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Theatre Arts Education
Integrates life and learning through experience

Comprehensive classes led by professionals to support the creative expression and development of essential life skills for each student.

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Kid ClassGrades K-1
After-School Classes
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Mission Audition (All ages)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to audition…and audition well! In this class you’ll learn tools of the trade and how to put your best foot forward in your next audition to land the role you want. From calming nerves to dressing the part, updating your resume to cold reads, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to get noticed at your next audition.

September 15-October 13
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Jane Froiland and Ellie Peterson
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Super Story Time
Children’s literature meets theatre. Enjoy stories in a new way by opening up your imagination and exploring the characters and stories through creative performance. Students will build skills in creativity, self-confidence and cooperation as they learn fundamentals of movement and vocal expression. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

September 17-October 15
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades: K-1
Fee: $75
Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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StoryKidSilly Songs
Do you ever just want to be super dooper silly and have a good time? In this class, you will! We’ll take a bunch of silly songs and learn them, creating funny dance routines. Students will build skills in creativity, self-confidence and cooperation as they learn fundamentals of movement and vocal expression. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 20-November 24 (No class 11/3)
Days: Mondays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades: K-1
Fee: $75
Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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Nursery Rhyme Time
The itsy bity spider took this acting class, out came the teacher and the kids, they had a blast. In this class, students will build self-confidence, explore creating a character, and learn simple staging as they rehearse nursery rhymes narrated by the teacher. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 23-November 20
Days: Thursdays
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Grades: K-1
Fee: $75
Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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AGGrades 2-5
NEW!
ONE DAY AMERICAN GIRL WORKSHOPS

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American Girl Power
Do you love American Girl books and dolls? This one day class offers you a chance to create your own unique American Girl character while learning basic acting skills, how to work together in a group, and most importantly celebrating girl power! Friends and family are invited to a final presentation at 3:15 on the day of the workshop.

Session A: Saturday, September 20 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
Session B: Saturday, October 4 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)

Grades: 2-5
Fee: $38
Instructor: Deborah Schee
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Princess Power
Let’s face it. Being a Princess looks like its all fun and games….and it is! Learn how to capture your princess power! Create your own princess and work with others on a play based on your characters. This one day class is perfect for a big dose of theatre without the commitment of a full length session. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation at 3:15 on the day of the workshop.

Session A: Saturday, October 25 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
Session B: Saturday, November 17 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)

Grades: 2-5
Fee: $38
Instructor: Deborah Schee
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Grades 2-5
After-School Classes

Mission Audition (All ages)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to audition…and audition well! In this class you’ll learn tools of the trade and how to put your best foot forward in your next audition to land the role you want. From calming nerves to dressing the part, updating your resume to cold reads, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to get noticed at your next audition.

September 15-October 13
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Jane Froiland and Ellie Peterson
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One Fish Two Fish
With the backdrop of the Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish Two Fish, you’ll learn about theatre, poetry and put on a play. We’ll open up our imaginations and explore the silly world of Seuss through creative performance. Students will learn how to work together as an ensemble, fundamental acting skills, and staging while rehearsing scenes from this popular book. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

September 16-October 14
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: 2-5
Fee: $75

Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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How to Be a Superhero
ExpressYourselfKidCalling all wannabe superheroes! It’s a bird...it’s a plane…it’s…you! Learn theater skills, create your own unique superhero character, work on a superhero play, and maybe even save the planet! Students will learn acting skills in creative expression and work together as an ensemble. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 21-November 25 (No Class 11/11)
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Grades: 2-5
Fee: $75
Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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Grades 6-8
After-School Classes

Mission Audition (All ages)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to audition…and audition well! In this class you’ll learn tools of the trade aEmpoweringTeensnd how to put your best foot forward in your next audition to land the role you want. From calming nerves to dressing the part, updating your resume to cold reads, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to get noticed at your next audition.

September 15-October 13
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Jane Froiland and Ellie Peterson
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Kidz Bop Kreation
Learn about theater while you sing and dance! We’ll learn a popular Top 40s song, performed by Kidz Bop and then create our own dance. Perfect for the seasoned performer or someone who has always wanted to try singing and dancing on stage. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

September 16-October 14
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades: 6-8
Fee: $75

Instructor: Ellie Peterson
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Make-Up Basics
Transform your face with make-up! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the basics of stage make-up. Age yourself 60 years! Make your nose look huge! Give yourself a (fake) bruise! Look like a zombie! All this and more will be taught in class by an experienced.

October 20-November 24
(No class 11/3)
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: 6-8
Fee: $75

Instructor: Christopher Russo
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Midsummer KidsShakespeare Shakedown
To be or not to be…that is the question. And we have the answer! In this class we’ll take classic Shakespeare and shake it up. We’ll modernize classic scenes and approach them with a fresh perspective. Students will learn how to work together as an ensemble, fundamental acting skills, creative vocal and physical expression, and staging. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 22-November 19
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades: 6-8
Fee: $75

Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski
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Grades 9-12
After-School Classes
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Mission Audition (All ages)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to audition…and audition well! In this class you’ll learn tools of the trade aEmpoweringTeensnd how to put your best foot forward in your next audition to land the role you want. From calming nerves to dressing the part, updating your resume to cold reads, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to get noticed at your next audition.

