WINONA, Minn. — Ready to take your improv skills to the next level? If so, Main reACTion is for you!

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is seeking creative quick thinkers to form the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the 2019-20 school year. Main reACTion’s school year troupe will perform at one or two locations and events per month. Performances will take place during the second annual Shutdown Third Street, the November Second Saturday at the MN Marine Art Museum, and more. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street).

During auditions, actors and actresses can expect to participate in a variety of improv games. Those auditioning should also bring a calendar with any vacation, known school year activities, or end of summer activities to note conflicts on the audition form. Ten to 15 troupe members will be selected based on their ability to think on their stage presence, variety of ideas, ability to think on their feet and make quick decisions, and ability to work with others. There is no fee to audition, but troupe members will be asked to pay $110 to participate for Aug. 2019 through May 2020, which covers all instruction for monthly rehearsals and a T-shirt.

Main ReACTion was established in June 2019 as part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Winona Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Bush Foundation. Thanks to the interest and success of the troupe, it will continue to provide a creative outlet to area youth and entertain community members of all ages.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia, visit mca.smumn.edu, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.

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