Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for workshops?
There are four different ways to register for a workshop:
- (Fast & Easy!) Register Online: Click the red box to the right to register online.
- By Mail: Download the proper registration form from our workshops page. Send the completed form with either a check or payment information to: Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E. Main St., Anoka, MN 55303.
- By Phone: Call Adrian Lopez-Balbontin, Education Director at 763-233-0804 and pay by credit card over the phone Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
- By Fax: Download the proper registration form from our workshops page. Fax the completed form with credit card information to: 763-0712-3206.
- In Person: Simply visit the Main Street Stage Box Office during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 pm) and turn in a completed registration form with either a check, cash or payment information.
How do I pay for workshops?
Lyric Arts accepts cash, check and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) for payment. You can drop off or mail your check and registration form to Lyric Arts at 420 E Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303. Or you can submit payment over the phone by calling Adrian Lopez-Balbontin, Education Director at 763-233-0804 and pay by credit card over the phone Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For information on cancellations and refunds, please visit our workshop policies page.
I’m a newbie at this whole “acting” thing. Which workshop should I choose?
Our workshops are open to all experience levels. Whether you’ve been on stage dozens of times or you are just getting started, students will benefit from the high quality learning and fun that Lyric Arts and our amazing instructors have to offer!
For those who are new to the theater and acting world, our workshops are a great opportunity to get your feet wet. If it’s your first time doing something like this, we recommend looking through our current workshop offerings and descriptions, and choosing a workshop based on your interest. If you love to sing and want to work on your performance, take a musical theater workshop. If one of our performance-based workshops inspired by children's literature interest you (e.g. Boxcar Children, Alice in Wonderland, or Wizard of Oz for example), then sign up for the one that you love the most.
Choosing a topic that is within your comfort zone can help you ease into this new adventure…and you’ll have so much fun in the process!
What will my student learn in your theater workshops?
STORYtheater: These workshops help students form the foundation for creating great theater. Students have fun with game-based theater exercises that focus on building social skills like self-confidence, cooperation, and creativity while also learning how to perform a story for an audience. Students share what they've learned in a final presentation for family and friends on the last day of each workshop series.
Skills & Craft: These workshops focus on more specific skills in the art and craft of theater—from stage combat to character creation to design and construction. Students share what they've learned for family and friends in an open classroom on the last day of each workshop series.
PLAYmaking: In these acting workshops students have fun with game-based theater exercises that focus on building 21st century skills like self-confidence, cooperation, and creativity while also helping students take the next step in creating theater—from working with a script to building their own props, costumes, and sets. Students share what they've learned in a final presentation for family and friends on the last day of each workshop series.
Triple Threat: These musical theater workshops help student build skills in the three areas that make an actor a "triple threat": singing, dancing, and acting. Designed to be take individually or as an entire 12-week series, students learn fun ways to improve vocal projection and expression, to quickly master choreography, and to tell a story through song and dance. Students share what they've learned in a final presentation for family and friends on the last day of each 3-week section.
Can I watch the workshop inside the classroom?
Parent Visitation Policy
We seek to create a safe space that encourages students to be creative and to build self-confidence. We have found that having parents in the room during the workshop can be distracting for all students. Observation may be allowed during the first day, with permission of the instructor. Because of our lobby hours and our staffing limitations, the Lyric Arts lobby is not open to the public except during performances. If you or your student is uncomfortable leaving the building during your child’s workshop, please contact our Education Director, Cassandra, at 763-233-0804 and we will work something out.
As a parent, should I stay at the theater during the workshop? Or is it okay that I leave and return to pick up my student?
Drop-off and pick-up is at the glass side door that opens to the parking lot.
- Little Kids (Grades K-2): An adult must come to the classroom and check-in and check-out each student in person.
- Big Kids, Tweens, and Teens: Families may drop off their child at the side glass door. Teaching Artists will bring all students down to the parking lot for pick-up.
- Walking/Driving: If a student wishes to walk, drive, or take public transportation to and from workshops, please submit a written note signed by a parent or guardian.
Classrooms will be open and Teaching Artists available starting 15 minutes prior to workshop start times. Teaching Artists will dismiss workshops on time. Please drop off and pick up your student promptly. Several workshops are scheduled throughout the building and throughout the day. All students are supervised until they are picked up.
Because of our lobby hours and our staffing limitations, the Lyric Arts lobby is not open to the public except during performances. If you or your student is uncomfortable leaving the building during your child’s workshop, please let our Education Coordinator know and we will make other arrangements. There are some great coffee shops downtown Anoka, if you feel like a short walk down the street!
Is there any sort of production or play at the end of the workshop?
Our STORYtheater, PLAYmaking, and Triple Threat workshops include a presentation for family and friends on the last day. This presentation will take place on the Main Street Stage and is FREE to anyone who wants to join us! It’s a great opportunity for workshop students to experience what its like to rehearse and perform for an audience and also for their supporters to see what they’ve been working on. Workshop students and families will receive more information on their presentation date, time and what to expect on the first day of each workshop series.
Skills-based workshops do not have a formal presentation, but family and friends will often be invited to attend the last part of each workshop series as an "open classroom" so that students may share their work-in-progress.
Not sure if your workshop has a presentation? Look at the online class description for your workshop. It will specify if there is a presentation.
I want to audition for a Lyric Arts production, but I have never done anything like that before. Do you have any suggestions of classes that can help me prepare?
We offer Audition Prep workshops throughout the year for all ages. Students will get hands-on experience practicing auditioning, sharpening their performing skills, and getting questions answered. More information on these workshops and upcoming auditions can be found on our Auditions Page.
Even if you don’t have an upcoming audition in mind, sign up anyway! You’ll get great practice and learn something new.