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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!

Due to COVID-19 the below info may not be up-to-date, to view current online programming click here.

 Prairie Fire Children's Theatre presents Snow White!  Cancelled

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre will be back for the fifth visit to Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Area students ages 7-18 are invited to join the cast of “Snow White.” The show promises to be fun for old and young alike, and continues Prairie Fire’s tradition of retelling the classics with a twist. Snow White is saved by the Prince, but not with a kiss! There is a great deal of music, including production numbers featuring The Townspeople and a lot of movement highlighted by the Queen’s Spellbinders and the Forest Creatures. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. No prior theatre experience is required. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 24, 2023 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals April 24-28, 2022 Monday- Friday, 4-8:30 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 28th, 2022 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th, 2022 at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.

Professional actors/ directors from Prairie Fire Children's Theatre will play The Huntsman and Wicked Queen but the rest of the cast will be filled in by Winona area students. Rolls filled by area youth include: Snow White, The Prince, The Seven Dwarfs, The Mirror, The Ravens, The Spellbinders, The Forest Creatures and the Townspeople.

The community will be invited to the performances on April 28 at 7:00pm and April 29 at 2pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 24-28 and 1 hour prior to each performance at the door. Cash or check only.)

All rehearsals and performances will follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 24-29, 2023

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

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

Cast Member Price: $75 (All students who register will be cast, need-based scholarships available)

Ticket cost: $8 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 24-28 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

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.

Stay tuned for future productions! Click here for more information about Auditions.

Main reACTion Improv Troupe

Ready to take your improv skills to the next level? If so, Main reACTion is for you! The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is again seeking creative quick-thinkers (ages 8-18) to join the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the spring session which runs from January - May. Main reACTion’s school-year troupe rehearses twice monthly and will perform at a few local venues in Winona.

Those auditioning should bring a short story, poem, or other spoken word script to read in an exciting way. There will also be provided, two or three options for readings. Those auditioning should also bring a calendar with any vacation, known school year activities or end of summer activities on it to note conflicts on the audition form. Troupe members will be selected based on their ability to think on their feet, make quick decisions, stage presence, ability to work with others, and variety of ideas. There is no fee to audition, but troupe members will be asked to pay $60 to participate for January - May 2023, which covers all instruction for monthly rehearsals and a T-shirt.

Main ReACTion was established in June 2019 as an activity that was part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Winona Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. Thanks to the interest and success of the troupe will continue to provide a creative outlet to area youth and entertain community members of all ages.

Auditions: Saturday, January 7th 12:00-1:00pm in the Recital Hall at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN)

Age: 8-18 years

Cost: $60

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.


Parent of MCA Students

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


8 Year-old Student

Join the Cast of Snow White This Spring!

Join the Cast of Snow White This Spring!

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre will be back for the fifth consecutive year at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Area students ages 7-18 are invited to join the cast of “Snow White.” Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. No prior theatre...

Another Chance to Join MCA’s Youth Improv Troupe

Another Chance to Join MCA’s Youth Improv Troupe

Once again, we are calling all young actors, ages 8-18! MCA is holding auditions for our youth improv troupe, Main reACTion, on Saturday, January 7 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Recital Hall at MCA (1164 W. Howard Street, Winona). Our wonderful leader Brittany Clipsham,...

Spring Open House and Free-4-All

Spring Open House and Free-4-All

As we head into the cold months of the year, we look at ways to stay warm, engaged and active. We are happy to announce that we are again having our open house and Free-4-All! We hope you will join us on Saturday, January 7, 9:00am-3:00pm for this fun and free event....


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

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


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Monday - Thursday- 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:45-8:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- Closed


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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.

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