Performing Arts Classes

PAA offers a wide variety of curriculum based performing arts classes for students ages 3 through 12th grade. Classes address the following areas of study:

  • Dance Classes
  • Voice Lessons
  • Acting Classes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Technical Theater

Students may take as many classes as fit comfortably in their schedule. Placement in advanced level courses is easy to arrange. Please contact us for instructions.

In addition to our regular class lineup, PAA is introducing “Performance Classes” for the Fall 2020 semester.

Important Dates:

  • July 15 – Registration opens

  • July 31 – Financial Aid Deadline

  • August 17 – Classes begin

  • Nov 23 – 27 – No Classes

  • Nov 30 – Dec 3 – Shareformances

  • Dec 2 – Radio/One Act Performances

  • Dec 9-11 – Spelling Bee Performances

  • Dec 16-17 – School House Rock Performances



This Fall, PAA performances will look different than they have in the past. As we navigate social distancing guidelines and gathering restrictions, we realize that a full-scale performance isn’t a realistic option. Instead, we are excited to offer Performance Classes. These are classes that meet twice a week for 60 or 90 minutes, with either smaller casts or multiple casts, depending on the show. Working with these smaller groups allows us to: 

  • Meet gathering restrictions as dictated by the state
  • Extend more individualized instruction from our professional teaching artists
  • Provide more role opportunities for each student
  • Maintain adequate social distancing during rehearsals and performances.

In order to focus on the student experience, and in keeping with safety and hygiene practices as we continue to combat Covid-19, each cast will have a performance (live-streamed, recorded, or with a small audience depending on the show and gathering restrictions at the time), and will include minimal tech, sets, costumes and props. We are excited for the opportunities this new format will allow us in regards to student learning and engagement.

For all Performance Classes:

Placement auditions for all four performance classes will be held on Saturday, August 15 from 9 – 3:30 pm. A link to sign up for auditions will be sent to students once they have enrolled in the performance class. 

 Students audition prior to the start of the program, however, upon enrollment, every student has a place in the cast. The auditions allow the teaching artists to find the best role for each student.

Auditions have music, dance, and acting sections, and are structured to provide a supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to be brave and show the artistic team engagement, willingness to learn, and a positive, collaborative spirit. No previous experience is needed.

Musical Theater

This Fall, we will have two musical theatre performance classes – one for Elementary students and one for Middle and High School students. Musical Theater classes will meet for 90 minutes, two times a week. We will enroll a total of 27 students in each class, and create three casts of 9 students for each show. Each of the three casts will rehearse at the same time, but may be broken into separate rooms, depending on gathering restrictions. In order to offer a safe experience for students and instructors, students will:

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines as required by state and local laws, 
  • Wear a mask as much as is possible, and always during any singing rehearsals.

2nd – 6th grader
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, and math through clever, tuneful songs is lighting up stages everywhere.

The story follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Rehearsals Tuesdays & Thursdays until December 8
Thursday, December 10 – NO REHEARSAL
Monday, December 14 – 5:00 – 8:30 – Tech Rehearsal (Cast A)
Tuesday, December 15 – 5:00 – 8:30 – Tech Rehearsal (Cast B)
Wednesday, December 16 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast A)
Thursday, December 17 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast B)

7th- 12th grader
The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm and Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Sunday, December 6 – 1:30 – 5:00 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast A)
Monday, December 7- 5:00 – 8:30 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast B)
Tuesday, December 8 – 5:00 – 8:30 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast C)
Wednesday, December 9 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast A)
Thursday, December 10 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast B)
Friday, December 11 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast C) 

One-Act Play

This fall, we will offer a One-Act Play for 6th – 12th graders. The class will enroll up to 20 students and will meet for one hour,  two times a week. This hilarious play will give the students an opportunity to create fun characters and exercise their comedic muscles! 

6th-12th Grade
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number one.)

Monday, November 30 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 1 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 2 –  5:00 – 8:00 – Performance

Radio Play 

Before there was television, there was the radio! Students who enroll in the Radio Play performance class will have the opportunity to create character voices, learn how to build foley sound effects and develop the skill to deliver a purely acoustic performance. Designed for 6th – 12th graders, this class will take up to 20 students and will meet in person one day a week, and online one day a week. 

6th-12th Grade
Alice in Wonderland
Mondays from 5:30 – 6:25 pm and online Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:25
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

Using a script first created by the Columbia Workshop in 1937, students will be telling the story of Alice in Wonderland using only dialogue, music and sound! 

Monday, November 30 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 1 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 2 –  5:00 – 8:00 – Performance

Fall Class Schedule

Pre K – 2nd Grade    Elementary    Middle School    High School    Online Class


4:30 – 5:25

  •  Musical Theatre Jazz (grades 2-12)
  •  Improv (grades 2-12)

5:30 – 6:30

  • Radio Play: Alice in Wonderland (grades 6-12)

5:30 – 7:00

  • Musical Theater: 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (grades 7-12)

6:30 – 7:30

  • One Act Play: 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse  (grades 6-12)


4:30 – 5:25

  • Tap (grades 2-12)

5:30 – 7:00

  • Musical Theater: Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. (grades 2-6)


4:30 – 6:00

  • Musical Theater: The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (grades 7-12)

5:30 – 6:25

  • Radio Play: Alice In Wonderland Rehearsal (grades 6-12)

6:30 – 7:25

  •  Beginning Piano (grades 4-12)


1:15 – 2:00

  • Theatre Movement and Music (Age 3 – Kindergarten)
    First class is September 3

4:30 – 5:25

  • Monologues (grades 2-12)
  • Hip Hop (grades 2-12)

5:30 – 7:00

  • Musical Theater: Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. (grades 2-6)

6:30 – 7:30

  • One Act Play: 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse  (grades 6-12)

Fall Semester Class Registration

Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. No registration is complete without payment.

PAA offers 1, 2, 3, or 4 installment Payment Plans to help you with your family budget. You can read more about available payment options here. After completing your registration form you will be directed to pay online with a credit or debit card. To pay by cash or check please enter the code ccpp into the promo code box. PAA’s Financial Manager will contact you for payment.

Please see our Cancellation Policy for details on cancellations and refunds.

Financial assistance is available. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information. Financial Aid Applications for Fall are due by July 31st. 

Please review our Policies page for a full list of PAA policies.

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