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Theatre Studies


Children and teens who like to sing, dance, and act will love the Academy's extremely popular and fun musical theatre program.  Acting classes are available for grades 1-6, and lots of performances, tours, and special events await students in grades 1-12 who join one of our musical theatre companies.
 
All theatre companies - Academy Kidz, Academy Playerz, and Xtreme Teenz - include full costuming and staging.
 
Class sizes are limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  We recommend voice lessons for all company members.
 

 

Acting

Acting Classes

A great place to get started in theatre! Develop on-stage skills including choreography and movement, character study and analysis, voice-training, literacy, and general stage presence. Mini-performances at the end of each semester. Acting is strongly encouraged if you are in a musical theatre company.
 
Classes designed for:
  • Grades 1 - 2 -  Primer Level 
  • Grades 3 - 6 - Junior Level
Students are also encouraged to enroll in the Academy Kidz, Academy Playerz or the Xtreme Teenz theatre companies to further enhance their acting skills.  No acting experience required.
 

Spring 2013 Acting Classes Schedule/Info.

Acting Primer Level Grades 1-2

Monday 4-5pm$185Feb 3 - April 14
Acting Junior Level Grades 3-6Monday 5:15-6:15pm$185

Feb 3 - April 14 

 

Dates for Acting Classes

  • Fall 2013 - September 9 - November 11
  • Spring 2014 - February 3 - April 14

 

Academy Kidz

This fall, the Academy Kidz are presenting Aladdin, Kids.  In the spring the Academy Kidz will present A Year With Frog and Toad, Kids.  Join our theatre company for students in grades 1 - 2 as we prepare to perform these amazing shows!  No previous acting experience is required.  Each group is limited to 20 students, so enroll now!

Register Now: Academy Kidz Registration Form

Academy Kidz Theatre Schedule/Info.

Aladdin, Kids Rehearsals

Wednesdays 4-5pm &

Saturdays 2-3pm

$225

Aladdin, Kids Library Performances

TBA 

Aladdin, Kids Day Performance

October 25 

Aladdin, Kids ON STAGE Performance

October 26 
Frog and Toad, Kids Rehearsals

Wednesdays 4-5pm &

Saturdays 2-3pm

$225

Frog and Toad, Kids Library Performances

TBA 

Frog and Toad, Kids Day Performance

Friday, April 25 

Frog and Toad, Kids  ON STAGE Performance

Saturday, April 26 

Dates for Academy Kidz Classes

  • Fall 2013 - August 28 - October 26
  • Spring 2014 - January 22 - April 26


 

Academy Playerz

(Director, Shannon Stoddard - Choreographer, Hillary Yerton - Musical Director, Sheila Mann)
 
The Academy Playerz, a theatre program for grades 3 - 6, present actual small-scale theatre productions.  The Academy Playerz are divided into two companies; Playerz and Playerz Too.  Each company meets at different times but performs the same show.  Select the company which best matches your scheduling needs.  Playerz rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday, while Playerz Too rehearse on Friday and Saturday.
 
Participants will perform in a variety of venues, including public schools, and performances featured at UAFS including the ON STAGE Series. This fall, the Academy Playerz are presenting The Little Mermaid, Jr.  In the Spring, the Academy Playerz will present Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Each group is limited to 30 students, so enroll now!  No audition or previous acting experience required.

Playerz Theatre Schedule/Info.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. RehearsalsTuesday and Thursday 4-6pm$275
The Little Mermaid, Jr. Library PerformanceTBA 
The Little Mermaid, Jr. Day PerformancesThursday, December 12 
The Little Mermaid, Jr. ON STAGE PerformancesDecember 13 at 7pm & December 14 at 2pm 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. RehearsalsTuesday and Thursday 4-6pm$275
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Library PerformanceTBA 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Day PerformancesThursday, May 15 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. ON STAGE PerformancesMay 16 at 7pm & May 17 at 2pm 

Playerz  Theatre Schedule/Info.

  • Fall 2013 - September 10 - December 14
  • Spring 2014 - February 4 - May 17

Register Now: Playerz


 

Playerz Too Theatre Schedule/Info.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. RehearsalsFriday and Saturday 4:00-6:00
$275
The Little Mermaid, Jr. Library PerformanceTBA 
The Little Mermaid, Jr. Day PerformancesFriday December 13 
The Little Mermaid, Jr. ON STAGE PerformancesDecember 14 at 7:00 & December 15 at 2:00 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. RehearsalsFriday and Saturday 4:00-6:00$275
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Library PerformanceTBA 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Day PerformancesFriday May 16 
Pirates of Penzance, Jr. ON STAGE PerformancesMay 17 at 7:00 & May 18 at 2:00 

Dates for Academy Playerz Too Classes

  • Fall 2013 - September 13 - December 15
  • Spring 2014 - February 7 - May 18

Register Now: Playerz Too


 

Xtreme Teenz 

(Director, Shannon Stoddard - Choreographer, Jennifer Woodside Anderson - Musical Director, Sheila Mann)
 
The Xtreme Teenz, a theatre company for grades 6 - 12, present musical theatre productions.  Participants will perform in a variety of venues, including public schools, and performances featured at UAFS, including the ON STAGE Series. This fall, the Xtreme Teenz are presenting Annie Get Your Gun.  In the Spring, the Xtreme Teenz will be presenting Shrek the Musical. Xtreme Teenz is limited to the first 30 students, so enroll now!  Students audition to be cast in the show.  No previous acting experience required.

Xtreme Teenz Production Schedule/Info.

Annie Get Your Gun RehearsalsTuesday 6-9pm$300
Annie Get Your Gun Dance RehearsalsSaturday 10-12pm 
Annie Get Your Gun Other RehearsalsTBA 
Annie Get Your Gun Library PerformanceTBA 
Annie Get Your Gun Day PerformancesNovember 8 
Annie Get Your Gun ON STAGE PerformancesNovember 9 at 2 & 7 and November 10 at 2 
Shrek the Musical RehearalsTuesday 6-9pm$300
Shrek the Musical Dance RehearsalsSaturday 10-12pm 
Shrek the Musical Other RehearsalsTBA 
Shrek the Musical  Library PerformanceTBA 
Shrek the Musical Day PerformancesApril 11 
Shrek the Musical ON STAGE PerformancesApril 12 at 2 & 7 and April 13 at 2 

Dates for Xtreme Teenz Classes

  • Fall 2013 - August 20 - November 10
  • Spring 2014 - January 7 - April 13
All rehearsals take place in the Echols Conference Center and performances are held in the Breedlove Auditorium.

Payment Information

Enrollment in Acting Classes,  Academy Kidz, Academy Playerz, and Xtreme Teenz is on a first-come, first-served basis.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with the registration. This will be applied to the tuition. The remaining tuition is due on or before the first class/rehearsal, unless you choose a payment plan.  Contact the Academy office to set up a payment plan. 

 

Please make checks payable to UAFS Academy of the Arts. You may also pay by credit card. Send payment and registration to Kathy Zeller, UAFS Academy of the Arts, PO Box 3649, Ft. Smith, AR 72913. For inquiries and credit card payment call Kathy Zeller at 479-788-7251 or email at kathy.zeller@uafs.edu.

 

 

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