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.

Children in costume

Spotlight Players

Fight off the winter doldrums and get ready to step into the spotlight while starring in a virtual play. Young actors have the opportunity to perform in an original play written by Saint Mary’s University Alumni, Daniel Collette. Additionally, you will also learn fun acting warm-ups, games, and performance techniques that every actor should know.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, Jan.7- Feb. 4th, Private Coaching the week of Feb. 8

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (time may vary a bit depending on role assigned)

Online Premiere: 2/20/21, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Ages: 2nd-5th grade

Director: Ahnika Lexvold

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $59

MCA Musical Revue

Calling all middle -high school singers. This is your opportunity to participate in a unique collaborative musical and theatrical experience. Over the course of 6 weeks you will participate in rehearsals that will include vocal & theatrical exercises, brainstorming sessions, discussion on how to finding intent in a song, building character and physical expression in relation to musical tone. In collaboration with other students and the instructor to form a song list and devise a script for the final performance. Prior to first rehearsal you will receive a welcome video with instructions and access to Google accompaniment file and you will be asked to record a range check video and submit before first rehearsal. You will participate in group sessions and a private coaching with the Director.
 
Rehearsals: 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, Private Coaching the week of 1/9-13
Time: TBD
Online Premiere: 1/22, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
Ages: 5th-12th grade
Director: Lindsy O'Shea
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $59
Registration Notes: Cast will be limited to 12 singers, no auditions required, but MCA voice students will have access to early registration.

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.

Due to COVID-19 The 2020 Nutcracker has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled to 2021.

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 6-9)

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.

Students will just need a little space to move freely, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise families can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear dance apparel and shoes if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  3-3:45 PM

Age: 6-9 years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $21 (4 classes, 3 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 10+)

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. 

Students will just need a little space to move freely, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise families can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear dance apparel and shoes if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  4-5 PM

Age: 10+ years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $28 (4 classes, 4 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

2021 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 Minnesota State PTA Reflections program.  For the third consecutive year 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, 2021 through MCA. 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. In 2020 MCA has two students state winners and one national winner.

Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2021

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

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

Price: Free

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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

Premier of Super Happy Awesome News

Premier of Super Happy Awesome News

Join us from your own home for the premier of “Super Happy Awesome News!” a virtual musical starring kids ages 6-15. The youtube link will be shared to MCA’s facebook page and will premier at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 29th.

What Fall 2020  at MCA will look like

What Fall 2020 at MCA will look like

Due to COVID-19 Fall at MCA will look different, however we are proud to say that we are still here to provide quality arts education opportunities. As artists and educators we are getting creative to ensure that we have options for everyone. From in-person ballet classes, Tapping Tuesdays outside at the Winona Levee, and online hip hop class to art kits with on-demand recordings and private music lessons we are hear to be your creative and physical outlet during these challenging times. If you would like to learn more about this Fall at MCA especially our measures to mitigate risks in-person classes please view the recording below that was recorded on Aug. 19th during our Open House Week.

Super Happy News Virtual Musical Premiere

Super Happy News Virtual Musical Premiere

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) hosts an online premiere on Saturday August 29th at 5pm of the virtual Super Happy Awesome News. The musical will feature 20 youth hailing from Winona, Minnesota City, and North Mankato, Minnesota, Alma, Fountain City, and La Crosse, Wisconsin and Rapid City, South Dakota.

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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HOURS

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are by appointment only.

 

 

 

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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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