Tanglewood Youth Theatre Classes

Group of young performers backstage after performance

Asheville Community Theatre offers after school classes for youth of all ages!

Scheduled Classes:
Rotating Curriculum:

These classes have been offered in the past, but are not currently part of our schedule.

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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Current/Scheduled Classes:

Journey to Imaginationland

Ages 5-7
Mar 25-May 13 | Saturdays at 10:00-11:00 AM

Kids have great imaginations – this is the place to let it loose! Our youngest students will learn to bring fun stories and characters to life. Through games and play, they’ll get comfortable expressing with their voices and bodies. And, their confidence will grow as they perform with other kids! Join us for play and creativity!

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $175 – Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Ages 8-12
Mar 25-May 13 | Saturdays at 10:00-11:30 AM

Improv teaches performers spontaneity, creativity, and to think outside the box! In this class, students will learn the basics of improv with techniques designed to get them comfortable with performing, quick thinking, and being present on stage. They’ll be laughing and learning with fun games, warm-ups, “Yes And” exercises, and a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Ages 8-12
Mar 21-May 9 | Tuesdays at 4:30-6:00 PM

In this class designed for beginners and younger performers, students will learn basic acting techniques and have a great time doing so! They’ll get creative with short scenes and play drama games that teach key skills in a fun and approachable way. This class builds the confidence to help them to shine on stage and in life –  even in their next audition or school play! Students will perform a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Ages 13-18
Mar 25-May 13 | Saturdays at 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Improv teaches performers spontaneity, creativity, and to think outside the box! This class is for both beginner students and for students continuing their improv journey. Students will learn and practice improv with techniques designed to get them comfortable with performing, quick thinking, and being present on stage. They’ll be laughing and learning with fun games, warm-ups, “Yes And” exercises, and a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available. 

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Ages 13-18
Mar 23-May 11 | Thursdays at 4:30-6:00 PM

In this class designed for beginners to intermediate performers, students will develop and hone their acting techniques. They’ll work on short scenes, monologues and play drama games that teach key skills in a fun and approachable way. This class gives students the confidence to shine on stage and off – even in their next audition or school play! Students will perform a  showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Register Now!


Ages 13-18
Mar 14-May 13 | Tuesdays at 4:30-7:30 PM and Saturdays at 1:00-5:00 PM

Tech Week: May 15-18 | Monday through Thursday | 4:30-8:00 PM
Performances: Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 PM and Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 PM

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

Youth Production Classes tackle the entire production process – from auditions, rehearsals, character development, and performance. Great for performers of all levels of experience.

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $450– Scholarships are available. 

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Youth Tech and Run Crew

Ages 12+
Mar 23-May 11 | Thursdays at 4:30-6:00 PM

Tech Week: May 15-18 | Monday through Thursday | 4:30-8:00 PM
Performances: Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 PM and Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 PM

What goes on behind the curtain? In our Tech Youth Production Classes, students learn and experience technical theatre and backstage work, including: safety, basic light and sound board operation, and stage management. Students will then put their skills to practice by running all technical and backstage roles during the Youth performances of Bright Star Young Performers Edition, a musical tale of love and redemption inspired by real events and set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

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Tanglewood’s Spring Break Day Camp

Ages 6-12
April 3-7 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

School’s out, but ACT is IN! Spend your spring break in the land of storytelling, magic, and adventure! Students will participate in a full day of creative play, including theatre games, improvisation, dance, and a script they will perform at the end of the day. Bring a lunch, water bottle, and an excellent attitude! Sign up for just one day, come for all five, or anything in between!

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $50 per day.

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Rotating Curriculum:

These classes have been offered in the past, but are not currently part of our schedule.


Ages 8-12
Nov 3 – Dec 18 | Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Learn to be a triple threat in this musical performance class! Students will work with acting, music, and dance professionals to stage songs from some of our favorite Broadway musicals. Get ready for the spotlight – students perform in a cabaret style showcase at the end of the class!

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Tuition will be $375.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available. 

Student Ages 8-12
Classes/Rehearsals:
Nov 3 – Dec 18 | Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Tech Week: Dec 12-15 | Monday through Thursday | 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out a registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.



Ages 13-18

Students explore their potential and harness their skills in this intermediate course all about the art of the scene. Students will discover their strengths and weaknesses through practicing acting exercises and character development techniques. Scene study is best for students who are already familiar with basic performance training. The course includes a showcase for family and friends on the final day of class.

This class has been offered in the past, but is not currently part of our schedule.


2023 Download our 2023 Youth Student Waiver 

For general questions about classes or age requirements, please contact our Education Director Zoe Zelonky at [email protected].

For questions about the registration process or for questions regarding payments, contact Box Office Manager Cassandra Marcelo at [email protected].