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.

Dance Classes

Wagon Wheel Theatre will be offering dance classes again in January and February of 2018. This very popular and successful 4-week class will teach basics in musical theatre movement and style. These classes are geared towards giving youth, with little or no dance experience, a foundation in movement through musical theatre. It will also give more experienced dancers the opportunity to learn fun and engaging dance combinations that will help them as they continue to grow in the performing arts.

Classes offered Saturdays on January 20, 27 and February 10, 17 (no class Saturday Feb. 3 due to WWJR performance)
There will be 2 age groups offered:
9am – 10:30am, Ages 9-11
10:30am – 12pm, Ages 12-18
Classes are limited to 25 students.
Fee: $40 (payment is due on the first day of class after confirmation)

Enrollment is limited to 25 students per group and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Classes fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today!

Contact wagonwheeljr.kids@gmail.com with the subject DANCE CLASSES to sign up. Please include the student’s name and age in the email. You will receive confirmation within 48 hours.

Instructor: Scott Michaels

Acting Classes

The Wagon Wheel Theatre is excited to offer acting classes this spring!
Classes offered Saturdays from Feb. 24th to March 31st:
Theater Adventures – Grades 2-4, 10am-11am
An introduction to the world of theater! Each class will bring a new adventuresome scene to life as the students learn basic principles of acting. Students will gain confidence and creative experience through storytelling, games, and creative dramatization.
Drama Time – Grades 5-7, 11:15am-12:15pm
Learn voice, movement, and acting techniques through beginning scene work and improvisation. Students will practice creating characters by making specific choices to support the text in this introduction to the formal study of acting.
Acting I – Grades 8-12, 12:30pm-1:30pm
This class covers everything from audition techniques to performance. Students will engage in intensive scene work using scenes from contemporary and classic plays to explore the actor’s world of analysis and character interpretation.
Fee: $60 (payment is due on the first day of class after confirmation)

Enrollment is limited and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Classes fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today!

Contact wagonwheeljr.kids@gmail.com with the subject ACTING CLASSES to sign up. Please include the student’s name and age in the email. You will receive confirmation within 48 hours.

Instructor: Kira Lace Hawkins

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Meet the Teachers

Scott Michaels

Dance Classes

Bio

Scott Michaels has spent 11 years as the Wagon Wheel’s Artistic Director.  Prior to that he spent 12 seasons as resident Choreographer/Director on nearly 100 productions. During that time he spent 4 years as the resident Director/Choreographer at the Armory Theatre in Janseville, Wisconsin. In his free time he continues to work with high schools and colleges all over the Midwest directing, choreographing, and running countless workshops and master classes. Scott’s work on Cats at Arrowhead H.S. in Hartland, Wisconsin won USA Today’s award for Best High School Musical in the country for 2008. Scott spent 2 years as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL as the Musical Theatre Dance Teacher. He has over 25 years of performing experience from Chicago to Regional theatre. Scott has performed all over the country and Japan, and enjoyed a 2 year tour as a back-up singer for Perry Como.

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.

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18

Next Wagon Wheel Jr. Show

February 2, 3, 4
Auditions Dec. 2