Classes

Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts offers classes for all ages! If you or someone you know are interested in the performing arts, these classes in everything from acting, to dance, to improv comedy are a great place to begin. Check below for upcoming education opportunities.

Now Enrolling 2018 Summer Workshops and Camps!

(All grades listed indicate grade just completed)

Summer Play:

Grades 2-4 led by Kira Lace Hawkins

This five-day camp will take the students through an exciting original script surrounded by acting and movement exercises. Creative projects, improvisation, games, and character studies will build confidence and further the students’ knowledge of acting technique.

  • Requirements: Memorization of lines will be expected as the students perform before their friends and family on the last day of camp. Bring your lunch for each day along with a snack for breaks.
  • What: A 5-day camp that will culminate in a performance showcasing the talents of the students.
  • When: June 18-22 from 12pm-3pm (Thursday from 10am -1pm)
  • Where: The Wagon Wheel Theatre; 2515 E. Center St.; Warsaw, IN 46580 (574) 267- 8041
  • Who: Young actors who have finished grades 2- 4 are welcome. An ability to read at grade level is
    essential, as memorization of lines will be expected. (Enrollment limited to 30
    individuals)
  • Cost: $150 (includes 2 tickets to a performance of Seussical)
  • How do I sign up? Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (click link below) and bring it with you. All questions should be directed to steffanie@wagonwheelcenter.org

Musical Theater Workshop: Show TBD

Grades 8-12 led by Ben Dicke and Emily Ann Luhrs

Now in its 14th year of producing the highest quality student productions on our very own Wagon Wheel stage, the camp that brought to life such amazing shows as Once on this Island, The Pirates of Penzance, HONK!, Kiss Me, Kate, and last year’s Urinetown is back! Aimed at giving students a professional theater experience, this eleven-day, fast-paced workshop will bring students from rehearsal to curtain in a week and a half. Directed by Ben Dicke and Emily Ann Luhrs.

  • What: 11-day camp that culminates in a fully realized musical production TBD.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27- Saturday, July 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day but Sunday when we’ll have an evening rehearsal. Students should bring a sack lunch and snacks. Performance will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, July 7th.
  • Where: The Wagon Wheel Theatre; 2515 E. Center St.; Warsaw, IN 46580 (574) 267- 8041
  • Who: Young actors who have finished grades 8-12 are welcome. (Enrollment limited to 25 individuals)
  • Cost: $250, which includes admission to the 2pm performance of My Fair Lady on Thursday, July 5th.
  • How do I sign up? Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (click link below) and bring it with you. All questions should be directed to steffanie@wagonwheelcenter.org

Theatre Workshop:

Grades 5-7 led by Kira Lace Hawkins

Led by Wagon Wheel actor and educator Kira Lace Hawkins, this camp is designed to challenge middle school students to further develop their acting skills. Over the course of 5 days, students will develop an exciting theatrical piece to perform for family and friends at the culmination of the camp.

  • What: 5-day camp that will culminate in a production showcasing the talents of the students
  • When: July 16-20, 11am-3pm (Thursday from 9am -1pm then 2 pm performance of All Shook Up)
  • Where: The Wagon Wheel Theatre; 2515 E. Center St.; Warsaw, IN 46580 (574) 267- 8041
  • Who: Young actors who have finished grades 5-7 are welcome. (Enrollment limited to 30
    individuals)
  • Cost: $150 (which includes admission to the 2 pm performance of All Shook Up on Thursday, July 19th)
  • How do I sign up? Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (click link below) and bring it with you. All questions should be directed to steffanie@wagonwheelcenter.org

Scholarships:

Scholarships are available for all programs. Wagon Wheel Theatre believes that every child should have an opportunity to experience live theatre first-hand regardless of ability to pay. To request consideration for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form and bring it to the box office.  You may also submit it directly to Executive Director, Jay Michaels, (jay@wagonwheelcenter.org).

Meet the Teachers

Kira Lace Hawkins
Kira Lace Hawkins

Acting Classes

Bio

Kira Lace Hawkins is often seen on the Wagon Wheel stage performing such roles as the Witch in Into the Woods, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Doly Levi in Hello, Dolly!. Kira has an MFA in Acting from Penn State University and loves teaching students of all ages. She has served on the theater and music faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and currently directs and teaches at Manchester University.

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Ben Dicke

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Bio

Ben Dicke began working at the Wagon Wheel in 2004. Favorite roles on that stage include Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Applegate in Damn Yankees, and Cliff in Cabaret, among many others. Ben helped co-create the Wagon Wheel’s Summer Youth Programming alongside Andy Robinson in the summer of 2005. In addition to their directing work with the students of Warsaw and the surrounding areas, Ben and Andy have collaborated as directors for the professional company on a number of projects including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Blithe Spirit, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Ben is excited to work both onstage this summer in My Fair Lady and, once again, collaborate with Andy Robinson as co-directors for One Man Two Guvnors. Ben is currently the Chair of the Theatre Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

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Emily Ann Luhrs

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Bio

Emily Ann Luhrs is a Chicago theatre artist whose exploits include writing, performing, directing, and puppetry. Her most recent projects include directing a TYA production of Seussical with the Musical Theatre students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and designing a five-headed dragon puppet for the Theatre department’s spring play: She Kills Monsters. Emily also worked for five years as a teaching artist at the Denver Center Theatre Academy. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma.

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18, for Wagon Wheel Theatre’s 2018 summer season productions of Seussical and Freaky Friday.

Saturday, April 14th 10 am and 11:30 am