THE PREP ACADEMY PROGRAM
The Prep 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 Prep Academy program is for rising 1st-5th graders who show a love for being on stage. This conservatory program offers weekly classes in Dance, Acting, and Music. The Prep Academy students also put on a two fully produced musical along with other performance opportunities.
THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CLASSROOM
Students in the Prep Academy Program take music, acting, and dance classes every week, along with performance opportunities to put their education to use. 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 Prep Academy Program participate in two junior productions a year. Rehearsals take place one day a week. All Prep members are guaranteed a role in the production and roles will be assigned after an audition process.
THE PREP 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 PREP ACADEMY PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
WEEKLY DANCE/MOVEMENT CLASS
The Prep Academy Dance class focuses 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 advancement in higher levels of Dance at the Academy. Dance at the Prep Academy introduces young artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre vernacular and contemporary dance forms.
WEEKLY ACTING CLASS
The Prep Academy Acting classes introduce, teach and reinforce realism skills and techniques that will be used in future classes. Prep Academy artists will use imagination and structured play to develop a foundation in the material of study for older Academy Artists. Classes are geared to apply their learned techniques in all monologues, scene study, script reading, interpretation and performance work. In the Prep Academy the faculty focuses on encouraging the artist’s exploration and discovery of theatrical concepts in a fun, energetic manner that will be applied in their production rehearsals.
WEEKLY MUSIC CLASS
The Prep Music Class focuses on integrating music and performance skills. This class reinforces proper singing techniques, diction, and performance. Music in Prep introduces artists to the many aspects and styles of American musical theatre composition.
Each year the artists will participate in two Junior or skill-level appropriate musicals and one full-length production. The two junior shows are done in conjunction with our Youth Community Theatre participants. This fall we are producing Disney's Frozen Jr and the spring production is The Matilda Experience.
HOW TO JOIN THE PREP ACADEMY
The Prep Academy doesn’t require any audition or interviews to join. This is a great program for those who love to perform and want to grow as actors. There is no experience necessary, just a love for the stage! If your child is nervous or you have questions, then feel free to schedule a meeting with one of our staff members. Summer camps are a great way to meet current and future Prep members and the teachers.
The Prep Program costs $2000 for the year. This includes weekly classes and all of the production costs for the different shows. The Junior Theatre Festival is not included in tuition.
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 you register, you will receive the Prep Academy packet as well as information about setting up a payment for the year. 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.