Asheville Community Theatre for Young Audiences 2016-17 Season

ACTlogoFor more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been delighting audiences with high quality performances, making us the oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville and one of the oldest community theatres in the nation.

Asheville Community Theatre offers Youth Production Classes for K-12 students interested in learning the ins and outs of participating in a big production and specialized classes like Broadway Bootcamp and Improv for Kids. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.

For Pre-K and younger children, ACT offers Little Stars, a series of classes in Spring of 2016 that stimulate creativity and encourage active movement, storytelling, and musical play.

Asheville Community Theatre
Susan Harper, Executive Director
35 East Walnut St.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-1320 Box Office

Asheville Community Theatre Youth Production Classes

2016-17 Youth Production Classes
Anything Goes Young Performers Edition

Anything Goes (Young Performers Edition)

I get a kick out of you! Anything Goes, recent 2011 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, is a classic Boy-Meets-Girl story full of intrigue and comedy! This brand new adaptation, designed specifically for young performers, is a wacky story told at sea, wrapped around Cole Porter’s magical scores, featuring terrific numbers like “It’s De-Lovely”, “Friendship”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” Directed by Lori Hilliard.

Rehearsals: August 29 – October 19, 2016; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: October 24 – November 3, 2016; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: November 4-6, 2016
Ages 11-17

The cost for the class is $300.00

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm and November 5-6, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

Beauty and the Beast Jr

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. It’s the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Directed by Jeff Catanese.

Rehearsals: September 13-November 3, 2016; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: November 7-17, 2016; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: November 18-20, 2016
Ages 7-14

The cost for the class is $300.00

Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm and November 19-20, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

Note: Beauty and the Beast JR. Registration is FULL. If you’d like to be on the wait list, please click the button below and complete and submit the registration form.



The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into an exciting and never-to-be-forgotten world. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. Directed by Bradshaw Call.

Rehearsals: January 10-March 2, 2017; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: March 6-16, 2017; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: March 17-19, 2017
Ages 7-14
Note: Tech rehearsals and performances will take place at the Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus.

The cost for the class is $300.00

Three performances will be held at the Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus. The performance schedule is March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm and March 18-19, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

Note: The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe Registration is FULL. If you’d like to be on the wait list, please click the button below and complete and submit the registration form.



Shrek Jr.

Shrek Jr.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Directed by Marci Bernstein.

Rehearsals: February 27-April 19, 2017; Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech: April 24-May 4, 2017; Mondays – Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: May 5-7, 2017
Ages 11-17
Note: Tech rehearsals and performances will take place at the Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus.

The cost for the class is $300.00

Three performances will be held at the Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus. The performance schedule is April 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm and April 22-23, 2017 at 2:30 pm.




Broadway Bootcamp 2016

Broadway Bootcamp – Fall 2016

Our popular class that spotlights the fabulous world of Broadway. You’ll learn good audition technique, how to play to your strengths, how to build an actor’s resume and learn appropriate theatre etiquette. Also on board will be a seasoned Musical Director and Choreographer to improve your singing, dancing and acting techniques so you can be a real “triple threat.” The finale of this class will be a cabaret style of weekend performances featuring all class participants in a Broadway showcase featuring solos, duets, trios and company numbers from the musical theatre songbook! Directed by Mark Jones.

Rehearsals: September 3 – November 5, 2016; Saturdays 2:00-4:00 pm
Tech: November 7, 8 and 10, 2016, 6:30-9:00 pm
Performances: November 11-12, 2016
Ages 12-17

The cost for the class is $250.00

Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm and November 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm.




Improv for Kids

For ages 8-12

In this class, students will learn the basics of improv skills from developing strong characters, accepting and “Yes and” in a scene, and using their imagination to create improvisational scenes. Students will learn the who, where, and what in improvisational scenes as well as a sense of connections between character relationships and basic improv story concepts, including plot, problem, and solution. Students will play a variety of fun and fast-paced improv games, including Murder Mystery, Freeze, Styles, Moving People, Slide Show, Lines from the Audience, ABC game and more. Some games will be similar to games played on the popular show, Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 30 youth productions in Asheville. He studied adult improv and he was part of an improv troupe called the Oxymorons for 3 years. He has taught youth improvisation and creative drama classes for students ages 4-16 for over 15 years. He is a local kindergarten teacher at Johnston Elementary School and he has taught elementary school for over 15 years, integrating creative drama and improvisation into his teaching. He currently directs A Gaggle of Giggles, his own Asheville youth improv troupe who perform at The Hop North once a month. He holds a Masters degree in Theatre Education and K-12 Theatre Arts Teaching Licensure from UNC-Greensboro.

Summer Session:
July 16-September 3, 2016: Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 pm

The cost for the class is $100.00

At end of the class, students will perform an improv show in 35below.




Classes for Pre-K and Younger

little_stars1Little Stars

An all-new, 10 week class offered to kids ages 3-5! This class will combine preschool literature, music, creative movement, and using the imagination to create an atmosphere of fun and learning!

Little Stars is taught by Lynda Shuler, a preschool music and movement clinician for NC chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Lynda is certified in Orff Education, she’s taught preschool for 16 years, and she was the summer music director and youth camp show director for the international performing group, Up With People! Plus, she was the music director for our Fall Youth Production Class, Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.

