Riverbank Performing Arts Academy
WE SEEK TO BUILD WELL-ROUNDED, CONFIDENT YOUNG PEOPLE AND PERFORMERS WHO CAN REPRESENT THEMSELVES AND THEIR TALENT IN THE EVER-GROWING PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY.
The Riverbank Performing Arts Academy was established in the Summer of 2016 and launched with a weeklong theatre summer camp for kids in 1st through 12th grade. The students participated in acting, vocal and dance workshops, which culminated in a 45-minute musical performance of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids . The Academy will offer the following opportunities throughout the year:
- Musical Theatre Workshops that enhance musical theatre knowledge, including dance technique, acting and singing
- Acting Workshops for grades 3-12
- Snug Bug Workshops for aspiring Kindergarten - 2nd grade actors.
- Vocal classes
- College application and audition prep
- Weeklong Summer Theatre Camps
- Professional theatre acting opportunities
Meet the managing director
Aaron Dennis Smith has experience teaching youth in all aspects of the performing arts, including voice, choir, show choir, piano, band, speech, and drama. He served as Performing Arts Director at New Life Christian Academy in Kimball for seven years. Some of Aaron’s past directing credits for youth include: Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Seussical, Annie, and Mary Poppins. He has also directed Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, Gypsy, and The Drowsy Chaperone here at The Snug and Riverbank Theatres. Aaron has also performed as an actor professionally in Branson, Missouri, and as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. He has appeared on stage at the Riverbank and Snug Theatres in many roles; some of his favorites are Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises, Michael in I Do, I Do! (opposite his wife, Brittany), Bert in Mary Poppins, and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps.