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Tomorrow! Tomorrow! They’re leaving, tomorrow!

The Academy and Jr. Company students are off to Atlanta this weekend for the Junior Theater Festival produced by iTheatrics!!!

We’re super proud of all our students and thankful for all the help the parents have been, too. Thanks to all of you!

Give ’em your own “Break a leg!” message in the comments.

Also, catch an encore presentation of their Junior Theater Festival Performance NEXT WEEK! Come for our Open House on Friday the 22nd and see The Academy and Jr. Company students perform the material they had prepared for the festival. It starts at 6pm.

We’ll see you there!


January 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

“After the Storm” Documentary at Asheville Arts Center

AfterTheStormAACPoster“After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” was shown on November 14th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm at the Asheville Arts Center thanks to a generous contribution from Volvo Construction Equipment.

A group of NYC filmmakers joined forces to head down to New Orleans after Katrina to produce a timely production of the musical “Once on this Island.” They auditioned all local kids, who were also all Katrina survivors.  Broadway actor Gerry McIntyre, a member of the original Broadway cast of “Once on this Island,” acted as director.

“We can’t be more pleased that the folks involved in the documentary are letting us share this story with the community,” said Chuck Taft, Asheville Arts Center Owner.  “It is an amazing story of hope and courage.  And a wonderful testament showing that art actually can help heal.”

The Asheville Arts Center’s Acting Academy is doing a production of “Once on this Island” in Asheville in December and taking it to the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January.  The documentary gives them a first-hand look at kids, their own age, who have actually experienced what the characters in “Island” express.

Ann Mahoney, the Director of the Asheville Arts Center’s production of “Island” and a Hurricane Katrina survivor herself says, ‘“Once on this Island” centers around a group of Haitian peasants, who are eternally at the mercy of the wind and sea. In the course of the show they see several storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. Needless to say, the Katrina survivors featured in “After the Storm” truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

“After the Storm,” which until now has only been shown in NY, will also include a live Q&A session after the first screening with Gerry McIntyre, who will also be working with the Asheville Arts Center’s Academy kids on Friday, during their “Island” rehearsal.

”After the Storm” is Directed by Hilla Medalia, Produced by Hilla Medalia, John and Ed Priddy, with Executive Producers: John and Ed Priddy, James Lecesne  and the Director of the show Once On This Island- Gerry McIntyre.

Check out the trailer!

November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

AAC Drama Teacher, Ann Mahoney, Talks About November 14th “After the Storm” Documentary

once-on-this-island-junior-colorAAC Academy Acting Conservatory teacher, Ann Mahoney, discusses the November 14 screening of “After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” directed by Gerry McIntyre.  Mr. McIntyre is an original cast member of the Broadway production of “Once on this Island.”

“”Once on this Island” centers around a group of Haitian peasants, who are eternally at the mercy of the wind and sea. In the course of the show they see many storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. ” says Ann Mahoney. “Needless to say, these Katrina survivors truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

More information on the screenings is available on our blog, here.

More information on the documentary is available, here.

Reservations for the November 14th event can be made by calling 828.253.4000.  Reservations are highly recommended.

October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm 1 comment

The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret – Updated Song List 10.21.09

thesongsfinalOur Fall community theatre show, The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret, opens November 5th.

“The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret” is a musical revue combining some of the best musical theatre songs from the Broadway (and off-Broadway) stage.  With a cast of 28, the show consists of such classics as “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Annie Get Your Gun, “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line and several more full cast numbers.  There are also several new songs from the stage, including “King of the World” from Songs for a New World, “Why, God, Why?” from Miss Saigon and “What Ever Happened To My Part?” from Spamalot.  The show will be performed November 5-15, 2009 at the Asheville Arts Center and the audience will be immersed in the experience because of the intimacy provided by the space.  On Fridays and Saturday nights, a more mature-themed 3rd act will be performed later in the evening.  This show is a benefit to the community theatre at Asheville Arts Center, to enable us to continue providing quality theatre to the WNC community.  Come to the show!

