THE Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA) will open its doors to the public on April 24 from 10 am to 6 pm on its annual open day. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to take pictures. Demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of dance, drama, music and the technical arts will be presented by students and staff to showcase areas of study at the academy. Students from the School of Dance will give demonstrations in different dance streams: modern dance, ballet, Chinese dance and musical theatre dance. There will also be classes in ballet, Chinese dance, modern dance and creative movement by junior students. Open classes in jazz, ballet, modern dance, Chinese dance and Chinese folk dance are available. All secondary school students are welcome to participate in the above classes. They should bring along their own dancing shoes. Dance students will rehearse two works - Games and Rainbow Round My Shoulder by African-American choreographer Donald McKayle. These works are the highlights of the academy's Dance Ensemble Graduation Performance, which will be staged in early June. Apart from the popular mime demonstrations by drama students, the School of Drama will organise a photo exhibition and a book sale. An open rehearsal of the Drama School's production Adding Machine will give visitors a glimpse of the expressionistic tragic comedy by Elmer Rice. The School of Music will present more than 20 concerts on different western and Chinese instruments. The academy's symphonic wind ensemble, junior percussion ensemble, Chinese orchestra and choir will also demonstrate their talents. The School of Technical Arts will open visitors' eyes to the backstage areas of the academy. There will be guided tours to highly sophisticated technical areas such as the TV Department, scenic paint shop, carpentry workshop, props workshop, and the Wardrobe Department. There will also be lighting and audio shows. Visitors will see the students' works through video shows, design works, props exhibition, and costume display. Guided tours to the academy's fully automated library and the Physiotherapy Studio, which are normally restricted to students and staff, will also be available. The deadline for applications for 1994/95 courses is May 31. The Academic Services Office will put up an enquiry and information counter on open day.