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Summer Children's Theater for Ages 7-18

Our mission is to provide as many children who are interested a chance to participate in the performing arts in front of their family, friends, and community. Performing with others fosters teamwork and communication, promotes confidence and motivation, and instills professionalism, responsibility, and commitment.  These skills will benefit the participants in their personal and professional lives for years to come. 

Academy Program

Ages 7-13 are welcome to join us each summer to participate in a theatrical production! With two sessions for a play and two sessions for a musical, parents and children can find the time that best suits their schedule for this 4 week experience!

Rehearsals and performances will be in the Imagination Theater at the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex, 1810 Schafer St in Bismarck. 

Keeper of the Tales - Stories from 1001 Arabian Nights

July 13-14 at 7PM, and July 15 at 2PM -- Session A

July 20-21 at 7PM, and July 22 at 2PM -- Session B

When a spoiled young princess comes across a storytelling beggar in the
marketplace, she gets more than what she came for... and is forever changed by it!

Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel

August 3-4 at 7PM, and August 5 at 2PM -- Session A

August 10-11 at 7PM, and August 12 at 2PM -- Session B

This vivacious musical adaptation follows the Shwartzbuckles as they steal some rapunzel from their neighbor Witch Izwitch. 18 years later the Witch has trapped their daughter Rapunzel in a tower as payment. Can Prince Llewellyn rescue her? Or will Rapunzel find a way to befriend the Witch?

Conservatory Program

Ages 13-18 are welcome to join us each summer to participate in a full-scale theatrical production! With one play and one musical, students can select a show based upon their interests. Participants are asked to audition each Spring to enable the directors to get a jump start on casting, but all who audition will be cast.

Rehearsals and performances will be at Dakota Stage Ltd.


July 6-8 at 7:00 PM

July 9 at 2:00 PM

This lyrical & inventive adaptation pays homage to J.M. Barrie's original and strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. Peter lures Wendy away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland, where she joins his adventures with Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and the menacing Captain Hook.


July 27-29 at 7:00 PM

July 30 at 2:00 PM

Led by the international hit "Day by Day," Godspell was the first major musical offering
from three time Grammy & Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin,
Children of Eden). An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.