Classes & Programs

Theatre

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!

Adventures in Acting

Your imagination will run wild as you explore the magical world of theatre. Play acting games, learn how to conquer stage fright and
how to think quick on your feet. You will even prepare a short scene to present to your friends and family on the last day of class.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28

Times & Ages: 4:30-5:30pm- Ages 10-13
                          5:30-6:30pm-Ages 7-9

Instructor(s): C. Deysach

Cost: $72

 

Audition Experts

Ready to audition? Learn how to present yourself in an audition. Create a resume, find monologues that showcase your talents and practice cold reading. Leave this class with an audition portfolio and the confidence to be ready to tackle any audition!

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, March 21-April 11

Times & Ages: 4:30-5:30pm- Ages 10-13

Instructor(s): C. Deysach

Cost: $36

 Beauty and the Beast

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Beauty and the Beast". "Beauty and the Beast", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is a tale about an unjust prince, a gypsy curse, and a young girl who sees beyond appearances. 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 22nd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday, April 26th at 7pm and Saturday, April, 27th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 22- 27

Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)

Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

Cast Member Price: $65

Ticket cost: $6 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 22-27 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 8-12 years

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 12- March 14

Time:  11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Age: 8-12 years

Price: $90 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

2019 PTA Reflections  

Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the 2018 Minnesota State PTA Reflections program. That will still be the case in 2019, but the newest development is that MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2019. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated.

Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2019 

Reflections Art Exhibit at MCA:  March 2019

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

Categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist

Price: Free

More Info

 

Children dancing

4th Annual MCA Free-4-All & Winter Open House

Have you been waiting for just the right time to check out one of our classes? The wait is now over, MCA is having a FREE-4-ALL… a day of free classes for the whole family! This event will feature classes for both youth and adults- so bring some friends and try a class or two. All classes are FREE, space is limited so preregistration is recommended online, by phone or in-person.

10:15-10:45am- My Grown-up and Me (18 mo.-3 years with grown-up)- J. Dienger

                          Creative Movement (3-5 years)- D. Schleich

 

11:00-11:45am-

Music fun with Mr. Kerry (3 - 7 with grown-up)- K. Klungtvedt

Hip  Hop Cardio (14 & up)- J.Dienger

Noon- 12:45pm-   

Pre-Ballet (4-6 years)- R. Ryan-Dahlgren

Ballet (7-13 years)- R. Nehring            

1-1:45pm-

Hip Hop (6-13) -J. Dienger

Barre (14 & up)- J. Goyette

2-2:45pm-

Musical Theatre Dance (8-12 years)- J. Dienger

Date: Saturday, Jan. 5

Price: FREE

 

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.  

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates

Nutcracker Auditions: Sept. 8th, 3pm, ages 5+ are invited to audition. (Visit our Nutcracker Audition Q & A for more information)

10th Anniversary Nutcracker Performances: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary's University Campus

DRC Spring Dance Concert Auditions: ,Sat. Jan. 19, ages 13+ are invited to audition.

DRC Annual Spring Dance Concert Performances: Nov. April 11-13 at the Page Theatre on the Saint 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.

Kristina

Parent of MCA Students

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!

Lucy

8 Year-old Student

PTA Reflections Program Coming to MCA

Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the 2018 Minnesota State PTA Reflections program. That will still be the case in 2019, but the newest development is that MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2019. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated.

2018 Fall Open House

On Wed. August 22, 4-7pm MCA will hold it’s Fall Open House. 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, learn about our National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter, explore an instrument petting zoo and enter prize drawings.  Lucky families could win a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, a pass to Winona’s Indoor Park The Playground, tickets to a Page Series show, or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.

In addition to the Open House, Dancers ages 5+ are invited to register for a Pre- Audition Nutcracker Audition Workshop during this time frame.

2nd Annual MCA Student Lock-in

On Friday, August 24, 6pm- 9am Saturday, Aug. 25. MCA will hold it’s 2nd Annual Student Lock-in. All MCA students from the past year from all divisions (music, theatre, dance & visual arts) are invited to attend and bring 1 guest that has not been an MCA student in the last year, if they wish! Participants will enjoy an escape room, a dance party, movies, games, crafts and more.

LOCATION

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

HOURS OF OPERATION

The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

sponsor logo

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Facebook  Twitter  YouTube  Instagram


© Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy | Site Feedback/Changes | Accreditation