CFA Status Decisions – E-mailed 3/6/2020

It’s been a long wait, but it’s finally here!  Decisions have been set out and should be in your email box as of Friday, March 6th after 4:30 p.m.  We saw so many talented students at auditions on February 1st, and we are excited to offer spots to many qualified candidates for the 2020/2021 school year.  Good luck!

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Audition Day – February 1, 2020

All CFA auditions take place at Henrico High School on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the 4 locations noted below.   Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in for your audition at the check in table, located at each of the 4 audition areas.  There also will be a general information table in the Main Commons.  Only students who submitted an application for the 2020-2021 school year may audition.


Dance ( Dance Studio)

Session A:  Last names A–M & 2 years or less dance experience       9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Session B:   Last names N–Z & 2 years or less dance experience     10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session C:   Last names A–M & 3 years or more dance experience     1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Session D:   All students N–Z & 3 or more years dance experience     3:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.


Musical Theatre  (Black Box Theatre), Theatre (Building 13) and Visual Arts (Art Building)

Session A:   Last names A–F      9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Session B:   Last names G–L     10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session C:   Last names M–R     1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Session D:   Last names S–Z      3:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.


We are excited to have all our applicants here on Saturday! Please be sure to check out the “Future Students” tab for Audition day tips!

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HCPS Specialty Center Application Deadline – THIS Friday 1/17/2020

Application deadline THIS FRIDAY!!!!

HCPS students and parents – if you, a sibling, a friend, a neighbor, ect are interested in the Center For the Arts program offered by HCPS all applications are due on FRIDAY 1/17/2020.

We are so lucky that Henrico County Public Schools offers these opportunities to our students – So be sure to spread the word and get your application in!

All rising 9th graders will complete the application via HCPS website link below. Any current high school student, private school student or homeshool student will complete the PAPER application that can be found on this blog under the “future Students” tab > “Application instructions for 2020-2021 school year”.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to call the CFA office at 804-228-2718 and speak with Mrs. Sluss  or Dr. Poxon.

Specialty Centers

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CFA Audition Workshop January 11, 2020

Applicants to the Center for the Arts for the 2020-2021 school year are invited to attend an optional audition workshop on Saturday, January 11, 2020 to help them prepare for the required February 1st audition.  There are 2 sessions: 9 – 10:20am  and 10:30am – noon.  Please call the CFA office at 228-2718 to reserve a spot. 

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Any CFA student who wishes to apply/audition for a second CFA Curriculum area for the 2019-2020 school year must schedule a planning meeting with Dr. Poxon and Ms. K.  We need to confirm that your academic requirements have been or will be met; and confirm that you have room in your schedule to take an additional CFA class.  Remember that students who are not in good academic standing are not eligible to apply for a second CFA curriculum area.

We are planning on holding the meetings the week of December 2.   Please send Dr. P an e-mail if you want to have a meeting with us (

Once you have met with Dr. Poxon and Ms. K, you will need to get a paper copy of the HCPS Specialty Center application – available online or in the CFA Office beginning Monday, November 18 – and complete the application.  All applications and application components are due to Dr. Poxon in the CFA Office by Friday, January 17 at 4:30!  No late applications can be accepted!!  All applicants must plan on attending the CFA Auditions on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Questions???  Please see Dr. Poxon, Ms. Sluss or Ms. K!!


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You know it’s a great day at Center For The Arts when Hamilton visit!!! We were excited to welcome three amazing cast members from the Richmond Hamilton production to OUR school Wednesday, November 20th. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to hear from and talk with “real life” Broadway cast members. The students had an opportunity to ask questions, get advice and get up on stage and dance with Jessica Geller and Paige Krumbach.

Thank you Taylor Daniels (Richmond native), Jessica and Paige for coming out to HHS Center For the Arts!!!!

Check out CFA in the news below:

Channel 12 News Story

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls!!! The time has come for SHOWCASE!!!

You read that right! THIS weekend is the main event!

Invitational Dress Rehearsal is TONIGHT Thursday November 14th. The Visual Arts Gallery will be open from 5-6pm. The Performing Arts will perform at 6:30pm. Tonight’s events do not require a ticket.

The big nights are Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th!

Visual Arts Gallery and Reception will be 4:30-6:30pm (no ticket required)

Performing Arts Showcase 7pm **Tickets Required**

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity the see what Center of The Arts is all about!

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Student Opportunity ALERT!!! – SPARC’s Playwright Competition

SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater playwriting competition:


New Voices for the Theater is a 2-week intensive playwriting residency in Richmond, VA. Selected student writers will develop their work with a Nationally-recognized playwright-in-residence and local theater professionals to take their original one-act plays from thoughts on a page to life on the stage.


Play submission deadline: February 7, 2020  New Voices residency: June 27 – July 11, 2020

We’ll follow up soon with helpful tools for you and your student writers. The process is a breeze. In the meantime, check out the link below for an inside look at the New Voices experience!


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Attention all CFA students – Fall Showcase Requirements

The Visual Arts teachers will offer an optional Open Studio day on Thursday, November 7th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. There are no required days for preparation for the Visual Arts showcase.

Requirements for attending the actual Showcase nights (11/15 – 11/16)
Visual Arts freshmen and sophomores (Levels I and II) are required to attend the Showcase Gallery on Friday night
Visual Arts juniors and seniors (Levels III and IV) are required to attend the Showcase Gallery on Saturday night
Everyone is welcome to come both nights

Rehearsal Schedule for Dance, MT & Theatre:

Monday, November 11, 2019
LEVEL I and II ONLY rehearsal (4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
LEVEL III and IV ONLY rehearsal (4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
ALL LEVELS (4:00-9:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 14, 2019
COSTUMES 4:45 – 5:15
CALL 5:15
HOUSE OPEN at 6:00
IDR from 6:30-9:00
Notes/wrap-up: 9:00-9:30

Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, 2019 performances:
5:30-CALL for students

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Visual & Performing Arts Summer Residential Governor’s School

All HHS / IB / CFA 10th and 11th grade students…

Are you interested in applying and auditioning for the VPA Summer Program for Dance, Music, Instrumental Music, Theater or Visual Arts?! Then this is the post for you!

We will be hosting an interest meeting right here at HHS in Studio 3 on Thursday October 3rd at 4:00 pm! If you are, even slightly, interested do not miss this time to hear more about this exciting opportunity!

If you have any questions about the VPA Governor’s School, please see Dr. Poxon.

Hope to see you there!

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