Classes & Programs

Theatre

Update Regarding COVID-19

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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.

 Wizard of Oz

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 “Wizard of Oz.” This original Prairie Fire Children's Theatre adaption is a musical production is the tale about an unjust prince, a gypsy curse, and a young girl who sees beyond appearances. 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 22 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals April 25-29, Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th, 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 Scarecrow and Wicked Witch but the rest of the cast will be filled in by Winona area students. Rolls filled by area youth include: Dorothy, the Tinman, the Lion, Toto, the Munchkins, Glinda, the Yellow Brick Road, the Monkeys, the Winkies, the Green Guard, the Traders of the Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz, Aunt Em & Uncle Henry.

The community will be invited to the performances on April 29 at 7:00pm and April 30 at 2pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 25-29 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

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

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 25-30

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 25-30 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

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 seeking creative quick-thinkers (ages 8-18) to form the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the 2021–2022 school-year. Main reACTion’s school-year troupe will rehearse monthly and perform at 1–2 locations/events per semester.
 
During auditions, actors and actresses can expect to participate in a variety of improv games. 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 $120 to participate for Aug. 2021- May 2022, 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, rehearsals, and performances will follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Auditions: Monday, Aug. 9, 6:30-8pm in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN)

Age: 8-18 years

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.

Auditions will be held on September 11, 2021 for Dances from the Nutcracker for ages 6+. Click here for more information about Auditions.

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

Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

We will be holding a Friends of MCA meeting (MCA’s volunteer advisory board) on August 17, 6:30pm at MCA, additionally, we will have an online option to join us through the Zoom link below if you are out of the area or not comfortable meeting in-person. We will follow MCA’s COVID protocol for the meeting, which currently requires everyone to be masked regardless of vaccination status.

Join us in the Meadow

Join us in the Meadow

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites the community to join us for a unique out door theatre experience. For three performances audiences young and old will squeal with delight as they travel to different locations on MCA’s property to hear a fantastic new twist on an old tale titled, “Thirty-Three Little Pigs”. Shows will be July 30 at 7pm and July 31 at 2pm and 7pm.

Save the Date

Save the Date

It is hard to believe that it is almost mid July. It sure has been busy at MCA and it so nice to start to see so many faces emerging from masks as more of our community is able to be vaccinated for COVID. We are still working on developing the fall schedule and hope to have the details out soon. However, we do have some important dates of upcoming events that we wanted to pass along. Please check back soon for more information.

LOCATION & CONTACT

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

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

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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OFFICE HOURS

Fall 2021 Hours (Aug. 31-Nov. 5)

Monday- Thursday- 8am-6:30pm

Friday- 8am-3pm

Saturday- 8:45am-1pm

Closed Sept. 6, 2021

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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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