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Summer Theatre Workshops for Ages 4-17 – Something for everyone!

We fill our summers with more than 40 week long camps for students ages 4-17. Held at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Armstrong High School and through out the Twin Cities metro area, there are more than 900 openings for kids to get creative and theatrical with us this summer!



Summer Theatre Workshops


  • ONLINE: Easiest!!
  • PHONE: 952-979-1111 , option 4
  • IN PERSON: At the Box Office – 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where diverse opinions, courageous dialogue, and local, national, and international community engagement is not only valued, but vital to our shared artistic and educational success. We make this pledge in the hope of curating a welcome home for all.

Expand the section below to see the class offerings for each age range.

Details below are from 2018. We’ll have 0ur 2019 classes & information available soon!


For your 4-6 Year Old


REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)

LOCATION: Hopkins Center for the Arts

A Really Royal Rumpus (ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT) 
What would happen if all of our favorite royal characters threw a big party? We are going to find out! Join princesses Belle, Rapunzel, Elsa, Elena, Tiana, and princes James, Eric, and Aladdin to name a few! They have made a royal decree: “Let’s make a royal rumpus at Stages this summer! ”

The Wheel Deal (wk of 7/23 SOLD OUT)
Children love wheels of all sorts….cars, trucks, trains, and things that go vroooooom! Inspired by the books The Little Blue Truck, Mighty Mighty Construction Site, The Little Dump Truck, Steam Train, Dream Train, and the Trucktown Series, we want to bring these traveling tales to life using the Actor’s Toolbox.

STEAM Dreams (wk of 8/13 SOLD OUT)
Little ones are never too young to start learning in all areas! Luckily there are lots of cool books that agree with us. The Most Magnificent Thing; Rosie Revere, Engineer; Ida Peck, Architect; Ada Twist, Scientist; What do you do with an Idea?, If I Built a House; and Dreaming Up will be some of our starting points of creative invention. Using the Actor’s Toolbox, your little ones will have a blast acting out their big ideas!

Waterfalls & Wayfinding (ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT)
All heroes have to take a journey, but our favorite heroes “journey farther,” right into the ocean! Moana, Ariel, Dory, Swimmy, Rainbow Fish, Old Turtle, and Three Little Mermaids all know the fun and adventure that the ocean holds. Soon your young actors will too! Together, we will use our voices, bodies, and imaginations to create our own underwater tale!

House of Mouse Mania (ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT)
Welcome to your personal Disney theatre, where we only tell tales of Doc McStuffins, Lion Guard, Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina, PJ Masks, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and other concoctions from the minds of Disney. Together with a Stages teaching artist, we will dream big, play hard, and adventure to the max! Join us!

Oliver Jeffers has created some of our very favorite books: the Crayon books, A Child of Books, Here We Are, and Once There Was A Boy…series to name a few. We love the wonder and thought process that his characters take. So we will take it off the page and onto the stage! With creative dramatics, music, and movement, young actors will use their voices and bodies to tell a new joyful Jeffers-like story.



SCHEDULE (Ages 4-6)

For your 7-9 Year Old


REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)

LOCATION: Armstrong High School

Rebels and the Dark Side (wk of 7/9, 7/30 LIMITED)
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the most epic story ever began. Jedis, Rebels, and galactic species of all kinds have made us want to join in the Rebel Alliance to fight against the Dark Side! Join us–General Leia, Finn, Poe, and Rey need YOU. The opportunities are endless in space! Stages teaching artists will guide students as they create a tale using these popular movies as the starting point. The Force is strong in this workshop.

The Mighty Musical Mix (wk of 7/9 LIMITED, 7/23 SOLD OUT)
(sing and dance)
Performing like the next big Broadway star, we are going to take our actors to the next level of confidence! In this workshop, we will develop our “star-power” singing and dancing to our favorite musicals like Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family, Newsies, and Finding Neverland, Willy Wonka. Your young actors will learn songs and choreography from the shows and connect them through their own group-devised story.

I Survived
Welcome to an action-packed week of problem solving imagination! Inspired by the book series of thrilling and amazing stories from history, told through the eyes of the kids who lived them, we are going to make plays out of real-life adventure! Using our Actor’s Toolbox and story structure, we will make it through a dramatic disaster and go on to tell the tale!

(sing and dance)
We love hearing kids sing out the hit songs of the summer every year. Dancing with Timberlake, getting creative like Taylor, or belting out Bruno, we are taking it a step further and adding a story to our favorite tunes. Inspired by Kidz Bop, RadioDisney, and other avenues of kid-appropriate pop music, Stages Theatre Company teaching artists will work with students to adapt music from popular musicians to create unique and original musical stories for the stage.

