|Las Vegas Academy
International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts
Clark County School District
315 S 7th St
Las Vegas NV 89101
History of Las Vegas Academy Theatre
Las Vegas Academy Theatre opened in 1993, and since then has established a rich history of serving the theatre community in the Las Vegas valley. Academy Theatre has nearly 300 theatre and theatre technologies majors, all of whom participate fully in the program. The Las Vegas Academy has three beautiful performance spaces: the Academy Theatre Black Box, a flexible, intimate space used for class work, small shows, showcases and chamber concerts that seats up to 150; the LVA Performing Arts Center that seats 1300; and the new Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts, a contemporary theater and concert hall that seats 750.
In addition to the performance spaces, Academy Theatre has a full scene shop and costume shop, rehearsal space and instructional classrooms.
Academy Theatre has six full-time instructors, and paraprofessionals who assist in the operation of the shops and classrooms.
Each school year Academy Theatre presents a season of shows that are offered to the community in the form of a subscription package.
Recent productions on season subscription include Almost Maine, The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, The Elephant Man, You Can't Take It With You, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon, The Grapes of Wrath, Anatomy of Gray, Once On This Island, Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Taming of the Shrew, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Laramie Project and Les Míserables. These productions are produced and staged utilizing the talents of our wonderful students.
Academy Theatre has been active in the International Thespian Society, and has taken five shows to the Thespian Festival: Children of Eden (1996), And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson (2001), Honk! (2002), Jekyll and Hyde (2004), and Sweeney Todd (2008) and had the privilege of producing the Thespian National Cast of Ragtime in 2005. In addition, Academy Theatre has also premiered the School Editions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Miss Saigon in collaboration with Music Theatre International.
Academy Theatre Thespians Troupe #5273 is also a proud supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and has raised more money for BC/EFA than any other high school: in excess of $60,000. This money returns to southern Nevada to assist local people dealing with health issues such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.
Students from all over the Las Vegas area wake up well before dawn and ride the bus, sometimes for many miles, to be to school at 7:00 am. After a rigorous academic day, theatre students begin “part two” of their school day: the rehearsal and production of their season and showcase shows. In addition, the theatre technologies students provide technical support for all theatrical, dance and music performances on campus.
There are currently many former Academy Theatre actors, designers and technicians going to school and working in the entertainment industry across the country, and in the entertainment capitol of the world: Las Vegas.
the Las Vegas Academy
The Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts is a magnet school that brings together culturally diverse students from all over Clark County, state of Nevada in the United States. Established in 1993, Las Vegas Academy is located In the center of the Las Vegas High School Historical District, an historic urban shopping district, in the former home of Las Vegas High School.
The Academy offers students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to pursue a major course of study in dance, vocal music, instrumental music, international studies, piano, theatre, theatre technologies and visual arts. In addition, students take all of their academic classes at the Academy. Students attend each class for 86 minutes per day as compared with the standard 50 minutes in a typical American comprehensive high school. The Academy is on modified block scheduling: academic classes meet every other day; major classes meet every day. This scheduling provides for more intensive instruction in the student's chosen major area. Students also attend an extended school day: one hour longer than other comprehensive high schools.
The Academy offers students an intellectually challenging learning experience and empowers them with the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the international workplace. Since opening, the school has placed at the top of the Clark County School District's academic program with standardized test scores maintained at the 75th or better percentiles. The graduation rate is over 90%. Over sixty percent of its graduating seniors enroll in four-year universities each year and another ten percent enter junior colleges for a grand total of over seventy percent enrollment at the university level.
The Academy has received national, state, and local accolades, including those from the White House, Senators Harry Reid, Richard Bryan, and John Ensign, former Governor Bob Miller, former Las Vegas Mayors Jan Jones and Oscar Goodman. Academy Theatre has taken six productions to the prestigious International Thespian Festival In Lincoln, Nebraska. The Academy has received five Grammy Signature School awards for excellence in music programs and has been recognized by the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts schools as a STAR school. In addition, in 2000, the U.S. Department of Education recognized the Academy as a New American High School. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education honored the Academy as a U.S. Blue Ribbon School, making it one out of only 17 high schools in the country to have received both prestigious awards. All within the last 19 years.
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