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August 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Cinderella, Kids! (4-7yrs) & Grease, School Version (8+yrs)

The Children’s Theatre Workshop at the Asheville Arts Center is pleased to announce the first two shows of our Fall season: Cinderella, Kids! and Grease, School Version.  We have two casts for each show – one in our Main location and one in our South location.  Both shows perform in October, see below for more details.

Cinderella, Kids! (4-7 years)

cinderellaThe timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” this musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.

Performances are October 10, 2009.  (2 performances per cast.)

Grease, School Version (8+ years)

0910_GreaseLogo_WebIt’s 1959 and Rydell high is filled with rebellious, thrill-loving students. In the midst of this scene, Sandy Dumbrowski enters as the new girl in school. It turns out that she and the leader of the Burger Palace Boys gang, Danny Zuko, have had a brief love affair the summer before. While Sandy stresses to her new classmates the emotional attachment she and Danny had, Danny stresses the different aspects of their relationship. In the end, Sandy and Danny resolve their differences and end up happily together. Dancing in the show involves 1950s jazz styles.

Note: This show is toned down for younger performers.  From the Samuel French website: “Groups who perform for young audiences or produce musicals with young actors now have an ideal version of GREASE for their needs. Shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make GREASE a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages.”

Performances are October 16-18, 2009.  (2 performances per cast.)

Both shows and both casts are sure to be a hit!  To get your kids involved in these shows or future children’s theatre productions, give us a call @ 828.253.4000.

August 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

2009 Fall Semester Has Begun: Enroll now!

Our Fall 2009 semester has begun!  Dance, music & drama classes start today, but we do still have space for kids & adults!


$10 gift certificate with August registration!
Hurry! Offer Ends August 31!
*Registration must be completed by Aug 31 and first payment made in full to qualify. Maximum value $50 is deducted from
the total tuition at registration. Present this post card (or mention it over phone) to qualify. One discount per family, please.


$10 gift certificate with August registration!  Hurry… Offer Ends August 31!

*Registration must be completed by Aug 31 and first payment made in full to qualify. Maximum value $50 is deducted from the total tuition at registration. Present this post card (or mention it over phone) to qualify. One discount per family, please.

August 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm 3 comments

Highlighted Instructor: Monique Rundell

This Fall, the Asheville Arts Center has the performing arts “dream team” teaching their different music, drama & dance classes.    One key ingredient to this amazing team is Monique Rundell!

Monique LARGEMonique taught several of our dance camps this past summer and will be teaching many of our ballet classes this Fall, as well as other types of dance.  She has a tremendous amount of teaching experience and is already a well-loved instructor to the students who have worked with her.  Here’s her bio:

“Monique’s love for dance, art and music has been an integral part of her life since she was a little girl. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics throughout her childhood and then went on to get a B.S. in Kinesiology at Indiana University with a performance emphasis and attended the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Analysis and Notation in NYC.

She has a holistic approach to dance and feels that learning technique, structure and creative movement benefits children and adults throughout their lifetime.”

We are very excited about the ballet program at the Asheville Arts Center this Fall!   Monique’s unique approach, using her knowledge of Kenesiology, offers students the opportunity to grow into well-rounded, smart ballet dancers.

A little more on Kenesiology, from our friends at Wikiepedia:

Kinesiology, derived from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move), also known as human kinetics, is the science of human movement. It is a discipline that focuses on Physical Activity. A kinesiological approach applies scientific based medical principles towards the analysis, preservation and enhancement of human movement in all settings and populations. Kinesiologists work in research, the fitness industry, clinically, and in industrial environments. Studies on human motion may be supported by computer vision, using stereo camera systems for pose recognition and motion modeling.  It is not to be confused with applied kinesiology, a controversial alternative medicine technique related to chiropractic techniques.”

August 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Happy Fifth Birthday, Asheville Arts Center!

We’re celebrating five years of performing arts education in Asheville and we couldn’t have done it without you.   We’re having two parties to celebrate our birthday this weekend and would absolutely love to have you join us.

The parties are:

AAC4296Tonight (Friday) from 5pm – 8pm at our South Location.
(9 Summit Ave. in Arden, off of Hendersonville Rd right before Long Shoals Rd.)

Tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am – 3pm at our Main Location.
(308 Merrimon Avenue, across from Merrimon Florist, in our 19th century renovated church building.)

We would adore seeing you!  Also, if you have any questions about our fall semester, don’t hesitate to ask.  The new semester starts this coming Monday, August 17th and we recently brought on a new ballet instructor, Monique Rundell, as well as four new fantastic drama teachers!

Click here for more information on our parties this weekend.

August 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

Farewell Carly Crawford!

Here’s a note from Carly Crawford, our wonderful camp director. We’re going to miss her! I encourage everyone who reads this to wish her luck and well-wishes and all that jazz. Read on….


NEWHEADSHOTBW“Has it really been nine weeks since the first summer camp started? It feels like just yesterday that I walked through the Arts Center doors to be greeted by the Wizard to Wicked students rehearsing “Ease on Down the Road” and the Disney Princess ballerinas doing piqués at the bar.

I’ve met so many great families and even more awesome kids this summer. Being the Summer Camp Director has been a great experience for me, and I’ve had so much fun getting to know and have fun with all of the students that came to camp this summer. I’ve also really enjoyed getting to teach the summer Academy class – and I couldn’t be happier that they have finally learned the whole Wa-Dat-in-Chu tongue twister (Irmy Squirmy Little Wormy…). Leaving at the end of this week will be bittersweet; I am sad to leave you all, but I know you’re in good hands with Heather, Michael, Eliza, and all of our fantastic teachers.

I’m also really excited to begin my next endeavor – acting on tour with ArtReach, a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. I hope you all have a fantastic fall semester, and I look forward to updates on exciting happenings at the Arts Center. It’s been an absolute pleasure.

Farewell for now,

August 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Heidi Kulas, Dance Director!

Asheville Arts Center is proud to announce their new Dance Director, Percussive Dancer/Choreographer Heidi Kulas.  Kulas formerly owned the Sole Impact Dance Studio which has been absorbed into the AAC. She will maintain her adult dance company of the same name. (Sole Impact).

Kulas has danced and taught around the world but never strayed too far from her WNC roots- where she has now decided to bring her talents to the Asheville Arts Center.  Kulas has choreographed productions such as The Fantasticks, Little Women the Musical, Evita, Funny Girl.  And she’s even danced in a private performance for Tipper Gore and as a guest dancer for Nickel Creek.

Kulas graduated from Mars Hill College with honors and has been awarded many times over for her clogging and general dance.

August 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

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