The Center Players

Flying Cars, Love Songs, and Ogres, OH MY!

It’s going to be an exciting year…


FALL 2018


Sep 11-Nov 18     Tues & Thur,  4:30-8:15*

*plus 3 Saturday rehearsals & tech week schedule

Join the team for this raucous ride through the swamp of everyone’s favorite ogre! 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 are very excited to partner once again with Music Off Main for vocal instruction and Musical Direction. Quinn Wolff will be returning as dance instructor and show Choreographer. AOA Education Director Jo Ellen Aspinwall will serve as Director for the production and teach the acting classes. Jennifer Marro will be joining our staff as 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.


4:30-5:15         Class Session 1 (Tue: Music or Dance) (Thu: Acting or Yoga)

5:15-6:10         Class Session 2 (groups exchange)

6:10-6:30         Supper Break

6: 30-8:15        Rehearsal (as called–not every actor will stay every night)

Detailed call schedule will be available once cast list is announced



Sept 5th           Registration Deadline

Sept 11th         Session begins—week one focuses on auditions

Sept 13-15       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 Sept 11th
  • 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 (Sept 11th)
  • 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

Nov 15-18       Performances


Tuition for Fall 2018 is $630, payable as a lump sum or in 3 monthly installments. Please complete and return the official registration form  to Arts of the Albemarle by Sept 5th (516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City). You may also pick up a form at the AOA front desk. 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. Full details about focus classes are available here.


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 Sept 5th.


Please contact:

Jo Ellen Aspinwall


            516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City

Contact Us

Jo Ellen Aspinwall, School of the Arts Director


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!