The Woodland Opera House Education Program

Education through dance, drama & musical theatre

Inspiring creativity in the hearts and minds of our youth through the learning and experiencing of live dramatic art.

Youth Workshops 

Musical Theatre, Acting, and More!

Join our award-winning youth programs!

For Homeschool Workshops, please scroll down. 


What people are saying about our program:


“This program is clearly creating a safe and nurturing environment in which the young people

can rely on each other and bring their full selves to the rehearsal room.”


– Nina Meehan, Founder of Bay Area Children’s Theatre and Innovation and Creativity Speaker/Consultant


” It’s clear that their theatre program helps create confident young artists who work

incredibly well as an ensemble and take pride in their work.”


– Rob Rokicki, Broadway Composer of The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical


“Woodland Opera House’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. was completely innovative. The cast

created sets, costumes, and even a flying car with without any physical

items. Their production shows that the theater program back home

encourages young performers to be brave and focused.”


– Steven G. Kennedy, Vice President, iTheatrics

Rising Stars - Educational Theatre Productions


Stay Tuned for Audition Information for our Winter 2024 Rising Stars:




This show will be open for young performers ages 7 years old through 14 years old (must be in 8th grade.) 

Actors must meet the age requirements by the time of auditions.


Look for auditions to happen in mid-Fall 2023


Unfortunately, if you are cast in the Rising Stars/JTF Troupe, you will not be able to audition for Finding Nemo due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts.

We will rectify these conflicts for the 2024-25 season.

Musical Theatre, Acting & More!

Fall Acting Workshops


Game On! Theatre Games for Performance

NEW! Workshop – “Game On! Theatre Games for Performance” is a playful workshop that utilizes theatre games to build performance skills, including general physical fitness. Through ridiculously fun games, students develop quick thinking, adaptability, creativity, strength, balance, and agility. Emphasizing confidence-building and teamwork, this course refines individual and ensemble performance techniques. By immersing themselves in stimulating theatre games, students have tons of fun while cultivating evergreen performance skills.

Taught by: Woodland Opera House Executive Director, Tom Burmester.

Tuition: $160 (50% discount for currently enrolled students)

When: Mondays, 6:00 to 6:55 pm 

Ages: 10 to 17 years old

Dates: September 25th through November 13th. (Classes pro-rate for late enrollments)

Dr. Tom Burmester is the Executive Director of the Woodland Opera House and an experienced theatre professional with a PhD in Fun and Play (no joke!). As an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre at St. Mary’s College and a seasoned instructor at UCLA and UC Davis, Tom has spent over a decade teaching.

Acting A to Z – Waitlist Only.

Ages 9 through 12 years old

Tuesdays 5 pm (Class workshop length – :55 minutes)



Teen Acting Workshop – Space Available! 

Ages 13 through 18 (Senior in HS)

Tuesdays 6 pm (Class workshop length – :55 minutes)


Our Acting Workshops will be back again this fall allowing new and veteran young actors the chance to study and learn the acting craft! Each class becomes more nuanced as the students get older, allowing age-appropriate material to be covered. Each workshop is 55 minutes and is taught by Woodland Opera House veteran actor and drama teacher, Karen Fox. These workshops are recommended to be repeated and are not to be missed if one wants to become a better, stronger performer.




Workshop Length: 8 weeks – September 26th through November 14th.  Tuition: $150


Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move well in, bring water, and a notebook.


Register Here.

Fall Improv Workshops




Ages 10 through 15 years old

Saturdays 10:00 to 11:30 am (Class workshop length – 90 minutes)


Intro to Improv – Ages 10 to 15 years old – Ever wondered what Captain Hook would be like as a Pokemon trainer? Or which Disney character would win America’s Got Talent? Come explore your imagination and flex your creative muscles via improv! We will learn to improve ourselves as actors using improv techniques through games and then put on a show! Come prepared to have fun! – Class runs 90 minutes for 8 weeks. Class taught by WOH Teaching Artist, Karen Fox. (Minimum enrollment needed to begin class: 8 students.)


Workshop Length: 8 weeks – September 30th through November 18th.  Tuition: $200


Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move well in, bring water, and a notebook.


Register Here.


Fall 2023 Musical Theater Workshops


“Mischief & Mistletoe”


Our Fall Musical Theatre Workshop is a holiday-themed musical journey called, “Mischief & Mistletoe”  that will culminate in a musical revue performance on December 2nd and 3rd, 2023.

All workshops learn the art of song and dance through introductions to music theory, character development, and choreography in each 55 minute long class. All class material will help weave together a magical tale that is perfect for the whole family! 


Our Fall Musical Theatre Workshop opened registration July 3rd.

This workshop series sells out quickly!

Register Here.

Workshops run week of September 26th through December 3rd


Fall Musical Theatre Workshop Performance Information:

SHOWCASE REHEARSAL: Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES: Saturday, December 2nd at 2 pm and Sunday, December 3rd at 7 pm

Performers Call Time will be 45 minutes prior to curtain. 


Tickets will be available for purchase.

More information regarding tickets will be sent to enrolled parents prior to being released to the general public.


Kindergarten through 2nd Grade 

Two Classes Available in the same time slot!

Tuesdays 5:15 to 6:00 pm

Starts September 26th

*Two spots left as of 7/28!


Grades 3rd through 5th

Two Class Options:

Wednesdays 5:00 to 5:55 pm*

Fridays 4:00 to 4:55 pm**

*Starts September 27th and **29th

*Classes Full. Inquire about a possible new class opening up!


Grades 6th through 12th

Tuesdays 6:00 to 6:55 pm

Starts September 26th

*Class Full. Inquire about a possible new class opening up!


All Workshops $160 and includes Show T-Shirt

NEW! Homeschool Workshops


Homeschool Workshops

We are a vendor for: Horizon, Sequoia Grove Charter Alliance (Feather River, Clarksville, Lake View),

IEM Schools (South Sutter, Sky Mountain, Ocean Grove), Visions in Education. If you do not see yours listed here, let us know!



Creative Theatre Play 

NEW! The Woodland Opera House is excited to restart our Homeschool Program at the Theatre and Dance Annex! Our Homeschool Creative Play class will be a semester-based program introducing fun, structured theatrical play for students. Incorporating fun theatre games that can assist beginners and experienced students alike with memory/retention, confidence building skills, muscle coordination, taking calculated risks, and public speaking, this type of class can be the spark of what begins an interest in the performing arts or just allows students to come out of their shells.

Taught by Teaching Artist: Karen Fox.

Grades: 2nd through 8th grade

When: Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 1:55 pm.

Where: Theatre and Dance Annex, 520 Court Street, Woodland

Fall Semester Dates: October 3rd through December 12th.

Tuition: $70/month 

Mini-Play Workshop

NEW! We are excited to restart our Homeschool Program here at the Woodland Opera House Theatre and Dance Annex! This class will be introducing aspiring actors to a script or two that will be auditioned, rehearsed, and put into a mini-production with an in-class showcase on the last day of class. Students will learn how to memorize lines efficiently, how to build characters, and how to block/stage scenes.

Taught by Teaching Artist: Karen Fox,

Grades: 2nd through 8th grade

When: Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fall Semester Dates:  October 3rd through December 12th.

Tuition: $110/month (90-minute class)

Register Here