Classes & ProgramsTheatre
MCA’s Theatre Division offers programming through classes, workshops, children’s theatre productions, and summer camps.
Curriculum includes classes in: acting, musical theatre, audition technique, puppetry, technical theatre, stage combat, make-up, character development, playwriting, theatre games, and improvisation.
Theatre students not only perfect stage skills, but they also develop important life skills such as confidence, teamwork, the ability to adapt to the moment, creativity, and how to observe the world around them.
Let MCA provide you and your child with fun and enriching Theatre education!
Come experience the magical world of musical theatre. Students will be introduced to basic theatre skills such as stage presence, singing, dancing, and performing with a partner. Banish stage fright through games, group activities, and movement exercises. No prior experience necessary, but new material will be covered for continuing students. Families will be invited to an informal showcase at the end of the session.
Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1-29
Instructor(s): Jamie Schwaba
Price: $45 (5 classes)
Registration Open Soon.
Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area, this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, while experiencing the additional benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games. Exciting new material will challenge returning students. Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.
Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 12- Oct. 31
Instructor(s): Samantha Heaver
Price: $35 (7 classes)
Registration Open Soon.
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Aladdin". "Aladdin", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is an exotic journey full of fun and surprises. Students aged 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Aladdin”. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 23rd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday April 27th at 7pm and Saturday, April 28th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.
Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 23-28
Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)
Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre
Registration Open Soon.
Winona Arts Camp 2017: Improv Everywhere “Unexpected in the Arts”
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 3rd annual integrated arts summer camp. This year’s theme is “Improv Everywhere.” Get ready to think quick on your feet, flex your creative muscles and discover the joy of the unexpected in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3pm on final day of camp.
Dates: August 7-11 (Monday- Friday)
Time: 9:00- 3:30 p.m.
Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade
Price: $199. Fee includes camp t-shirt, daily snack and admission to the MMAM. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
NEW! Super Artist Camp
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Super Camper! During this week long adventure campers will hone their creative super powers. Exploration in dance, theatre, music and visual arts to take their art to new heights. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15am on the last day of camp. Dates: August 14-18 (Monday- Friday) Time: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Age: 3-5 years & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained) Price: $49 (Early Bird Special), $59 (after May 1) price includes a camp t-shirt
Dance Repertory Company
In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities. Students may audition for MCA's pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA's junior performing troupe, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker. During 2017 The Dance Repertory Company II will produce Movie Mania and classical ballet of Cinderella.
Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates:
Movie Mania Auditions: Sat. August, 26 10-Noon at MCA
Movie Mania Performances: Dec. 1-3, at MCA in the Academy Theatre
Cinderella Principal & Soloist Auditions: Saturday Nov. 18, 2:30-4:30pm at MCA
Cinderella Auditions: Jan. 20, times TBA at MCA
Cinderella Performances: April 19-22 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary’s University Campus
For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.
I wish camp was longer! My daughter loved singing, dancing and making new friends. Thank you MCA for providing inspiring instructors and amazing programming!Parent of Broadway Bound Camper
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is incredible! My children have truly enjoyed being part of the dance-arts community at MCA. The instructors are skilled artists whose passion shows through as they deliver a developmentally-appropriate curriculum in a child-centered and caring way. All families and community members are always welcome at MCA and encouraged to be part of the arts in Winona. Thank you MCA and MCA staff and volunteers.
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!Lucy
For those families who like to plan, here is a little glimpse at what the summer of 2018 will look like at MCA, it so going to be another packed but exciting summer!
With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have classes and workshops that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together.
The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes and enter prize drawings.