Academy at HART

Where everyone can be a Kid at HART

Kids at HART is our Youth Drama Program under the Artistic Direction of Shelia Radford Sumpter. Each year Kids at HART offers acting classes and hands on experience in tech to youth from the Western North Carolina area. The program was started in 2016 as a way to provide theater experience and education to youth throughout the area. No young person has to pay to be in any Kids at HART show, and there is a minimum fee for classes and camps. Sign up for our mailing list online for notifications and watch our website. Kids at HART also has a Facebook page and an Instagram.

If you have further questions, email the Artistic Director at:

The Academy at HART

Our Spring Class Announcement is now out!

HART is proud to offer classes for kids, teens, adults, and seniors! Next up at HART we will have our summer camps with opportunities for ages 4-18.

Kids at HART Auditions

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The Kids at HART Showcase!


January 21st at 7:30pm and 22nd at 2pm ONLY!


Directed by and starring our talents Kids at HART! Come support these incredible students with this cabaret full of new and classic musical theatre melodies. ALL profits go to our Kids at HART program to continue the growth and outreach of this life-changing program.

Appropriate for all ages.

Children of Eden Jr

By Stephen Schwartz and John Caird


March 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th at 7:30pm
March 5th and 12th at 2pm

On The Steve Lloyd Stage

The hardest part of love… is letting go. 

From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John  Caird, Children of Eden recounts the beloved biblical stories  of Genesis through the personal lens of family. Starting from  the creation of the universe, “Father” breathes life into his  children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of  being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates  into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth — and is reiterated  once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of  choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning,  and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face  the consequences. This large cast musical is sure to wow  audiences and engage our incredible Kids at HART!

Appropriate for all ages.

Alice in Wonderland


April 28th, 29th, May 5th, and 6th at 7:30pm
April 30th and May 7th at 2pm

The classic tale comes to life in our Kids at HART spring play! After Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange land where everyone is raving mad. With the help of a Cheshire Cat, an astute Caterpillar, and a righteous Humpty Dumpty, Alice must find her way home and discover who she really is.

Appropriate for all ages.

Mission Statement


To offer quality theatre to our community as a diverse and enriching experience for both our performers and our audience. To challenge both our actors and our audience to think in new ways and see the world through fresh eyes. To offer performance opportunities to the talent in the region and showcase those abilities. To nurture and train the inexperienced, and guide those interested in a career towards educational resources available to them. To provide a resource that makes it possible for artists to exhibit their work and performers to engage in the work that is important to them.