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We offer theater education for children, teens, and adults in all aspects of the theater arts. We have classes and workshops during the spring and fall season as well as camps during the summer months.  Learn more about the benefits of theater education.  

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Upcoming Classes

    • Tue, March 12, 2024
    • Tue, April 23, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • 35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138
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    It's time to put those imaginations to work! The Acting Foundations class for ages 5-8 uses scripts written specifically for this age group. These scripts are based on classic children's stories such as fairy tales, folk tales, and the like to dive into the wonderful world of theater.

    Each week, students will have fun with:

    • dramatic play
    • story enactment
    • movement
    • creating characters
    • voice work
    • visual arts

    Through creative play, artistic expression, and theater games students will explore and learn the basics of acting and performance. This class will strengthen their ability to cooperate with others, focus on a task, and gain self-confidence. Students will apply all the skills they've learned in their final class day performance showcase of a short play.

    Play will be based on the total number of students enrolled in this class.

    Instructor: Patti Punzi

    Please note: 5 yr olds must be enrolled in Kindergarten and/or learning to read basic text.

    Parents must be available to assist their child at home with line memorization.

    Class location: 

    Honey Creek Community Church Hall

    35512 Washington Ave

    Honey Creek, WI 53138


    Class Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm


    Class Dates:

    Tuesdays - March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, & 23

    (**There is no time off for Spring Break as we have students from multiple school districts.)

    NOTE: Attendance is very important as the entire class will be working together on a play script to perform on the final day. It is very difficult to have meaningful rehearsals when a cast member is absent often. This is a 7-week class so please plan accordingly.


    **WHEN REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE please check all email folders (including spam/promotions) for the confirmation email. 

    In order to ensure you receive ALL future communications please add this email to your trusted sender list.**


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    COSTUME INFORMATION

    Students in the Acting Foundation class will be wearing costumes for their final performance. We will require every student to wear a basic base costume that parents must provide. We do our very best to keep it simple and items that you already have or can easily find without spending money.

    Any additional costume items will be provided by Wisconsin Theater Arts.

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    “There are no small parts, only small actors”

    (Konstantin Stanislaviski)

    Stanislavski was the “father of modern acting”. He revolutionized the craft of acting. Not just for lead performers, but for the actors with small parts and for background actors and ensemble. Prior to Stanislavski, actors who were cast in small roles or in the ensemble often gave “smaller” performances. This means their acting lacked a sense of purpose. Their characters lacked depth and commitment and it was more like they were spectators versus performers.

    Stanislavski found this unacceptable. When he arrived on the scene he expected his actors to truly engage in their roles with “equal commitment” regardless of the role size.

    When Stanislavski’s company, the Moscow Art Theater, toured around the world, spectators immediately noticed the change he had made. Audiences now saw ALL the actors, even those with smaller roles or those in the ensemble, move with a sense of purpose and perform their characters with depth and truth. There was a full commitment by every actor on the stage to achieve their character’s objective no matter if they had hundreds of lines, a handful of lines, or none at all.

    Here are Wisconsin Theater Arts, we follow this same philosophy. No matter the size of the role, we expect our actors, our performers to be true to their characters and create realistic representations on stage. Every single role in a play or musical has purpose otherwise it wouldn’t be there. We expect every cast member to have full commitment to their performance regardless of the size of the role they’ve been cast in.

    (Stanislavski info from: https://actingmagazine.com/2018/07/there-are-no-small-parts-only-small-actors-konstantin-stanislavski/)

    • Wed, March 13, 2024
    • Sat, April 27, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • 35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138
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    *Prerequisite:  All students enrolled must fall within the specified age range.  (8 yr old students will be accepted upon prior approval by the director/instructor only.)

    Students enrolled in this production-based class will work as an ensemble to learn, practice, and perform a 30 min play. Play scripts are determined by the number of students enrolled in the production class.

    Plays for this class are chosen from a vast library of scripts based on fabulous stories from literature, fairy tales, folk tales, and the like. We want to ensure that each session of this class has a script that challenges the students enrolled and works with all talent levels.

    Students will:

    • audition & be cast in a roles(s) for the selected play,
    • hone their acting skills through character analysis and development, activities that work on voice projection, nonverbal communication, improvisation, and much more,
    • learn techniques for line memorization,
    • practice and implement stage directions/blocking,
    • learn how to work as an ensemble,
    • have fun and bring the show to life!

    All students who register for the class are cast in the chosen play through the audition process that happens on the first day of class. Every role in a production is different and requires different line loads and abilities. Students in this production will have lines to memorize. This means they will require practice time at home. 

    Class location:

    Honey Creek Community Baptist Church Hall

    35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138


    Class Time:  5:00 - 7:00pm

    Class Dates:  March 13, 20, 27  April 3, 10, 17, & 24


    Final Dress Rehearsal and Performance

    Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10am - 2pm.


    All students enrolled in this class must be in attendance for the final two class dates as well as the final dress rehearsal and performance day.

    Attendance throughout the seven weeks of class is essential for the continuity of the rehearsal and performance process. Please make plans accordingly to ensure your child attends every class. 


    NOTE: Since we have students enrolled from multiple school districts, we do not include any sort of Spring Break time off from class.

    Tuition for this class covers: royalty fees for the play if applicable, the costumes (minus the base layer), set, and props.

    Director/Instructor: Patti Punzi

    Technical Director/Instructor: Peter Punzi


    **WHEN REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE please check all email folders (including spam/promotions) for the confirmation email. 

    In order to ensure you receive ALL future communications please add this email to your trusted sender list.**


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    COSTUME INFORMATION

    Students in the Acting Production class will be wearing costumes for their final performance. Basic base costume items like shirts, pants, socks, and shoes are the responsibility of the parent. We will communicate what will work for the base items based on the type of costume your child will be wearing in the production. We do our very best to keep it simple and items that you already have or can easily find. 

    All main costume items will be provided by Wisconsin Theater Arts unless a student already has items at home that will work for their costume.

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    “There are no small parts, only small actors”

    (Konstantin Stanislaviski)

    Stanislavski was the “father of modern acting”. He revolutionized the craft of acting. Not just for lead performers, but for the actors with small parts and for background actors and ensemble. Prior to Stanislavski, actors who were cast in small roles or in the ensemble often gave “smaller” performances. This means their acting lacked a sense of purpose. Their characters lacked depth and commitment and it was more like they were spectators versus performers.

    Stanislavski found this unacceptable. When he arrived on the scene he expected his actors to truly engage in their roles with “equal commitment” regardless of the role size.

    When Stanislavski’s company, the Moscow Art Theater, toured around the world, spectators immediately noticed the change he had made. Audiences now saw ALL the actors, even those with smaller roles or those in the ensemble, move with a sense of purpose and perform their characters with depth and truth. There was a full commitment by every actor on the stage to achieve their character’s objective no matter if they had hundreds of lines, a handful of lines, or none at all.

    Here are Wisconsin Theater Arts, we follow this same philosophy. No matter the size of the role, we expect our actors, our performers to be true to their characters and create realistic representations on stage. Every single role in a play or musical has purpose otherwise it wouldn’t be there. We expect every cast member to have full commitment to their performance regardless of the size of the role they’ve been cast in.

    (Stanislavski info from: https://actingmagazine.com/2018/07/there-are-no-small-parts-only-small-actors-konstantin-stanislavski/)

    • Thu, March 14, 2024
    • Thu, April 25, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • 35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138
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    *Prerequisite:  All students enrolled in this class must have some previous singing experience (e.g. school or church choir, music class, singing in musicals, etc...)

    Explore storytelling through the magic of musical theater! 

    Musical theater is a form of theatrical performance that involves acting, singing, and dancing. The story and emotional content of the musical are conveyed through music and movement.

    Students enrolled in this Musical Theater Technique class will build skills in acting, singing, and dancing and learn how to fuse them together to create a strong musical theater performance. 

    In this class students will focus on:

    • acting fundamentals such as character creation, motivation, and believability
    • interpretation of lyrics to build an understanding of the story being told
    • vocal techniques to continue to develop healthy singing habits such as proper breath support, vocal pitch, and expanding their vocal range
    • basic Broadway jazz dance styles
    • the ability to work as an ensemble

    Using scenes and songs from some of Broadway's most popular musicals (and are age appropriate), students will build their confidence and skill as young performers. Working together as an ensemble, students will present scenes and songs with choreography for the performance showcase that will take place on the final day of class.

      All students who register for the class participate in every scene/song chosen for the performance showcase. Students will require practice time at home to continue work on any scenes and songs they're working on in class. Digital music tracks will be provided so that everyone is able to practice at home.

