The Center Players

When you choose to lose yourself, who knows what you might find!

-Aladdin, the Musical

The Center Players is a musical theatre troup for performers ages 8-18. Each of our 10-week sessions features focused classes in dance, acting, and vocal performance alongside the myriad lessons to be learned while preparing a fully staged musical. Fall and Spring semesters culminate with a professional quality production on the historic Maguire Theatre stage.

Applause! Applause! Scholarship Program

With the generous support of business and individual contributors to our Applause! Applause! program, The Center Players are able to offer a limited number of tuition scholarships each semester. Sponsors are recognized in the production playbill and at intermission during every performance. Our goal is for the theatre arts to be available to every interested student. THANK YOU to  all our sponsors who help make that happen!

It’s been 10 years since the very first Center Players production and we are having a party–on stage, of course! Join us this fall as we celebrate ten years of musical theatre magic, complete with sparkles and confetti!


Sep 10—Nov 24
Tue & Thu*
*plus 3 Saturday rehearsals & tech week schedule

Join us in celebrating 10 years of musical theatre magic! 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 music theory, vocal technique, Broadway dance foundations, and a variety of acting techniques. We will begin the session with four weeks of intensive training leading up to auditions. Every Center Player will be a part of the production; auditions are to determine specific roles. 



Sept 11-Oct 3:    

MUSICAL THEATRE BOOTCAMP--all members are called from 4:30-8:15 pm for intensive class work in dance, vocal theory/performance, and acting

Oct 4 & 5

AUDITIONS! Every Center Player will be a part of the production; auditions are to determine specific role assignments. Students must have attended all bootcamp sessions to be considered for a named role (exceptions only for pre-scheduled medical appointments). Each student signs up for a specific time slot during the two available audition evenings. 

Oct 8-Nov 14

REHEARSAL PERIOD begins; actors will be called based on scenework scheduled each evening; detailed call schedule will be available once cast list is announced, 4:30-8:15pm

 Nov 16-20

TECH WEEK--full cast is called every evening, 4:30-8:15

Nov 21-24

Performance weekend!


July 15th, Fall Enrollment begins

Aug 29th, Scholarship applications due

Sep 3rd,  Registration Deadline
Sep 10th, Session begins
Oct 4 & 5, Auditions (by sign-up time)


  • Tuition for Fall 2019 is $630, payable as a lump sum or in 3 monthly installments. Please register online by Sep 3rd. You may also pick up a registration form at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City. There is $30 non-refundable registration fee for all participants due at time of registration; this fee will be credited toward tuition balance. Tuition includes the production, 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 available.

Thanks to our generous Applause! Applause! donors, 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 Aug 29th.

2018-2019 Production Sponsors

Harman Law Firm                    Biggs Cadillac

2018-2019 Applause! Applause! Sponsors

Your generosity means more than you will ever know!

Alden & Patty Hoggard


Art & Patti Bergman

Buddy & Beverly Madrin

Christ Episcopal Church

Dave Lacasse Video

EC Junior Women’s Club—Kelsey Gray

Edla Stevens


Harman Law Firm

Hungry Panda Restaurant

Linda & Shel Davis

Maria & Tark Pharr

Montero’s Restaurant Bar & Catering

Mr & Mrs Paul Engstrom

Nationwide Insurance–Gwen Pritchard

Pat Temple


Robin Zinsmeister

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

State Farm—Dawn Covington

Sue & Peter Thomson

Tarheel Internal Medicine

Thompson & Pureza Attorneys

Towne Center Health—Dan Lynam