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Education Corner:  Jan 2017 – Summer Planning

Education Corner: Jan 2017 – Summer Planning

Happy New Years to you all! Time to make resolutions, kick off new semesters, and plan for summer programming.


Wait…WHAT?! That doesn’t seem right at all! Aren’t there two seasons to enjoy before we hit summer? That’s true, but as all of you parents know, the rush to figure out summer plans for your young ones seems to kick off as soon as the new year does. There are always too many options and factors to figure in, so I’m here to break it down for you: Choose Stages Summer Theatre Workshop.


Summer Theatre Workshop is our favorite time of year and will run June 19-August 11. All programming for 4-6 year olds will be at the Hopkins Center for the Arts with morning sessions lasting 9:30am-12noon, and afternoon sessions running 1-3:30pm. All programming for 7-17 year olds will be at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. (Our best friends at FAIR School are getting a new roof so they have conveniently placed us at the closest facility with a big stage, a black box theatre, and music rooms…just like what we are used to at FAIR!). We will be taking over the one corner of the high school, and before you worry about your 7 year old roaming high school halls, know that we will be in our own space and have our own entrance. All full day workshops will run 9am-3:30pm.


NEW THIS YEAR is extended care options BEFORE and AFTER workshop daily. Families, we heard you and are always striving to make it easier for Stages to fit into our lives. Extended Day is only available at Cooper and runs 7:30am-4:30pm.


Returning is the popular Next Stage program and this year, we will be putting on a full production of Shrek TYA! Let your freak flags fly and sign up for this awesome performance opportunity! This is open to 5th-9th graders. Also returning is the CAST Summer Showtime program for our spectacular actors affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, open to 10-17 year olds.


Finally, we have it written everywhere, but please believe us when we say, “Tuition Assistance is available for all workshops.” If you know someone (or are someone) who would love to register their child to experience a fun, safe, creatively-fulfilling week-long camp this summer but simply can’t swing it financially, reach out to It’s part of our mission to provide theatre for any child who wants to try it. Help us achieve that goal.


If you got down this far, I appreciate it. I am always open to ideas or questions that any one may have regarding summer programming, as I know the huge job it is for parents to figure it out. I hope to can make it easier: Come play with us at Summer Theatre Workshop.

Nikki SwobodaNikki Swoboda

Education Director

Learn more about our: SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOPS

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