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Experiences For All Ages

The Center is excited to offer educational theatre courses, masterclasses and programs for students of all ages looking to gain experience on-stage and behind the scenes! Scroll down to meet the instructors of our Fall Classes and Masterclasses.

Fall Classes

SAT / OCT 15 - DEC 10 / 10 - 11 AM
$150 / $140 Museum Members

Young performers in Grades 3-5 will explore the foundations of musical theatre through creative play and theatrical exercises over the course of 8 weekly sessions. Students will develop their skills in acting, singing, and dancing, as they make new friends and learn material from their favorite musicals to build their confidence, communication skills, and creativity. No experience needed! This course is taught by Megan Meyer.

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SAT / OCT 15 - DEC 10 / 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
$150 / $140 Museum Members

With a fun combination of skill-building, improvisation, and creative play, middle school performers Grades 6-8 will expand and deepen their musical theatre training in acting, singing, and dancing. In this 8-week class, students will learn about different musical theatre genres and become more comfortable in their bodies and voices as they take their skills to the next level. No experience is needed! This course is taught by Megan Meyer.

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SAT / OCT 15 - DEC 10 / 1 - 2:30 PM
$175 / $165 Museum Members

Teen artists in Grades 9-12 will hone their knowledge and strengthen their skills in musical theatre in this 8-week musical theatre course. Through the exploration of acting, singing, and dancing, students will develop best practices and professional theatre habits as they deepen their musical theatre technique in a pre-professional and supportive environment. This course is taught by Megan Meyer.

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Fall Masterclasses

SAT / NOV 5 / 10 AM - 12 PM
Grades 9 - Adults / $25

After establishing basic safety and consent protocols, we will create, rehearse, and share a short, unarmed fight. Focus will be on storytelling through violence while keeping actors physically and emotionally safe. No experience required, only an eagerness to learn, partner, and share. Let’s honor boundaries while (fake) punching, slapping, and kicking our friends! Please bring a water bottle and clothing/shoes that allow movement. This course is taught by Tommy Wedge.

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SAT / DEC 10 / 1 - 4 PM
Grades 3 - 8 / $25

Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming audition or seeking to build confidence, this masterclass will give you the skills you need to Rock Your Audition! Young actors will gain tips on how to do their best while acting, singing, and dancing in an audition setting. Throughout the session, students will receive personalized feedback and gain tools to feel more prepared and self-assured in their next audition. This course is taught by Gina Kearly.

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Youth Theatre Productions

Youth Theatre provides a learning experience for those who enjoy performing onstage as well as for those who enjoy working backstage with makeup, props, scenery, and costumes.  The HONK! rehearsal process is structured to also include educational opportunities for youth to develop and build skills in acting, singing, dancing, and technical theatre through special workshops, activities, and exercises.

HONK!

Auditions DEC 12 - 13, 2022
Performances FEB 23 - 26, 2023

About the Show: An updated and stylish retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, Honk! entertains both children and adults. The musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly, a cygnet who is mistaken as an ugly duckling upon falling into his mother's nest. It soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. With a tuneful score, witty lyrics and book, Honk! is sure to delight Midland audiences of all ages!

Check back in October for information on how you can audition!

Meet Your Fall Instructors

Megan Meyer

Fall Class Instructor

Megan Meyer (She/Her) is new to the Michigan area and has quickly picked up performing at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso, The Flint Rep, as well as the Midland Center for the Arts. Megan received her education from AMDA NYC and graduated in 2012. Upon graduation, she performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at multiple dinner theatres in Orlando. Since moving to Michigan, you may have seen her on the Lebowsky stage in Owosso as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Evita in Evita. In 2019 she was in the nationwide search for Chicago the Musical’s top 10 Search for Roxie on Broadway. Megan works as a voice over artist and has over 50 books on audible. Other theatre credits include: Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Claire in Proof, Nora in A Doll House, Marta in Company, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more. Megan is the co creator and company manager at The Friction Theatre ( www.thefrictiontheatre.org). She is the music director, choreographer and the role of Annie in their October musical, Evil Dead the Musical. www.themeganmeyer.com

Gina Kearly

Rock Your Audition Instructor

Gina Kearly has worked with Midland Public Schools for more than ten years, first as a volunteer alum backstage, then as fall play director for Dow Drama: Chargers Onstage and choreographer for both Dow High and Midland High spring musicals.  She also collaborates with area community theaters as a teaching artist for camps, creative teams, and committees, in addition to performing.  Recent projects include The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at Pit and Balcony, RENT and The SpongeBob Musical for Center Stage Theatre at Midland Center for the Arts.  Gina earned her B.A. in Communication, Theatre, and Physical Education from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018, where she placed at the state level with the competitive speech team for multiple years.

Tommy Wedge

Stage Combat Instructor

Tommy Wedge is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SVSU and has been active in teaching, directing, stage management, and stage combat. Recent directing credits there include Top Girls, A Doll House, and Curious Incident…, and in the GLB region with Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, and Hairspray. Tommy holds an MFA in Directing from The University of South Dakota and a BS in Theatre from South Dakota State University. Professional memberships include Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), The Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) where Tommy has held the rank of Advanced Actor Combatant since 2017.

Rising Stars 2022 High School Musical / Photos by The Mattesons
Rising Stars 2022 High School Musical / Photos by The Mattesons
Rising Stars 2022 High School Musical / Photos by The Mattesons
Rising Stars 2022 High School Musical / Photos by The Mattesons

Work with Broadway Talent!

Rising Stars

Every summer, Midland Center for the Arts searches for the top talent in the Great Lakes Bay Region for an intensive, professional-level experience and training from a Broadway Creative Team. This newest initiative is designed for Rising Stars, current High School students including current freshmen through graduating seniors, who will work through an intensive rehearsal process and star in a popular musical geared towards teens. Rehearsals will include a professional-level schedule and daily small group collaboration in a safe, healthy, outdoor environment (Indoor rehearsal in the case of inclement weather).

Check back this winter for our Summer 2023 title announcement and information on how you can audition!