Archive for September, 2009

Announcing: Adult Suzuki Acting

As many of you are aware, the drama teachers at Asheville Arts Center are top-notch.  The level of creativity and talent they bring to our drama program is unmatched.  As the program continues to grow and expand, we will be unveiling several notable programs for kids and adults.

One of our esteemed teachers, Ann Mahoney, has recently begun to offer one such program, for adults: Adult Suzuki Acting.  (Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm at the main location of Asheville Arts Center.)

HamletandOpheliaHere is her bio: “Graduating from Greensboro College wit a BA in Theatre and then achieving her MFA from UCONN, Ann Mahoney-Kadar has lots of experience to offer students at the AAC, including elements from her training in the Suzuki Method. She has taught acting, movement, and voice for the University of Connecticut, Delgado Community College, and the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival.  Kadar has directed, choreographed, and performed many a lead role regionally at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Greensboro College, Delgado Community College, Southern Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre and also has had leading parts in film and tv.  She is a member of both the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.”

More about the class:

dreamplayThe Suzuki Method of Actor training, as created by Japanese theatre master Tadashi Suzuki, involves a series of rigorous physical and vocal exercises, designed to “train” the actor to perform at a high level of difficulty.  The idea being, that if an actor can perform believably within the difficult constraints of the Suzuki forms, performing within realistic forms will be all the more easy.

The exercises are based on the ancient Japanese art forms of Noh and Kabuki theatre, but are adapted for modern actors.  Emphasis is placed on reservation of movement, powerful speaking, and a free and flexible upper body, supported by a strong lower body.  This juxtaposition of flexibility meeting strength, creates a CENTER in the actor, from which the actor taps into their deepest instincts.

The Suzuki training translates particularly beautifully into work with heightened language.  Modern actors are not often called upon to inact tragedies on the level of Shakespeare and the Greeks, and sometimes have HamletProdPicdifficulty finding the power and depth to attack those roles.  There is a tendency for the modern actor to bring the language DOWN to their level of comfortability, instead of bringing themselves physically and vocally UP to the language.  Suzuki gives actors the tools to invest themselves completely in demanding roles such as these.

We will do the training each week, and then apply the training to work on Shakespearean monologues, if time allows.

Classes begin Monday, September 21, 2009 and run through December 18, 2009.  $15 per class / 8 classes for only $99.

Call today to enroll!  828.253.4000


September 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm 1 comment

Adults: Got Fitness? Got Confidence?

We can help!  Through the end of 2009,  all adult classes are only $99 for 8 sessions or $15 a class.

Dance Wrokshop TrioWe offer several adult offerings to suit you, and our new 8-class punchcard gives you the opportunity to try different adult classes… or pick one to focus on.

Choose from:

Adult Ballet

Adult Hip Hop

Adult Irish Dance

Adult Clogging

Adult Suzuki Acting

As we ramp up our adult programs, we will continue adding classes in different genres of music, dance & drama.  Give us a call today to enroll!  828.253.4000.

September 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

Creative Arts Preschool Open Houses and Drop-In Wednesdays!

The Asheville Arts Center offers a fantastic arts-based preschool program designed for fostering creativity in kids.  Open to kids, ages 2-4, the Creative Arts Preschool is a morning preschool program (9:15am-1pm) available for 2, 3 or 5 days a week at both our Asheville & Arden locations.

CAPFlyerThe Creative Arts Preschool program offers hands-on learning so that children can discover the wonderful world around them. Research studies show that exposing children to the Performing Arts helps improve critical thinking and develop self-confidence. Children naturally respond to music, dance, art and drama. At the Asheville Arts Center, our curriculum incorporates all of this, while allowing each child to excel in other areas as well, such as math, science and language.

The Asheville Arts Center Creative Arts Preschool is designed to recognize and encourage each child’s uniqueness by exposing them to the Creative and Performing Arts. We believe that learning is a creative process that should always be fun. Each student is encouraged to discover the joy of learning through exciting daily themes that tap into their creativity and self-expression. At the Asheville Arts Center, we promote self-esteem and respect for others, while being sensitive to children’s varying development and learning styles. By providing enrichment opportunities for our students to grow, we help each child to gain self-control and to achieve a positive self-image in a happy, safe, and stimulating environment.

olivia1Every Wednesday for the rest of 2009 we are allowing drop-ins from interested parents.  Give us a call to let us know you’ll be stopping in with your child to check out our program.

