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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Stage Management Master Class Series
Learn something new... or brush up!

For three Saturdays in September Theatre in the Park is offering Stage Management Masterclasses! Participants will be introduced to a different phase of the stage management process at each masterclass.
Taught by TIP veteran Stage Manager April Lynn Kobetz, this master class series will focus on introducing participants from ages 14 to 104 and varying skill levels to the intricacies of stage management.

Volume 3: Stage Management from Tech to Closing
Saturday, September 26th – 12pm-4pm
How does a show get from the rehearsal hall all the way to the closing performance?
During our final session participants will learn how to move a show out of the rehearsal hall and on to the stage. Participants will be introduced to technical and show running paperwork including cue sheets and run sheets, how to setup a backstage with props, costumes, and scenic elements, preparing the prompt script for all types of cues, and even practice calling cues to past TIP productions

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Scenic Painting!
Expand young artists' skills or try something new!

Scenic painting is the art of creating paintings that look real on a large scale and from a distance. Professional Scenic Artist Bethany Elliot, former TIP Scenic Charge Artist, returns to teach a whole month of scenic painting master classes. Bethany is a graduate of Avila University and has worked with Berkshire Theatre Group and Harvard University.

Welcome to the Jungle: Foliage 101
Paint your own jungle!
9am-2pm - Saturdays, September 19 and 26
Ages: 10-14
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Introduction to Tromp L'oeil (3D painting)
Learn how to make two dimensional painting look like 3D!
6pm-9pm - Mondays and Wednesdays, September 21, 23, 28, 30
Ages 14-104
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Wood-grain On The Brain
Learn to make ANYTHING look like wood!
6-9pm - Tuesdays and Thursdays – September 22, 24, 29 & October 1
Ages: 14-104
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Big Brush Work - Ages 6-10
Saturday, October 3: 9am-12pm
While most fine art classes focus on the fine motor skills that come from the wrist, scenic art is a full body paint work out. Be prepared to move, get a little messy and paint big!
Ages 6-10
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