      Who should take this class?

      Whether you are a musical theater beginner, have some experience, or looking to brush up on your skills, this class is for you!

      This class is a great stepping stone for our Musical Theater Summer Camp (Suessical Jr in summer 2024) and future musical mainstage productions.

      Class location:

      Honey Creek Community Baptist Church Hall

      35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138


      Class Time:  5:30 - 7:30pm

      Class Dates:  March 14, 21, 28  April 4, 11, 18, & 25


      Final Dress Rehearsal and Performance will take place on the final day of class (April 25, 2024). More information regarding details for the final day will be shared a month prior.


      Attendance throughout the seven weeks of class is essential for the continuity of the rehearsal and performance process. Please make plans accordingly to ensure your child attends every class. 


      NOTE: Since we have students enrolled from multiple school districts, we do not include any sort of Spring Break time off from class.

      Tuition for this class covers: royalty fees (if applicable), costume pieces (minus the base layer), and any set or props necessary for performance.

       Director/Instructor: Patti Punzi

      Technical Director & Vocal Instructor: Peter Punzi


      **WHEN REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE please check all email folders (including spam/promotions) for the confirmation email. 

      In order to ensure you receive ALL future communications please add this email to your trusted sender list.**


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      Important information regarding this class:

      Students will be required to wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move easily since this class involves dance choreography. Clothing like yoga pants, sweatpants, athletic pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc… are acceptable. Ladies, please no revealing garments.

      Dressing in layers is always a good idea, especially in cooler weather. The space we use for classes can get warm once the temps go above 60 degrees so IF we have warmer weather please dress accordingly and appropriately.

      Students will also be required to wear jazz dance sneakers OR tennis shoes/regular sneakers. Please, no slip-on tennis shoes (like Vans) as they do not provide proper foot support. If you already own regular jazz shoes, you may bring them to try out; however, our wood floor may be too slippery so bring along regular sneakers or jazz sneakers as a backup.

      If you are in need of dance sneakers or dancewear, feel free to visit our page at Discount Dance Supply: https://www.discountdance.com/search/teacherid:140746?tp=140746



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      COSTUME INFORMATION

      Students in the Musical Theater Technique class will wear some sort of base costume for the performance showcase on the final day of class. This will be a simple base costume that will allow students to add costume accessories/pieces for the different scenes/songs they'll be performing.  Every student will be responsible for this base costume (shirt, pants, socks, shoes). Any additional costume pieces will be supplied by Wisconsin Theater Arts.

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      “There are no small parts, only small actors”

      (Konstantin Stanislaviski)

      Stanislavski was the “father of modern acting”. He revolutionized the craft of acting. Not just for lead performers, but for the actors with small parts and for background actors and ensemble. Prior to Stanislavski, actors who were cast in small roles or in the ensemble often gave “smaller” performances. This means their acting lacked a sense of purpose. Their characters lacked depth and commitment and it was more like they were spectators versus performers.

      Stanislavski found this unacceptable. When he arrived on the scene he expected his actors to truly engage in their roles with “equal commitment” regardless of the role size.

      When Stanislavski’s company, the Moscow Art Theater, toured around the world, spectators immediately noticed the change he had made. Audiences now saw ALL the actors, even those with smaller roles or those in the ensemble, move with a sense of purpose and perform their characters with depth and truth. There was a full commitment by every actor on the stage to achieve their character’s objective no matter if they had hundreds of lines, a handful of lines, or none at all.

      Here are Wisconsin Theater Arts, we follow this same philosophy. No matter the size of the role, we expect our actors, our performers to be true to their characters and create realistic representations on stage. Every single role in a play or musical has purpose otherwise it wouldn’t be there. We expect every cast member to have full commitment to their performance regardless of the size of the role they’ve been cast in. 

      (Stanislavski info from: https://actingmagazine.com/2018/07/there-are-no-small-parts-only-small-actors-konstantin-stanislavski/)

      • Mon, July 08, 2024
      • Sat, July 27, 2024
      • 16 sessions
      • TBA
      • 24
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      We are so excited to announce that our SUMMER 2024 musical will be Seussical JR!

      Despite all odds, Horton and Gertrude band together

      to save the Whos, free Horton,

      and restore peace and unity to the Jungle of Nool.


