YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES
Youth Production Classes
Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by E.B. White.
The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give actors a great opportunity.
Rehearsals begin Monday, August 25, 2014. Open to students ages 7-13. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from August 25 to October 15. From October 20-29, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30pm.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:30. (No performance on Friday, October 31 – it’s Halloween!)
By L. Frank Baum With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday September 9, 2014. Major roles open to students ages 9-15. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from September 9 to October 28. From November 3-13, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.
For students ages 5-8, we are registering as Munchkins roles only. Rehearsals begin October 20, 22, 27, 29 Mon. and Wed. from 4:00-6:00 pm until November 3-13, when students will join the older group and rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30 pm. Download the registration form for Munchkins.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30, Saturday November 15 and Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:30.
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty * Music by Stephen Flaherty * Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical, Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Rehearsals begin Tuesday January 27, 2014. Open to students ages 7-14. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from January 27 to March 19 (with a possible make-up day for inclement weather on Saturday, March 21). From March 23-April 2, 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 Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 2:30.
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. Take advantage of the quick costuming, simple props and basic scenery to provide your cast and audience with an exciting, peachy adventure!
Rehearsals begin Monday, March 2, 2014. 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 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 4 and 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
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!
Fall 2014: Session I Schedule
Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm and November 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
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 – April 25. From May 2-11, students will rehearse Mondays from 5-8pm and Saturday from 2-5pm. Final Dress/TECH will be Thursday, May 14 from 6-9pm on the Mainstage.
Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 16, 2015 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 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.
Classes for Pre-K and Younger
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!
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).
Fall 2014: Class will meet from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday mornings for 8 weeks from September 1 through October 20, 2014. Then, class will meet twice a week October 27-November 5 on Mondays and Wednesdays (still 10:00-11:00 am). On Saturday, November 8, 2014, 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.