Youth Theatre Classes

Youth-classesAsheville 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 BootcampYouth ImprovYouth Acting, and Youth Filmmaking. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.
We’re also re-launching our Little Stars class for younger children! This is a fun and friendly arts immersion class for children ages 3-6.
If you have questions concerning class registration, contact Joshua Runkles at 828-254-1320 or at He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.



The Wind in the Willows

What begins as a peaceful summer on the River is soon disrupted by Toad and his obsession with motorcars. After crashing several cars, he then steals one and lands himself in jail. His friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat make every effort to protect Toad’s residence, Toad Hall, but are instead ousted by the Ferrets and Weasels of the Wild Wood. Will Toad escape from jail and regain Toad Hall? Will he learn a lesson about his boastful and impetuous ways? A spirited adaptation of a timeless classic. Director: Bradshaw Call.

Rehearsals: January 9-March 2, 2018; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: March 5-15, 2018; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: March 16-18, 2018
Ages 7-12

Three performances will be held on the ACT Mainstage. The performance schedule is March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm and March 17-18, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

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The Music Man, Jr.

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. Director: Marci Bernstein; Musical Director: Lynda Shuler.

Rehearsals: February 26-April 18, 2018; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: April 23-May 3, 2018; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: May 4-6, 2018
Ages 11-17

Three performances will be held on the ACT Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm and May 5-6, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

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Broadway Bootcamp

For ages 12-17

Our popular class that spotlights 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.” 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! Directed by Mark Jones.

Spring 2018 Dates

Class/Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals: January 6-March 3, 2018; Saturdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, March 5 – Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:30-9:00 pm
Shows: Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 pm
Cost: $275

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Youth Improv

For ages 10-15

This class will include instruction on improv skills, including character development, connecting in scenes, “Yes and…” acceptance technique, and building the beginning, middle, and end of a scene with a problem and solution. We will play a variety of fun and interactive improv games, including Freeze, Murder Mystery, Props, Styles, ABC game, Changing Channels, Survivor, and Slide Show. Some of the games will be similar to the show, Whose Line it Anyway? The last class will be open for parents to watch a mini improv show to demonstrate the games and skills learned during each class.

Spring 2018 Dates

Class Schedule:

Classes: March 10-May 12, 2018: Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am
Final Showcase: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Cost: $150

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Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 40 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 second grade 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.

Youth Acting

For ages 8-12

In this class, students will learn a variety of acting techniques with a focus on character development and relationships, deciding what your character wants and how you are going to achieve it, and making choices in scenes to fully develop the scene with specific blocking and movement. Students will work on scenes and monologues from a variety of popular youth plays and musicals, including Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, and Beauty and the Beast, taking them from auditions to performance. They will also write their own original, creative scenes to perform in a final showcase during the last class.

Spring 2018 Dates

Class Schedule:

Classes: March 10-May 12, 2018: Saturdays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 am
Cost: $150

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Taught by Christine Eide, who has been assisting with the ACT youth acting and improv classes over the past couple of years. Christine has over 20 years of experience as an actress, director and teacher. She has performed with several local theatres such as Bright Star Touring Theatre, Asheville Lyric Opera, The Magnetic Theatre, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective and Ellipsis Theatre Company. She has directed shows for both youth and adults, her most recent being All in the Timing at Odyssey Community School and Night Music at The Magnetic Theatre. In addition, Christine has taught several acting classes in both the US and Ecuador where she co-founded Azuay Community Theatre. She has a BA in Theatre Performance and Music as well as a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Youth Filmmaking

For ages 8-12

Our popular summer camp class in now available during the year! Does your child love to be a rock star and see themselves on the big screen and internet? Well this is the perfect class for them! For this 10 weekend class we will be making a music video! From concept to completion your child will learn and participate in the movie making magic that will end in a film viewing on the big screen and to share with your friends on the internet! You’ll also learn acting for film, editing, cameras, creating special effects, props, set building and more!

Spring 2018 Dates

Class Schedule:

Classes: January 13-March 17, 2018: Saturdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Film viewing: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Cost: $145

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Taught by Troy Burnette who has directed multiple films over his six years working at Tanglewood Summer camp. He studied at Full Sail Film School in Orlando, FL and The Art Institute of Atlanta. He has worked in Asheville for over 15 years on multiple projects including with Grammy winning Kid’s Hip hop artist 23 Skidoo in creating multiple videos. Troy believes strongly in getting as much input from the children as possible and teaches them what to do in front of the camera and behind it as well. He also writes and preforms two monthly shows with Super Happy Productions which he co formed with other ACT alumni.

Little Stars

For ages 3-6 (must be potty trained)
Cost is $105 for one class (Monday or Wednesday), $185 for both (Monday and Wednesday) classes

In this class, children will be immersed in a fun arts experience and will learn the basic concepts of music and healthy singing. Each week covers a different theme with a story, songs, dance, an art project and movement. Monday’s classes are themed around Life Themes (think shapes, colors, animals) and Wednesday’s classes are themed around books and literary characters (both classic and contemporary). Taught by Joanna Best.

Parent/guardian is required to stay on site during the class. We invite parents to wait in our comfortable lobby adjacent to the theatre classroom space (bonus: free wifi!)

No classes scheduled at this time.


If you have questions concerning class registration, contact Joshua Runkles at 828-254-1320 or at He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.