The 2019-2020 Academy Class options and audition information will be available online the evening of June 5, 2019.

Online Academy audition submissions for the 2019-2020 season will be accepted in June, 2019. Specific deadline will be announced on June 5. 

CharacterWorks Academy Festival - May 31-June 1, 2019

The Academy Festival features performances from all five of CharacterWorks' 2018-2019 Academy classes. Academy classes are year-long, application/audition-only classes that offer more focused curriculum and training. Each June, students have a chance to apply online and gain acceptance before regular fall registration opens in July. The Academy classes are excited to showcase their work! 

When: May 31-June 1, 2019
Where: The Lynn Theater at John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus
Tickets: $10 Academy Festival Pass (access to every performance), or $5 tickets to individual performances.*

*Passes and tickets sold at the door only. General seating.

2019 Academy Festival Schedule

Friday, May 31, 2019
6:00 p.m. Tap and Jazz Academy - Dance Showcase
8:00 p.m. Advanced Acting: Acting Through Song Academy - Little Women The Musical
 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
1:00 p.m. Junior Advanced Acting Academy - Snoopy!!! The Musical
3:00 p.m. Advanced Acting Academy: One Acts - Four One Act Plays
6:00 p.m. Film Academy - Short Film Premiere and Q&A
8:00 p.m. Advanced Acting: Acting Through Song Academy - Little Women The Musical

Tap and Jazz Academy - Dance Showcase

Friday, May 31, 6:00 p.m.
 
Tap and Jazz Academy’s class performance will feature full class and group performances that highlight the dance skills trained this past year.
 
In Tap and Jazz Academy, students spent each week working on tap and jazz dance. Students grew in technique, rhythm, strength and flexibility through warm ups and combinations. The skills learned in this class have helped prepare students not only to dance in shows, but also increased their overall strength and body control, which is important in all aspects of performance. 

Advanced Acting: Acting Through Song Academy - Little Women The Musical

Friday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.*
Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.*
 
Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their real and fictional adventures growing up in Civil War America. This musical’s powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
 
In Advanced Acting: Acting Through Song Academy, students worked on applying acting technique to both scene and song. The class worked on finding objectives, urgency, and filling the air of each song. Students spent time analyzing their characters and learning to build relationships on stage, as well as working on proper vocal technique and understanding lyrics with our music director.  
 
*The Advanced Acting: Acting Through Song Academy’s production of Little Women features two casts, with one cast performing Friday and the other performing Saturday.

Junior Advanced Acting Academy - Snoopy!!! The Musical

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.

Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, Snoopy!!! – the musical sequel to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – deserves each of its three exclamation points. Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters. Follow Snoopy the gang through a year of their lives, and discover that even though Lucy thinks Snoopy “may not be much of a dog,” he still has a big heart to share with the world.
 
The Junior Academy class trained in essential acting techniques through the rehearsal process of a full musical. The students focused on the ten ingredients of acting and the core elements of character development, applying these to their performances in the show.

Advanced Acting Academy: One Acts - Four One Act Plays

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Acting Academy: One Acts presents an afternoon of one act plays that explore the daily struggles of teenage life, the pitfalls and promises of school, juggling relationships and responsibility, and the challenges of growing up in a digital age.
  • Friend Request by Bradley Hayward is a short piece that tells the story of a series of ill-fated friend requests and a doctored photo that spreads like wildfire among a group of teenagers.
  • Box by Lindsay Price is a vignette play about middle school culture and explores the boxes we find ourselves in.
  • Oh, What a Tangled Web by John R. Carroll is an endearing comedic piece about a young girl who tells a lie, a missing cat, and the complications that result from stretching the truth.
  • Status Update: A Symphony by Bradley Hayward is a short piece in which seven teenagers express their hopes and fears online in a rousing symphony of status updates.
The Advanced Acting Academy class sought to sharpen their craft with the goal of playing truth on stage through script analysis, physical exercises, classical text work, scene study, and monologue work, using Constantin Stanislavski and Kristin Linklater acting techniques. 

Film Academy - Short Film Premiere and Q&A

Saturday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.
 
Film Academy presents the premiere of an original short film, followed by a Q&A on the production process with the student production team.
 
In Film Academy, students spent the year learning the art and process of making a movie. Students studied script writing, story boarding, and basic editing, as well as the essentials of acting for a camera. The class was split into a production team to create, shoot, and edit this short film.