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 our Teen Production Class, Broadway Bootcamp, Youth Improv, Youth Acting, and Youth Filmmaking. All types of classes offer a performance component for a finale!
ACT offers financial assistance for our Youth Production Classes, and we work hard with each family to make sure that cost is not an obstacle to participation.
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Magic Tree House – The Knight at Dawn KIDS
For ages 8-12
The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the magic tree house. As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight. When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times. They set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.
Rehearsals: September 10 – October 31, 2019; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Weeks: November 4-14, 2019; Mondays – Thursday 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: November 15-17, 2019
Peter Pan JR
For ages 8-14
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.
Rehearsals: February 24 – April 16, 2020; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Weeks: April 20-30, 2020; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: May 1-3, 2020
Teen Production Class – Urinetown
For ages 13-17
(This is a year-long class; students must register for both semesters of classes.)
Directed by Marci Bernstein, Music Direction by Rob Blackwell, Choreography by Alexa Edelman
In this year-long class, teens will begin in the fall by creating a repertoire for auditions including a monologue and song. In the spring semester, students will work towards presenting a full production (as opposed to a JR production) of the Tony Ward-winning Urinetown. Throughout the year, there will be a focus on choreography from basic movement to more advanced group numbers. This class also includes admission to final dress rehearsals of ACT Mainstage and selected 35below shows and may include sessions with guest artists.
About Urinetown: In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Students in this course are expected to attend each class session, which will meet on Saturdays from 2:30-5:00 pm. All class dates are listed below.
Fall Semester: September 14-November 22, 2019
Fall Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 (main lobby), 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Fall Showcase: Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm (Presentation of audition repertoire)
Spring Semester: January 11-May 10, 2020
Spring Class Dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
Spring Tech Dates: May 4-7, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Spring Performance: May 8-10, 2020; Friday performance at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday performances at 2:30 pm
Cost: $750 (includes $100 deposit) or $700 (paid at time of registration)
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!
Fall 2019 Dates
Directed by Candice Dickinson, Music Direction by Gary Mitchell, Choreography by Amanda Klinikowski
Rehearsals: August 31 – November 2, 2019; Saturdays 12:30-2:30 pm
Tech Week: November 4-7, 2019; Mondays – Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
Performances: November 8 and 9, 2019
Spring 2020 Dates
Directed by Lori Hilliard, Music Direction by Sarah Fowler, Choreography by Tina Pisano-Foor
Rehearsals: January 9 – March 7, 2020; Saturdays 12:30-2:30 pm
Tech Week: March 9 -12, 2020; Mondays – Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
Performances: March 13 and 14, 2020
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. 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. This class is open to all levels of improv from beginning to advanced.
Fall 2019 Dates
Classes: September 7 –November 9, 2019: Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am
Final Showcase: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 am (combined with acting)
Winter 2020 Dates
Classes: January 11 –March 14, 2020: Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am
Final Showcase: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am (combined with acting)
Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 60 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 4-18 for over 19 years. He is a local 5th thru 8th grade theatre arts teacher at Franklin School of Innovation. He currently directs A La Mode, 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.
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.
Fall 2019 Dates
Classes: September 7 –November 9, 2019: Saturdays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 am (combined with improv)
Winter 2020 Dates
Classes: January 11 –March 14, 2020: Saturdays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am (combined with improv)
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 Film Intensive — Short Film
For ages 8-12
Fall 2019 Session
Lights! Camera! Action!! We are making a Thanksgivings Themed short film and your child can be a part of the cast & crew! In this 7 week course we will work on a holiday themed 5 to 7 minute short film based on Thanksgiving. The beginning students will learn the basics of filmmaking, such as terms used in production, acting for film and production techniques. Advanced students will learn more about lighting, direction and camera operation. The class will end in a presentation of the mini movies for friends and family to come watch in the theater.
Fall 2019 Dates
Classes: October 5-November 9, 2019: Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 am (combined with improv and acting)
Winter 2020 Session
Lights! Camera! Action!! We are making a short film and your child can be a part of the cast & crew! In this 7 week course we will go through the writing, prop building, and costumes of the short film, then we will shoot using fun special effects and a brief introduction to editing. The class will end in a presentation of the mini movies for friends and family to come watch in the theater.
Winter 2020 Dates
Classes: February 8 – March 14, 2019: Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 pm
Final Showcase: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am (combined with improv and acting)
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.
For general questions about classes or age requirements, please contact our Program Director Chanda Calentine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the registration process or for questions regarding payments, contact Box Office Manager Joshua Runkles at 828-254-1320 or at email@example.com. He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.