The Academy By Divabee

Spring ’24!

We offer 3 full productions each Spring for every age!
We are also holding 2 rounds of MT Dance classes to prep for summer camps AND there’s a One Act mini-session in May..

Join us for all the fun – details below!



K-2nd grade production

Directed by Jill Van Orden

Hansel and Gretel have moved into the Gingerbread House in the forest. Problem is, the temptation of the tasty house is too much for their woodland neighbors to ignore. The house is in terrible shape! Poor Hansel and Gretel can’t afford to fix up the house themselves and decide they must leave the forest to find somewhere else to live. 

Realizing that they have wronged Hansel and Gretel, the neighbors pool their resources and hire the team from “This Old Home Improvement” to come and repair the gingerbread house. Led by fix-it superstar Bob Thomas, the crew gets right to work. The Gingerbread House is brought back to all of its edible glory. Hansel and Gretel are so happy that they throw a big party for everyone to celebrate their new old house!

K-2nd Grade
Thursdays, 4:15-5:15pm
Rehearsals begin January 18th

Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, March 7th, 4:30-6:30pm
Performance: Friday, March 8th, 6:30pm

Max of 24 students!

Kurt Stamm

3rd-7th Grade
Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Rehearsals begin January 16th

Tech Rehearsals: Monday & Wednesday, April 22 & 24
Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, April 25
Performances: Friday, April 26, 7pm
and Saturday, April 27, 2pm
at Ridgeview Classical Schools

Max of 30 students!


AUDITIONS will be held in person on Thursday, January 11th 4:30-7pm Students will audition in small groups of 3 or 4. You will be sent a time slot sign up once your tuition payment has been received. Everyone that registers receives a role in the show. Audition materials will be sent before the holidays.

3rd-7th grade production

Artistic Director – Jill Van Orden
Music Director – Mallory Harrison Wilson
Choreography & Directors Assistant – Tiana Fuentes
Additional Choreography – Amanda Van Orden & Nic Rhodes


Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters emerge from the TV set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. This musical stage version is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series, Schoolhouse Rock, and features beloved classics such as “Conjunction Junction”, “I’m Just a Bill”, “Unpack Your Adjectives” and more!

8th-12th grade production

Artistic & Music Director – Jalyn Courtenay Webb
Choreography & Director – Amanda Van Orden
Music Director – Lincoln Brandt

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon, and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “‘night, Mother.”

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

8th-12th Grade
Tuesdays, 6:15-9:15pm
Thursdays, 6:45-9:15pm
Rehearsals begin January 23rd

Tech Rehearsals: April 23rd & 24th from 5:30-8:30pm
Dress Rehearsal: Monday, April 29th
Performances: April 30th & May 1st
at Candlelight in Johnstown

$849 *Early Bird Pricing through 2023*
or 3 payments of $299

Max of 30 students!


AUDITIONS will be held in person on the first day of rehearsal. Everyone that registers receives a role in the show. Audition materials will be sent a couple of weeks before rehearsals begin.

For 5th-12th grade

Musical TheatER Dance

Does your student love musical theatre? This class is designed for students to get a taste of a variety of dance styles found in Broadway shows. They will learn new skills and enhance existing talents!

Students will learn dance fundamentals with ballet, and expand it to jazz, contemporary/lyrical, and musical theatre dance. Get your jazz hands ready!


5th-8th Grade with Nic
Saturdays, 9-10am

9th-12th Grade with Nic
Saturdays, 10:15-11:15am

Max of 16 students per class!

There are TWO 8-week sessions this Spring!
Session 1 begins January 13th
Session 2 begins April 6th
Sign up for both sessions and receive 20% OFF!

One Act with Amanda

This is a comedic play about not being in a play, ironically expressed through a hilarious series of monologues, duets, and ensemble scenes. From early traumas involving a glory-seeking elementary school teacher to possible disturbances in the global climate., 15 Reasons to Not Be in a Play keeps the audience guessing just what scenario will be next! 

8th-12th Grade
4-week Mini Session starting MAY 2nd!

Final Performance on May 30th

Max of 16 students!
Students signed up for this class must commit to spending time outside of class to memorize their lines and rehearsing  at home.




Frequently Asked

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

-All State and County mandates will be followed.

-Social-distancing as necessary

-Strict Adherence to staying home if you do not feel well at all - this is SUPER important!

-Regular cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day

What should students bring to class?

-writing utensil

-Water bottle

-Appropriate shoes - dance shoes or clean close-toed shoes you can move in. We have a dance floor that REQUIRES new, soft-soled shoes. Outdoor shoes cannot be worn!

-Any materials that your teacher may give you (always a good idea to have a binder or folder for papers)

-a good attitude!

How do I register for camps and classes?

If you are a new student, please create an account here.

Specific registration information can be found on the 'Our Classes' page or at the top of this page. 

Cancellation Policy

Please contact if you need to cancel your registration.

10-week  or semester classes and productions can be cancelled for account credit for future classes and camps.

Summer camp productions have specific dates for cancelling for a refund with deposit or account credit.  Please visit the detailed Summer Camp pages for those dates. 

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