AAC Students ON FIRE!!!

April 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Our Academy Students Excel!

Kate Sorrells in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.

Our Academy Students continue to impress and delight everyone who gets the chance to see them! We are incredibly proud to announce that three Academy Alums, Daniel Moore, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, and Kate Sorrells, were accepted to the Greensboro College Theatre Department in the fall. CONGRATULATIONS!
Daniel Moore was offered a full scholarship and Mary Katherine O’Donnell received a half-scholarship. Not ones to rest on their laurels, Mary Katherine O’Donnell and Daniel Moore will be summer interns at Parkway Playhouse where they will be cast in shows as well as working behind the scenes on the technical aspects of the summer shows.

Seniors Daniel Moore and Mary Katherine O'Donnell

Our Academy students have been racking up the roles this summer, too! Here are just a few highlights. Mary Katherine O’Donnell will be a Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls, Laura in The Ballad of Tom Dooley and she will also be in the ensemble of Pride and Prejudice. Daniel Moore will be playing the Multi-Character Male in Leaving Iowa (NC Premiere production), and he is in the ensemble of Guys and Dolls and Annie. Annie Benson-Greer will also be a Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls. All three students will all be at The Parkway Playhouse this summer.

Aislin Thompson, Instructor Mary Katherine Smith, and Josh Koon

And over in Hendersonville, Josh Koon is playing the role of Edward, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s son, in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail a drama/biography by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (authors of Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame) at Hendersonville Little Theatre. Performance dates are May 7 – 23, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Even More Good News from the Junior Theater Festival!

Gavin Reep, Savannah Crespo, Lincoln Belford, and Sarah Plaut, all selected as 2010 All-Stars

iTheatrics will be inviting the 2010 Junior Theater Festival All-Stars to participate in a special workshop this summer as a part of their Junior Theater Academy in New York City. Lincoln Belford and Sarah Plaut, were selected as All-Stars, and they are automatically eligible to participate without an audition. They’ll be joined by Savannah Crespo.
There are slots for up to 36 students in a special workshop reading of Disney’s My Son Pinnochio JR. with music written by Stephen Schwartz. This workshop will be held from Monday July 26 to Friday July 30 with the final presentations being held that night at an Off-Broadway theater. Additionally, any student who participates in this workshop and also attends the 2011 Junior Theater Festival will be invited to perform in the presentation of Disney’s My Son Pinnochio JR. as a part of the New Works Showcase!

Aislin Freya Pax Thompson warming up

Aislin Freya Pax Thompson, of our Junior Company, has been selected out of THOUSANDS of students from all over North America to travel to New York for a week this summer to take part in the MTI Choreography DVD as a dancer! She will be dancing in the choreography DVDs for Fame Jr. and Dr. Doolittle Jr. Aislin also snagged the role of Molly in Parkway Playhouse’s production of Annie which runs June 25 through July 10.

Spring Break Success!

Our very own Jayna Gerber and, Academy student, Josh Koon took part in a commercial over spring break! Both students auditioned at the WNC Unified auditions and were cast by Black Pearl Productions. They performed highlights from the book Gone Away Into the Land by Jeffrey B. Allen to be shown in London and New York to promote the book to publishing companies at different book festivals. Great job, guys!
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Happy Spring Break! HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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