Lots of us have dreamed of going to an awesome arts school school like “Victorious’” Hollywood Arts High. Watching Tori, Cat, Beck and the whole school living out their dreams inspired so many of us to pursue our own hopes of making it big.
Check out Liz Gillies‘ Audition for “Victorious” below:
With classes like vocal lessons, costume design and improv, performing arts schools rock! Whether you’re a kid or just one at heart, it’s always fun to fantasize about attending some of TV’s most artistic schools.
1. Fame (New York City High School for the Performing Arts)
Based off real-life New York Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, “Fame” inspired movie and TV viewers alike in the early 80s. It also inspired many to try their hand at making it big in New York City—a place known for making and breaking hopeful entertainers.
The school stands out not only because, well, it’s a real school, but because it’s in the heart of NYC, and has produced real-life mega talents like Liza Menelli and Jennifer Aniston.
With singing, dancing, acting and countless other creative classes, we’re pretty sure our parents would never have to get us up for school again—we might not ever want to come home. No offense Mom and Dad!
2. Glee (William McKinley High)
Sure, “Glee’s” William McKinley High was your pretty normal high school. But Mr. Schuester and New Directions are from a world of their own. Raise your hand if “Glee” made you want to become part of the high school competitive choir circuit!
McKinley High wasn’t devoted primarily to Glee, but the Glee Club seemed to outperform most other sports and clubs, including the Titans football team. In fact, the school’s Glee Club is probably the best (fictional) thing to come out of all of Lima, Ohio.
Thanks to “Glee” for showing us that everyone with a song in their heart is welcome in the club!
3. Degrassi (Degrassi High)
Through all the versions of “Degrassi” (the Canadian series has been on since 1979!) the school has been home to tons of artistic expression—these kids are producing music, creative writing and modeling in fashion shows.
Even though it’s not an arts school by definition, the talent we’ve seen Degrassi High’s students express shows us this is a school that supports its blossoming artists. Sometimes understanding teachers, engaging programs, and a group of great friends make all the difference.
Plus, Drake got his start playing in Downtown Sasquatch. That has to count for something, right?! For those of us that have dreams of producing our own “Hotline Bling” — this seems like it could be a step in the right direction.
4. School of Rock (Horace Green Prep School)
Sure, most of Horace Green is pretty uptight…but not Dewey’s class. When you’re inside this rocker’s class, it’s all music, all the time. Whenever the class can skirt school authority, they’re belting out their versions of rock hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “What I Like About You“…sign us up!
Though the School of Rock started out as a simple music class in a prep school, it was quickly transformed into a rock academy for students interested in singing, music-making, and even fashion design.
If we have to pretend to play by Horace Green’s rules most of the day so we can rock out with Dewey and the class for a period or two, where do we enroll?!
5. Taking the Stage (School for Creative and Performing Arts)
Now, this one we have a shot at actually attending! At a place where extraordinary talent learn what it takes to succeed and land the role of their dreams, “Taking the Stage” showed just how hard you have to work to get noticed. Dancers, actors and singers alike showed us the ups and downs they experienced as teens trying to become the stars they knew they were destined to be.
The reality TV show was produced by 98 Degrees alumni Nick Lachey for MTV. Curriculum is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the arts. Each student picks one concentration from creative writing, dance, drama, music, visual art and stagecraft. Younger students can pick two disciplines, but we’d want to choose all six. Double-triple-threat, anyone?
Now how do we transfer to Cincinnati, Ohio…
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