Theatre provides an opportunity for lifelong learning! 

No matter your level of expertise, there is always something to new to learn.


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Theatre is more than a form of entertainment; it is a tool to enrich the lives of the participants as well as the patrons experiencing the show.  Performing, creating, and appreciating theatre brings richness and meaning to our heritage and culture. 

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Theatre provides an opportunity to obtain critical thinking skills by:

  • utilizing reasoning skills to understand/make complex choices and decisions

  • understanding the connections among systems

  • identifying and asking thoughtful questions that clarify/synthesize various points of view

  • exploring the soundness of solutions and discussing other methods to achieve a common goal

  • solving problems and answering questions by framing, analyzing, and synthesizing information

According to the Kansas State Department of Education, Theatre Education prepares the learner for success in school, work, and life in three ways:

  • strengthening LITERACY as Theatre is an essential, holistic language;

  • developing a GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE workforce since Theatre develops essential skills for global competitiveness in the 21st century; and

  • nurturing ENGAGED LEARNERS for Theatre promotes emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

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Join us to expand your theatrical knowledge! 

We offer a variety of hands-on learning opportunities at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center as well as at Theatre in the Park for ALL AGES.  The courses are designed for anyone interested in diving deeper into the world of Theatre.  We offer courses in four different areas:

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Courses will focus on improving on-stage skills including auditions, callbacks, expanding your theatrical knowledge, etc…

Theatre is about more than what happens onstage.  Courses will focus on what happens behind the scenes to make a show happen: stage management, scenic design/construction, lighting, sound, etc…

Participants interested in going into theatre as a profession will have an opportunity to examine theatre from a wholistic perspective: contracts, roles in the main office, budgeting, etc…

Starting with our 2021 season, we will provide study guides and resources for educators and home school groups to accompany our shows tied to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.


Within each series, we plan to offer workshops, insider looks, master classes, and one-on-one intensives.  During the typical school breaks, we may offer camps leveled by age and/or ability level to provide students with hands on experiences they can take back to their school’s stage.  The Theatre in the Park Mainstage course list will continue to grow!   


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Upcoming Course Offerings

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Introduction to Stage Management Session 2 (16 - 18 yrs old)
July 27-31, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Students will explore the basic principles of stage management through a mixture of hands on activities and seminar discussions. Using materials from past TIP productions students will create production paperwork, learn how to run production meetings, interact with staff and actors, prepare and run a rehearsal room, run technical rehearsals, run a backstage, and how to ‘call’ a performance. By the end of the class students will have been introduced to the leadership and communication skills, practical skills, and responsibilities needed to pursue stage management in school or at Theatre in the Park! Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle to camp each day. All other materials will be provided.

Lighting control - DMX universes, addresses, patching (14 yrs old and up)
Aug 22, 2020 9:00am - 12:30pm at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
This class will focus on addressing multi-perimeter fixtures (ie: LED lights, movers). During this session we will go over how to map out addresses, assign to DMX universes and patch to your lighting controller. We will also cover fixture profiles, building a custom fixture profile and operation without a profile. The information provided in this session is used across the majority of Lighting Controllers on the market today, whether they are console style or ran on a tablet.

Scenic Construction - Building the curve! Arches and circles (14 yrs old and up)

Aug 29, 2020 9:00am - 3:30pm at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
In this session we will learn how to build curved scenic pieces like arch door ways and circular platforms. This will be a "hands on" session and participants will be using power tools including (but not limited too) circular saw, miter saw, "jig" saw, router, drill / impact driver and pneumatic nailer. All participants will need to wear closed toe shoes. Because of current health concerns, we will not provide work gloves (you can bring your own) but will have safety glasses available. There will be a 30 minute lunch break so make sure you bring a lunch!

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