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.

Now Rehearsing:

BELIEVE ALL ‘OGRE’ AGAIN!

Adapted from the hit animated film, SHREK is the story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Shrek The Musical brings the beloved characters you know from the film to life on the stage. Meet an entire crew of fairytale misfits as they discover the big bright beautiful world at the end of their storybook journey. Irreverent fun for the whole family, this musical proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre—and that even the most unlikely of people can turn out be heroes.

Can you help us with the show?

Are you artistic?

There are a variety of small craft and painting projects that we would LOVE to have you tackle! Email Jo Ellen at joellen@artsaoa.com

Need to clean out your closets?

We are currently searching for:

  • A wooden crate, old, but sturdy enough to sit on; 2-3’ long x 15-24” tall
  • A clean 50 gallon drum, metal or plastic; strong enough for a child to stand on (we will want to paint/distress it and add wheels)
  • Artificial spanish moss and other “swampy” foliage
  • Lightweight muslin painters’ tarp; used is fine
  • Gift cards for paint and stage makeup
  • Gallery Glass paint in primary blue, yellow, and red (available at Hobby Lobby)—to be used for the Duloc cathedral windows described above
  • Medium weight cotton fabric in primary blue and red (to make banners described above); 2 yards of each; should match in weight
  • An old wooden bucket, medium sized
  • Old suitcases and bags for the fairy-tale creatures; we need two suitcases sturdy enough to sit on
  • A simple wooden flute
  • Bright blue feathers and matching small balloons
  • Artificial daisies (2 dozen) and sunflowers (3)
  • A small straw/wicker basket with an over-the-arm handle (for berry picking)

Want more information?
Please contact:
Jo Ellen Aspinwall
joellen@artsaoa.com
252-338-6455
516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City

2019 WINTER INTENSIVE

Jan 8—Feb 16
Tue & Thu*
4:30-8:15
*plus tech week schedule

Love is in the air…or is it?! Our 2019 Winter Showcase is all about the ups and downs of love! Some people fit like peanut butter and jelly, and some are more like oil and water. WE GO TOGETHER takes a look at them all! This cabaret-style production of songs, dances, monologues, and more gives Center Players students an opportunity to choose the material they work on. In collaboration with our experienced instructors, performers will each select a skill they specifically want to focus on for the intensive. This is an opportunity to push ourselves as artists and to explore styles and techniques which interest us individually. Sound like fun? We’d love to have you on the journey with us!

IMPORTANT DATES

Jan 3rd Registration Deadline
Jan 8th Session begins (no auditions for this session)
Feb 15 & 16 Performances

FEELING INSPIRED BY A PARTICULAR PIECE OF MUSIC, SCENE, OR MONOLOGUE?
Submissions for We Go Together content are due by October 24th, 2018. You must be a current Center Player or intend to enroll for the Winter Intensive in order to submit material. Original work is accepted. Find more details and the official submission form HERE.

READY TO REGISTER?
Tuition for 2019 Winter Intensive is $260, payable as a lump sum or in 2 monthly installments. Please complete the online registration formby Jan 3rd. You may also pick up a registration form at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City. Tuition includes the production, a show t-shirt, and a DVD of the performance (when royalties contract allows). For families with multiple students, there is a 10% sibling discount.

INTERESTED IN A SCHOLARSHIP?
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 Jan 3rd.

2019 SPRING SEMESTER

Feb 26—May 12
Tue & Thu*
4:30-8:15
*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. Participation in Music Off Main’s Albemarle Youth Choir is also available as a focus class. 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.

 

HOW THE SCHEDULE WORKS

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

 

IMPORTANT DATES
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

 

READY TO REGISTER?
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.

INTERESTED IN A SCHOLARSHIP?
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.