Classes & Programs


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.

Calling actors ages 7-16 years old… You are invited to combine their acting, singing, and dancing skills as you perform in a completely virtual musical, Super Happy Awesome NewSuper Happy Awesome News is written to be rehearsed remotely, performed virtually, and shared with audiences online. The storyline is linear, made up of monologues and songs intended to be performed as solos. When these scenes are video recorded and played in sequence, it presents a complete musical theater experience available to any audience with an internet connection.

In Super Happy Awesome News two siblings launch rival good news networks and find themselves competing for the title of happiest news show. Soon, their correspondents are in a whirlwind of ecstatic musical reporting – from joyful weather forecasts, to cheerful cooking segments and blissful political updates! But, when vulnerability starts peeking through the euphoric facade, they’re left wondering: is there room for raw honesty on a super happy broadcast? This new virtual musical (designed specifically to be rehearsed and performed remotely), incorporates real stories from kids and offers a positive outlet for them to express their emotions.

To participate, no experience is necessary, but space is limited to 20 actors/actresses. Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, recording device (phone, camera, tablet, etc.) and a device to play music. Class sessions and the private lessons will be taught over Zoom.

Online rehearsals are August 3, 10, and 17 (+ one 15-30 min. private coaching arranged by instructor and parent). Live stream performance: Saturday, August 29. Participation is only $39 per student.

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Main reACTion

Main reACTion is a new improvisational theatre troupe made of Winona Area youth ages 9-15 who are creative quick-thinkers. This activity begun in Summer 2019 as 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.

2019-20 School year Main reACTion 

Main reACtion performs a 2-3 times a month. Come get your laugh on at a community performance. Public performances listed on our event page and on our Facebook page.

Summer 2020 Main reACTion Auditions

Do you love to perform and are you ready to take your improv skills to the next level? If so, Main reACTion is for you! MCA is seeking 10-15 creative quick-thinkers to form the Main reACTion improv troupe Summer 2020. Main reACTion's summer troupe will perform at 2-3 locations/events per month and have 1-2 monthly rehearsals. Actors can be excused for a limited number of performances during the performance season due to excused vacations or conflicts.

Date & Time: Postponed due to COVID-19

Age: 9-15 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.

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

 Junie B. Jones Jr., The Musical

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found new best friends -— and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary's class, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard — and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.

Auditions: Postponed due to COVID-19 Register for a 30 minute audition time slot. Students should prepare a 1 min. or less song from a Broadway musical (please bring sheet music) and be prepared to learn a short choreographic sequence. Ages 8+ will also be asked to read from a script provided.

Ages: Youth ages 6-18 are invited to audition

Performances: Postponed due to COVID-19, MN Conservatory for the Arts, Academy Theatre inside the Valencia Arts Center.


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

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.


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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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following:

Mondays: 3:30-6:30pm
Tuesdays: 5-7pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Fridays- 3:30-6:00pm



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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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