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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Entertaining, Enriching & Educating through the Arts

The Topeka Performing Arts Center is dedicated to making youth arts education accessible as an adjunct to local and regional education systems. Our special programs for children from pre-K-12 and into their adult years and offer opportunities to learn, experience, and be recognized in the world of dance, music and theater.

SCHOOLTIME THEATER SERIES

Schooltime Theater live arts performances for children directly complement schools' curricula, and we hire the best professional touring children's theater companies in the nation. Children's exposure to the arts helps develop key cognitive skills such as good decision-making and problem-solving. Schooltime Theater is sponsored by a generous grant from Security Benefit.

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SHEFFEL THEATER CLINIC

Sheffel Theatre Clinic was founded in 1995. Every Shawnee County third grade student - from public school, private school and home schooled - is invited to attend and learn about the joys of theater. They are treated to six 30-minute workshops in acting, costuming, make-up, movement, technical staging and vocal expression, plus a delicious lunch and a short performance that includes all the elements of theater they learned during the day.

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YOUNG ARTISTS AWARDS

The Young Artists Awards program was founded in 1995, and is sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition. Any Shawnee County high school junior can be nominated in one of ten awards categories: instrumental music, musical theater, vocal music, dramatic theater, ballet/classical/modern dance, tap/jazz/other dance, visual arts, creative writing, technical theater, and community services in the arts. A panel of judges reviews the nominees' work to choose the best in each category.

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TPAC MASTER CLASSES

The Backstage TPAC Master Class Series brings accomplished theatrical professionals to our doorstep for a meaningful learning experience. Providing unique opportunities for serious local preforming arts creatives to hone and grow their skills. This series is crafted to ensure that Topeka’s brightest local superstars have affordable access to all the tools necessary to achieve their career goals and dreams.

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PLAYHOUSE THEATER

Providing children (ages 1-5) with their first experiences to the art of theater. Playhouse Theater introduces children to theatrical fun (acting, singing and dancing) and is geared to stimulate the very young mind! National results from similar programs show positive ramifications for our local families, schools, neighborhoods and businesses.

The program will will operated in cooperation with TDC Learning Center of Topeka.

Be watching for more information on class dates and times and registration information!

And there's more...

Students of the arts: significantly out-perform their non-arts peers on SAT scores in mathematics and verbal skills; are four times less likely to drop out of school; are more likely to participate in community service; develop greater self-esteem; develop better self-discipline; are more likely to use positive and safe ways to release their emotions
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