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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 Dorothy and her adventures over the rainbow. 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 25, 2022 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals April 25-29, 2022 Monday- Friday, 4-8:30 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th, 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 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, 2022

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.)

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 seeking creative quick-thinkers (ages 8-18) to join the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the remainder of the 2021–2022 school-year. Main reACTion’s school-year troupe rehearses monthly and performs 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 $60 to participate for Jan.- 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: Sunday, January 16th 4:00-6:00pm in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN)

Age: 8-18 years

Cost: $60 (covers whole year + t-shirt)

Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious Broadway Junior adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved series. Rehearsals will run June – August with performances on August 12th & 13th. No experience necessary! Registration is required prior to auditions, follow the Google form link below.

REGISTER for Auditions using this Google form.

Auditions: Sunday, June 5th 12:00pm

Days/Times: M-F, rehearsal times TBA

Ages: 7+

Instructors: Megan Peterson & Brittany Splittstoesser

Fee: No fee, due to a generous grant from Winona Community Foundation

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

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Theatre for All this Summer at MCA

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New Health & Safety Code of Conduct

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Winter 2022 Hours (Jan. - Mar. 26)

Monday- Thursday- 8am-6:30pm

Friday- 8am-3pm

Closed April 15th & 18th

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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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