broadway showcase featuring solos, duets, trios and company numbers from the musical theatre songbook!

Spring 2015: Session II Schedule

Rehearsals begin Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Open to students ages 12-17.  Classes meet every Saturday afternoon from 2:00-3:30 pm from March 7 – May 2. From May 9-18, students will rehearse Mondays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 2-5pm. Final Dress/TECH will be Thursday, May 21 from 6-9pm on the Mainstage.

The cost for the class is $250.00

Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

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Fall 2015: Session I Schedule

Rehearsals begin Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Open to students ages 12-17.  Classes meet every Saturday afternoon from 2:00-3:30 pm from September 12-October 24. An additional rehearsal is scheduled for October 31 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. From November 7-16, students will rehearse Mondays from 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 pm. Final Dress/TECH will be Thursday, November 16 from 4:00-7:00 pm on the Mainstage.

The cost for the class is $250.00

Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm and November 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

Spring 2016: Session II Schedule

Rehearsals begin Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Open to students ages 12-17.  Classes meet every Saturday afternoon from 2:00-3:30 pm from March 5-April 23, 2016. Additional rehearsals are scheduled on Mondays April 18 and April 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm and May 2 from 4:00-6:00 pm. Final Dress/TECH will be Thursday, May 5 from 4:00-7:00 pm on the Mainstage.

The cost for the class is $250.00

Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm and May 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

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Classes for Pre-K and Younger

 

What’s Shaking?

Spend a morning at ACT shaking it up with the kiddos! What’s Shaking? is a singing, dancing, jamming good time for kids ages 6 months to 3 years and their moms or dads or grandparents or nannies (no age limits here!)  What’s Shaking? is taught by Ryan “Slim” Dixon, who has created songs and poems about our beautiful town for children of all ages!

Summer 2015: Class will meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays from May 2, 2015 through July 11, 2015. The class runs for 11 weeks (but if you buy the package, you’ll only pay for 10).

Fall 2015: Class will meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays from August 8, 2015 through October 17, 2015. The class runs for 11 weeks (but if you buy the package, you’ll only pay for 10).

You can participate in the class in one of two ways. Drop in when you can and just pay by the class – it’s $12 for one child or $20 for two. Or, buy the entire class as a package for $100 for one child or $160 for two! The package price also includes a free CD so kids can listen to the music they’re learning at home!

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Hey! Hey! Let’s Play!

Hey! Hey! Let’s Play! is designed just for kids ages 3-5!  Children will develop a sense of self and community by building confidence, physical skills, emotional fluency and imagination, while also learning about storytelling, music, movement and the living organism that is “the theatre.” To accomplish these goals, students will play a variety of games, sing songs, listen to and tell stories, and participate in activities and experiences that focus on listening, cooperating, moving, emoting, empathizing, creating and (of course) having FUN!

The 10 week class will be an hour long culminating in a short presentation for family and friends. This presentation will feature poems, songs and story enactments (both traditional and those created in the class).

Fall 2015: Class will meet from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday mornings for 10 weeks from August 17-October 26, 2015. On Monday, October 26, 2015, students will arrive at 9:30 am for a short presentation to share with family and friends at 10:00!

Hey! Hey! Let’s Play! is taught by Ryan Dixon. The cost for the class is $125.

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To register for class contact Waylon Wood at 828-254-1320 or at waylon@ashevilletheatre.org. He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.