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Theatre

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.

ages 14-adult

Developing Improv for Teens & Adults

After learning the Nine Rules of Improv, use them to develop two-person and group scenes, and guessing games. Plus, learn to create a performance. We’ll end with a short performance for family and friends. Suggested prerequisite: Introduction to Improv for Teens & Adults

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Ages 9-14

Dramatic Fanatics Camp

Creative drama can be fun for both non-actors and actors! Camp activities will include pantomime, creative movement, imaginative journeys and speaking vocal exercises. We’ll end with a short performance for family and friends.

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Ages 9-14

Speech & Drama Camp

Prepare for the middle school and high school experiences! This camp will build a foundation of vital skills to help you succeed in school, whether you’re in theatre programs or not, and throughout your life!

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ages 8-11

The Wonderful World of Reader’s Theatre

Known as “theatre of the imagination,” reader’s theatre is a great way to explore word sounds and interpret characters using expressive voices and gestures. Participants will have fun using their imaginations while learning, rehearsing and performing a reader’s script. No memorizing required!

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4th-8th grades

Summer Theatre Intensive: Disney ‘Newsies Jr.’

Answer the call & don’t delay! You can star in “Newsies Jr.” as part of our Summer Theatre Intensive! Everyone who registers will be a part of the production and will audition to determine specific roles. Students should bring a snack and water each day. Auditions: 8:30am-12:30pm Sat, 5/14/22 at Woodlawn Rehearsals: 8:30am-12:30pm Mon-Fri, 6/6/22-6/17/22 at Woodlawn Arts Academy in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center Tech Week: 8:30am-12:30pm Mon-Fri, 6/20/22-6/24/22 at Sauk Valley Community College Performances: Friday, June 24, 2022 at 7pm; Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2pm in the Mathis

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ages 4-8

Sensory Exploration

Children need the very best environment in which to play, learn and socialize so that they develop the skills they need to be the best version of themselves! We’ll utilize sensory exploration in age-appropriate activities, including drama, construction, music, art and so much more!

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ages 4-8

Animal Planet

Encourage your child to keep their childhood joy and wonder of animals alive! Using drama, art, music and dance, we will investigate domestic and wild animals. 

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