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, Jan. 12- Feb. 9
Instructor(s): J. Schwaba
Price: $45 (5 classes)
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
Once Upon a Theatre Lab
Calling all 3rd-6th graders.... Join Saint Mary’s University Theatre Education student Celeste Nygren guided by MCA staff during a 3-day weekend theatre experience. During this program you will work together to bring a unique rendition of a classic fairy tale to life. You will have the chance to stretch your creative muscles, learn new theatre vocabulary and stage skills as you prepare for the showcase on the final day of camp for friends and families.
Day/Dates: March 2-4
Time: March 2nd- 5-7pm, March 3rd & 4th 11am-5pm
Age: 3rd-6th grade
Lead Instructor: Celeste Nygren
Family Arts Academy
Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.
Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special dance performance set to a song form "Moana" and arts activities with "Mission Impossible" & "Space Jam"
Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free, special vocal performance and "Beauty and the Beast" themed art activities.
Journey Beyond Platform 9 3/4- Jan. 5, 5:30-6:30pm- Free, a Harry Potter themed artventure.
All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free
Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free
Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free
Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
2018 Summer Camp Overview
Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II)
Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade
Castles and Kingdoms Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.
16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS! July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required. Q & A about our SDI.
Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.
Winona Arts Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.
Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.
All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.
For full camp descriptions Click Here.
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 Performances: Dec. 1-3, at MCA in the Academy Theatre, Learn more
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!
We are so excited to release our Winter Catalog for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts programming from January- April 2018. Registration will open on Nov. 1st, 2017. Until then you can browse the new and old favorites and save the date for the classes that will keep you and your family happy and healthy this winter!
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 on Jan. 6th, 2018 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 (registration opens Nov. 1, 2017).
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!