      Seussical JR teaches the beauty of being unique, and the importance of friendship, loyalty, and love. It is a wonderful musical that allows for many students to shine throughout the show. There are many features and roles for all ages and experience levels.

      At Wisconsin Theater Artswe inspire curiosity, engage our young actors to make connections, and educate them through the transformative power of musical theater.


      Kids and teens of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to join our three-week camp that offers a high-energy, engaging, and memorable summer camp experience! We know they'll walk away having built a new repertoire of performance skills. 


      All summer camp enrollees will experience the entire production process from auditions to performance. 


      Auditions will take place on the first day of camp and casting will follow. There are roles for everyone and plenty of acting, singing, and dancing for all throughout this musical.


      Throughout the rehearsal process campers will work on musical theater basics, character development, improvisation, stage movement, singing, and dancing.  Some singing experience (school music class, school choir, prior musical theater experience) is very helpful.  


      Summer Theater Camp culminates in a 60-minute ticketed production open to family and friends to attend. With songs, dances, and high-energy material great for performers of all ages, Suessical JR is sure to be an unforgettable experience! 


      Director/Choreographer: Patti Punzi

      Director/Musical Director: Peter Punzi

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      CAMP DETAILS

      Youth Ages: 9-18

      Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 26, 2024

      Time: Monday - Friday from 10am - 3pm

      Location: East Troy High School (3128 Graydon Ave, East Troy, WI, 53120)

      Performance Date/Times:

      Saturday, July 27, 2024

      1st Performance @ 2:00pm (campers must arrive at 12:00pm to prep)

      2nd Performance @ 6:00pm


      **Attendance is essential. Theater is a team based activity, and absences impact the whole group. Only one conflict is excused during the first two weeks of camp (with the exception being illness or an emergency). If you have any conflicts with the final week of camp and/or the performance date then please refrain from registering.


      Registration

      All registrations are processed in the order they are received. Only payment in full will secure your spot. Registrations will be accepted until the camp is full or until the registration deadline, whichever comes first. Once your registration is processed, you will receive confirmation and further camp details via e-mail. Please ensure you check your spam folder or promotions folder(Gmail users) for these emails.


      Waiting List

      A waitlist is enabled for summer theater camp. If the camp is full, make sure to sign up for the waitlist. Cancellations sometimes happen. If there are any cancellations, we will add students from the waitlist in the order they were received.


      Cancellations

      Camps fill up quickly so please ensure that all camp dates/times work for your child and your schedule. A $25.00 cancellation fee will be charged if a camper is unenrolled 31 days or more prior to camp starting, and a $50.00 cancellation fee will be charged if a camper is unenrolled 30 or fewer days prior to camp starting. Prepaid tuition, less fees, will be refunded. No refunds will be given after the camp session begins. For more detailed information, please view our policies section during the registration process.


      Participation

      When students join any of our programs, they will be expected to participate in a safe manner, demonstrating respect for others and for property. If a student violates any rules or creates an unsafe situation for staff or other students, we reserve the right to remove the student from the class/summer camp. Wisconsin Theater Arts is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen personal belongings. 

      Performances

      All camps will culminate in TWO live, ticketed performances. Performance date and times are listed above. Friends and family are encouraged to attend one or both performances. All audience members must purchase tickets. Parents will be given a total of four (4) comp tickets (per registered camper) as a part of registering their child(ren). 

      Ticket information for performances will be sent home during the first week of camp.

      Camp T-Shirts

      Camp t-shirts with the SUESSICAL JR logo will be available for pre-purchase (during the registration process) and students will receive their shirts prior to show weekend.  T-shirts are fabulous for the campers to wear on the day of performance to and from and any other day they choose. These become wonderful mementos and just plain fun to wear! Pricing is listed in the registration section.

      Costumes & Camp Attire

      Wisconsin Theater Arts will provide most costume elements, however we may ask you to send your child in a particular color “base layer” for their performance (ex. green top, black leggings). Parents/guardians will be informed of any costume recommendations with ample time to plan, and there is no expectation of having to purchase costume pieces. However, we may require your child to wear a certain type/color of tennis shoe or dance sneaker for the performances.


      Students must wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in since they will be learning choreography. Clothing options could be: t-shirts, shorts, yoga pants, leggings, athletic pants, etc.. Ladies, no revealing clothing items, please. Even though it'll be summer, we'll be working in an air conditioned environment so bringing along a sweatshirt or long-sleeve shirt is always a good idea. Open-toed shoes, flip-flops, crocs, nor bare feet are NOT permitted while attending camp.


