High School Workshop

MSU Theatre and Dance High School Workshop

Once again the time is quickly drawing near for MSU's annual Theatre and Dance High School Workshop in conjunction with one of our main stage fall productions. This year, the event will take place on October 25, 2018 with afternoon workshops and a 7:30 p.m. curtain for the non-professional premier of Amélie: A New Musical in Craig Hall's Coger Theatre.


The cost of the workshop, including show ticket, is $8 per student. Even if the student is unable to attend the performance, the cost remains the same for any participation in this event. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and without your check or purchase order, places cannot be held for you and your students.

Schools wishing to attend the performance, but not the workshop, should contact the department directly for ticket pricing and group discount information.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

1:30 PM REGISTRATION (Craig Hall Lobby)
2:00 - 2:50 PM


Meeting with director, designers, actors and technicians of Amélie (Coger Theatre)

3:00 - 3:50 PM WORKSHOP Session One
(Mark your workshop preferences during registration.)
4:00 - 4:50 PM

WORKSHOP Session Two
(Mark your workshop preferences during registration.)

  BREAK (Dinner is on your own.)
7:30 - 10:00 PM SHOW Amélie (Coger Theatre)
Runtime is approximately 2 hours 5 minutes, including intermission.

We invite your students to participate fully in workshops and see the performance of Amélie, so that they might take away not only a greater appreciation of this work of art, but of theatre in general.

See workshop descriptions below.

Also, check out the Amélie Study Guide.

Make plans to attend

Register as soon as possible. Show tickets are expected to sell out. Please discuss appropriate conduct during the workshops and audience etiquette during the performance.


Students can be unloaded on Grand Street in front (south) of Craig Hall. Buses may park in MSU Lot# 44, located to the north of Grand and on the north side of Elm Street.


Please contact Cathy McFall at (417) 836-5268 or Dr. Carol Maples at (417) 836-6389 with any questions.

Should you need to contact the theatre and dance department office while you are here, the campus extension from a courtesy phone is 6-4400. The office is located in Craig Hall, Room 355.


The online registration form will appear by October 1, 2018. Thank you for your interest.

2017 Workshop Descriptions

2018 workshop information to be posted by October 1.

Acting in Mask: This fun participatory session will introduce actors to the freeing benefits of mask work, and provide the tools for the development of mask- driven characters.

Auditioning for College programs: This will be a fun presentation of DOs and, sometimes more importantly, the DON’Ts of auditioning for a show or university program (acting and musical auditions).

Auditioning for the Theatre: Tips regarding the art of auditioning and how to select and prepare material.

Backstage with Twelfth Night: Take a backstage tour for a window into where and how the set was designed and built for Twelfth Night.

Dance Improvisation: Explore the elements of space, time, and energy. Be dressed to move: sweat pants and T-shirt, biker shorts and T-shirt, jazz pants and T-shirt, or tights and leotard. Students may dance in socks; bare feet are recommended

Costume Design for Twelfth Night: A discussion of the process of design and construction for the costumes of this evening’s presentation of Twelfth Night.

Improvisation: True improv actually has rules to help you meet this fun but challenging art. Learn to free up body and mind to live in the moment on stage.

Jazz Dance: We’ll cover some of the history and basic principles of this dance genre. No need for previous dance experience. Wear clothes you can move in and bare feet.

Lighting Design: Learn how lighting helps tell the story without words. Also, gain an understanding of how distribution makes light more than color and fade counts.

Makeup Injuries: Demonstration of injury makeup. Volunteers should expect "cuts" and "bruises."

Music & Movement: Learn to listen and feel the music in your body with this class that involves movement, singing, and improvisation to learn musical ideas.

Pina Bausch’s Dance Theatre: Listen to a lecture on the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch and watch one of her pieces on the screen. Also see part of Wim Wenders' film tribute to this artist.

Scenic Design: Tour the Twelfth Night set while exploring a practical approach to developing an environment for a text. This will focus on good design practices and meeting design challenges.

Shakespearean Dance: Shakespearean Dance: Learn two dances that could be part of a Shakespeare play. These pieces teach you how young people communicated interest in one another without having cell phones, email or even a pencil and paper. Dance 1: The Sun, The Moon, The Stars. Dance 2: Young Lovers.

Shakespeare, Superstition and Twelfth Night: Why do performers say "break a leg?"  Why are we not supposed to say the title of "the Scottish play" in a theatre? During what play did the Elizabethan actor Edward Allyn see demons on stage?  Explore various theatre practices and superstitions throughout history. And...did Shakespeare write all those plays?

Singing for the Actor: A discussion regarding the challenges of acting while singing.

Stage Makeup Demonstration: Demonstration of makeup basics plus specialties such as old age.

Teacher Talk: This will be an informal discussion of issues involving theatre in the secondary schools.

Theatre for Social Change: Discover the power of theatre, developed by students like you, to change the world for the better.

Theatre Games: Stanislavsky said to "create your own method." Learn some fun and informative tools to help you create.