Education Programs

Theatre School Sessions

Theatre School shows what is at the heart of MCT’s Education Department.

These classes find their inspiration from literature, and K-6 grade students have the opportunity to develop theatre, movement & dance, music, and art skills. Theatre School classes consist of 4 sessions throughout the school year. The final session celebrates the year with a production on our main stage.

Midland Community Theatre is proud to continue its 75-year tradition of excellence in theatre education with theme based classes that are both challenging and fun.  Our goal is to not only teach skills to advance theatre education, but to teach life lessons through theatre that will carry youth into adulthood.  Whether on location or online MCT’s Education Department is a caring, fun-loving environment that allows our youth to express themselves and learn about the type of people they wish to become.

Note, MCT education classes are located online for Fall 2020.  Spring 2021 is scheduled to be live and in-person. All classes subject to change.

  • Session I

    September 13 - October 7, 2021

  • Session II

    October 25 - November 18, 2021

  • Session III

    January 10 - February 3, 2022

  • Session IV

    March 21 - April 23, 2022



Centerstage Class for 7-12 grade is designed to serve those students who would like to build more practice before expanding their theatre experience, as well as those who have limited time to commit to theatre pursuits. The class parallels skills learned in Pickwick classes, providing a training ground for those students who may be interested in the annual Pickwick audition in the spring. There is no audition requirement for this class.

  • Fall Session

    September 13 - November 15, 2021

  • Spring Session

    January 10 - March 28, 2022


Pre-K Creative Play

Creative Play classes are an excellent opportunity for 3, 4, and 5 year olds to experience not only theatre and fine arts, but a classroom setting as well.  This program offers 3 sessions throughout the school year, with literature based curriculum. Students learn pantomime, story structure, characterization, and other theatre skills while also developing fine and gross motor skills through craft activities and movement exercises.

  • Session I

    September 13 - October 4, 2021

  • Session II

    October 25 - November 15, 2021

  • Session III

    January 10 - January 31, 2022


Applause! Players

Applause! Players is a theatre and creative arts class offered for students with autism. The class uses theatre skills to develop social interaction and communication for 6-15 year olds. This program is constantly evolving to give special needs students an outlet to express themselves through the arts. Students are encouraged to register for the entire year for continuity.

  • Session I

    September 15 - October 26, 2021

  • Session II

    October 27 - November 17, 2021

  • Session III

    January 12 - February 2, 2022

  • Session IV

    March 23 - April 20, 2022


Pickwick Players

The Pickwick Players play a vital role in all aspects of Education at MCT. This is an audition only theatre education, performance, leadership and service group for 7-12 grade students. Pickwick Players participate in 90 minute classes twice a week, learning different aspects of theatre, dance, and music. Once accepted into the Pickwick Players, students have the opportunity to audition for the three Pickwick productions during the year. Pickwick Players also volunteer to work in various programs in the Education Department, including Fine Arts Camp and Theatre School. Pickwicks participate in many community events throughout the year, including Yuletide at the Yucca.


Fine Arts Camps (fall, winter, spring break)

All aspects of the arts come together at our annual Spring Break Fine Arts Camp. Ninety K-6 grade students enjoy a week long camp learning drama, art, puppetry, music, and dance with the assistance of the Pickwick Players. The last day of camp is a time for parents to come see what students have been working on all week in a showcase on the main stage. Fine Arts camp is a wonderful place to spend Spring Break and learn about all aspects of fine arts.

New in 2021-22, the addition of week long intersessional camps that coincide with MISD's intersessional calendar offer more chances for K-6th grade students to grow creatively through the arts.

  • October 18 - October 22, 2021

    Fall Intersessional:  Color Me Creative

  • February 7 - February 11, 2022

    Winter Intersessional:  Royal Daze and Polka-Dot Knights

  • March 7 - March 11, 2022

    Spring Break Fine Arts Camp:  Spring's The Thing!


Summer Theatre School Sessions

As summer begins, we welcome K-6 students to experience the joy of creativity in our classes. There are two summer sessions, centered on a theme to foster skills in fine arts. Students participate in theatre, dance, music, and art classes from 9 AM to Noon, Monday-Thursday during the month of June. Registration for the 2022 sessions begins May 4th.

  • Session I

    June 6 - 16, 2022

  • Session II

    June 20 - June 30, 2022