THE ACADEMY PROGRAM
The Academy at the APAA is an individualized pre-professional/pre-collegiate performing arts conservatory, for artists committed to deepening their performing arts education in American Musical Theatre.
The Academy program is for rising 6th-12th graders who show a love for being on stage. This conservatory program offers weekly classes in Dance, Acting, and Music. The Academy students also put on a fully produced musical and attend theatrical performances/conferences.
THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CLASSROOM
Students in the Academy Program take music, acting, and dance classes every week with various master classes focusing in topics like audition, improve, technical theatre, and specialized dance classes offered at different times during the semester. Classes are taught by local theatre professionals, with training from institutes such as UNCA, North Carolina School for the Arts, and Southwestern University.
PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED THEATRE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Students in the Academy Program are a part of the Academy Mainstage Company. This company produces one full-length production a year with full costume, sets, lights, and props. Rehearsals take place one day a week. All academy members are guaranteed a role in the production and roles will be assigned after an audition process.
THE ACADEMY IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM.
The APAA has won many awards in Ensemble Work, Choreography, Acting, and more! We also have alumni studying various degrees of theatre at schools such as Idyllwild Arts Academy, Boston University, The HARTT School, American Musical and Drama Academy (AMDA), Marymount Manhattan College, Western Carolina University, and The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
WHAT DOES THE ACADEMY PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
WEEKLY DANCE CLASS
These classes focus on integrating movement and musicality skills. Dance class reinforces proper Jazz and Ballet techniques, knowledge and performance. Artists will develop a stylized technique that will prepare them for higher-level dance classes. Dance at the Academy introduces resident artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre vernacular and contemporary dance forms.
WEEKLY ACTING CLASS
These classes introduce, teach and reinforce realism skills and techniques. Academy artists apply their learned techniques in all monologues, scene study, script reading, interpretation and performance work. Students will also develop an audition binder, including monologues and song selections to be ready for their Academy mainstage auditions and other works.
PROFESSIONAL STYLE REHEARSALS
Students participate in cohesive rehearsal period that helps them learn how professional rehearsals happen. Students will focus on the music for the season shows and work on proper singing techniques, diction and performance. Students combine the music lessons with the scene work and choreography necessary for each show. This rehearsal period culminates in public performances of the various works throughout the year.
TECHNICAL THEATRE EXPRIENCE
Participating in Technical Theatre allows for our students to be well-rounded both on and off the stage. As actors, it’s important to realize what happens behind the scenes while they are performing on stage. Because of this, Academy students are required to help with one tech week as backstage crew for one of the shows during the semester.
Students are able to participate in one supplementary excursion at an additional cost as part of being in the Academy program. The excursion is determined by the staff to add supplemental education in musical theatre that isn’t found through regular classes and productions. The excursion for 2019-2020 will be announced to students at a later date. In the past students have had trips to New York, attendance at BroadwayCon, participation in the Junior Theatre Festival, and workshops/guest directions from industry professionals.
HOW TO JOIN THE ACADEMY
The Academy artists are selected and admitted each year during an interview process with a video audition for class placement. Numbers are limited to maintain cost, low student/teacher ratios, and individual attention. New students are required to meet with the director of the program for an interview to discuss the student’s goals and past experiences in order to gain admittance into the Academy program.
The Academy Program costs $3200 for the year. This includes weekly classes and all of the production costs for the different shows. The Junior Theatre Festival and New York Immersion are not included in tuition. Each cost an estimated of $500.
There are scholarships available, but because of limited funds, we require families to fill out an application form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about scholarship and work-study options.
After the audition process, a staff member will send you the registration and payment information. There is a $200 non-refundable deposit. Once you fill out all of the necessary forms, a staff member will send you an invoice.
From there, students will attend classes, audition for their production, and participate in rehearsals. If you have any questions about the program, please email Amanda at email@example.com.