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 Improv, and Youth Acting. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.
Registration will open for Spring 2018 classes in the fall.
If you have questions concerning class registration, contact Waylon Wood at 828-254-1320 or at waylon@ashevilletheatre.org. He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.

 


 


High School Musical Jr.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

We are offering two separate classes of High School Musical, Jr. Both classes will end with a full production. As a unique bonus, each class will have the opportunity to observe tech rehearsals for the other class, deepening the educational experience.

Class 1: WILD Group
Director: Lori Hilliard; Musical Director: Gary Mitchell
Rehearsals: August 14-October 5, 2017; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: October 9-19, 2017; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: October 20-22, 2017
Ages 11-17

Three performances will be held on the ACT Mainstage. The performance schedule is October 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm and October 21-22, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

Note: High School Musical Jr.  – Class 1: WILD Group is FULL.

Class 2: CATS Group
Director: Candice Owen; Musical Director: TBA
Rehearsals: August 14-October 5, 2017; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: October 9-19, 2017; Mondays – Thursdays ​6​:30-​8​:30 pm
Performances: October 21-22, 2017
Ages 11-17

Two performances will be held on the ACT Mainstage. The performance schedule is October 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm and October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Register Now for Class 2: CATS Group

 


 

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs before Dark KIDS

Siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books while exploring one afternoon. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly, the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Jack and Annie have a harrowing adventure, befriending some dinosaurs along the way as they try to make their way back home. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs before Dark KIDS is an adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. Director: Jeff Catanese; Musical Director: Lynda Shuler.

Rehearsals: August 29 – October 20, 2017; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: October 23-November 2, 2017; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: November 3-5, 2017
Ages 7-13

Three performances will be held on the ACT Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm and November 4-5, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

Register Now for the Wait List

 


 

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.

Note: We will begin accepting registrations in Fall 2017.

 


 

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.

Note: We will begin accepting registrations in Fall 2017.

 


 

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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.

Fall 2017 Dates

Class/Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals: August 19-October 21, 2017; Saturdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, October 23 – Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-9:00 pm
Shows: Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 28 at 2:30 pm

Register Now!

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

Note: We will begin accepting registrations in Fall 2017.


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.

Fall 2017 Dates

Class Schedule:

Classes: August 26-October 28, 2017: Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am
Final Showcase: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

Register Now!

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 6-12

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.

Fall 2017 Dates

Class Schedule:

Classes: August 26-October 28, 2017: Saturdays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

Register Now!

Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 40 youth productions in Asheville, including Alice in Wonderland and Schoolhouse Rock Live at Asheville Community Theatre. He has taught youth acting classes for students ages 4-16 and he has acted in local WNC productions for over 17 years. He is currently a local second grade teacher at Johnston Elementary School, and he has taught elementary school for over 17 years, integrating creative drama and improvisation into his teaching. He holds a Masters degree in Theatre Education and K-12 Theatre Arts Teaching Licensure from UNC-Greensboro.


If you have questions concerning class registration, contact Waylon Wood at 828-254-1320 or at waylon@ashevilletheatre.org. He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.