Junior Theatre Festival

Students from the Academy of Arts drama program enjoyed a weekend at the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) sponsored by Playbill, Disney Musicals, and Music Theater International.  JTF Atlanta is hosted at the Cobb Galleria each January and brings in over 6, 000 students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and the USA.  Drama troupes perform for adjudication, watch Broadway stars perform, and spend time in music, dance, and acting workshops.  

This is our fourth year participating in JTF Atlanta.  Our team performed a 15-minute excerpt from Disney’s Aladdin for adjudication.  One of the highlights this year was having our Aladdin, Jacob Kim invited to dance on the Big Stage with Broadway’s original Aladdin, Adam Jacobs!  Three drama troupes prepared Aladdin for their adjudication and Adam Jacobs invited the three Aladdins to join him in a special dance before the entire festival!  What a thrill for Jacob to be on the “big stage” with a Broadway star! 

Our troupe was honored to earn “Excellence in Music” and bring home another trophy to add to our collection!  Way to go Smoke Rise!  

-Denise Burcham, Academy of Arts Director

New Classes

Have you ever dreamed of writing your memoir, a short story, poetry or even a novel? Now is your chance to join a writing workshop with Mrs. Victoria Crosby. The Academy is thrilled to have Mrs. Crosby join our staff!  If you don’t already know her, Victoria writes for the Smoke Signal, Our Town Gwinnett / DeKalb, and presents poetry readings at Smoke Rise and other local venues.  

We are offering adult and children’s classes in creative writing. Contact the Academy office if you are interested in joining a daytime or an evening class.  

In addition to leading the writing classes, Victoria is teaching some of our young piano beginners.  If you have a child or know someone who is looking for a teacher remember the Academy!  Victoria enjoys teaching the young beginners and has endeared herself among some of our four-year-old pianists!  

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