A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEAM ABOUT COVID-19
Greetings APAA Families,
I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer! We have been busy planning a fantastic year for the 2020-2021 season and are so excited to share the details with you as they are continuously unfolding. Below you will find many exciting things that we now know for certain.
At APAA our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. To us you are family. We love each and every one of you and think of you as part of our family, so we are taking every conceivable precaution to keep everyone both physically and mentally healthy.
Artists need to create art. They need to perform, they need to connect, and they need to do this in the safest way possible. We have taken the guidelines from the CDC, consulted physicians and researched the best way to create air flow. To keep everyone as safe as possible we have made the following plan:
WE HAVE MOVED! The staff at APAA have found a new and cool space to hold our classes. Located just down the street from our current studio at 55 Shiloh Rd, this space offers a new fun industrial feel that will allow us to hold classes as safely as possible in a physically distanced way.
WE WILL RESUME IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION! This new space is HUGE (4,200 sqft) so we are able to hold in-person classes! In order to do this, we have made some adjustments to the schedule. Students will be alternating days based on their program to ensure that we maintain social distancing guidelines and have adequate time to clean the building thoroughly.
SCHEDULING! there will NOT be any À la carte classes or performance classes this year. We want to create as safe an environment as possible so we are limiting our programming and our numbers so that we don’t have other students coming and going.
PERFORMANCES! This just makes our hearts leap! It is what an artist needs to do! Our performance-based curriculum has rotating performances for each small group with safety at its roots. This will include producing a straight play, dance performances, and small group music theatre cabarets designed to build repertoire and give students more opportunity to do what they love, PERFORM! At the start of the fall each student will be assigned a group. Within this group they will read and select a play, direct and design all elements and then perform it. Simultaneously they will be working on their small group cabaret. Students will create the themes, the song lists, and write the scripts. Once they have approval, they will start rehearsing. In addition, we will begin work on our mainstage productions (which we have designed to be able to be performed physically distanced) which will go up this spring in a physically distanced way.
NEW STUDIO PROTOCOL! 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.
SAVE THE DATE: CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY August 24th.
We are so excited about this coming season. As we all adjust to the new “normal”, we are so eager to be with you again and are working diligently to make sure we are able to do that in the safest way possible. Our priorities at Asheville Performing Arts Academy are to first keep each individual safe and healthy and secondly to inspire and create art. We have figured out how to do both!
We are so privileged to be able to continue to create with you and look forward to an amazing year in theatre!
Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us through these ever changing and uncertain times. Jason Robert Brown put it best in his musical “Parade” just when Leo Frank thinks everything is about to go sour a miracle happens and he sings “This is not over yet”. APAA is resilient, and this definitely is not over yet!
Wishing you the best,
The Staff of APAA