Music & Performing Arts

Registration will open on March 25th!

Summer Theatre Academy

This newly constructed summer theatre academy is a collaboration between Manhattan Parks and Recreation and the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  The full day program offers age-appropriate theatre classes in the mornings taught by K-State faculty and students.  Afternoons include rehearsals and participation in all aspects of theatre production - creating scenery, costumes, and props.  This fully immersive theatre academy is centered on the creativity of the participants.

Session 1: $270 (3 weeks; M-F) June 3-June 21; 8:30am - 4:30pm
Session 2: $325 (4 weeks; M-F) June 24-July 3; July 8-19; 8:30am - 4:30pm; July 18-20; 6 - 8:30pm
Session 1 & 2: $595 (7 weeks; M-F) June 3-July 3; July 8-19; 8:30am - 4:30pm; July 18-20 6-8:30pm
*No Classes July 4th & 5th*
Early Care (7:30 - 8:30am) is available for an additional $10/wk

After Care (4:30 - 5:30pm) is available for an additional $10/wk

The second session concludes with the public performances of HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD, July 18, 19, 20 at 7:00pm in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. tickets are $5.

Summer Theatre Academy and Youth Musical: HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD And Other Lessons In Not Being a Grown-Up
Book by Delia Ephron, John forster, and Judith Kahan
Music and Lyrics by John Forster
Based on the book by Delia Ephron
Directed by Jennifer Vellenga, Associate Director, K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Nichols Hall and the Purple Masque Theatre, K-State Campus
Grades K-12 during the school year 2018-2019


Youth Dance

Classes are for beginning students and use basic dance steps and choreography to help children develop and improve their poise, flexibility, grace, self-discipline, and posture. Students are introduced to basic beginning techniques and vocabulary. You may enroll in more than one class. Classes begin in June 2019 and have a maximum of 15 students and will be held at the City Park Roundhouse.

Pre-Ballet Ages 3-4 Ballet classes are the basis for all dance training and help children develop and improve their poise, flexibility, grace, self-discipline and posture. Students will be introduced to basic beginning ballet techniques and vocabulary in this fun class.
Beginning Hip Hop Ages 5-8 This class introduces students to the basic concepts of hip hop dance and culture in a fast-paced, high-energy setting. Learn hip hop technique and choreography in this exciting class.
Dance Squad Ages 5-8 Dance squad incorporates various dance styles (i.e. hip-hop, jazz and contemporary), with basic tumbling and pompom/cheer. Pompoms will be provided by MPRD.
Beginning Ballet Ages 5-8 Beginning ballet emphasizes technique, barre work, and choreography, as well as the ballet vocabulary that is used throughout all other dance genres. Students in this class will develop and improve their poise, flexibility, grace, self-discipline, and posture.
Beginning Tap Ages 5-8 Tap is a form of dance that uses the tap shoes striking the floor to make percussive sound. This class will explore both Jazz and Broadway-style tap. Be prepared for a workout as we explore rhythm and build strength!
Register for youth dance classes on March 25th

Students will be instructed on proper attire at their first class meeting. Students in Beginning Ballet will wear ballet slippers. Students in Pre-Ballet may wear ballet slippers or socks. Tap students will need to wear tap shoes. All other students should wear tennis shoes and socks to their first class session.