Our tween programs help young actors to continue to build a solid foundation while also providing opportunities for more experienced young artists to dig deeper into more specialized topics.  We use tried-and-true as well as innovative theatrical exercises to encourage creativity, build confidence, and foster ways to work together as a group. 

PLAYmaking workshops also provide students with experience in rehearsing and performing for an audience.  Skills & Craft workshops dig deeper into developing specific artistic skills such as developing a character, playwriting, technical theater and design, and more.  Triple Threat workshops provide training in the three skills that make a successful musical theater actor: singing, dancing, and acting.

Tweens will learn to think outside the box and express themselves artistically in new and challenging ways.  All levels of experience welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: For our Fall Workshops, we are combining the Tweens and Teens age groups together.

Fall 2016 Workshop registration is open!


Fall 2016 Workshops


Skills Workshops

Pokemon Puppetry

Yes, there is a Pokéstop on the mural of Lyric Arts! To celebrate we are hosting a workshop where students will create and build their own Pokémon puppets. Just like The Lion King on Broadway young actors will learn puppetry construction and skills on how to create a character by combining the actor with the puppet.

THURSDAYS: OCT 6 - DEC 1 (skip 10/20) from 4:30pm–6:30pm
COST: $210 (includes materials fee)

Stage Combat - Level 1

This workshop will explore hand-to-hand combat for the stage! Emphasizing safety and control, a trained and certified fight choreographer will teach students how to effectively make any fake punch or kick look like the real thing!

SATURDAYS: NOV 5–NOV 19 from 9:30am–11:30am | COST: $75

Acting with Rhymes

What do Twas The Night Before Christmas, Shakespeare, and the musical Hamilton have in common? They’re all in rhyme! This ongoing class explores the fun of acting when words are meant to be fun. It is an amazing tool for young aspiring actors and also an amazing experience for kids that may have special needs. From classical speeches to today’s hottest musical, this class provides growth for everyone.

THURSDAYS: DEC 1–22 from 4:30pm–6:30pm | COST: $100

Triple Threat Tuesdays

Every six-week Triple Threat Tuesday session offers young actors the opportunity to build skills in singing, acting, and dance, and then put them all together for a final presentation

Musical Legends

Sondheim, Gershwin, Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein…these are just a few of the names that helped turn musicals into the great American art form. Each term this triple threat class will focus on a specific composer or song writing duo and these young actors will learn songs, dances, and scenes from classic musical theater.

TUESDAYS: NOV 1–DEC 6 from 4:30pm–6:15pm | COST: $150



Register Online:  Click the red box in the left column to register online.  Online registration is open.

Register by mail:  Send a completed registration form plus a check or credit card information to:  Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E. Main St., Anoka, MN 55303.

Register by phone:  Call Adrian Lopez-Balbontin, Education Director at 763-233-0804 and pay by credit card over the phone Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.

Register by fax:  Fax a completed  registration form with credit card information to: 763-712-3206.

Browse our workshop pages to find something that interests you! If you have any questions, visit our FAQs page (scroll down to the workshops heading) or call our Education Director at 763-233-0804 for more details.