Year-Long Program for 6th-12th Grade
The Company is an individualized pre-professional performing arts conservatory for intermediate/advanced artists in Middle and High School who are committed to deepening their performing arts education in American Musical Theatre.
The Company 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 Company 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 Company students also put on a fully produced musical and attend theatrical performances/conferences.
Please note, students must apply and be accepted into the program before Registering.
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.
HIGH QUALITY 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 COMPANY 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..
WHAT DOES THE COMPANY 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 Company 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. Company 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 a 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 EXPERIENCE
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, Company 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 Company program. The excursion is determined by the staff to add supplemental education in musical theatre that isn’t found through regular classes and productions. 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. Once we can assure the safety of our children we will resume the theatrical excursion. We anticipate this being offered in the 2022-2023 year.
How to Join the Company
Interested students must fill out an application for the Company program, which can be found here. The questions should be filled out by the interested student as we wish to get to know them and their musical theatre perspective. Once completed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.
Please note: Students who participated in summer programs may not need to complete the application. Please contact Heather as each student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The Company 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 Company program.
Tuition for Company is $3,250.00 for the year + $150 Non-Refundable 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.
The Asheville Performing Arts Academy provides a work study program for those families interested in financial aid. All families who receive financial aid are required to assist in operations at the APAA in some capacity. Duties will be determined once aid has been distributed.
Some work study opportunities may include but are not limited to:
- Helping clean up classrooms
- Participating in set builds
- Selling tickets, and
After the audition process, a staff member will send you the registration and payment information. Once you fill out all of the necessary forms, a staff member will send you an invoice.
Students who have already been accepted to the Company program can register here.
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!