Ensemble Workshop Productions

STC’s Ensemble Workshop productions are led by professional directors and actors and offer students the experience of participating in a fully-produced musical or play with sets, costumes, and lighting on either the STC Main Stage or the STC Pollock Stage. Students learn warm-up techniques, theatre etiquette, vocal projection, diction, singing, dancing, and acting, as well as collaboration skills as they work together to tell great stories.

Auditions take place in October and November for the Winter Musical. Auditions take place in February for the Spring Play.

Contact education@sactheatre.org or call 916-446-7501 ext. 116 for more information.



May 10, 2017 – May 21, 2017

Appropriate for All Ages

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids written by Lois Burdett.  –

Hermia loves Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius-who’s also the heartthrob of her best friend, Helena. Threatened with death or a convent if she doesn’t do what Daddy wants, Hermia and Lysander head for the woods. With Helena and Demetrius in pursuit, they run right into a magical free-for-all between Oberon, the Fairy King, and Titania, his Fairy Queen.

This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble
and Young Professionals Conservatory students.

The Pre-Professional Ensemble program serves students ages 7 to 13 and culminates in a full-length production on STC’s stages. These workshops, taught by professional directors & actors, offer students the experience of participating in a fully-produced musical with sets, costumes, and lighting, as well as performance and collaboration skills as they work together to tell great stories.

Questions? Learn more about the production here!

Contact education@sactheatre.org or call 916-446-7501 ext 116 with any questions.


meet the creative team:

Michele Hillen-Noufer, Education & SCHOOL OF THE ARTS DIRECTOR

michelle_hillen-neuferMichele Hillen-Noufer, M.Ed., AEA, SAG is the Education Director for Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) and oversees the STC School of the Arts which includes the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, Professional Internship Program, Camp Programs and the School Partnership Program (which she created in 2011.) She is a member of Actors Equity Association as well as SAG/AFTRA. Michele has been working as a professional actor for 25 years doing theatre, film, and television across the country and internationally. She has directed, taught, and choreographed professional theatre, as well as theatre for young people. Michele has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts as well as providing Theatre Arts Education to schools through STC’s School Partnership Program and arts integration during the day. Michele is an arts integration specialist and keeps her skills current by teaching at STC, local elementary schools as well as providing workshops and professional development opportunities for conferences and in-services for Educators. She has been a member of the Sacramento State University’s, Academic Talent Search faculty since 2012.


Miranda Lawson, Director and Musical Director

(Disney’s Mulan Jr.)

Miranda Lawson HeadshotMiranda Lawson is busy at STC School of the Arts, and recently was the Director of the Pre-Professional Ensemble spring play, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as the Musical Director/Choreographer of the School Partnership Production of The Jungle Book. She was recently seen in The Pirates of Penzance and played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella on STC’s Main Stage. Prior to that, she was seen in Nunsense at STC. She recently played Effie White in Dreamgirls at Broadway by the Bay, which earned her a Theatre Bay Area Award nomination.


Ryan Blanning, Assistant Musical Director

(Disney’s Mulan Jr.)

ryan blanningRyan Blanning fell in love with dance under the love and support of his mentors Ron Cisneros, Christine Martorana, and John P. Healy. He is trained in all sorts, specializing in tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern. Ryan started teaching at the young age of 16 as a substitute for his own tap dancing mentor at CSDA, and ever since that very first day of teaching he knew he had found a passion he adored. As a teacher, he has worked for Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Dance Academy, Marble Valley Academy, Oak Ridge High School, and River City Theatre Company. He started choreographing for Flying Monkey Productions at the age of 18, and would become their choreographer for the next three years, winning an Elly Award for Best Choreography in a Young People’s Musical for his work on “13”. He then went on to win another Elly, this time for Choreography in an Educational Musical for his work on “Cats” with El Dorado High School. Although he has taken a backseat over the last few years to pursue his career as an actor, Ryan still finds the thrill of passing on his passion for dance to the younger generations.

Megan West, Production stage Manager

(Disney’s Mulan Jr.)

Megan West After graduating with a B.A. in Theatre from Harding University, Megan came to Sacramento for a stage management internship at B Street Theatre. Since then, Megan has worked backstage and as a stage manager for B Street and the YPC program at STC. Her most recent work includes YPC’s production of The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew. Megan would like to send a special thanks to all the students at STC for making her job the best one out there!




Past Productions:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2016):


James and the Giant Peach (2016):

Peach 1

The Story of the Velveteen Rabbit (2015):

The Velveteen Rabbit Photo by Barry Wisdom Photography

Pocahontas (2014):



Wonderland (2013):


A Year With Frog And Toad (2012):
Seussical the Musical, Jr. (2011):

Thumbelina (2010):
School House Rock Live!, Jr. (2009):
SHR Live Jr
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (2008):