September 15-October 13
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Jane Froiland and Ellie Peterson
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or Download Flyer & Registration Form

 

Triple Threat Theatre
It takes a lot of time and talent to become a triple threat. And we’re here to give you the tools to succeed. Students will learn the keys to mastering the “triple threat:” a balance of skills in singing, dancing and acting. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

September 20-October 11
Days: Saturdays
Time: 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: TBA
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Making a Scene
It starts with a basic scene. What you do from there is up to you and your imagination. We’ll take a scene and show how switching up characters and intentions can create completely different scenarios. Learn how to develop characters and work on a variety of scenes, coached by the instructor. Students will learn fundamental skills in character creation, creative vocal and physical expression, and staging. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 22-November 19
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski
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CreativePerformanceBroadway Bound
There’s no business like show business! Learn fundamental theater skills to make you ready for Broadway! In this class we’ll take popular show tunes, learn vocals and choreography, and then present them to an audience in a final presentation that will definitely show everyone you’re…Broadway Bound! Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 25-November 22
Days: Saturdays
Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Kris Olson and Laura Bidgood
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Ages 18+
Acting Workshops
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Mission Audition (All ages)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to audition…and audition well! In this class you’ll learn tools of the trade aEmpoweringTeensnd how to put your best foot forward in your next audition to land the role you want. From calming nerves to dressing the part, updating your resume to cold reads, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to get noticed at your next audition.

September 15-October 13
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: All Ages
Fee: $75

Instructor: Jane Froiland and Ellie Peterson
Register Online
or Download Flyer & Registration Form

Questions?
Call Lakeshore Players: 651-426-3275
or email: laura@lakeshoreplayers.com

 

Monologues!
Monologues play a huge part in theater. There’s no better way to exercise your skills as an actor and challenge yourself in new roles, than with a monologue. And more theaters are now requiring them at auditions. In this class students will build skills in creativity and self-confidence as they learn fundamentals of characterization and vocal expression. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

September 20-October 18
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Ages: 18+
Fee: $75

Instructor: Laura Bidgood
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Questions?
Call Lakeshore Players: 651-426-3275
or email: laura@lakeshoreplayers.com

 

Sensational Scene Study
Whether you have twenty shows under your belt or just one, Lakeshore Players’ Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski will work with you on tackling different comedic and dramatic scenes and teach how simple scene study can challenge you as an actor. Students will build skills in self-confidence, vocal expression, characterization and script interpretation. Friends and family are invited to a final presentation on the last day of class.

October 25-November 22
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m..

Ages: 18+
Fee: $75

Instructor: Ben Ratkowski
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Questions?
Call Lakeshore Players: 651-426-3275
or email: laura@lakeshoreplayers.com


SCHOLARSHIPS
Limited financial assistance is available in the form of partial scholarships. To apply, download and complete a scholarship request form, and we will do our utmost to honor your request.
Scholarship form


IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Pre-registration is required for every program.
  • Capacity is limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • A class may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • If a class is cancelled, your registration fee will be returned.
  • Payment must be received with the registration form.
  • Registration will be confirmed by email.
  • Sorry, we cannot pro-rate, refund, or issue credit for missed classes.
  • We know plans change! If you have to cancel, we can only issue a credit if you let us know at least a week before the class start date.
  • Students must wear clothes and shoes that allow for movement.

 

Come one, come all and have fun in a Lakeshore Players Theater class!
Each class is full of different fun activities designed to hone acting skills, encourage creativity, boost self-esteem and build confidence. Beginners and old pros alike will benefit from these classes.


QUESTIONS?
Call Lakeshore Players:
651-426-3275

or email: laura@lakeshoreplayers.com


MEET THE TEACHERS

LauraBidgood
Laura Bidgood, a freelance director, stage manager, musician, writer, educator and spoken word artist, has showcased her artistic talents throughout the Twin Cities at such places as Minnesota Public Radio, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Morris Park Players, Dakota Valley Symphony, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company. She is also a proud founding member and performer with the Rockstar Storytellers. During the day she can be seen working as the Education Coordinator at Lakeshore Players Theatre.

Aaron
Janie Froiland is a professional actor and teaching artist based in the Twin Cities. She currently teaches after-school acting classes at Lakeshore and is the head coach of the White Bear Lake H.S. Speech team. Janie has also taught for Stages Theatre, Stepping Stone Theatre,Yellow Tree Theatre, Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center, and Sabes Jewish Community Center, among others. As an actor she has appeared with Ten Thousand Things, Jungle Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Park Square Theatre, and Walking Shadow among others. She loves her dual life as an actor AND a teacher!

Ben Ratkowski
Ben Ratkowski comes to Lakeshore after for more than 12 years with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre where he performed and directed original musical adaptations in communities across the Midwest, adapted A Midsummer Night's Dream for 70 children, and worked as their Managing Director. Ben has also worked at the American Shakespeare Center, M&W Productions, SOAR Regional Arts, and Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre. He holds a BFA in Theatre from UW-Stevens Point. Ben is excited to continue his endeavor to achieve artistic and educational excellence with Lakeshore Players.

RachelRatkowski
Rachel Ratkowski, a native of Washington D.C. holds a Master of Letters and a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Rachel has had the pleasure of teaching in several institutions throughout the East Coast and Midwest including Prairie Fire Children's Theater, The American Shakespeare Center, and The Smithsonian Institute.

 


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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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