The Art of Musical Theatre (postponed until Fall 2017)

----- We’ve had too many other fun activities come up so we need to postpone this class until the fall of 2017, but be sure to stay tuned for registration information in the next few months. -----

From opera arias to Hamilton hip hop. 
An exploration and celebration of musical theatre, culminating in a stage production.
Ages 10 & up

 A musical theatre course that will augment any arts curriculum.

In this five week course, students will look at the history of musical theatre, watch and discuss clips of several Broadway musicals, and learn — to perform! — several songs that will be showcased before an audience at the the end of the course. Two class options are available, to accommodate different schedules. The two classes will perform together at the final showcase event.

Elements of the course include:

  • Musical theatre history
  • Song interpretation
  • Chorus singing
  • Ensemble acting
  • Improv
  • Dancing


Ages 10 & up
Instructor: Donna Driscoll

We'll continue exploring creative writing together (although we'd love to have new faces!) each week. Last year, we looked at a variety of genres (poetry, memoir, short fiction) and elements of writing (characterization, point of view, setting) as ways to connect with ourselves and each other in writing. We'll continue this route, this year looking at established literature as our models. We'll continue to do some direct imitation and also use the literature as inspiration. We'll do a bit more reading outside of class this year, but we'll keep it manageable. As before,  we'll look at answering the essential question: What touches you and why? To our answer, let's add other voices' answers to the conversation, some long gone. As before, be ready to share what you're reading and listening to. 

An additional note: We met on Saturday mornings last year and that worked well. However, some students and parents have wondered if a weekday would be an option. We'll talk about that at the first meeting.

Saturdays, October 8-May 6, 2017
10-11:15 am
(No classes over Thanksgiving and Christmas)
See below for registration.


Ages 6-10
Third Saturday of the Month

Drama, music & movement. Part workshop, part performance, part breakfast. Hands–on acting and story telling opportunities for young actors. Parents welcome for the entire time or for the last 15 minutes of performance.

Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 20, Jun. 17
9-10:30 am

$5 per workshop (register ahead of time, please).
Tuition discounts for members.
See below for registration and tuition.

All sessions held at Words Players Theatre, on the former campus of Crossroads College:
920 Mayowood Rd. SW.



October 2016 - October 2017
Ages 10 - adult

For actors who have been involved with SkyVault at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Sherwood Forest. And for new actors. (In preparation for performance at the 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival, August – October, 2017.)

  • Training will start on Thursday, October 20, 6:15 - 8:00 PM. 
  • And will be held every Tuesday and Thursday nights, at that time.


Membership at the EMPOWER level ($211 - $415/month, includes participation in all other Words Players / SkyVault activities for the season).

Click here to become a member, and see below for registration.


The SkyVault Academy will provide training for actors wanting to pursue SkyVault involvement, which includes a variety of performance opportunities, determined according to participant skills and availability.

October – December, we will meet approx. 4 hours per week and work mostly on the four indispensable SkyVault elements of improvisation, interaction, physicality and working as an ensemble. We will also have specific times to work on music.

Actors with fuller experience in these areas will work, as well, on character and scene development and on “honest acting.”

Beginning in January, we will begin a new focus on specific areas of training relevant to performance in the Renaissance Festival's Sherwood Forest (among other things).

This training will include: 

  • Stage Combat
  • Gymnastics/acrobatics
  • Stiltwalking acrobatics
  • Archery
  • Music

Participants will be “certified” to participate in specific areas at SkyVault’s Renaissance Festival Sherwood Forest. Participants can be “certified” in multiple areas, depending on skill and training.

Throughout the training, actors will be divided into groups, and possibly, different performance troupes, depending on experience, ability and commitment level.

Only Troupe members will be part of “Stage Performance” or “’Freelance’ Performance at the Renaissance Festival.


(The current SkyVault troupe of seven is closed to more members at this time.We will look to form (a) new troupe/s as interest indicates.)

Those SkyVault Academy actors interested in going beyond the training of the Academy, may audition/interview for places in (a) new Troupe(s) which will form in early November and which will have additional, separate rehearsal times and performance opportunities.  This (these) new Troupe/s will develop its (their) own performance productions, based on member interests.

SkyVault Troupe members will perform (among other places) at SkyVault’s Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Sherwood Forest.  Troupe members will either be part of a Stage Performance or “Freelance” Performance — or both.

Details on the audition/interview process are available at the October 18 meeting.

Questions to Alissa Kludtke, alissa@mnskyvault.org.




Auditions: January 14, 2017, 10 am - 12 pm
Rehearsals: M-F January 16-February 23
Performances: February 24, 25, 26
Tuition:  $75   Family cap $150


JUNIOR TROUPE   appx. AGES 10-16
Auditions: April 4, 2017
Rehearsals: April 17 - June 1
Performances: May 26, 27, 28, June 2, 3.
Tuition: $150   Family cap $300


Registration and Tuition (including discounts and scholarships)

5% to 100% discounts for supporting members:

Supporting members are donors who give to our work year round.  If you are not yet a monthly donor, join us today and receive immediate discounts on classes this semester (and quarterly newsletters and other benefits, listed on our website).  You can sign up via www.northlandwords.org to donate on-line, or make arrangements through your financial institution to issue a check each month. (Please let us know if you have any questions.) Ongoing, monthly support is what enables us to keep doing our work, and to know how to plan.  THANK YOU, MEMBERS!

  • Northland Words is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership and donations are 100% tax deductible.
  • Tuition may be eligible for Minnesota education tax credit.
  • Monthly payments accepted.
  • Northland Words is committed to not turning anyone away for financial reasons. Scholarships available. Please complete and return the scholarship notification form.

All classes at Words Players Theatre: 920 Mayowood Rd. SW, Rochester.
Mailing address: PO Box 1274, Rochester MN   55903
Tel: 507-216-6431

Registration is due prior to the first day of the class or camp.

To register by mail, print and fill out the registration form and mail to the address below.

 Registration Form


To register by email:

Please send:
   Student’s name and email __________________________________
   Parent’s name, email and phone # ____________________________
   Class/session name _______________________________________

To: education@wordsplayers.org


Payment can be made on-line via PayPal below.

Pay for Upcoming Classes

Creative Writing Workshop - 2016/2017
Saturday Breakfast Theatre
Children's Troupe Performing 2017
Family cap - # students
Junior Troupe Performing 2017
Family cap - # students