Welcome to the Academy of Performing Arts!
A Non-Profit Organization Founded in 1975
It is with great pride that we continue to welcome students, parents, volunteers, board members, sponsors, donors and audience members alike to take part in our mission to enrich the community through the performing arts. We have many people to thank for our continued success: from Gordon and Betsy Argo whose initial vision and daring it was to convert the Town Hall into a Playhouse, to John and Elizabeth Kelly whose vision of a school for the performing arts resident in that Playhouse, to the incorporators, subsequent board members and volunteers whose dedication and hard work have ensured our survival. Add to that a consistently outstanding and dedicated faculty and most importantly the very life blood of our organization…the students, parents, performers and audience members alike who continue to sustain the dream of those founders.
As we begin our 42nd season of classes in dance, music, theatre, outreach residencies, workshops, assemblies, main stage Playhouse and School productions as well as informal in class demonstrations and presentations, we are left with the clear understanding of one thing. This venerable institution survives because of what it continues to offer this community. Music, dance, drama, and the opportunity to find it within yourself and share it is a magic like no other. Long may we pursue this noble adventure and keep the possibilities and dreams alive for generations to come.
Performance experience is crucial in the development of all performing artists and our school produces 3 major productions annually: A Holiday production, Spring Dance program, Tap Night, and more are built to showcase the talents of our students as they are developing. Our Playhouse offers unique opportunities to participate in a variety of productions as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, backstage crew, and set, lighting, and costume support crew. The summer Children’s Theatre production offers participants a chance to perform weekly during July and August. Between our playhouse and school we are proud of the variety and sheer breadth of potential performance experience those interested can receive.