Asheville Arts Center’s Academy students won big in the 2011 National Junior Theatre Festival again this year!  In celebration of their victories, THE HOP:  640 Merrimon Avenue #103, Asheville, NC 28804, has invited the national award-winning ACADEMY students to perform their pieces for the public, this coming THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT 6:00PM.
Asheville Art Center’s ACADEMY will perform three, 15-minute selections from PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR, INTO THE WOODS JR, and GUYS AND DOLLS Jr.  The shows are full of acting, singing, and dancing fun that is completely family-friendly.  In addition, our new dancer, Lindsey Kelley, will be doing dance demonstrations to mark the beginning of our new dance program!
Asheville Arts Center’s Academy is an after-school conservatory program for young artists ages 7 to 18.  Students take a dance class, a voice class, and an acting class weekly, in a prestigious curriculum, which touches on most major forms of acting, dance, and voice technique.  Students also rehearse 4 hours each week for the Academy theatrical productions. 
The ACADEMY is made up of 47 kids from ages 7 to 18, from Buncombe, Madison, and Haywood counties. 
On the heels of this competition, Music Theatre International has asked the Asheville Arts Center’s Academy students to perform the WORLD PREMIERE of FINIAN’S RAINBOW, Jr. They begin rehearsals for the production this week, and will perform it in May.  Representatives from Music Theatre International, who are working Broadway professionals, will fly down from New York City to work with the cast midway through the rehearsal process, and will attend the premiere. 
For questions or more information, please contact Ann Mahoney Kadar, Drama Department Director, at, 828-253-4000.

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