The Studio at MCA - Classes for Ages 9- 13

Acting, Improvisation and
Musical Theatre Classes

for children Ages 9 – 13

Mainstage Center for the Arts  at Academy Hall
27 S. Black Horse Pike
Blackwood, NJ       856-302-6485


We are sooooooo thrilled to officially reopen our building and to invite your young artists to join us for a great season of classes.  Our staff is a combination of silver and gold, returning and new.  We know your kids are going to love them all.  Learn more about them on our Meet the Teachers page. 

45 – 60 minute classes   $60 per month
90 minute classes   $90. per month

plus a $25. registration fee
Slight discounts apply when taking multiple classes. 

 Classes are listed in order of age range from youngest to oldest.  


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Teachers: Megan Ruggles, Lindsay Deal, 
Tuesdays: 6:30 – 7:30 
Your young performing apprentice will explore the next level of skills needed to become a confident musical theatre performer. Skills will include but are not limited to: exploration of harmonies, solo vocal preparation, more complex dance combinations. and the introduction to a variety of dance and musical theatre styles.

Teacher: Craig Hutchings
Thursdays: 5:30 – 6:30 (Ages 9 -12)    6:45 – 7:45 ( Ages 12-17)

Tons of fun is the best way to describe a class in improvisation.  Young Actors will be introduced to the “rules” of improvisation and sharpen their ability to think on the spot through exercises and games.  While they are having a blast, they will discover new and exciting ways to tell a story, create a character and build a strong ensemble.



BROADWAY PROS (Ages 11-15)
Teachers: Lindsay Deal, Aimee Ferenz
Mondays: 5:45 – 6:45
The intensity of study grows as students at this level travel through the ages of Broadway Musicals learning dance combinations from different eras of musicals while also focusing on acting through song.

Teachers: Lindsay Deal, Aimee Ferenz
Mondays: 7:00 – 8:30
This is a Musical Theatre performance based class where students will be working on a full-scale musical performance, which will be performed at the Dennis Flyer Theatre!
* Students who are under the age of 13 must also  be enrolled in Broadway Apprentice’s, Broadway Pros, or currently taking MCA classes/lessons in 2 of the 3 disciplines (acting, dance, voice) in order to register for Musical Theater Company.


Teachers: Kayleigh Corn
Thursdays: 5:30 – 6:30
Understanding the importance of timing, listening and reacting, being in the moment, creating an environment and so many other skills will be introduced as our young actors take it up a notch.  These skills will be developed as students work on more complex scenes and monologues.


ACTING COMPANY  – Ages 13 and up  
Teacher: Craig Hutchings
Thursdays      7:45 – 9:15

This is a performance based class focusing on non-musical plays. The class will present two performances each year. Students wishing to be part of Acting Company are strongly encouraged to take an additional skill building performance class.  


We also offer Private Lessons in Voice, Piano and Guitar.  
Please refer to our Private Lesson page.


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Academy Hall    

27 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