      Jazz Dance Sneakers work best for musical theater rehearsals and performance.  Regular tennis shoes/sneakers are also acceptable for rehearsal as long as they are not the slip on style as those do not provide enough foot support. If you are in need of dance sneakers or dancewear, feel free to visit our page at Discount Dance Supply: https://www.discountdance.com/search/teacherid:140746?tp=140746


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      More about the audition and performance process....

      “There are no small parts, only small actors” (Konstantin Stanislaviski)

      Stanislavski was the “father of modern acting”. He revolutionized the craft of acting. Not just for lead performers, but for the actors with small parts and for background actors and ensemble. Prior to Stanislavski, actors who were cast in small roles or in the ensemble often gave “smaller” performances. This means their acting lacked a sense of purpose. Their characters lacked depth and commitment and it was more like they were spectators versus performers.

      Stanislavski found this unacceptable. When he arrived on the scene he expected his actors to truly engage in their roles with “equal commitment” regardless of the role size.

      When Stanislavski’s company, the Moscow Art Theater, toured around the world, spectators immediately noticed the change he had made. Audiences now saw ALL the actors, even those with smaller roles or those in the ensemble, move with a sense of purpose and perform their characters with depth and truth. There was a full commitment by every actor on the stage to achieve their character’s objective no matter if they had hundreds of lines, a handful of lines, or none at all.

      Wisconsin Theater Arts follows this same philosophy. No matter the size of the role, we expect our actors, our performers, to be true to their characters and create realistic representations on stage. Every single role in a play or musical has purpose otherwise it wouldn’t be there. We expect every cast member to have full commitment to their performance regardless of the size of the role they’ve been cast in.

      (Stanislavski info from: https://actingmagazine.com/2018/07/there-are-no-small-parts-only-small-actors-konstantin-stanislavski/)


    Past Classes

    Wed, September 13, 2023 Acting Production Class (ages 9-17; age 8 prior approval only) FALL 2023
    Tue, September 12, 2023 ACTING FOUNDATIONS (ages 5-8) FALL 2023
    Sat, August 12, 2023 THE RAINBOW FISH MUSICAL Summer Camp PERFORMANCE INFO
    Sat, March 11, 2023 BEHIND THE CURTAIN – Introduction to Technical Theater and Backstage Crew (ages 10-18)
    Thu, March 02, 2023 MUSICAL THEATER DANCE (ages 8-14)
    Thu, March 02, 2023 MUSICAL THEATER TECHNIQUES (ages 8-14)
    Wed, March 01, 2023 Gotta Dance! – Musical Theater Jazz & Tap Basics Workshop (Ages 12-18)
    Wed, March 01, 2023 ALICE IN WONDERLAND...ABRIDGED - Acting Production Class(ages 9-14; age 8 upon prior approval only)
    Wed, March 01, 2023 CREATIVE DRAMATICS & MOVEMENT FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (ages 5-8)
    Tue, February 28, 2023 ACTING TECHNIQUES (ages 9-14)
    Tue, February 28, 2023 ACTING FOUNDATIONS (ages 5-8)
    Tue, February 28, 2023 FROM PICTURE BOOK TO THE STAGE - Theater for Homeschoolers (ages 9-14)
    Thu, November 03, 2022 MUSICAL THEATER DANCE WORKSHOP (ages 16+)
    Thu, November 03, 2022 ACTING WORKSHOP (ages 16+)
    Mon, October 10, 2022 AUDITIONING FOR MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP: Song & Dance (ages 13-18)
    Mon, October 10, 2022 AUDITIONING FOR THEATER WORKSHOP: Monologues & Scene Work (ages 13-18)
    Wed, October 05, 2022 MUSICAL THEATER TECHNIQUE (ages 13-18)
    Wed, October 05, 2022 MUSICAL THEATER FOUNDATIONS (ages 8-12)
    Tue, October 04, 2022 ACTING TECHNIQUE (ages 13-18)
    Tue, October 04, 2022 ACTING FOUNDATIONS (ages 8-12)
    Tue, October 04, 2022 CREATIVE MOVEMENT & DRAMATICS (ages 5-7)
    Tue, October 04, 2022 ADAPTING PICTURE BOOKS INTO SCRIPTS – Theater for Homeschoolers (ages 7+)

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