MCA hosts youth theater workshop


Children in grades three through six are invited to participate in Once Upon a Theater Lab, a theater workshop hosted by the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on March 2-4 at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th Street.

During this three-day workshop, the young actors will work together to bring a unique rendition of a classic fairy tale to life. Students will stretch their creative muscles while learning new theater vocabulary and stage skills as they prepare for the showcase on the final day of camp, performed for family and friends.

Celeste Nygren, senior Saint Mary’s University theater education student, will lead the workshop with guidance from MCA staff and help from other Saint Mary’s theater students. Nygren is also a speech coach at Cotter Schools and was a teaching intern with Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, Wash.

Once Upon a Theater Lab will take place on March 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on March 3-4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $49 and limited to 12 students.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages birth through adult at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information, go to, email, or call 507-453-5500.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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