Acting Studio at Asbury Park High School
Little Shop of Horrors (Spring 2009)
Little Shop of Horrors (Spring 2009)
This program is made possible through a partnership with:
Interfaith Neighbors The Arts Coalition of Asbury Park

We're pleased to announce Asbury Park High School's drama program is now completely self-sufficient under the direction of Gary Kilmer, the district's drama teacher.

The Acting Studio was established by Algonquin Arts Theatre as an after-school drama program to nurture and develop the artistic talents of Asbury Park High School (APHS) students.

Prior to this program, APHS had been without a drama program for more than ten years. From 2008-2010, approximately 120 at-risk students have successfully produced six productions, including Little Shop of Horrors and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Both productions from the 2008/9 school year received honors and awards and two cast members were individually recognized at the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival and the 2009 Monmouth County Arts Council Art in Education Awards. One of these students was a former dropout, who now plans to attend Brookdale College after graduation.

The objectives of The Acting Studio are to:

  • Create a safe and supportive environment.
  • Increase the overall academic attainment of youth through exposure to the performing arts.
  • Increase students' creativity, presentation skills and self-esteem.
  • Offer mentoring relationships and role models.
  • Assist educators in meeting New Jersey's core curriculum standards.
  • Inspire a life-long love of the arts.

"The Acting Studio" at APHS Productions:

  • 2009/2010 School Year:
    - Grease (Spring, musical)
    - Teen Scene (Fall, two one-act plays)
  • 2008/2009 School Year:
    - Little Shop of Horrors (Spring, play)
    - Voices From the High School (Fall, play)
  • 2007/2008 School Year:
    - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Spring, musical)
    - Teen Scene (Fall, two one-act plays)