Youth Production Classes
Directed by Marci Bernstein / Musical Director: Ryan Dixon
From the children’s book Free To Be… You And Me that inspires children to examine the possibilities of who they could become, this musical is quickly becoming a modern classic. Authored by Marlo Thomas with pieces from many supremely talented writers and artists (including Judy Blume and Shel Silverstein), this musical encourages both boys and girls to realize they can achieve anything!
Rehearsals begin Tuesday March 19th, 2013. Open to students ages 6-12. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from March 19th to April 25th. There are two extra rehearsals that will take place on Saturday March 23rd and April 20th for 3 hours (times TBA). From April 29-May 9, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 10 at 7:30 pm and May 11-12 at 2:30 pm.
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday August 20, 2013. Open to students ages 8-14. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from August 20 to October 10. From October 14-24, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is October 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm and October 26-27, 2013 at 2:30 pm.
It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday January 7, 2014. Open to students ages 10-16. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from January 7 to February 27. Two additional rehearsals will be held on Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, February 22 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. From March 3-13, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is March 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm and March 15-16, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Open to students ages 7-13. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from March 18 to April 24. One additional rehearsal will be held on Saturday, April 19 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. From April 29 – May 8, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm and May 10-11, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
Youth Scene Study Class
If your child loves to act, but is more interested in non-musical theatre, the Scene Study Class is a perfect fit!
The Scene Study Class will teach kids how to pick up a script and comfortably read in an audition setting, work through distinct character choices, and feel prepared as they move towards a performance. The class will incorporate vocal technique, creative dramatic exercises, and memorization skills. Students will learn stage terms and blocking as they build self-confidence. Each student will have the opportunity to read and “try out” many different roles, and will ultimately be assigned one or more roles. This will be a safe environment that will create new friendships outside the school setting, prepare students for auditions, and introduce children to the ACT family. All levels of experience are encouraged to participate!
The class meets Mondays from 4:00-5:30 pm beginning February 25, 2013 and runs through May 6, 2013. A tech rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 5:30-9:00 pm.
The cost for the class is $150.
Directed by Honor Moor
About the Director: Honor Moor trained in New York City where she performed in repertory theatre for over four years. She has acted in over 60 shows on both coasts. She debuted at ACT in 1980 in the 7th grade in Wait Until Dark and most recently was seen in ACT’s To Kill a Mockingbird and The Dixie Swim Club. She is a former board certified teacher and is the mother of two children (ages 8 and 10) in the Asheville City Schools.
Three performances will be held in 35below. The performance schedule is May 10 at 6:30 pm and May 11 at 12:00 pm and again at 2:30 pm.
What’s Shakin’? is a magical musical Mommy & Me (or Daddy/Grandma/Gramps/Auntie/Nanny/etc.) experience, offering a holistic musical introduction for children ages 6mo-4yrs and their adults. Shaking, Singing, Dancing, Jamming and more. Creative sensations and good vibrations- guaranteed!
The class will meet on Saturdays from 10:00-10:45 am beginning January 5, 2013 and running through January 26, 2013. Cost is $10/class – drop in or pay in full for the 4 class session!
About the Teacher: Ryan “Slim” Dixon is a curator of the creative and good-time generator who recently relocated to Asheville from Brooklyn, NY, where for 3 years he worked with the great Audra Rox, (audrarox.com) teaching the Music For Aardvarks (musicforaardvarks.com) songbook to classes and parties in all 5 boroughs. In addition to these classes, Ryan has taught creative writing, theatre, improv acting, filmmaking, piano, voice, guitar, conflict resolution, Science and more to children ages 6mo-22yrs old. He also performed all over the city with an assortment of bands and theatre companies, including his original band The Waywords. (thewaywords.com)
What’s Shakin’? is Slim’s own early-childhood music program, building on his teaching/writing/life experiences with brand-new tunes and poems written just for the Asheville community.