Updated October 21, 2009

Act I

1.  There’s No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun)

2.  King of the World (from Songs for a New World)

3.  The Telephone Hour (from Bye Bye Birdie)

4.  Metaphor (from The Fantasticks)

5.  Forget About the Boy (from Thoroughly Modern Millie)

6.  Why God, Why? (from Miss Saigon)

7.  Brotherhood of Man (from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)

8.  As We Stumble Along (from The Drowsy Chaperone)

9.  Whistle a Happy Tune (from The King & I)

10. One Day More (from Les Miserables)

Act II

1.  This was a Real Nice Clambake (from Carousel)

2.  Being Alive (from Company)

3.  Mountain Duet (from Chess)

4.  My New Philosophy (from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown)

5.  Tonight Quintet (from West Side Story)

6.  Diva’s Lament (from Spamalot)

7.  Romeo & Juliet (from Reefer Madness)

8.  What I Did For Love (from A Chorus Line)

9.  The Flesh Failures/Let the Sun Shine In (from Hair)


1.  Willkommen (from Cabaret)

2.  What Do You Do With a BA in English/Sucks To Be Me (from Ave Q)

3.  Out Tonight (from Rent)

4.  Could I Leave You? (from Follies)

5.  White Boys/Black Boys (from Hair)

6.  We Just Had Sex (from Passing Strange)

7.  Cell Block Tango (from Chicago)

8.  She’s A Woman (from Kiss of the Spider Woman)

9.  La Vie Boheme (from Rent)

October 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Theatre Workshop: Pictures from Grease, School Version!

Asheville Arts Center loves doing children’s theatre!  Last weekend, we produced Grease, School Version at Estes Elementary with two very talented casts, one from Asheville and one from Arden.  I personally had the joy of working with the South cast during the process and I was extremely proud of the work the kids did!

Here are some pictures from the South cast.  If anyone has any pictures of the North cast, email them to me at   Without further ado, here they are!   The full set can be viewed at our Facebook fan page.


Next up – Fiddler on the Roof, Jr (8+ yrs) and Jungle Book, Kids! (4-7 yrs)

For more information, click here.

October 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Theatre: Seeking Creative Kids for our Winter Shows!

You are cordially invited to join the casts of our winter shows! For over five years, Asheville Arts Center has been producing quality children’s theatre, including such hits as 101 Dalmations, Suessical, Alice in Wonderland and many more.  These shows are unique because every child enrolled gets a role and rehearse twice a week!   Each show also has two casts – one in Asheville and one in Arden.  The first week of classes, auditions will be held and roles will be given based on your child’s creative strengths.

Call us today to get your creative child involved:  828.253.4000.

Jungle Book, Kids!  (4-7 yrs)

junglebookkidsThe jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in 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.

Rehearsals begin the week of November 2, 2009

Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30-4:40pm (North) and

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm (South)

Performances are Saturday, February 6, 2010 | Cost: $275

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. (8+ yrs)

fiddlerjuniorBroadway 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.

Rehearsals begin the week of November 2, 2009

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15-5:45pm (North) and

Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm (South)

Performances are Fri-Sun, January 29-31, 2010 | Cost: $285

Call today to reserve your spot!


October 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm 3 comments

The Children’s Theatre Workshop presents: Cinderella, Kids! & Grease School Version

Wizard of Oz 2009 014Over the next two weekends, come experience the talented casts of two dymanic shows!  The Children’s Theatre Workshop at the Asheville Arts Center has been working  hard over the last few months to bring quality children’s theatre to the Asheville community.


This Saturday, October 10, the timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film.

cinderellaPoor 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.

The perfomers are all between the ages of 4 & 7 years old.
Performances are October 10, 2009.
11am, 12pm (South cast), 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:15pm (North cast)

The next show for this age group will be Jungle Book, Kids! which starts November 2, performing February 6, 2010!


0910_GreaseLogo_WebNext weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 16-18, 2009, come to Rydell High and hand-jive with the Greasers and the Pink Ladies!

It’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.”

Performers in this show are between the ages of 8 & 18 years old.
Performances are October 16-18, 2009. (2 performances per cast.)

Performing at William W. Estes Elementary at 275 Overlook Rd in South Asheville. Friday, 7pm & Saturday, 3pm (South cast), Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 3pm (North cast.)

Our next show for this age group is Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Starting November 2, this show will perform January 29-31, 2010!

October 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm 1 comment

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