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MadCAP Theatre for Young Audiences

Inspiring and Nurturing Talents in the Performing Arts

As of April 21, 2015, MadCAP is dark. See letter below.

MadCAP's Theatre for Young Audiences catered to southern Wisconsin's youngest theatre-goers by bringing quality performances of well-known children's literature to life on the stage. TYA productions were designed and directed by talented professional artists and performed by adult actors and young people working together. The theatre provided an intimate space allowing for memorable theatre experiences.

MadCAP's School of the Arts provided opportunities for people of all ages to work with professional teaching artists in creatively challenging programs that encouraged young people to realize their highest level of artistic potential.

MadCAP's Studio was centrally located in downtown Madison so that young people from throughout Madison and the surrounding communities could develop their artistic talents within the context of a community of supportive and caring teaching artists.

23 February 2015

Dear friends,

MadCAP will celebrate its 20th year in 2015. This dynamic and nurturing organization has served hundreds of families over the years.

It is with mixed emotions that we inform you that MadCAP will be closing effective April 1, 2015. Please know that we as a staff and board have spent many months in thoughtful consideration before reaching this conclusion.

We have been working at making arrangements with Madison partners to continue MadCAPís programming through alternate venues. These partners include Madison Childrenís Museum, Madison Public Libraries, and Harvest Church of Madison. (HCM has partnered with us in our space for the past few years.)

MadCAPís final production as a School of the Arts and theatre group in the Madison area will be Captain Louie, performing March 25-28 at Oakwood Village University Woods. Please consider joining us in celebration of 20 wonderful years as an organization serving the Madison area. Ticket sale revenue from this production will assist in covering the costs of closing.

What does this mean for second semester classes & lessons? Private lessons and Company M will continue throughout the academic year (ending May 2015). Company M has several seniors to send out into the world with all best wishes, love, and music. Kirsti will continue music studio lessons as a private teacher for existing students.

What about other ensembles & activities? Intermediate Ensemble is on hiatus for the third quarter and will resume following Captain Louie performances. Location of this rehearsal is still TBA, but will likely be part of the Madison Story Project, a joint program of Madison Childrenís Museum and Madison Public Libraries. Under this arrangement, Beginning Ensemble will resume in 2015-2016 hosted by Madison Childrenís Museum.

I was counting on MadCAP programs this summer! What should I do? Madison Childrenís Museum has agreed to use our programming model. Keep an eye on their website & brochures for summer musical theatre programming taught by MadCAP instructors. This will be posted February 1, 2015.

Whatís happening to Kirsti? After 15 years with MadCAP, the last 10 as an Artistic Director, Kirsti is going to take some time to explore what will come next in her professional life. The biggest challenges for her include figuring out what to be when she grows up and knowing how much she will miss seeing MadCAPpers on a daily basisÖbut also knowing that itís the start of a grand new adventure and kids/teens will never be absent from her life or her heart. Change is difficult and sometimes scary, but this is a time for bravery and adventure.


Kirsti Johanson, Artistic Director

Joan McCarthy, Founding Director

Jon McCarthy, Board President

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