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Junior Academy for the Performing Arts

Growing beyond the stage... Curtain down. Lights up. The cast lets out a joyous scream. WE DID IT! But it’s not over. There are no goodbyes in musical theatre. The victories, the experiences, the friendships remain.

Kids on Stage (Colorful)

About the Junior Academy for the Performing Arts 

The Junior Academy of the Performing Arts (JAPA) introduces musical theater to students who have a talent and curiosity for the performing arts and strengthens the knowledge and skill level of students already interested in pursuing theatre as a profession. 

Through the disciplines of singing and dance, the students will grow in their confidence, team-building, problem-solving, as well as artistic knowledge and skills. In an intimate setting, they will discover the very best of themselves and be encouraged to share their stories in their own unique way.

Instructors

Our instructors and guest artists are seasoned professionals in their field—respected actors, singers, and dancers of the performing arts. This program will foster a greater understanding of the necessity of the arts and creative expression in forming healthy, happy and productive adults.

Free JAPA Theatre Workshops

Movement in Theatre

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 - 8 pm (Register here - ticket code: ACHD-WRK-GA-20171109)
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Prince George's County Room

Open to ages 8 - 15

Do you ever feel awkward and unsure how to add gestures and physical characteristics to your performance? Join us for an in-depth workshop that will explore your physical self and teach you to be comfortable moving as your character dictates.

Improv Extravaganza

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6 - 8 pm (Register here - ticket code: ACHD-WRK-GA-20171116)
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Prince George's County Room

Open to ages 8 - 15

Yes and… a key rule of improvisation. Want to discover and learn the rest of the rules to be a master improviser? Come have fun exploring improvisational theatre through engaging theatre games and scene work.

Ace it! Audition Intensive Workshop Series

Saturday, December 16, 2017: Dance Audition Workshop (Register here - ticket code: ACHD-WRK-GA-20171216)
Saturday, January 6, 2018: Singing Audition Workshop (Register here - ticket code: ACHD-WRK-GA-20180106)
Saturday, January 13, 2018: Acting Audition Workshop (Register here - ticket code: ACHD-WRK-GA-20180113)

All workshops are 9 am - 1 pm, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Prince George's County Room

Open to ages 8 - 15

Want to audition for musicals and plays in your school and community? Don’t fear your next audition - Ace it! Join us for three audition intensive workshops to learn and discover the skills needed to stand out at your next casting call.

How Do I Register for Workshops?

To register for upcoming workshops, please email Art Specialist and Program Supervisor Elizabeth Malone at elizabeth.malone@pgparks.com, or call 301-446-3259.

JAPA Winter/Spring Sessions

The next JAPA session is starting Saturday, February 3, 2018. Rehearsals will be on Saturday mornings at the Prince George's County Room at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742). Registration for our Winter/Spring session opens soon. We look forward to working with our future stars in the Winter/Spring session!