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Parks Theater Classes and Camps

At Metro Parks Theater, we give students the opportunity to explore the fun of drama and invest in the art form of theater. With classes, camps and full production offerings that feed the innate creativity in all of us, we strive to produce experiences that excite students’ passion for learning and desire for collaboration. We seek to involve students in all facets of theatre and dramatic arts and provide quality instruction from practicing community artists.

Register online! If you have any questions, contact Sam at Samuel.Frazee@Nashville.Gov or Samantha at Samantha.Drapeaux@Nashville.Gov.

Register online for Metro Parks Classes

If you choose not to register online, you may register in person at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N. in Centennial Park during the hours of 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays. A staff member will be able to take your registration and payment.

Payment for classes is due at the time of registration. If you are registering online (preferred), you will be prompted to by by credit/debit card. If you come to register in person, you may pay by cash, check or credit/debit card. If you require a payment plan, please contact Sam at Samuel.Frazee@Nashville.Gov for more information.

New Musical Theater Workshops

We are pleased to be offering several one-day sessions focusing general music theatre technique and "Acting Through the Song" using themes from popular Broadway shows.  These six-hour mini intensives will cover songs, blocking, stories and character development. For ages 8-18.


October 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $45

This session will use songs from the popular show Wicked and explore themes such as friendship, labels, racism and bullying 

Write a Mini-Musical

November 2, Noon-6 p.m., $45

Using popular songs as inspiration, students will create a story line with original characters.  Together, they will write their own libretto, stage their blocking, and create their own choreography, while learning terminology, blocking and choreography basics, and story building techniques.

Dear Evan Hansen

November 9, Noon-6 p.m.

This session will use songs from the popular show Dear Evan Hansen while exploring themes such as grief, loneliness, resilience and living an authentic life.

Fall Classes Return September 7

Students perform at Centennial Black Box

Join instructors Ginny Shockley and Kelsie Craig as they team up to provide fun and educational workshops in musical theater and acting fundamentals. These Saturday sessions will feature two classes that can be taken separately or combined for a total dramatic experience.

The Musical theater workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will cover popular songs from Broadway Musicals. Students will focus on proper vocal technique, creative movement and building acting skills to connect the lyrics to the story of the song. This class will meet weekly for 90 minutes and culminate in a combined performance with the acting ensemble class.

The acting ensemble will meet at 12:00 p.m. for 90 minutes. This class will focus on acting techniques designed to strengthen awareness and creativity through improvisation, character development, and scene study. Exercises will enhance concentration, imagination, observation and relaxation.

Please look for Acting Ensemble and Musical Theatre Ensemble on our online registration system.