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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.  Private acting lessons are available for Grades 3 - 12, 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.


 Academy Kidz

This spring the Academy Kidz will present Aristocats, Kids.  Join our theatre company for students in grades 1 - 2 as we prepare to perform this amazing show!  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/Information

Spring 2015 $225

Wednesdays 4 - 5:30PM &

Saturdays 2 - 3:30PM


Day Shows

Friday, April 24 at the Blue Lion 

ON Stage Performance

Saturday, April 25 - 2PM at the Blue Lion 


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.  Participants will perform in a variety of venues, including public schools, and performances featured at UAFS including the ON STAGE Series. This Spring, the Academy Playerz will present School House Rock LIVE. This group is limited to 30 students, so enroll now!  No audition or previous acting experience required.

Register Now: Academy Playerz Registration Form

Playerz Theatre Schedule/Info.

Spring 2015  
RehearsalsTuesday, Thursday & Friday 4 - 6PM$300
Library PerformanceTBA 
Day ShowsFriday, May 15 
ON Stage PerformancesMay 16 at 2PM & 7PM 
ON Stage PerformanceMay 17 at 2PM 


 Xtreme Teenz 

(Director, Shannon Stoddard - Choreographer, Jennifer Woodside Anderson - Musical Director, Amy Medlock)

The Xtreme Teenz, a theatre company for grades 7 - 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 Spring, the Xtreme Teenz will be presenting a special performance of Mary Poppins. Xtreme Teenz is limited to the first 30 students, so enroll now!  Students audition for their role in the show.  No previous acting experience required.

Register Now: Xtreme Teenz Registration Form

Xtreme Teenz Production Schedule/Info.

Spring 2015 $300
RehearalsTuesday 6 - 9PM, Thursday 6PM 
Dance RehearsalsSaturday 9AM - 12PM 
Other RehearsalsTBA 
Library PerformanceTBA 
Day ShowsTBA 
ON Stage PerformanceFriday, March 20 at 7PM 
ON Stage PerformanceSaturday, March 21 at 7PM 

All rehearsals take place in the Echols Conference Center and Mary Poppins will be held at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

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. Please note that all tuition and fees must be paid prior to the first class unless payment arrangements have been made.

Please make checks payable to UAFS Academy of the Arts. You may also pay by credit card. Send payment and registration to Debbie Mays, UAFS Academy of the Arts, PO Box 3649, Fort Smith, AR 72913. For inquiries and credit card payment call Debbie Mays at 479-788-7251 or email at