THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CLASSROOM
Students take music, acting, and dance classes every week with various master classes focusing in topics like audition, improv, technical theatre, and specialized dance classes offered at different times during the semester.
PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED THEATRE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Students in the Company Program are a part of the APAA Mainstage Company. This company produces a variety of cabarets as well as full-length musicals. Rehearsals are incorporated into their weekly schedule.
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 and working across the country as professional artists and arts administrators.
Students participate in cohesive rehearsal periods 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT DOES THE COMPANY CONSIST OF?
Our New Space
Our new studio at 55 Shiloh Rd is a massive 4,200 sqft space that offers a new fun industrial feel that will allow us to hold classes as safely as possible in a physically distanced way.
Classes for the Company will be meeting in a hybrid structure. Students will be broken up into two groups and meet in person twice a week for dance, acting, and production rehearsals.
In order to keep students and staff as safe as possible, we have decided that most vocal rehearsals will be online. On the off day students will attend individual and small group music rehearsals via ZOOM.
Our performance-based curriculum has rotating performances for each small group with safety at its roots. This will include a variety of performance opportunities Simultaneously students will be working on their small group cabaret and rehearsing their mainstage production (which we have designed to be able to be performed physically distanced) to be performed this spring in a physically distanced way.
As we work together to prevent the spread of illness, each student will be required to wear a mask while at APAA. We will have readily available hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Students will be asked to bring as little as possible to the studio so there is no potential for cross contamination. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
HOW TO JOIN THE COMPANY
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.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are only having Zoom and Phone Interviews rather than in-person auditions.
Tuition for Company is $3,200.00 for the year with a $150.00 registration fee. This includes weekly classes and all of the production costs for the different shows. There are additional immersions and workshops offered throughout the year for an additional cost.
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 don't hesitate to email!