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Woodlawn Arts Academy’s student theatre programs are open to all, and every student who registers gets a part! Participants get the opportunity to act, sing and dance, plus learn auditioning tips, and about costuming and set design. Rehearsals for our musicals take place in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center at Woodlawn Arts Academy until the last few weeks of rehearsals, when they move to Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School or Sauk Valley Community College’s Jerry Mathis Theatre, thanks to our Sauk Valley Theatre Alliance partnership with SVCC and Centennial Auditorium.

Additionally, we offer outreach theatre programs with Dixon Public Schools, as well as Rock Falls Middle School through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant with the Sterling-Rock Falls Y.

Actor’s Studio

Meeting once a month, this group is for aspiring adult actors to improve their skillset, share with other artists and try out new materials. Instant feedback from the group and instructor will help take your talents to the next level. Whether you are new to the stage or a seasoned professional, there will be support every step of the way. You can bring scenes or monologues you are interested in rehearsing, but materials will be provided, as well. 

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ages 9-adult

Over the Top! Partner Theatre Makeup

Ever wanted to practice with theatre make-up? Work together with a partner (such as mom, dad, sibling or friend) to create over-the-top character makeup on each other! Hairstyles may be incorporated, as well. Want to turn Mom into a robot or your brother into an alien? Tuition covers the cost of both participants.

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Ages 9-14

Dramatic Fanatics

Dramatic Fanatics is only offered once during the school year! Creative drama can be fun for both non-actors and actors! Develop a positive self-esteem and problem-solving skills while learning to work with others. A variety of activities including pantomime, creative movement, imaginative journeys and speaking vocal exercises will be offered. There will be a short performance at the end of the session.

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stage with spotlights and open curtain
ages 6-9

Elementary Theatre

Get your theatre experience here! Whether you have an active interest in acting and the theatre, or they simply want to make new friends and explore the development of important attributes, this class is the perfect option.

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4th-8th grades

“Aladdin Jr.” Theatre Production

If you love to act, sing and dance, or have always wanted to be on stage and learn more about theatre, take part in our great performance opportunities! Have fun while learning about acting, singing, dancing, set design and more! Everyone who registers will be a part of the production and will audition to determine specific roles.  This program is specifically for our outreach theatre program with Dixon Public Schools, and participants must be students at Madison School or Reagan Middle School. Rehearsal Times & Dates: AT REAGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL: 3:30-5:30pm Mon & Wed, 11/29/21-1/12/22 AT DIXON HIGH SCHOOL: 3:30-5:30pm

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all ages

Broadway in Chicago Bus Trip: ‘Frozen’

Join us for the magic and wonder of “Frozen” live on stage! Seats are limited and sell fast, so register right away! Bus departs the Woodlawn Farmhouse parking lot at 8:30am. Time in Chicago for shopping & lunch on your own before the 2pm showtime. Dinner (not included in cost) on the way back. Return to Woodlawn by 8:30pm. All ages welcome, but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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ages 4-8

Creator Club Session 2

Home-school students & those not yet in school: Have fun & Meet new friends at Creator Club! Creativity and friendship unite! This program is for students who are not yet in school and those who are homeschooling. Socialize with friends while doing science, art, drama, culinary, music and dance! Class themes and activities will be centered around the interests of the participants. 

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