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 Education Director at:

Upcoming Performances with

The Lightning Thief

Book By Joe Tracz, Music by Rob Rokicki
on the Lloyd Main Stage

Directed by Shelia Sumpter

March 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm
March 17th & 24th at 2pm

Unleash the power of the Gods.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is a high-voltage adventure that brings the beloved best-selling novel to life on stage. Join Percy Jackson, the teenage demigod, on an epic quest filled with humor, mythological marvels, and catchy rock-infused songs. With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and embracing uniqueness, this electrifying musical is a must-see for all ages. Mark your calendars now and be prepared to be swept away into a world where legends come to life!

Suitable for all audiences.

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.