32 Asheville Performing Arts Academy cast and crew members, ages 7-17, presented a 15-minute selection from “Disney’s The Lion King Jr” and brought home the Excellence in Ensemble Work Award from the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA over Martin Luther King weekend. The Asheville Performing Arts Academy was one of 115 groups that participated in the festivities. These students are members of the audition based musical theatre training program at the Academy.
Asheville Performing Arts Academy won the Excellence in Ensemble Award for the 4th year in a row. Academy student Mia Sander, and Prep Academy student Kenyon Parker received a dance call back to audition for future Broadway Junior shoots for “how-to” choreography videos for soon-to-be-released Broadway Junior musicals. Academy students Ceili Taft and Kiran Bursenos were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 5,300 festival attendees. Students Colin Abernathy, Teagan Hill, Tia Irby, and Elizabeth Smith participated in the tech Olympics. Prep Academy student Gallagher Campbell and Academy student Amie Cooke were chosen to participate in the Broadway Slam.