Whodunit: Kid Detectives
Calling all inspectors, detectives, and mystery-solvers! Something’s afoot at Stages Summer Theatre Workshop and we need YOU to help us solve the mystery. Follow in the footsteps of Jada Jones, Nate the Great, Goldie Blox, Encyclopedia Brown, and the Boxcar Children to collect clues, follow suspicions, and draw conclusions. We will bring our showcase audience along on a mystery and help them figure out—WHODUNIT?


REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)

Armstrong High School Workshops:
Family and friends are invited to a showcase of skills learned on the Friday of each session beginning at 2:30pm in the auditorium of Armstrong High School. Showcases include all workshops for ages 7-13 and typically last an hour or so total.

SCHEDULE (Ages 7-9)

Extended Day Care is available before and after workshops. Please see Extended Care section for options and pricing.

For your 9-13 Year Old


LOCATION: Armstrong High School

Hogwarts is back, big-time. With the Cursed Child debut and re-release of the Harry Potter series in graphic novels, it’s time to dig into the magical world with more gusto than ever. Let’s start at the entry point for all new wizards: Platform 9 ¾! It’s time to stop being Muggles and start believing in magic. Combining legends inspired by J.K. Rowling’s series with acting skills, Stages teaching artists and your developing actor will choose a path to explore adventure, intrigue, and the origin stories of this beloved world.

Page to Stage: Applegate’s Gateway (7/16 Limited)
Following the popular Katherine Applegate novels Crenshaw, The One and Only Ivan series, and Wishtree, Stages is taking inspiration from this beloved author to tell stories of family, friendship, conflict, and wild imagination. Geared for building storytelling and dynamic acting skills in your developing actor, these relatable stories show the importance of just being you.

Pitch Perfect: The Finale (ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT)
(sing and dance)
We are back for one final aca-explosion! Using repertoire from popular music, Stages Theatre Company teaching artists will guide students into learning and using singing techniques to hit new notes, strengthen our ranges, and perform mash-ups of your favorite hits on the radio today!

(sing and dance)
In theatre, it all comes down to one thing: opening night. The show must go on. This summer, we are going to bring (appropriate) musical numbers and scenes from popular shows like Hamilton, Wicked, Les Mis, Dear Evan Hanson, and Legally Blonde to life on our very own sound stage. You’ll want to be in the room where it happens for this musical theatre repertoire! Strong focus on developing triple threats (singing, dancing, acting).

REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)


Tuition: $280 per student

SCHEDULE (Ages 12-17)


For your 12-17 Year Old


LOCATION: Armstrong High School

Write Here, Right Now
This summer, we want to ask our teenagers to dig into the world they live in to find inspiration to tell stories. Inspired by the books and authors you love (Turtles All the Way Down by John Greene, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon to name a few), we are going to write and perform a play that the actors create from their own lives, hearts, and imaginations. Together we will create a safe place of creativity to form friendships, forge new ideas, and tell important stories.

June 25-29
Tuition: $275 per student
Showcase: June 29th at 2:30pm

The Upside Down
We have a confession: we love Stranger Things. Investigative drama and supernatural elements? We are in and we are not the only ones. With books in that vein like Papergirls, Firestarter, The Boys of Summer, we want to explore the upside down of potential stories. During this workshop, we are going to dig into playwriting using these themes as a starting point. Short plays will be prepared and shared at week’s end, with each actor knowing themselves a little better.

July 9-13
Tuition: $275 per student
Showcase: July 13th at 2:30pm


Extended Day is available before and after workshops.
Please see Extended Care page for options and pricing.

Extended Day Care is available before and after workshops. Please see Extended Care section for options and pricing.

Next Stage: Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr.  –  CLASS IS FULL!


Ages 10-15*
Tuition: $505 per student
3 WeeksMadagascar A Musical Adventure Jr.

So your child is ready for more than a week-long workshop, but either hasn’t broken through the audition process, or is considering entering the audition process: Join the Next Stage Company! We are offering the opportunity to do a full theatre production of Madagascar Jr. on the very same set that Stages will be running their summer production!
All actors will audition on day one, be cast in a specific role, learn songs and choreography, perfect their parts over three weeks of rehearsal, get costumes, and have a public performance on stage at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. It’s the real deal! This performance intensive is for those young actors ready to build ensemble, grow their performance skills, and commit to the production process. We strongly encourage young male actors to join Next Stage!

*Registration is limited to young actors rising to Grades 5-9 this summer.

***This class will fill quickly! Remember, season subscribers have the first chance to register on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at noon! Learn how you can become a subscriber today.

Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30-4:30pm
July 23- Aug 9

  • Week 1 (July 23-26) is at Armstrong High School
  • Week 2 (July 30-Aug 2) is at Armstrong High School
  • Week 3 (Aug 6-9) is the Hopkins Center for the Arts

Performances Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm and Thursday, August 9 at 2pm.
There is no cost to attend performances of Next Stage.

CAST Summer Showtime-SOLD OUT

LOCATION:Hopkins Depot& Hopkins Center for the Arts

Ages 10-17
Tuition: $275 per student
3 Weeks
You’ve asked and we’ve listened—CAST is doing a summer production with our spectacular actors! STC is so proud of its CAST Program (Creative Accepting Sensory-Friendly Theatre) and the incredible young actors we get to help develop, that we were inspired to give you your own show!Directed by CAST lead teacher and professional theatre artist, Peter Morrow and assisted by a full-time AuSM social skills educator, CAST students will get to do a 3-week intensive that culminates in public performances.

June 25-July 13
Mondays-Fridays, 9:30am- 12 NOON

REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)


  • Week 1 (June 25-29) at Hopkins Depot
  • Week 2 (July 2-6) at Hopkins Depot
    (off Wednesday, July 4)
  • Week 3 (July 9-13) at the HCA on the Main Stage
    • Mon-Thursday: 9:30- 12 NOON
    • Friday, July 13 9:30-3pm
      • School/Agency performance at 10:30am
      • Family/Public performances at 1:30pm


This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund and a grant from Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

Satellite STW

New this year!

We are trying something new and partnering with North Hennepin Community College to bring Summer Theatre Workshops closer to you.
Same curriculum, same performance standards, same levels of awesome fun!
Show in a Week! will bring all of our actors together in 5 days to cast, create, rehearse, and perform an original play for an invited audience in a location that may be more accessible to your family.

CLASS TITLE: Show in a Week! 

STW Satellite Location - North Hennepin Community College

WHEN: July 9-13, 2018 – 9am-3:30pm
WHO: Ages 7-13
WHERE: Stages at North Hennepin Community College: 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Informal performance for family & friends on Friday, July 13 at 3:00pm


Extended Day Available morning and afternoon. Please see Extended Care page for options and pricing.

Tuition: $200 per Student


REGISTRATION starts 1/23/18 (Season Subscribers) and 1/30/18 (General Public)

Extended Day is available before and after workshops. See Extended Care info below for options and pricing.

HCA-Lunch hour Ages 4-6 $50 per student/per week 12 noon-1pm
Armstrong–AM $45 per student/per week 7:30- 9am
Armstrong–PM $35 per student/per week 3:30- 4:30pm
Armstrong–Both $65 per student/per week 7:30- 9am & 3:30- 4:30pm
Satellite STW–AM $30 per student/per week 7:30- 9am
Satellite STW–PM $25 per student/per week 3:30- 4:30pm
Satellite STW–Both $50 per student/per week 7:30- 9 am & 3:30- 4:30pm

Please note that any child left to wait more than 15 minutes before or after their session will be charged for extended day care. Thank you for your understanding.


Price per Student Additional session, per same student
4-6 Year Olds $120 $100
7-9 Year Olds $280 $250
9-13 Year Olds $280 $250
12-16 Year Olds $275 $245
Next Stage $505
CAST Showtime $275
Satellite STW $200



A $25 deposit (part of your registration fee) and all handling fees ($5 per class) are non-refundable.

No refunds for cancellations made after May 1, 2018.

Register Online at OR Call the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4, between 12 Noon and 6 pm, Tuesday-Saturday and register over the phone with a credit card.

Tuition assitance is available for all programs.  Please contact

We are excited to take over the auditorium building of Armstrong High School for our workshops for ages 7-17 this year!

Let’s be clear where everyone is going!

HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 1111 Mainstreet Hopkins, MN 55343

  • 4-6 YEAR OLDS
  • C.A.S.T.: WEEK 3

1111 Mainstreet Hopkins, MN 55343


  • 7-9 YEAR OLDS
  • 9-13 YEAR OLDS
  • 12-17 YEAR OLDS

10635 36TH AVE N, PLYMOUTH, MN 55441

THE DEPOT COFFEE HOUSE – 9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343

  • C.A.S.T.: WEEKS 1 & 2

9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343


In this Parent Portal, we have Tuition Assistance Forms, maps to schools, Emergency Forms, and general policy information.  Feel free to click the files below and get your questions answered!

PLEASE NOTE: STC does not provide meals or snacks at any location.  Please adhere our nut free policies at all sites.






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