Additionally, we will be hosting two preschool open houses over the next month.  These will be held on:

Friday, September 25 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Saturday, October 17 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Both open houses will be held at our main location at 308 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville.  We’d love to see you!

September 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm 3 comments

Children’s Theatre Workshop: Announcing Jungle Book, Kids and Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

Beginning the week of November 2, 2009, the Children’s Theatre Workshop at the Asheville Arts Center will begin rehearsals for our winter shows:  Jungle Book, Kids! (4-7 yrs) and Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. (8+ yrs)  Both shows will have two casts, one in Asheville and one in Arden.  Both shows will rehearse two days a week; Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. will perform January 29-31 and Jungle Book, Kids! will perform on February 6th.  Below is more information on each show and when they will rehearse.

junglebookkidsJungle Book, Kids!  (4-7 yrs)

The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.

Beginning the 1st week of November, rehearsals are:

Asheville cast: Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Arden cast: Tuesdays & Thursdays,  3:30-4:30pm

Performances are February 6, 2010.

fiddlerjuniorFiddler on the Roof, Jr. (8-18 yrs)

Broadway Junior Version- MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection includes some of Broadway’s best-loved musicals which have been specially adapted for young performers-abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropiate for young voices.

This special edition of one of Broadway’s great masterpieces, Fiddler On The Roof Junior covers the full range of human emotions, presenting young performers with unique acting challenges-especially the mature young man starring as Tevye-among the most memorable and rewarding roles in musical theatre.

Beginning the 1st week of November, rehearsals are:

Asheville cast: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15-5:30pm

Arden cast: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Performances are January 29-31, 2010.

Both shows will  fill up quickly, so call today to enroll!  828.253.4000

September 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Check out video from ACT’s Peter Pan!

ACT opens its 2009-2010 season with Peter Pan, a soaring musical for the whole family. Show runs September 11 – 27. Directed by Jerry Crouch, featuring several Asheville Arts Center students! And yes, there will be flying…real flying!

Here is a video sneak peak from the show. Told you there would be real flying!

September 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Kindermusik is more than just music classes, it also teaches parenting skills

KI_B2(Asheville, NC)- Asheville Arts Center’s Kindermusik classes start September 14, 2009. Kindermusik, a world-wide music and movement program, offers music and movement classes for children from newborn to 7 years olds, contributing to overall growth and development.

Each week in class children play, listen, and dance to music that impact in profound ways. Every song, story, and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum—one that’s designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in children’s mind, right now.

“I have a t-shirt that says ‘We must be what we want our children to be’ or something like that- I’d have to go in the laundry basket to quote it perfectly,” said Yvette Odell, Kindermusik instructor. “Teaching Kindermusik keeps this out front for me. I offer parents ways to be with their little ones with tools for careful observations, positive communications, nurturing creativity, deliberate guiding, and loving interactions. And everyday I go home and try to hone my own parenting skills, to do my practicum.”

Odell has been teaching Kindermusik since 1994 and in 1998 she became director/owner of her studio in Holland, MI. For nine years she earned the status of Maestro in the top 5% of studios worldwide. Odell has a master’s degree in music education from Wichita State University In Kansas and her bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Maryland College (now named McDaniel College).

Her continuing education involves child development, sensory integration work and communication skills. She is frequently asked to present at conferences on topics such as child development, parenting, music and learning, sensory integration and homeschooling. She has private flute students, is involved her her church’s music ministry by playing the flute and singing with the choir. Yvette has been teaching music to young children since 1980 and is happy to be bringing her warm and friendly style of teaching to Asheville, North Carolina.

September 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Listen to Star 104.3 to win a spot in Cinderella, Kids!

Star 104.3 is giving away 3 spots in our Arden theatre production of Cinderella, Kids! (4-7yrs)  Enter to win!

Click here to enter the contest.


More contests from Star 104.3 coming soon – stay tuned!

September 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

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