Asheville Area Arts Council funding helps support Moppets after-school program

Asheville Area Arts Council logoWe are delighted to announce that Moppets has been awarded a $1,500 Arts Build Community Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council in support of our new after-school programming at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center!

Taught by Artistic Director Ashleigh Goff and veteran Moppet Eli Hamilton, the class is our first-ever partnership with the City of Asheville. Students in the after-school program are learning basic theater skills and building their self-confidence in a fun and welcoming environment. The program will culminate in a showcase performance for the students’ peers and families.

“One of our overarching goals is to introduce more kids to classical theater, wherever they are,” Moppets Executive Director Rachel Cort said. “This funding helps us to take a big step toward that goal. We are incredibly grateful to the Asheville Area Arts Council for supporting the Moppets and aspiring young actors in our community.”

A new season and a new playwright

Our artistic director has never shied away from challenging our Moppets to try new things, and our Moppets have never blinked an eye at what she’s thrown their way (time-traveling Scrooges, 10-minute “Richard III”s and flip-flops included). So we were not at all surprised when Ashleigh came to our season planning meeting armed with a heavily-highlighted copy of Molière’s “Tartuffe.”

OK, maybe we were a little bit surprised.

Once we got past our initial shock, though (a non-Shakespeare title? How now, Ashleigh!) we realized that this 17th Century French satire would be perfect for our first show of the 2022 season. “Tartuffe” has everything the Moppets love: a little romance, a little laughter, and a good bit of back-stabbing.

Not actual stabbing, though, to our Moppets’ dismay. It’s a youth theater company. The kids love a good stabbing.

(spoiler alert) 

But they’ll just have to wait for “Julius Caesar” for that.

Adding an extra layer of excitement for “Tartuffe” is our costuming class. Moppets enrolled in Costumes for the Stage will learn how to design and craft costumes, and their work will be featured in our production of “Tartuffe” in April!

Registration for our costuming class and for “Tartuffe” ends on Friday, February 18, so be sure to sign up today! You’ll be a part of Moppets history, and you’ll have a great time doing it!

Registration is now open for The Montford Moppets' Asheville youth theater production of "Tartuffe."
Registration is now open for our production of “Tartuffe“!

The Moppets have big plans for 2022!

We’re excited to stage our first non-Shakespeare classic theater title when we perform Moliere’s “Tartuffe” this spring, and we’ll be welcoming some familiar faces to “Julius Caesar” in the fall in our inaugural Moppets Alumni show! Our 2022 season will also include Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”and “Henry V” and, of course, our annual forays into classic horror with our digital short film anthology and sort-of traditional holiday cheer when “The Moppets Present: A Christmas Carol.”

The Moppets are also expanding our educational offerings in 2022 with our classroom series. Our students will get hands-on experience in costume design and construction, learn how to create dazzling stage make-up, and level up their on-stage presence with our guest instructors.

We can’t wait to get started. We’ll see you at the theater!

Help wanted!

Are you passionate about the arts?

Do you want to help introduce young adults to classic theater?

Or maybe you’re just looking for something to do on the occasional Saturday afternoon?

Regardless of what brings you to us, we’d love to talk to you about serving on the Moppets board! Please contact us if you’d like to learn more.