About 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.


2018 Winter Showcase

Join us for an evening of song, dance, and more inspired by the Center’s Players’ own favorites! What have the students chosen? Only one way to find out!

Performances: January 26th & 27th, 7:00pm at the Maguire Theatre
Tickets are specially priced at $15 for all patrons. By phone at 252-338-6455 OR stop by AoA at 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City



Join us for an exciting semester of singing, dancing, and musical theatre magic!

This spring, the Center Players are partnering with Music Off Main to offer intensive training in music theory alongside the skills and experience acquired while preparing a fully staged musical production. One day each week, students will study with Music Off Main’s master teachers Kelly Balmaceda and Sandra Krueger. On two other days, we will rehearse our production with Ms. Balmaceda and Ms. Krueger serving as Music Directors for the show. Production Director will be Jo Ellen Aspinwall with choreography by Quinn Wolff. The semester will culminate with The Center Players spring production of Once Upon a Mattress in the Maguire Theatre.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
Once Upon a Mattress

An overbearing Queen, a lonely Prince, and a Princess who isn’t afraid to swim the moat–you might think you know the story of the Princess and the Pea, but this classic musical sets the record straight!

MONDAYS, February 12th-April 30th

Students will engage in high quality and fun musical training: healthy vocal production, harmony, solfege and sight reading, music theory, diction, foreign languages, and more!
–Center Players in grades 3-6 attend Music Off Main, 5:30-6:45pm
–Center Players in grades 7-12 attend Music Off Main, 7:00-8:30pm

TUE/THU**, March 5th-May 13th, 4:30-8:15pm

ALL students attend full rehearsal each day to prepare for the production. As we rehearse, students will learn:
–Focused physical and vocal warm up technique
–Foundations of Musical Theatre
–Teamwork, problem solving, responsibility, confidence, and more!
**Students also commit to three 4-hour Saturday rehearsals & Tech Week schedule

Click here to download the Center Players Spring Registration Form

Registration encouraged by February 11th, 2018; tuition will be billed March 5th

Spring Tuition: $600 (includes membership in both The Center Players and Music Off Main)
*AoA offers a 10% sibling discount!
*Scholarships are available and are dispersed before the start of each semester. Click here to view the SOTA Scholarship Application!

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.

Contact Us

Jo Ellen Aspinwall, School of the Arts Director

Email:  joellen@artsaoa.com

Call: 252.338.6455 x227

Stop by: Arts of the Albemarle – 516 E. Main Street, Downtown, Elizabeth City

View photos from our past performances!  Visit our facebook page here!