2021 PAPA Season

Fame Jr.

Following the international acclaim of the hit motion picture, television series and stage show, Fame The Musical JR. is nothing short of a global phenomenon.

Auditions are March 15th


Show Dates are:
Wednesday May 5th: 7:00pm
Saturday May 8th: 10:00am
Sunday May 9th: 10:00am
Wednesday May 12th: 7:00pm

Live Stream Option will be available.


Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!

Show Dates:
Saturday October 9th at 10:00am
Sunday October 10th at 10:00am
Saturday October 16th at 10:00am
Sunday October 17th at 10:00am

Auditions will be announced in August 2021

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts was founded even before our theatre, and continues to be a cornerstone of our mission. Each year we train hundreds of performers of all ages in all aspects of stagecraft, from acting, to singing, to dancing, to improv and more. We have a number of production series, for performers and audiences of all ages:

PAPA Vacation Camps are open to ages 7 – 14, and is the best way for children to spend their Winter and Spring breaks!  Students will use their creativity and imagination to strengthen their performance skills, meet new friends, and increase their self-confidence, all the while having fun!  Students learn theatre terminology and history, improve their singing and acting skills, and even present a showcase for parents on the final Friday of camp!

PAPA Day Camps are open to ages 8 – 14, and is designed to introduce, identify and strengthen each participant’s performance skills, self-confidence, creativity, and ability to work with others. Using song, dance, improvisation, theater games and scene study, performers take part in hands-on training in live theater production. Each 2-week session culminates in a fully-staged theatrical performance open to the public.  

PAPA Jr productions are open to ages 8 – 14, and give young actors the opportunity to perform student-friendly, author-approved versions of classic musicals while sharing the Mainstage set.

Teen Mainstage productions are for students ages 13 – 18, giving them the opportunity to work closely with our professional production team and take center stage in a full-length Broadway musical or play.