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Academy for the Performing Arts - Historic Museum Huntington Beach California 


Huntington Beach, California -- Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School
1905 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648  Call: (714) 536.2514 x 4025  / Recorded info: (714) 536.2514 x 602


 Academy for the Performing Arts is a program for high school aged students in the beach communities of Orange County, California. Huntington Beach High School performances and competitions are held in an historic building listed with the County of Orange as Historical Site Number 36. This 1926 Auditorium and Tower is an excellent example of Lombard Romanesque Revival architecture.

The school site was donated in 1908 to the five year old Huntington Beach High School Union District by the town developers, The Huntington Beach Company. Designed by Allison and Allison and built during the local oil boom, this landmark building continues to represent the spirit and pride of the community.


Each year a panel selects the talented students who will attend the Academy  with opportunities to  perform in a variety of programs such as dance concerts, plays, musicals and performing arts events open to the public. In addition, the school sometimes hosts special events such as a prestigious Youth America Grand Prix that talents such as Quenby Hersh - pictured above participated in. Completing her high school studies abroad as a member of the Royal Ballet in London, Hersh is the first Academy student to be so honored.


Other students who've met recent success include Amanda Bolten, one of 39 high school actors invited to Washington by the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater — the Cappies. An actress since age 10, Bolten has performed in about a half-dozen student-written one-act plays at Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts. Bolten went through a peer-critique selection process, lengthy auditions and endless 12-hour rehearsals before stepping on the Kennedy Center stage in the musical comedy "Edit:Undo."


Prior to the performances of "Edit:Undo," the Cappies also staged "Starz!" and "Playz!" — two compilations of short sketches, monologues and plays that included the work of student playwright, Taya Kenny of the Huntington Beach Academy for the  Performing Arts.


Performing arts are an integral part of educational opportunities for a population of nearly 12 million that surround Los Angeles and Hollywood, home to the entertainment industry.

Nutcracker Performances  Throughout California

Performances at the Huntington Beach Historic Theater
The Theater with the Bell Tower
1905 Main Street (cross streets Main & Yorktown), Huntington Beach, California
Parking off HBHS Way in back of the school or at City Hall in Public Parking stalls






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