The Center Players

The Center Players is an award winning, integrated performing arts program that provides theatrical instruction to children grades 3-12. Our qualified staff are veterans of the stage who provide professional instruction in dance, drama and music in a nurturing environment. This curriculum-based after-school program ends each semester with a professional performance in the Maguire Theatre, providing students with an education based foundation as well as practical stage experience.


Feb 26—May 12
Tue & Thu*
*plus 3 Saturday rehearsals & tech week schedule; no rehearsals during ECPPS Spring Break

Be part of “the most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history or everything! The Center Players rehearse each production for ten weeks, working with a professional staff of instructors, designers, and coaches to stage a fully-produced musical in the historic Maguire Theatre at Arts of the Albemarle.

Along with rehearsing the show, students will also receive focused instruction in vocal technique, dance foundations, acting, and basic yoga. We will continue our partnership with Music Off Main for vocal instruction and Musical Direction. Quinn Wolff will return as dance instructor and show Choreographer and Jo Ellen Aspinwall will serve as Director for the production and acting teacher, with Jennifer Marro as our Yoga instructor.

Center Players tuition includes the option to participate in one Arts of the Albemarle “focus” class each semester. These classes give students an opportunity for additional study in an area of their choice. A list of class descriptions is available here. These classes are an optional enrichment for the young performer and will meet outside of rehearsal time. Students are welcome to enroll in more than one class for a special Center Players rate.



4:30-5:15 Class Session 1 (Tue: Music or Dance) (Thu: Acting or Yoga)
5:15-6:30 Class Session 2 (groups exchange)
6:30-6:50 Supper Break
6: 05-8:15 Rehearsal (as called–not every actor will stay every night)
Detailed call schedule will be available once cast list is announced


Feb 21st Registration Deadline
Feb 26th Session begins—week one focuses on auditions
Feb 28-Mar 2 Auditions (by sign-up time)

  • All Center Players WILL be part of the show; this process is to determine specific casting and to provide students the opportunity to experience a live audition
  • We will learn a very short dance combo for the audition. A video of the choreography will be available on YouTube by Feb 21st
  • Students have the option to audition with 32 bars from a song of their own choosing. If they choose this option, they should bring a printed copy of their sheet music to our first meeting (Feb 26th)
  • Students who do not have a preferred song will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday”
  • All students will sing with a live accompanist; no personal recordings of music are allowed

May 9-12 Performances


Tuition for Spring 2019 is $630, payable as a lump sum or in 3 monthly installments. Please complete the online registration form by Feb 21st. You may also pick up a registration form at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City. Tuition includes the production, one optional focus class, a show t-shirt, a DVD of the performance (when royalties contract allows), and four vouchers for discounted tickets. For families with multiple students, there is a 10% sibling discount.

Thanks to our generous Applause! Applause donors and (any others?), we are able to offer a selection of scholarship awards to young performers each session. Criteria for the scholarship include an avid desire to study musical theatre, commitment to The Center Players, and a willingness to be an ambassador for the scholarship program. Full details and application form HERE. You may also pick up an application at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City. Please submit scholarship applications by Feb 21st.

Arts of the Albemarle is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, membership based organization dependent on membership funds to provide the facilities and resources necessary for our programs such as The Center Players.  Please consider joining our member family! Memberships range from $100/annually for a base family package up to $1,000 for our Twiford Club Membership.  For more information about our memberships, click here.