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The Theater of the Performing Arts 600-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater. Facilities also include a 120-seat Black Box Theater, classrooms and support spaces. There's plenty of free, secured parking in the Learning Corridor parking garage. 

Enjoy our spacious, state-of-the art performance spaces where we present a spectrum of diverse programs, showcasing Arts Academy talent and local artists and organizations. 

Use of our spaces is available for outside groups. Click below for more information.


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2018-2019 Academy Season

For More Information, Call the Box Office 860-757-6388

Six Plays In Six Days

6X6Directed by Brian Jennings and Mike Nowicki
September 22; 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater; $5 General Admission

A week-long experiment where students create original plays from concept to fully staged productions in only six days, to be performed in front of an audience at the end of the week.

Who We Are, What We Do, Why We Do It

Reception October 25 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Gallery Showing Until November 12, 2018
Main Stage Lobby
Free Admission

An visual art show featuring student and faculty work from the summer and start of the year

Choreographers' Showcase

choreographers' showcaseDirected by Alexa Melonopoulos, Thomas Giroir, and Tracy Lombardo
October 27; 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater;
$20 and $15 adults, $15 and $10 students/seniors

Choreographers’ Showcase is a rare opportunity for high school dancers to learn and perform with critically acclaimed choreographers. This year we welcome choreographers Margo Sappington, Stephen Pier, Leslie Frye Maietta, Susannah Marchese, Judy Dworin, and Jasmine Domfort.

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of ErrorsDirected By Mike Nowicki
November 9, 10, 16, 17
Black Box Theater
$10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

The Comedy of Errors is one of the oldest and perhaps funniest of Shakespeare’s plays. Two pairs of identical twins, tragically separated from each other 20 years earlier, arrive in the same city on the same day. A series of errors, mistakes, and miscommunications occur, leading to twists, turns and hilarious hijinks along the way to a long-awaited reunion.

Fall Showcase and Visual Arts Gallery

Gallery Reception November 20 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Main Stage Lobby
Performance 6:30
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

A sampling of student performances and artwork. Visual Arts Fall Exhibition will be on display until December 13.

Music Holiday Concert

Holiday PosterDecember 13; 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater,
Admission $5 at the door.

Ring in the holiday festivities with the Academy music department as they present musical classics of the season! Join in for a sing-a-long at the end.

$5 at the door. No online ticket sales.
Proceeds help fund music department field trips and guest artist visits,

I.T.K.: In The Know

Opening and Closing Reception Dec 19, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Main Stage Lobby

Alumni Day Art Show showcasing graduates work digitally.

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman
Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh, and the Shubert Organization
Directed and Choreographed by Missy Burmeister
January 18, 19, 25, & 26; 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater; $15 adults, $10 students/seniors

Shortly after acquiring a mysterious plant, Seymour discovers just how unusual it is. As the plant grows, Seymour realizes that this plant is actually a blood thirsty monster. However, he hesitates to kill it, for not only has this plant brought him fame, but it has given him the one thing he truly desired Audrey, the love of his life. Seymour struggles to make a tough choice… before it’s too late.


Proof Is In the Palette

Reception January 23 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Gallery Showing Until February 22, 2019
Main Stage Lobby

Kick off the new semester with our faculty.


February 8, 9, 15, & 16; 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
$10 adults, $5 students/seniors

This concert features work generated within the dance department’s curriculum. Choreographed and created by Arts Academy faculty to celebrate the importance of repertoire, original choreography and the ballet canon.

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On Sale January 21, 2019

Celebrate, Collaborate, Cre8!!!

Reception February 28, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Gallery Showing Until March 15, 2019
Main Stage Lobby

A Multicultural Collaborative Visual Art Exhibition.

Blood At The Root

blood at the root
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Aurelia Clunie
March 8, 9, 15, & 16; 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater; $10 adults, $5 students/seniors

In a small town in September 2006, a black student asked permission from school administrators to sit under the shade of a tree commonly reserved for white students. The next day, three nooses in the school colors were hanging from the same tree.

This bold new play by Dominque Morisseau examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes.

This show contains adult themes and strong and racialized language. Strongly recommended for ages 13 and up. 

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On Sale February 18, 2019

Music Intermezzo

March 20; 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater;
Free Admission

Enjoy an evening showcase of the Academy’s classical and jazz music departments performing vocal and instrumental pieces from throughout the year. Stick around as we close it out with our grand finale performance with the whole music department.

TD&P Intermezzo

March 22; 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free Admission

A fashion show, art gallery, make-up/lighting workshops and stage set models. Come by and see what our students in theater design are working on.

Musical Theater Intermezzo

March 26; 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

Come to an evening of solo and ensemble performances from our students in the musical theater department. Enjoy a triple threat of dance, acting, and music in a showcase of work done throughout the year.

Dance Intermezzo

April 1; 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

Dance majors present their work in ballet, modern, jazz, and composition. Come see their pieces and learn about the highly disciplined process of dance performance.

Once On This Island

Once On This Island
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based Upon the Novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy
Directed by Stacie Beard
Music Directed by Abigail Winkler
Choreographed by Christine Simoes
May 3, 4, 10, & 11; 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
$25 and $15 adults, $15 and $10 students/seniors

Using the sounds of the Caribbean, Once on this Island weaves the tale of a peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. After she saves his life she vows to be with him, even though they are from two completely different social classes. However, the gods have a little more in store for her than she realizes, and she will have to make a very tough decision regarding her future and most importantly, her heart. Both the 1991 original Broadway debut and the 2017 revival were nominated for 8 Tony’s, winning Best Revival of a Musical in 2018.

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On Sale April 1, 2019

Creative Writing/Media Arts Intermezzo

May 16; 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

It’s an evening of poetry, fiction, and film. Creative Writing and Media Arts students share their works from the year.

Theater Intermezzo

May 14; 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free Admission

Come and enjoy an evening with our theater students as they perform and present their work from the year.

Selfies, Still-life, & Scenarios

May 28; 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Main Stage Lobby
Free Admission

Visual Arts Spring Exhibition

Student Directed Plays & Movement Rep Performance

May 31; 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater
Free Admission

Come and enjoy original work directed and written by Academy students. Also performing is an original piece from the Movement Repertoire ensemble.

Future Forward

June 6  4:30, 6:30 p.m.
Lobby Gallery
Free Admission

Senior Thesis Visual Arts Exhibition.

Academy Awards

June 6  6:30 - 9:30
Main Stage Theater
Free Admission

Final senior performances and presentation of Certificates of Achievement?