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 specialized classes like Broadway Bootcamp and Improv for Kids. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.
For Pre-K and younger children, we’re launching Little Stars, a series of classes in Spring of 2016 that stimulate creativity and encourage active movement, storytelling, and musical play.
Youth Production Classes
Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.
It’s the 1950’s and Conrad Birdie, the original rock n’ roll heartthrob, has captivated every girl in the nation. When he’s suddenly drafted into the army, he’s called to record one last song with one lucky girl. Much to the dismay of her “steady,” that lucky girl happens to be Kim MacAfee. Bye Bye Birdie is directed by Mark Jones with musical direction by Lynda Shuler.
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.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest
Based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. As a beloved fairy tale, most think they would know the ending to the story of Snow White. However, this hilarious take on the classic reimagines the iconic characters to create a delightful world in which every character has their happy ending. Directed by Jeff Catanese.
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.
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment! This musical adventure shares the story of a poor street rat, a fiercely independent princess, and evil mastermind, and everyone’s favorite Genie! The tuneful, 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! Based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. Directed by Marci Bernstein.
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.
Aladdin, Jr. is full – registration has ended.
The Phantom Tollbooth
Based on the acclaimed children’s story, the play is a sure classic. Travel with Milo to the Lands Beyond and experience ticking dogs, Rhyme and Reason, giant bees, and so much more outside of your wildest imaginations. This extraordinary adventure is sure to ignite the curiosity in all of us! Directed by Bradshaw Call.
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.
The Phantom Tollbooth is full – registration has ended.
For ages 12-17
An all-new, 10 week class spotlighting the fabulous world of Broadway. You’ll learn good audition technique, how to play to your strengths, how to build an actor’s resume and learn appropriate theatre etiquette. Also on board will be a seasoned Musical Director and Choreographer to improve your singing, dancing and acting techniques so you can be a real “triple threat.” This class will prepare you for your next Mainstage show or even just get that job 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!
Taught by Jeff Catanese (director of such ACT hits as Spamalot, RENT and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
March 5-May 7, 2016
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.
Download the Broadway Bootcamp Registration
Improv for Kids
For ages 8-12
In this class, students will learn the basics of improv skills from developing strong characters, accepting and “Yes and” in a scene, and using their imagination to create improvisational scenes. Students will learn the who, where, and what in improvisational scenes as well as a sense of connections between character relationships and basic improv story concepts, including plot, problem, and solution. Students will play a variety of fun and fast-paced improv games, including Murder Mystery, Freeze, Styles, Moving People, Slide Show, Lines from the Audience, ABC game and more. Some games will be similar to games played on the popular show, Whose Line Is It Anyway.
Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 30 youth productions in Asheville. He studied adult improv and he was part of an improv troupe called the Oxymorons for 3 years. He has taught youth improvisation and creative drama classes for students ages 4-16 for over 15 years. He is a local kindergarten teacher at Johnston Elementary School and he has taught elementary school for over 15 years, integrating creative drama and improvisation into his teaching. He currently directs A Gaggle of Giggles, his own Asheville youth improv troupe who perform at The Hop North once a month. He holds a Masters degree in Theatre Education and K-12 Theatre Arts Teaching Licensure from UNC-Greensboro.
January 16-March 5, 2016: Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 pm
The cost for the class is $100.00
At end of the class, students will perform an improv show in 35below.
Download the Improv for Kids Registration
Classes for Pre-K and Younger
An all-new, 10 week class offered to kids ages 3-5! This class will combine preschool literature, music, creative movement, and using the imagination to create an atmosphere of fun and learning!
Little Stars is taught by Lynda Shuler, a preschool music and movement clinician for NC chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Lynda is certified in Orff Education, she’s taught preschool for 16 years, and she was the summer music director and youth camp show director for the international performing group, Up With People! Plus, she was the music director for our Fall Youth Production Class, Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.
January 25 -March 28, 2016: Mondays from 10:00-11:00 am
April 4 -June 6, 2016: Mondays from 10:00-11:00 am
Cost for either session is $125.00
Download the Little Stars Class Registration