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 Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs


October 1st at 10am and 1pm
& October 2nd at 1pm

The Main Stage at HART
Directed by Shelia Sumpter with Kids at HART

Three classic fairy tales (The Three Little PigsThe Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears) begin in their usual “once upon a time” fashion; however, this time things change on the way to “happily ever after” as the pigs wonder what life would be like if the wolf were not always at their door, the billy goats gruff decide they can’t face another trip-trap over the troll’s bridge, and Papa Bear has had enough of that meddlesome little Goldilocks! Assisted by The Voice (struggling to narrate the changing stories) and three Stagehands (desperately trying to juggle sets to keep the stories straight), the three trios join forces to rewrite their stories, ridding themselves of their respective villains by exchanging them.

Great for the family! Adult tickets are $12 and Kids tickets are $8. General Admission.

Once Upon a Mattress



November 11 – November 20

The Main Stage Theatre at HART
Directed by Shelia Sumpter with Kids at HART

Our story begins in a faraway kingdom long ago. A cursed, unhappy King and a terror of a Queen rule the kingdom. In an attempt to keep their young Prince Dauntless single, Queen Aggeravain has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone who instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless. She must endure Queen Aggeravain’s impossible tests as well as her scorn to win the Prince and save the kingdom. Mary Rodger’s classic Once Upon A Mattress is a delightful musical that is sure to become a fan favorite with the HART audience!

Tickets range from $14-$26 depending on where you sit. 

A Christmas Story



December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30pm
December 11 & 18 at 2pm

The Main Stage Theatre at HART
Directed by Erin McCarson

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Kids at HART Auditions


Kids at HART is excited to offer four shows each year! No child has to pay to be apart of our shows.

The Academy at HART


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. Fall Courses will be announced in July. Our Fall Semester will offer a variety of classes in dance, acting, music, directing, and more 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.