School Break Camps

MEA Camp: Last Stop on Market Street (Grades K-1)

Jump into the award-winning book, Last Stop on Market Street. Get inspired by the words and illustrations to tell your own story about the people and places that make your neighborhood special. Students will see a performance of CTC mainstage production Last Stop on Market Street, take a tour of the theatre, and meet some of the professional artists working on the show.

Camp Days: October 1819, 2018
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: MEA11
Tuition: $175

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MEA Camp: Onstage and Off: Twin Cities Adventure (Grades 2-3)

Ever wanted to know what it takes to make a play? Come explore lights, props, costumes, and more to design and create original scenes inspired by your favorite spots in the Twin Cities.  Students will see a performance of CTC mainstage production Last Stop on Market Street, take a tour of the theatre, and meet some of the professional artists working on the show.

Camp Days: October 1819, 2018
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: MEA21
Tuition: $175

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MEA Camp: Actor’s Workshop: Scene Study (Grades 4-6)

Spend the morning with an acting coach tackling the fundamentals of ensemble and character creation. In the afternoon, get an introduction to script work using scenes from CTC mainstage productions. Students will see a performance of CTC mainstage production Last Stop on Market Street, take a tour of the theatre, and meet some of the professional artists working on the show.

Camp Days: October 1819, 2018
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: MEA41
Tuition: $175

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Release Day Camp: At the Zoo (Grades K-3)

Mr. Poppers Penguins is playing on stage so let’s tell our own animal tail… er, tale. Use crafts, storytelling, and acting skills to imagine your own menagerie of real and made up creatures.

Camp Day: January 25, 2019
Camp Time: 9am4pm
Class ID: RD1
Tuition: $75

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Release Day Camp: Puppet Party (Grades K-3)

Take the day to explore the world of hand puppets, shadow puppets, sock puppets, and more! Create original puppet characters and use acting tools to invent their voices, emotions, and stories to tell.

Camp Day: February 18, 2019
Camp Time: 9am4pm
Class ID: RD2
Tuition: $75

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Spring Break Camp: Treasure Map Adventure (Grades K-1)

You’ve found a map with secret symbols and the only thing that’s clear is that adventure awaits! Use crafts, storytelling, and acting skills to create original characters, settings, and plot twists on your quest for treasure. 

Camp Days: April 1 – 5, 2019
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: SB11
Tuition: $290

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Spring Break Camp: Misty Mountains and More (Grades 2-3)

Plant the seeds of basic acting technique by using your body, voice, and imagination to bring the beloved characters and stories of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to life in a unique and creative way. See the CTC show, take a tour of the theatre, and meet some of the professional artists who bring the show to life.

Camp Days: April 1 – 5, 2019
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: SB21
Tuition: $300

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Spring Break Camp: Create-a-Play (Grades 4-6)

A camp for actors who want to perform and design! Step onto the Cohen Stage—our performing space just for students—to create an original play. Learn to use the light board, create sound effects in our recording studio, and design simple costumes and props. Put all the elements together for a world premiere performance on the last day of camp. This camp will attend a performance of The Hobbit.

Camp Days: April 1 – 5, 2019
Camp Times: 9am4pm
Class ID: SB41
Tuition: $300

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Our Education Philosophy

Theatre Arts Training is a process-based program dedicated to providing professional theatre experiences and education to build curious, creative, and confident young artists and people. We are more interested in what happens along the journey, from the first day to the last, than in a polished product. With this focus on the education experience, our classes take place in classrooms, not on stages.

All students are welcome to participate in all classes (with the exception of audition-based programs). We acknowledge and support that engagement and success looks different for each student, and our faculty prioritizes keeping their teaching style, activities, and goals flexible to the needs of our students. We strive to supply students with source material from diverse perspectives representing communities from a multitude of ethnic and racial backgrounds, economic statuses, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Statement of Inclusion

As part of CTC’s commitment to access and inclusion, at Theatre Arts Training we make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for people of all ability, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes need-based scholarships, all-gender restrooms, introductions with personal pronouns, and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students’ individual physical, learning, and social needs. If there are ways we can be more welcoming to your family, please let us know at education@childrenstheatre.org.
Core Classes for Age 2-5 and Grades K-1 emphasize creative discovery through art and imagination. Students explore story, expression, and play through a multi-lens approach including visual art, movement, books, and song.

Core Classes for Grades 2-12 tackle fundamental skills for the stage in a fun and supportive environment. Offerings include acting, playwriting, improv, musical theatre, and more.

For those seriously considering a future in the arts, Pre-Professional Training courses are offered for intermediate and advanced students in Grades 4-12. Students will be challenged to expand their skill set in a disciplined and technique-driven atmosphere.
Core Classes Calendar
Pre-Professional Training Calendar

Tuition, Payment Plans, and Scholarships

You can register online or by calling the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. We accept check, credit card, and money orders. Payment plans are available only when using a credit card by phone. Need-based scholarships are available through the ACT Pass program until all funds are allocated. Apply here or call our Ticket Office at 612.874.0400.

