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Parks and Recreation

The Theater Division

The Theater Division of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of experiences in the theater arts for youth and adults. While our offices are located in the newly-named Centennial Performing Arts Studios at 211 27th Ave N (formerly known as the Centennial Arts Activity Center), our reach extends to community centers and other parks sites as well, including our own Z. Alexander Looby Theater and the Centennial Black Box Theater.

Full and partial scholarships are available, but limited. These scholarships are need based only and families applying for assistance will be asked to provide documentation of their financial need. Please contact Rachel at for more information on scholarships.

Summer Acting Classes for Adults

Just added! A sensational new course taught by local actor & director Laura Holloway, Scene Study is an ongoing weekly class designed to further the fundamentals of technique through application. Students will prepare scenes from published plays and work on them in and outside of class. Pay monthly and join whenever is convenient!

Ideal for experienced, professional level, adult actors.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 9, 16, 23 & 30; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuition: $80 per month

Register for Scene Study!

Summer Camps for Youth

Check out what's going on this summer. We have something for all ages!

Summer Camps for Youth

Dramatic Play

For ages 3-4 and their caregivers. Play, explore, collaborate and create alongside your preschooler in this fun, interactive, drama experience! Become characters, explore different places and use teamwork to solve challenging situations drawn from picture books and from their own imaginations. This class gives your child a chance to showcase their creativity, while building social skills, speaking and listening skills, and problem-solving skills, all while having crazy amounts of fun!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 25-29; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $80

Register for Dramatic Play Summer Camp

Creative Drama

For ages 4-5. For our more independent preschoolers and kindergartners, students will work together to explore different worlds, become different characters and tell different stories each day of camp! Using music, storytelling, visual arts and movement, students will challenge their imaginations to create stories from beginning to end.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 25-29; Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $100

Register for Creative Drama Summer Camp

Story Drama

For ages 6-7. This class offers our younger students an opportunity to experience theater creation from the source: their imaginations! This ensemble-based camp will work on collaboration, listening to others and sharing their own ideas. In one week, campers will create a story from scratch and
bringing it to life onstage.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

June 27-Jul y 1; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $150

Showcase on July 1 at 4 p.m.

Register for Story Drama Summer Camp

From The Ground Up

For ages 8-10. Back by popular demand, this week is designed to challenge campers in all four major art disciplines: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Using their own ideas and imaginations to work together, campers will discover what it takes to write a song, create choreography, construct a piece of art, and bring a story to life onstage. Instructors will give campers the guidance to create art from the ground up, but what they create is up to them!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 11-15; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tuition: $150

Showcase on July 15 at 4 p.m.

Register for From the Ground Up Summer Camp

Puppets on Parade (Two-Week Camp)

For ages 8-12. Working with Brooklyn-based master puppet-maker and puppeteer, Kirsten Kammermeyer, students will be exposed to multiple puppet types from creation to manipulation.Ultimately, students will be the creators of a large scale puppet that they will manipulate in the International Puppet Festival Parade on Saturday, June 18.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

June 6-17; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $300

Showcases on June 17 at 4 p.m. and June 18 (downtown for the International Puppet Festival)

Register for Puppets on Parade Summer Camp!

Summer Musical: Oklahoma!

For ages 9-17. An amazing opportunity for all dancers, actors, musicians and technicians! A collaboration with the Music City Theatre Collective, this experience gives students the opportunity to work with professionals to mount a full production of the musical classic Oklahoma! in the Centennial Bandshell throughout the month of June. Preliminary workshops will be held Saturdays in May and rehearsals begin May 31.

Youth Dancers and Youth Actors Auditions will be held at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios on April 3 and 4. Please contact Tiana at to schedule a time.

Youth Musicians, please contact Sam Frazee at for more information on how to get involved.

Youth Theater Technicians, please contact Rachel Hamilton at for more information on how to get involved.

Workshops: May 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Rehearsals: May 31-June 5 and June 7-11 at 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 13-16 at Noon-10 p.m. (not every student will be called for every rehearsal)

Performances: June 17, 18 and 19 and June 23, 24, 25 and 26 and June 30, July 1 and 2 at 6:30 call time and 7:30 curtain

Tuition: $200

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Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesdays are a new, exciting concept for us here at Parks Theater. Each workshop is an intensive-style class that focuses on one specific topic. Each workshop is only 1-2 sessions long (designed for busy people!) and they happen on, you guessed it, Wednesdays! We have workshops for youth, adults and some for youth and adults. We hope you'll join us for these awesome little classes designed to be high-impact and low-commitment.

All Workshop Wednesdays are held at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N.

Workshop Wednesdays are taking a break during the summer to make way for our summer camps! Check back in July for an updated schedule of all our Fall Theater Class offerings!

Staff Directory

Brown, Kirk
Technical Director
Hamilton, Rachel
Supervisor of Theater Division
Turner, Tiana
Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant