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Competition Team (ages 8 – 18)

Florida Academy of Performing Arts Competition Team started in Fall 2021. The competition team is an audition-based group made up of ages 8 – 18 whom travel to several competitions throughout the United States. This is a year long program that works collaboratively to perform a 13–15-minute piece that is cohesive and competition worthy. Students learn pantomime skills, character development, ensemble and solo vocal skills, challenging choreography, and how to work on a technical level.

Auditions for 2024-2025 Season – Sunday, May 19, 2024

Interested in auditioning for our competition teams this year? We are holding auditions for both teams on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Please sign up for a time slot using the SignUpGenius link listed below along with filling out the Google audition form. If you are unable to attend in person auditions, please submit video auditions by Monday, May 20, 2024 at 6pm.

Audition Requirements:

  • 1-minute audition song/16 bar song
  • 1-minute monologue
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Dance audition
  • You must be currently active with FAOPA, and have participated in at least one show previously.


Once on This Island Jr. – 2023-2024 Production

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island, guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

Congratulations to those who made competition team this year!

Auditions Requirements
  • 1-minute audition song
  • 1-minute monologue
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Dance audition

Class Schedule

Ages 8 – 18
Starts Mondays, August 21, 2023
Time 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Performance(s) May 2-4, 2024
Director(s) Heather Ochalek & Kathryn Ochalek
Payment and Refund Policy

All monies paid toward Florida Academy of Performing Arts programs are non-refundable. If special circumstances force a student to drop out before the end of the program, the program fee will be pro-rated and the balance will be held as credit on your account to be used for merchandise or other programs. Classes canceled by an instructor will be rescheduled (usually by adding a week to the program).

Social Media Release Policy
By registering myself and/or my student(s) as a participant in FAOPA productions, I agree that my child/ren and/or I may be interviewed, photographed or videotaped during rehearsals or performances and that these interviews, videos, or photographs may be used in promotional materials or social media or on the website for public release.
Anti-Bullying Policy

FAOPA has instituted policies and procedures to combat bullying and bullying behavior, which may include but not be limited to name calling, harassment of another student causing physical or verbal harm, and any negative behavior that is repetitive and intentional. While FAOPA will not tolerate bullying of any kind, all incidents will be evaluated individually to determine a resolution. If any incident warrants the removal of the child from the program, we will not issue a refund and special consideration will need to be made to allow the child to participate in future FAOPA programs.

Past Production – Competition 2022-2023 Children of Eden Jr.

From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! An expansive musical, Children of Eden JR. has plenty of roles and life lessons for everyone.

Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. As generations pass, faith and loyalty are tested, but the bonds of family and love remain strong. 

Past Production – Competition 2021-2022 Junie B Jones

Wowee wow wow! Junie B. Jones, America’s favorite elementary school student, comes to life onstage in this adaptation of three books in Barbara Park’s popular book series of the same name.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical, though written as a piece of theatre for young audiences, is fun for the entire family and highlights the timeless themes of friendship, acceptance, and humility.

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends -— and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard — and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

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