2nd & 3rd Year Academy Students Present “Once, In The Time Of Trolls”

May 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

Newsflash!  Our 2nd and 3rd year Academy acting students are presenting their end-of-semester play, “Once, In The Time of Trolls.”  This is a wonderful chance to visit and get a better idea of what the Academy is all about.  The show is at the main campus of the AAC (308 Merrimon Ave) this Thursday & Friday nights (May 28 & 29, 2009) at 7 PM and admission is free!

More information on the show:

By Sandra Fenichel Asher. Based on Norwegian folktales.

“Happily ever after” takes on new meaning as Katrina goes in search of her Prince, held captive by an evil Troll Princess in a dreary castle east of the sun and west of the moon. Katrina’s journey brings her to the homes of three wise women who share hilarious stories, complete with marriage-minded mares and a nose three ells long, of how they have found contentment by “doing what pleases others,” “doing what pleases me,” or “doing nothing at all.” With their guidance and a boost from the Four Winds, Katrina defeats the Troll Princess and rescues the Prince. The adventure concludes with a surprising promise guaranteed to please audiences of all ages.

More information on the Academy at the Asheville Arts Center:


THE ACADEMY AT THE ASHEVILLE ARTS CENTER is a year-round, progressive conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing and dance.  August 2009 marks the beginning of the Academy’s fourth year.  Current Academy students have earned lead roles in many community and school productions, paid voice-overs, and film projects.  Two concentrations of study are offered: the Musical Theatre Concentration and the Drama/ Acting Concentration.

Students in grades 4 – 12 (ages 10-18) are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application.  Younger students may qualify for our Junior Acting Company, a pre-Academy program for those 10 years old and younger.

The Academy’s “acting company” conservatory approach allows students and instructors to build a supportive, exciting, boundless learning group.  Together they’ll explore the tools and styles of performing on stage, film and TV.  Academy students are the core of our Children’s Theatre Workshop and annual Academy productions.


Once accepted into The Academy, students receive many benefits including:

  • Acquiring strong performance skills in an individualized, comprehensive program and supportive atmosphere.
  • Performing in regional and national festivals, productions and auditions.
  • Preparing career tools like audition repertoire, resumes, headshots and career marketing strategy.
  • Training with faculty of professionals, plus inspiring guest artists.
  • Gaining a head start in preparing for future education, like high school, NC School of the Arts and college programs.
  • Earning and receiving an Academy certificate of accomplishment.
  • Saving with the Academy tuition pricing plus discounts on additional workshops, classes, music lessons, even headshots.
  • First consideration for roles in our Children’s Theatre Workshop productions.


At the core of the Academy Curriculum are the Academy Technique and Acting Company classes.  The Academy Technique Class introduces and teaches acting skills and techniques. The Acting Company Class teaches students to apply these techniques in scene study and performances.  The Acting Company represents the Arts Center, performing in festivals and competitions.

Each semester, the Academy Curriculum may include required classes, elective classes, performances and special workshops.  The attached Class & Curriculum page outlines the basic class schedule for the first two semesters.  Each students’ progress and goals are assessed regularly under the guidance of the Academy faculty.  Future specialty classes are offered, according to students’ progress and revised goals.  From the second year forward, students perform in an annual Academy production, in addition to Children’s Theatre Workshop productions.

The Musical Theatre Concentration teaches skills in acting, singing and dance. 

The Drama/ Acting Concentration teaches acting for the stage and camera, including character development, voice, movement and behind-the-scenes process.


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