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Program Overview

PAA offers musical theatre shows and performing arts classes during the Fall and Spring semesters. In the Summer, PAA offerers several two-week-long musical theatre day camps.

Theatre Master Classes and Workshops occur occasionally throughout the year and have short time frames for registration due the availability of the artist. In addition to local artists, PAA engages touring artists to the master class setting that want to help enhance our students experience in voice, dance, and acting.

Classes and shows are grouped according to age and abilities, supporting high quality experiences and learning opportunities.

Fall Semester

A variety of Classes and Musical Theatre Shows

Fall Musical Theatre Shows
For the Fall of 2020, PAA is offering Performance Classes, small scale musical theatre shows, for grades 2-6 and 7-12. Performance Classes meet twice a week throughout the fall semester and perform at the end of the semester. Learn More

Fall Classes
Many different classes are offered during the fall semester. PAA offers classes in Dance, Acting, Improvisation, and Voice. Learn More

Fall Outreach Program
PAA provides a large number of scholarships to students in this program. The scholarships are funded through donations, sponsorship’s and grants for at-risk youth. Students attend rehearsals and classes after school for a musical theatre production. Learn More

Spring Semester

A variety of Classes and Musical Theatre Shows

PAA offers musical productions through Performance Classes in the spring for grades 2nd-6th and for grades 7th-12th. Performance Classes meet twice a week throughout the spring semester.

Spring Classes
Many different classes are offered during the fall semester. PAA offers classes in Dance, Acting, Improvisation, and Voice. Learn More

Spring Outreach Program
PAA provides a large number of scholarships to students in this program. The scholarships are funded through donations, sponsorship’s and grants for at-risk youth. Students attend rehearsals and classes after school for a musical theatre production. Learn More

Summer Camps

Multiple 1- and 2-Week Summer Camps for Kindergarten – 12th grade!

During the months of June and July, PAA offers 1-week and 2-week summer camp programs that involve curriculum-driven and performance-based rehearsals and performances for grades K – 12.  Learn More

Workshops and Masterclasses

Learn from industry professionals in one-time classes

Theatre Master Classes and Workshops occur occasionally throughout the year and have short time frames for registration due the availability of the artist. In addition to local artists, PAA engages touring artists to the master class setting that want to help enhance our students experience in voice, dance, and acting.

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PAA Afterschool

After School Musical Theater Outreach Programs for At-Risk Youth

Each Fall and Spring, PAA runs an after school outreach program for students at East and Field Elementary schools in Littleton, Colorado. The program is offered to students and families who have limited access to extended arts programs due to financial constraints.  Students register through PAA’s website once the dates and times are coordinated with the school calendar.  PAA is thankful for the many donors and foundations who help make this program possible for the students in our community!

Our Story and Our Future

The Performing Arts Academy (PAA) is located at 8817 South Broadway, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

In 2006, Dr. James Ramsey created a theater arts program that would engage 26 children and their families, inspiring them to reveal brilliance and to grow within their community. In the south metro Denver area, PAA is unique, attracting students of all backgrounds and employing quality, seasoned professionals with degrees in music theater, music performance and music education. The teaching staff consistently designs and implements curriculum that delivers a high quality experience in performing arts for children of all abilities. Our educational model focuses on teaching confidence, cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and community through performing arts experiences.

PAA has grown from 26 students in 2006 to over 900 students in 2019. Facility needs for staff and faculty have been accommodated by the continued generosity of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, but our rapid growth will soon demand additional space. Staffing and program needs will expand proportionately, demanding skillful management to maintain steady and successful growth over time. Long term strategic planning options include but are not limited to:

  1. Building successful programs in music and theatre for children.
  2. Expanding into local schools to enhance music and theatre education.
  3. Developing community partnerships to support and sustain growth.
  4. Creating a safe space where students are inspired, nurtured and challenged to learn, perform and grow.

PAA continues its efforts to become a self-sustaining organization, with partnerships, fund-raising and grant writing supplementing the current model of “fee for services.”

Growing with PAA

Our focus in classes and productions by age group.

Pre-K and Early Elementary

Children use creative discovery and imaginative play as they explore dramatic expression in the forms of dance, acting and music. Theatrical skills are learned through age-appropriate theatre stories and scripts, and the skills are applied in fun practice sessions. At the end of the semester, children share what they have learned with friends and family in a Shareformance.

Elementary

Child artists learn and apply theatrical skills in the disciplines of dance, music, and text-based acting work, and are encouraged to explore how acting is inside all components of stage craft. More complex, age-appropriate theatre stories are explored, and scripts are introduced as a regular part of the classes. Ideas of character and story choices, theatre vocabulary, and guidelines for proper practice in theatrical work, including in rehearsal and production processes, are presented in fun and drama-based ways. These ideas are then applied in mini practice sessions in classes, as well as in productions.

Middle & High School

Young artists engage in studies of dance, music and text-based acting work, using scripts and non-scripted practice to learn and apply theatrical skills. More complex age-appropriate theatrical material is used for this age group, to keep their interest and engagement as they explore stories in dramatic fashion. At this age, the artists often ask to be challenged, and we meet them where they are so they can express their individuality, as well as learn to be a part of a collaborative whole, while encouraging them to go further in their theatrical learning and application.

Adults

For our theatre loving and theatre curious adults, we offer a variety of classes at different levels. We create a safe and fun environment where adults can learn and create in a variety of artistic disciplines, both on and off the stage. If you are an adult who has always wanted to try theatre, or someone who used to do theatre and wants to get back into it, or a practicing artist who has lots of experience and is seeking a community of fellow theatre enthusiasts, we welcome you!

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