Winter Session: 
January 25 -March 28, 2016: Mondays from 10:00-11:00 am

Check back with us for upcoming sessions!

Cost for either session is $125.00

Download the Little Stars Class Registration

For questions regarding class registrations, please contact Waylon Wood at 828-254-1320 or He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.


ACT is proud to partner with Bright Star Touring Theatre, Attic Salt Theatre Company, Red Herring Puppets and Tim Arem to provide the highest quality theatre education for families and children.

Families can attend for rock bottom ticket prices –
bring the whole neighborhood!

All tickets are $5.


Student Matinees 2016-17 Season

The Velveteen Rabbit
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children! This heartwarming story tells of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join our professional actors as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivating skill.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 9:30am

The Story of Anne Frank
(Best for Grades 4-adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

We traveled all the way to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for research on this remarkable story. Join us in honoring the end of WW II with this production that celebrates the courage of young Anne Frank and her family. This production is designed to offer an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history. The Story of Anne Frank seeks to honor the strength of the human spirit even in the most challenging of times.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 11:30am

 Adventures in Folklore
(Best for Grades K–5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Enjoy multi-cultural tales hosted by Rowby, a friendly green alien who loves sharing stories he collects from Planet Earth. Each show includes four stories: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a Celtic rendition, with music and narration by world-renowned harpist Robin Williamson; “Dogs and Masters,” a romp through the parks of Paris with animated cut-outs and music; “Kamala’s Drum,” a Himalayan folk tale about the spirit of generosity; “The Three Little Pigs,” a fast-pased, rap version of the popular tale.

Student matinee performance:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 10:00am

Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit It’s a bird, it’s a plane, and it’s Captain Friendship! Our super hero-themed show offers young audiences the opportunity to stand up to a bullying bandit and empower themselves. This show helps hold young people accountable so they will stop bullying when they see it. Captain Friendship also encourages them to ensure respect and peace among their classmates. The most exciting part of the show occurs when Captain Friendship bestows his Superhero powers unto the young audience members. By helping to stop the bully bandit, they realize that they were the true superheroes all along.

Student matinee performance:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 9:30am

Alice in Wonderland
(Best for Grades PreK–5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45- minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical character who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Since 1865 this literary classic has been a favorite among young readers and we can’t wait to bring it to life. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.

Student Matinee performance:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 11:30am

The Pirate of Bully Bay
(Best for Grades PreK–5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star’s most successful show of 2015 is back! Prepare ye mateys for our most fun anti-bullying, swashbuckling adventure ever! Join Captain Catherine, the kindest pirate of the high seas, as she meets the bully Black Stache and must overcome his mean ways. This interactive adventure teaches our young crew the tools they need to stop a bully through clever rhymes and memorable characters.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 9:30am

USA to Z
(Best for Grades 3-8)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Just in time for election season…join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take your audience on a journey through America. Your students will learn how the political process works, the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches and what it means to vote. At various points during the show, your audience will take part in a live-action game show component featuring patriotic prizes while our hosts entertain them with their hilarious antics. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show will leave no political stone unturned. This special tour is running through Election Day and is designed to encourage good citizens by teaching audiences how they can contribute to their own communities.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 11:30am

(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Audiences learn how the discovery of Earth’s invisible magnetic force and static electricity led to a useful understanding of electromagnetic energy. Puppets portray historical figures and famous scientists who employ the process of careful observation and build on each other’s knowledge, to make related discoveries in various parts of the world resulting in the invention of the compass, the lightning rod, the battery, the motor, and the electric light bulb. Performed with large Bunraku style table-top puppets. Featuring the rhyming duo of FLOW and FLOW.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 10:00am

(Best for Grades K-8)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre

A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play written by local playwright/musician Tom Godleski with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph.

This production will feature local children in the cast and includes local geographical and historical references.

Student Matinee performances:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 10:00am
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 10:00am

Winter Fables 
(Best for Grades Pre K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Winter Fables is a cozy little show where Aesop’s famous fables are brought to life with some amazing winter-inspired tales. Our spirited performers take your young audience on a hilarious and highly entertaining journey. They cover valuable lessons from “The Ant and the Grasshopper” to “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Your young audience is guaranteed to walk away with strong character-education influence and a boat-load of uproarious laughter! They’ll learn about responsibility, honesty and appreciating what they already have just in time to get into the spirit of the season.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 9:30am

Holidays Around the World
(Best for Grades PreK-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Join Nick and Joy in their quest to make it home for the holidays. Their journey brings much more than they ever imagined! The traditions and holidays which abound throughout winter are celebrated in this show. From Kwanzaa to Christmas to the Festival of Life, this unique production offers young people a look into the celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Audience volunteers help to bring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon, while the Lohri festival brings to the stage colorful costumes and stories from India.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 11:30am

Tickets and Information

Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!

Teacher guides with class activities will be available to all classes in attendance.

Student matinee tickets are $7. Reservations are first come, first serve, and seating is limited. A reservation form is enclosed. Reservations can be made by mail or phone. One free chaperone ticket is given per 25 paid tickets.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions. See you at the theatre!

Chanda Calentine, Education Director
Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Reserve Your Tickets Today!


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