Discounts

10% off tuition if, in the same order, you register more than one student in your household or register a student for more than one class. 15% off tuition for current CTC Full Season, Ages 5+, and Ages 8+ Subscribers. Discount not valid for Preview, Opening Weekend, or Create Your Own Subscribers. Some restrictions apply.

Cancellations

You will receive a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee if you cancel at least two weeks before your class begins.
No refund or credit will be issued if you cancel less than two weeks before your class begins.
Tuition for classes and camps cannot be transferred between sessions or to mainstage tickets.
No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age inappropriate class and Theatre Arts Training staff or family determine it to be an unsuccessful fit.

Code of Conduct

In order to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse, harassment, vandalism, or the use of any illegal substances. Any behaviors found in violation of this policy will be addressed and the student may be asked to leave classes/camps. No refunds will be issued in the event that the Code of Conduct is violated.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Students in classes/camps for Grades 3 and younger must be dropped off and picked up at their classroom. Students in classes/camps for Grades 4 and older may be dropped off and picked up at the Stage Door.

No-Nut Policy

To ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella) and products that “may contain” peanuts and tree-nuts.

Medical Emergency

If we are unable to contact a parent or if time does not permit, 911 services will be used. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of parent/legal guardian.

Photos and Videos

CTC (and its designees and agents) has permission to utilize my student’s image, likeness, actions, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the class/camp in any medium or content for any purposes, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.

Families are welcome to take recordings and photographs of their student in class/camp for strictly personal use only. Any recordings or photos taken by families cannot be used for broadcast and/or distribution via the internet including but not limited to social media sites and/or public websites.

Electronic Device Policy

Students under Grade 9 are only permitted to use phones or other electronic devices in class as an educational tool as assigned by the teaching artist. To encourage our value of community and relationship building, electronics are not allowed during breaks unless being used as a therapeutic outlet. (Students are always welcome to contact their families through the TAT office at any time.) If a student is observed using their phone or electronic device in violation of this or any other TAT policy, they may no longer be permitted to use their device at any time while at TAT.

Free Child Admission for Theatre Arts Training Students

Each Theatre Arts Training student is eligible for one complimentary ticket per session, regardless of number of classes. For academic year registrations, complimentary tickets are available for select public performances. Redeem early for best seating and availability.

Complimentary tickets are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all performances will have complimentary tickets available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Complimentary tickets cannot be booked online or via e-mail. Complimentary tickets must be booked by phone at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Complimentary tickets are not exchangeable, and may not be applied to past purchases. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.

You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your Theatre Arts Training complimentary ticket, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es) for verification of eligibility. All children age 16 and under must be accompanied to the theatre by an adult.

Fall 2018 Session: valid only on I Come From Arizona or Last Stop on Market Street. Ticket must be redeemed by October 9, 2018.
Winter 2019 Session: valid only on The Hobbit or Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Ticket must be redeemed by February 5, 2019.
Spring 2019 Session: valid only on Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. Ticket must be redeemed by May 7, 2019.

How many students are in each class?

Academic-year class sizes range from 10-16 students depending on the age group and content. Please know class size maximums are strictly enforced to ensure the best possible learning environment for your student. Register early to secure your spot. All classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Who are the faculty?

All of our faculty are professional educators and artists. Our teaching artists work all over the Twin Cities with organizations such as Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood and our very own mainstage acting company, among others. We regularly run background checks on all faculty.

What should I bring to class?

Students in all classes should wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable jumping, crawling, and rolling in. Additionally, some classes include messy art projects.

For dance and movement classes, please wear clothing that won’t inhibit movement. The more clearly the teacher can see your student’s body joints, the more easily the teacher can give technical feedback. Please dress in layers as our studios can be cool in the beginning of class and warm by the end. Hair should be pulled back and out of your student’s face. Please remove all dangling jewelry. Most dance classes require bare feet unless otherwise noted.

For longer classes you may want to pack a small snack. Please note: to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella) and products that “may contain” peanuts and tree-nuts.

What if my student wants to be in a younger or older class?

We understand that some students thrive in an environment including students either younger or older than their peer group. However, if you choose to enroll your student outside of their age group, and either you or Theatre Arts Training faculty find it an unsuccessful fit, no credit or refund will be issued. If space is available in a different age-appropriate class, we can switch your registration.

Can I try a class before I purchase?

If there is still space in a class, you are welcome to audit the first day. If you like it, you can then register with the Ticket Office. Please let the Theatre Arts Training office know if you are planning to audit a class. Please note: many of our classes fill up and the only way to ensure a spot is to register in advance.

Is there a play at the end of class?

Theatre Arts Training is a process-based program focused on building theatre and life skills. Most classes end with a sharing, which showcases the work students have done which may include favorite games and exercises, student-generated work, or rehearsed scenes. We do offer a handful of by audition performance programs throughout the year including Junior Company, Senior Company, Junior Intensive, and Senior Intensive.

How can my student perform on the mainstage?

For select mainstage productions, CTC casts young actors ages 10+. Theatre Arts Training is not responsible for scheduling auditions or casting for the professional mainstage season. To find mainstage audition opportunities please click here.

