Education Programs

Theatre School/academy Sessions

Theatre School/Academy classes are at the heart of MCT’s Education Department.

This year, MCT Education embraces storytelling as a foundation for lessons in theatre skills, acting and fine arts.  Tales from around the world allow us to journey toward our end of the year production in the spring.  Theatre School classes consist of 4 sessions throughout the school year. The final session celebrates the year with a production on our main stage.  In addition, Fine Arts Academy classes return, providing alternative class days for each grade level and offering opportunities to develop additional fine arts skills more keenly.

Students in K-6th grade can choose either Theatre School or Academy classes.  Even better, why not expand involvement to classes twice weekly, focusing one day on acting and one day on other arts endeavors?  Whatever you choose, K-6 Grade students in Theatre School and/or Academy can audition for the Spring production that comprises Session IV.

Note, all classes subject to change.

  • Session I

    September 12 - October 13, 2022

  • Session II

    October 17 - November 17, 2022

  • Session III

    January 9 - February 9, 2023

  • Session IV

    March 27 - April 29, 2023

THEATRE SCHOOL

Centerstage

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 12 - November 14, 2022

  • Spring Session

    January 9 - March 27, 2023

CENTERSTAGE

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 12 - October 10, 2022

  • Session II

    October 17 - November 14, 2022

  • Session III

    January 9 - February 6, 2023

PRE-K

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 students 5-16 years old. 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 14 - October 12, 2022

  • Session II

    October 19 - November 16, 2022

  • Session III

    January 11 - February 8, 2023

  • Session IV

    March 29 - April 26, 2023

APPLAUSE! PLAYERS

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.

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Fine Arts Camps (spring intersessional, spring break)

All aspects of the arts come together at our annual Spring Break Fine Arts Camp. 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.

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.

Note, all classes subject to change.

  • February 13 - February 17, 2023

    Spring Intersessional

  • March 13 - March 17, 2023

    Spring Break Fine Arts Camp

SPRING BREAK FINE ARTS CAMP

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 2023 sessions to be announced.

  • Session I

    To be announced

  • Session II

    To be announced

SUMMER