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It's a place where curiosity feeds discovery, talent finds development, and passion fuels expression. At the Manship Theatre, class offerings span the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and beyond. Our teaching artists support creativity at every level. Some students are preparing for futures in the performing arts, while others are here simply for an expressive outlet; regardless of level, it's our belief that every individual has a unique spark—something special to express—and it's our goal to help that spark shine brighter through the arts.

Disney's High School Musical Jr. Musical Prod Camp

Please click here to register online

Manship Theatre is thrilled to present Disney's High School Musical Jr. as the 2015 Musical Production Camp July 13-24, 2015.

This camp is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call the Manship Ticket Desk at 225-344-0334.

Online Registration open Feb. 23rd at 10:00am for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level. Please register by calling the Manship Ticket Desk. Registration for the public begins March 9th at 10:00am. SPACE IS LIMITED. The camp cost is $375. This camp is for Ages 8-14. You must be age 8 at the start of camp.

Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 15, 2015.

Disney's High School Musical Jr. involves a large cast with a range of the parts. Everyone will have a part in the show! Private auditions for specific roles will be held prior to the start of camp on May 12 and 13 with Call Backs on May 14th from 6-8:30pm. "Call Backs" will consist of more singing, cold readings, and dancing so the artistic staff can place your child in the best part for them in the show. We will start scheduling the individual audition appointments in early April.

The Camp is held Monday-Friday, July 13-24th. Drop off begins promptly at 8:30am and ends at 4:30pm. Extended care will be offered to 5:30pm for an additional cost. Campers are to bring a lunch, snack, and drink each day of camp. They will receive a High School Musical Jr. Camp T-shirt to wear for the performance. The cost of the T-shirt is included in the camp tuition.

The campers also attend Dance every morning for warm-up, Voice and Speech Production class, and Improv throughout the day while rehearsing for the show. We feel it is important to give them a good foundation and expose them to as many disciplines as possible.

There will be two performances on the main stage Friday, July 24th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets will be sold at a later date for the public performances on July 24th.

Disney's High School Musical JR.
Book by David Simpatico
Songs by Matthew Gerrard
Songs by Robbie Nevil and Ray Cham and Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley and Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn and Andy Dodd and Adam Watts and Bryan Louiselle and David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston
Music Adapted, Arranged, and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini

We're all in this together in Disney Channel's smash hit musical featuring the students of East High. Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR.! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities.
It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
Disney's High School Musical JR. is fun for the whole family.

Artistic Staff Biographies:
Melanie Couvillon (Director is currently the Director of Family Programming, Events and Educational Outreach at Manship Theatre. She served as Executive Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005-2010 and was the first director of the Community School for the Arts in 2004 under the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Melanie performed professionally both nationally and internationally from 1996-2003. Biggest joy was playing the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes from 1998-2003. Locally, she has directed, performed, and choreographed for Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Theatre Baton Rouge (BRLT) and has danced in the Nutcracker: Tales from the Bayou with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class of 2013, Voted St. Joseph’s Academy’s Distinguished Graduate of 2010, and the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 under 40. Ms. Couvillon most recently returned to the stage as Mary Poppins at Theatre Baton Rouge for an extended run.

Paige Parsons Gagliano (Director) holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Education from LSU. She is past Executive Director at Baton Rouge Little Theatre, Development Director at Manship Theatre at The Shaw Center for the Arts, and Playmakers of Baton Rouge Board Member. She was named a 2006 Honoree Forty Under Forty by the Baton Rouge Business Report. Paige has directed over 25 theatrical productions to critical and commercial acclaim. Teaching remains Paige’s passion. She is currently at Episcopal High School teaching theatre to middle school and high school students as well as directing the school’s productions. God has blessed Paige with a wonderful husband and three amazing children!

Renee Chatelain (Choreographer) is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of Louisiana State University, holding both a B.A. Degree in History and a Juris Doctor. She is the Executive Director of the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her career as a dancer includes performing with the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans, Tampa Ballet, and American Dance Machine in New York. Renee has been an instructor of dance at Southeastern Louisiana University and has been a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater in Reykjavik, Iceland, and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as several local dance companies in Baton Rouge. She was selected to participate in South Arts Dance Touring Initiative in 2012. She is a co-founder of Mid City Dance Project, Inc., a dance company for underserved and special needs children in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Most recently, she served as a panelist at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York, and as a community coach for the City of Mandeville's Creative Placemaking initiative through the Louisiana Office of Culture and Tourism. Prior to her position at Manship Theatre, she founded the dance programs for two independent schools in Baton Rouge while serving on staff at both schools as a history teacher and community service director.

Manship Theatre Kids Club

Kids and parents love Manship Theatre Kids Club! Designed for children from Pre-K to 5th grade, The Kids Club offers a variety of benefits and activities just for kids:

  • Free access to Kids Club Party events before Manship Theatre family performances throughout the year, with LSU Museum of Art activities and healthy snacks
  • Meet the characters from Manship Theatre family performances
  • Kids Club T-Shirt and Membership Card

Family Level Membership includes 2 free enrollments in The Manship Theatre Kids Club. Click here or call 225-344-0334 to join today!

For more information, contact Liz Goad, Director of Development at (225) 389-7263, or lsiccone@manshiptheatre.org.

Contemporary Dance Class with Mina Estrada

Adult Contemporary Dance Class:
Mina Estrada-Instructor

Every Sunday at 1:30pm beginning Aug 31
Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre

Often my class will begin with a focus on core energy through a yoga-influenced floor warm up, and gradually take the whole body on a tour of the joints, muscles, and bones to prepare it for a physical/intellectual (and, possibly spiritual) experience rooted in weight, momentum, flow, and detail. We will revel in big, dynamic, sincere movement. We will find nuance and clarity. We will dabble in inversion. We will refine our kinetic selves. We will dance like everyone is watching. We will evolve.

Classes are currently on hiatus, and will resume during the summer months. For more information, please contact Mina Estrada at mestrada@manshiptheatre.org .

Tango Lagniappe

Tango Lagniappe is both a group and a venue for anyone interested in Argentine Tango.  Whether you just heard about Tango yesterday and want to learn, or you are a seasoned Tanguero/a in town for a few days, you are at the right place.

You will be under no pressure to dance, nor should you feel awkward about sitting and just watching. You don't need a partner and you don't need any dance experience whatsoever. Also, no special clothing or gear is necessary with the exception of women's shoes. Women need a pair of shoes that will stay on their feet even when standing on their toes; typically, this means the shoe will need a strap. Also, be sure that the sole of the shoe is a material that  allows you to pivot smoothly.

Tango fundamentals for beginners FREE lesson 6:30 - 7:15
Tango intermediate lesson $5 7:30 - 8:15
Open Dancing/Practica 8:15 - 9:45

Classes meet at the Manship Theatre at 6:30pm every Monday. Payment will be due to the instructor at the time of the lesson.

Find out more about Tango Lagniappe at the official website here.