Asheville Community Theatre offers Youth Production Classes for K-12 students interested in learning the ins and outs of participating in a big musical and Scene Study Classes for students who want to concentrate on acting. 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

The Little Mermaid Jr.

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.

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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 March 17, 2014 and runs through May 12, 2014. A week of rehearsals follows, meeting each afternoon May 19-22, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Then, the class will hold three performances in 35below: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Open to ages 8-12. The cost for the class is $175.

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.

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Classes for Pre-K and Younger


What’s Shakin’?

Spend a morning at ACT shaking it up with the kiddos! What’s Shakin’? 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 Shakin’? is taught by Ryan “Slim” Dixon, who has created songs and poems about our beautiful town for children of all ages!

Class will meet on Mondays at 10:30 am beginning February 24 with a FREE sample class! Give it a try! Class continues on March 3 and runs for 11 weeks (but you’ll only pay for 10) through May 12.

You can participate in the class in one of two ways. Drop in when you can and just pay by the class – it’s $15 for one child or $25 for two. Or, buy the entire class as a package for $100 for one child or $140 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, meeting once a week for 8 weeks and twice a week for the final 2 weeks, 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).

Class will meet from 9:00-10:00 am on Monday mornings for 8 weeks from March 10 through April 28. Then, class will meet twice a week May 5-14 on Mondays and Wednesdays (still 9:00-10:00 am). On Saturday, May 17, 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 co-taught by Ryan Dixon and Chanda Calentine. The cost for the class is $125.

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To register for class contact Chanda Calentine, ACT Education Director, at 828-254-2939 ext 27 or at She is in the office from 10am until 4pm Mondays – Fridays.