What They're Saying

Broadway World NZ reviewed the opening night performance of our latest production, The Addams Family.
– ASB Waterfront Theatre, December 2019.

“The opening night audience was enthralled from the first notes of the band to the last at Auckland Performing Arts Academy’s ‘The Addams Family’. From the opening tableau it was clear that this show was going to be as polished and professional as to rival any adult company…. Alongside the talented creative team are a team of industry professionals – both acting and vocal tutors – who have worked with these children (John Callen, Jodie Dorday, Cherie Moore, Wendy Doyle, Jane Horder) and the fruits of their labours are evident on stage. This is a show I have seen many times and yet there is a freshness to the acting and singing I have not witnessed before…” Read the whole review here.

Student & Parent Feedback

I can’t explain what a change I’ve seen in my child for the better, and how she has improved… Anke loved every minute of it – MARYKE DU PLESSIS, Mairangi Bay (parent, 9 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

Performing in the show was just one of the best experiences of my life… Thank you once again for making APAA. It’s been an amazing year… You lot should be proud of what you’ve created – TOM TOBIN, Torbay (student, 17 years old – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

APAA is an exceptional organisation run so professionally, and the production totally blew us away! It truly was like watching a professional Broadway production. – WENDY ZAGALSKY, Westmere (parent, 12 year old student – The Addams Family)

Adele loved the whole thing but especially the live performances – SIOBHAN McPHERSON, Devonport (parent, 7 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

Michelle had a fantastic time, made many new friends and learnt a lot of new skills. – MARY EDGECOMBE, Massey (parent, 17 year old student – The Addams Family)

The Wednesday classes have really helped Belle to improve her skill set in a positive environment with tutors at the top of their field… Mirabelle found all the tutors and crew to be really positive and relaxed… she is incredibly excited to come back – KAREN HOLMES, Hauraki (parent, 11 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

It was such an amazing experience and was super fun to be in! The theatre we performed in was incredible! And we got individual lessons and lots of group lessons with Jody, John and Wendy that really helped! It was such a cool experience and I can’t wait to be in Addams to do it again! – MYA ROGERS, Torbay (student, 15 years old – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

Jett absolutely loved being involved with APAA; the rehearsals were the highlight of his week. The show exceeded my expectations. Everything was incredibly slick and the standard of performance blew me away… it was evident that APAA are running an extremely professional operation. I couldn’t recommend APAA more. – SARAH ILES, Browns Bay (parent, 7 year old student – The Addams Family)

Tom just absolutely loved the group the moment he joined. He really enjoyed camp… he has gained so much wonderful experience joining APAA… Tom’s vocal ability has come on incredibly. – RUTH TOBIN, Torbay (parent, 17 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

Anke woke up this morning and shouted to the entire house: “Best day of my life: APAA starts today!” Just so you guys know it means a lot to these kids. – MARYKE DU PLESSIS, Mairangi Bay (parent, 9 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

It was so much fun and I learned lots! It was the best experience. – BRONTE HEATH, Silverdale (student, 15 years old – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family)

APAA is an amazing company that has created two fantastic shows. The professionally-run rehearsals and camps have helped Rico develop as a performer and gain confidence in his skills. Plus the bonus of meeting and making new friendships with like-minded people.  -JOANNA LEGALL-MISIKINI, Hauraki (parent 18 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family) 

Our daughter made great friends, always felt included and supported by the wonderful group of talented peers, tutors and mentors. It was amazing and such a relief for us to watch our shy anxious girl blossoming into a confident young lady. – WENDY ZAGALSKY, Westmere (parent, 12 year old student – The Addams Family)

Eloise absolutely loved being in the show. APAA are just fantastic and she has learnt so much – I feel so lucky that she has been able to meet and work with such an experienced team of people. She is looking forward to being part of the next production! – HAYLEY KEMP, Birkdale (parent, 8 year old student – Beauty & the Beast and The Addams Family

Mia had an amazing experience being part of a professionally-run performing arts company. The support and guidance from not only the tutors, but older performers, was phenomenal. The blend of young and old helped to create a positive and family-orientated feel to the rehearsals and shows. This played a huge part in developing Mia’s confidence and skill levels. – CHARLEY AVENELL and STEVE DYMOCK, Coatesville (parents, 12 year old student – The Addams Family)

I love and talk about APAA so much that a couple of my friends have decided to join this year. My experience so far has been fantastic! I have met so many awesome and talented people and made some amazing friendships. I feel I have grown in confidence with so much great support and training offered. I particularly enjoy the anticipation and excitement building for opening night and then the emotion and comradeship shared on closing night! Everyone works so hard to make every show so amazing and I am so looking forward to The Sound of Music. – EVA LAWRENCE, Castor Bay (student, 16 year old – Beauty & The Beast, The Addams Family, The Sound of Music)