To help families prepare, Theatre Arts Training often offers workshops tailored to each show’s unique audition requirements. Watch the website and your email for details about upcoming Audition Workshops.

Can I drop off my student early?

Theatre Arts Training is unable to provide supervision before or after school-year classes. Please arrange for punctual drop off and pick up.

How do I get my free child admission?

Each Theatre Arts Training student is eligible for one complimentary ticket per session, regardless of number of classes. For academic year registrations, complimentary tickets are available for select public performances. Information on 2018-2019 available performances and redemption deadlines will be available July 2018.

Complimentary tickets are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all performances will have complimentary tickets available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Complimentary tickets cannot be booked online or via e-mail. Complimentary tickets must be booked by phone at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Complimentary tickets are not exchangeable, and may not be applied to past purchases. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.

You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your Theatre Arts Training complimentary ticket, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es) for verification of eligibility. All children age 16 and under must be accompanied to the theatre by an adult.

How do you ensure child safety?

There is nothing more important to us than the well-being of the young people we serve. In support of that priority, over the last 32 years we have created a comprehensive set of practices designed to keep children safe. Those practices have worked for our young actors and for all of our organization’s participants; they continue to be a centerpiece of our culture and our day-to-day activities. This is an area where we will never say “enough” but will instead strive to be better today than we were yesterday and even better tomorrow. Among the key elements of our protections:
  • Mandatory background checks, including criminal history and the national sex offender database, for every paid position prior to starting work and on an ongoing basis;
  • A “rule of 3” so that no staff or volunteer should ever be alone with a student in a private space;
  • Socializing with children outside of scheduled rehearsals, performances, classes, or CTC-sanctioned professional activities is strictly limited;
  • We are a mandatory reporting organization, which means any staff member must report any suspicion or knowledge of abuse or neglect.

Where do I park?

The Minneapolis Institute of Art offers paid parking for the public in all of its lots. Please note that there is a 30 minute free grace period in the parking ramp for drop off or pick up, but after that the cost is $5 for the first 2 hours and $1/hour thereafter (max $12/day). If there is Event Parking, the cost will be $8 for the first 5 hours. Limited free street parking is available surrounding the theatre, so please factor this into your travel time.

RAMP PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: The Parking Ramp is located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South.

During Event Parking, this parking lot is credit card only:
  • Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level), this is your payment ($8) for parking. The exit gate will be open when you exit.
  • If you are taking advantage of the 30 minute grace period during event parking, be sure to also insert your credit card into the exit machine upon leaving (even if the gate is open); this lets the machines know you were in the facility for less than 30 minutes.
During times that are not Event Parking:
  • To pay with cash: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level. Do not insert a credit card otherwise that will be your payment method. Take your ticket to the Kiosk on Level 1 when you leave to pay for your parking. Insert paid parking ticket into the exit machine upon leaving.
  • To pay with a credit card: Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level) Insert your credit card (same card as you used when you entered) into the machine on your exit from the ramp to pay for your parking.
  • To utilize the 30 minute grace period: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level, and insert the same ticket into the exit machine upon leaving. If it has been less than 30 minutes, the exit gate will open without requiring any payment.
LOT PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Parking Lots are located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South and 24th Street & 3rd Avenue South.
  • Park your car and walk over to the machines at the entrance to the lot.
  • Enter in your car license plate number.
  • Choose the duration of parking time you would like to purchase.
  • Insert credit card or cash to pay for your parking.
  • Keep your ticket as your receipt.

Junior Internship for High School Students

Ready to put your skills to the test?

Children’s Theatre Company is looking for a few extraordinary high school students to assist with Theatre Arts Training classes for the 2018/2019 school year. If you are planning on a career in theatre education, this is your chance to work and learn alongside our veteran teaching staff and industry professionals here at CTC. This aggressively hands-on junior internship will have you immersed in theatre education, working directly with students in one of our many Theatre Arts Training classes. We work with our junior interns to make connections throughout the building and the community. This year we are offering free classes to our junior interns as well as tickets to local theatre, and master classes with industry professionals. If you’re ready to get a jumpstart on your career in the arts, this is the place to do it.

For more information or to apply, please contact Laura at 612.879.5685 or ldelventhal@childrenstheatre.org

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Thank you for reviewing the privacy policy and disclaimer.

Children’s Theatre Company (“CTC”) is committed to providing a safe online experience. We collect no personally identifying information, unless you choose to provide us with that information. This statement of Privacy applies to the CTC website and governs data collection and usage. By using the CTC website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

COLLECTION OF PERSON INFORMATION
If you visit our site to browse, read, watch videos or download, we automatically collect and store only the following information about you:
  • The IP address from which you access our Web site (an IP address serves two principal functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing.)
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This information is used to improve the functionality of the website—to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits. We may compile and report aggregate statistics about our users — numbers, traffic patterns, and related site information — but these statistics will include no personally identifying information. CTC is not responsible for privacy statements or other content on websites outside of CTC, including those linked from CTC’s website.

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