Who are the Moppets? What are The Moppets?
Why are The Moppets?
The Montford Moppets Shakespeare Youth Theater Company gives students in Asheville, NC, the space to ponder difficult topics and take ownership of themselves, their talents and their artistic ability. What began in 2009 as a drama class for a small group of local homeschoolers has evolved into a non-profit youth-led theatre company.
Our origin story begins in 2009 with a seed planted in the mind of an enthusiastic young theatre teacher. Founding Moppets artistic director Ashleigh Goff and a small group of Asheville homeschool students — the Talented Outstanding Performers Homeschool Acting Troupe (TOPHAT) — spent a semester studying Shakespeare and staged adaptations of “Twelfth Night” at a local community theater and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, the home of the Montford Park Players.
After four years of theater work elsewhere, Ashleigh started The Montford Moppets in 2013. The students met for six hours a day once a week for seven weeks to stage an abridged middle school production of “Romeo and Juliet,” distilled from the nearly 3-hour full production to a trim 1 hour and 45 minutes.
“It was important to me to make sure this process remained a learning opportunity for both myself, the students and their parents,” says Ashleigh. “So we learned Shakespeare’s language and talked about the hard things.”
The Moppets expanded their season to two shows in the summer of 2018, and since 2022 the Moppets have staged five productions annually.
The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company provides youths age 10 to 17 with opportunities to foster creativity and accountability through participation in classical theatre.
The Moppets strive to create innovative performances and educational experiences that connect area youth with each other and the wider community. We are committed to providing a safe space and equal access to WNC youths of all backgrounds and abilities.
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Our Staff & Board of Directors
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Safe Kids Policy
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