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ACA Announces 6th Milestone Season 2017-18

Asheville, NC- Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre continues to build on new initiatives unveiled in its 5th Milestone Season, growing into its 6th year with innovative mainstage productions, THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING and BUGS!, plus the launch of its mobile unit with the touring puppet musical, SLUG & SNAIL, the continuation of its Incubator Series with PETE & PICKLES, and expanded educational outreach with after-school classes in acting and summer camp.  Details will be unveiled at ACA’s annual Fall Fete held Oct 11, which will also feature food, drink and live entertainment.  Tickets and registration information will be available on ACA’s website www.ashevillecreativearts.org, to book mobile unit, matinee tickets, or for more information contact Abby Felder at 914/830-3000 or abby@ashevillecreativearts.org.  

“It’s amazing and very exciting to have reached our 5th Year Milestone” says ACA co-Founder Abby Felder, “and we are continuing our growth as we look to our next 5 years with a renewed commitment to using sophisticated aesthetics and creative storytelling, and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion.  The arts are a powerful tool for social change and each of our shows and educational programs aims to provide a creative and profound space for our young people and their families to practice abstract thinking and empathy necessary for creating a more just and peaceful future world.”

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Radio Interview: Daniele Martin and DeWayne Barton Discuss The Ghostlight Project

Listen now as Daniele and DeWayne discuss recent history of Arts and Activism and the growing partnership between Hood Huggers International and Asheville Creative Arts.

Asheville Creative Arts stages ‘Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type’

MANY SKILLS: Actors and musicians, from left, Jason Stanley, Jonathan Santos and Anthony Napoletano perform in Asheville Creative Arts' season-ending show. Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type teaches young people to use their voices to protest injustice.
MANY SKILLS: Actors and musicians, from left, Jason Stanley, Jonathan Santos and Anthony Napoletano perform in Asheville Creative Arts’ season-ending show. Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type teaches young people to use their voices to protest injustice.  Photo by Nehprii Amenii

A group of barnyard bovines finds a typewriter and uses it to demand better treatment from their owner: This is the storyline of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, a children’s book by author Doreen Cronin and the season-closing production of Asheville Creative Arts. The show, which includes acting, live music, dance and puppetry, will open at The Magnetic Theatre on Friday, July 21.

“I think now is an important time to teach kids about activism because from early on, many young people are made to feel their lives and voices aren’t significant, and it’s important we counter that and acknowledge their ability to make change,” says Abby Felder, production director of the show. “The story told in Click, Clack, Moo is about precisely that,” she says. “And since we are illustrating this behavior in an abstracted way, we also want to highlight the many people and organizations in Asheville who are doing this in a concrete way, to show that change can take many forms.”

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Peace Garden partners with local theater for a community rejuvenation project

GROWING THE ARTS: "If the kids want to play basketball, they can go to that court over there, but what if they want to be a theater major or artist or performer?” asks Hood Huggers International co-founder DeWayne Barton, center in green shirt. “We want to create that structure in the neighborhood.” The collaborative Ancestors in the Garden event looks to provide such a solution.
GROWING THE ARTS: “If the kids want to play basketball, they can go to that court over there, but what if they want to be a theater major or artist or performer?” asks Hood Huggers International co-founder DeWayne Barton, center in green shirt. “We want to create that structure in the neighborhood.” The collaborative Ancestors in the Garden event looks to provide such a solution.  Photo courtesy of Carnival de Resistance

The idea for Ancestors in the Garden was conceived by DeWayne Barton, co-founder of Hood Huggers International — an organization that raises awareness about the needs of Asheville’s black residents — and the Burton Street Peace Garden. Barton grew up in the historically African-American Burton Street neighborhood of West Asheville. In 2003, to combat the drugs, violence and social apathy he encountered in his neighborhood, he created the Peace Garden as a gathering place for the community and, with time and effort, was able to turn an overgrown lot into a thriving recycled-art sculpture garden and food-growing space.

On Saturday, June 3, Hood Huggers will celebrate a new partnership with Voices United (a youth theater program that teaches young people to write, produce and perform in their own musicals) and Asheville Creative Arts (a local children’s theater company) by producing Ancestors in the Garden, a music and art event at the Peace Garden. Barton says that the focus on ancestry is about “looking to the past to help inspire and guide our direction in the future.” There will be theater workshops throughout the day, and local musical acts Spaceman Jones, Natural Born Leaders, Monk and Jonathan Santos will perform.

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Theater review: ‘The Little Red Riding Hood Show’ by Asheville Creative Arts

Julia Cunningham, Daniele Martin and Tippin star in THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW by Asheville's professional theater for families

Posted on April 6, 2017 by Jeff Messer

Julia Cunnigham, Tippin and Daniele Martin star in a trippy take on Red Riding Hood

Asheville Creative Arts’ newest production, The Little Red Riding Hood Show by Russell Davis, is a trippy take on a timeless tale that is known the world over. It runs through Sunday, April 9, at The Magnetic Theatre. This fact is pointed out early on by the ultraself-aware Red, who is a modern teenager trapped in an old-world story. Meanwhile, her smart phone is a permanent extension of her hand, it would seem. The need to capture and share her life on Facebook live is as much her central preoccupation as is preparing for her trip through the woods to Grandma’s house with a basket of goodies.

The stage is an inventive tapestry of realism-meets-abstraction, thanks to the clever direction by Abby Felder and Katie Jones. Red’s mother’s kitchen is vertical, arranged on an upstage wall. The sink, the cabinets and utensils are all realistic, but the arrangement is far from it.

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Theater brings lessons to life for local kids By Hayley Benton Jan. 27, 2017

If you’re a kid (or a parent) in Asheville and the surrounding area, you’ve pretty much got it made as far as age-targeted arts programs are concerned.

For young visual artists, inspiration can take hold at the Asheville Art Museum — under renovation for a bigger and brighter future — or in the River Arts District, where certain studios offer demonstrations or classes for adults and kids alike.

Over on the performing arts side of the spectrum, though, the kids’ programming is especially rich, and local theater troupes like Asheville Creative Arts and Bright Star Touring Theatre offer fun, inspiring and often educational work that younger (and older) audiences have enjoyed for more than a decade.

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ACA Announces their 5th Milestone Season

Nov 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press contact: Abby Felder at 914/830-3000 or ashevillecreativearts@gmail.com

 

Asheville Creative Arts Announces its
5th Milestone Season 2016-17
5 Years of Excellence
and Future Vision

presented at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street)
THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW
Public performances April 6-9, 2017

CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE
Public Performances July 21-30, 2017

BUGS!
A work-in-progress presented as part of the INCUBATOR SERIES – May 6, 2017 at 3pm

plus

AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES – for Grades 1-3 & 4-6
6 Thursdays February 3-March 12

www.AshevilleCreativeArts.org

 

Asheville, NC- Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre has unveiled its new brand and brand new initiatives for its 5th Milestone Season, which will include innovative mainstage productions, THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW and CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, plus the continuation of its Incubator Series with BUGS, a new musical by Jonesalee, and expanded educational outreach with after-school classes in acting and creating theatrical stories.  Tickets and registration information will be available on ACA’s website, visit for more family entertainment.  

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