The Coterie's Master classes are by invitation-only. Students can be nominated to audition by their teachers from other Coterie Acts classes for either Acting Master or Comedy Master, or both. Once invited to be a Master Class member, students can continue to register until they graduate from high school, as long as they remain in good standing.
Master Class is a place for students to experience ongoing advanced theatre training. Students are surrounded by other young people and professionals who are passionate about theatre, and are excited about working together as an ensemble. Material for Master Class is more advanced and the content is more mature than what students might experience in their school theatre programs. Master Class members are often considered for Coterie mainstage productions and can be recommended to other professional theatres for casting opportunities.
Master Class students possess a passion for the craft, self-discipline, talent, commitment, and a desire to work as an ensemble.
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Earn community service hours for school! This is an exciting performance opportunity at Lakeside Nature Center. Students will work on animal movement concepts to create character, an important skill for actors! We will research animals native to Kansas City and write monologues and scenes. You will even learn basic make-up techniques to enhance your character.
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, August 27-October 8 (No class September 3 - Labor Day weekend) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm | Teachers: Nancy Marcy and Lesly Lewandowski | Performance: Saturday, October 14 (3pm Call/4pm Performance) | Location: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City MO | Class Fee: $125
Students will strengthen their craft by experiencing acting exercises to sharpen techniques of character development and hone your skills using the tools of an actor: body, voice, and imagination. Each class will take you through vocal warm-ups and movement exercises and learn text analysis skills that will prepare you for future roles.
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, October 15-December 10 (No class November 26 -Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/newer students only); 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (Acting Master students with two years of Acting Master experience or in grades 10-12) | Teachers: Jeanne Averill and Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175
Dive into and explore a couple of the methodologies that many college acting programs are built upon. Each year students will deeply explore two different methodologies that they can use to apply to their craft. This type of exploration will be interesting as you find the one (or ones) that work best for you!
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, January 21-March 25 (HOLD April 8 for snow make up day) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/newer students only); 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (Acting Master students with two years of Acting Master experience OR entering grades 10-12) | Teachers: Jeanne Averill and Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200
Showcase Intensive is a full production experience where you put the lessons of Sessions 1, 2, & 3 into practice. Summer Showcase Intensive is a two-week all-day rehearsal/class where Acting Master students apply their work from throughout the year into scripted work. Each session will use scenes from a script, challenging students to do in-depth application during the rehearsal process. This summer's script is an original work created by Acting Master instructor, and award-winning playwright, Ric Averill. The working title is #Persephone #Hades2018 and is inspired by the work Acting Master students devise in class. Taking the Greek myth of Persephone and placing it in modern day, we will explore themes of power and control while creating a unique style of ensemble-based theatre. The class will culminate in a Showcase where friends, family, area directors, and agents are invited to see the final work. The performance will take place on The Coterie's stage. Admission to the performance is free of charge. *Students must register and participate in two 2017-2018 Acting Master sessions to qualify for Session 4.
2017-2018 Class Dates: Monday-Friday, July 16-20 & July 23-27 | Class Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, July 28, 4:00-6:00pm
Performs: Saturday, July 28, 7:00pm
Teacher: Jeanne Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $450
Showcase Admission: The Showcase performance is open to the public and free of charge
In this first session, students will use many different devising techniques to create new, topical comedy sketches. Each week we will write and perform new sketches to perfect our comedic timing and bold, innovative choices.
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, September 10-October 8 | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $110
In this session, we will build upon the work from Session 1 as we explore classic improv games and introduce more challenging ones that push students to sharpen their comedic timing and ability to work as an ensemble. Each short form improv game typically lasts under 5 minutes. Students in this session will have the opportunity to perform after select opening nights at The Coterie for Improv Aftergames.
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, October 15-December 10 (No class November 26 -Thanksgiving weekend) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175
Build on skills from Session 2 in spontaneity, scene improvisations, and comic timing through work on long form improv. The ensemble will be challenged to improv for extended periods of time, weaving stories in and out of each other. Long form is exciting and demanding for even seasoned improvers. Each long form improv game lasts a minimum of 10 minutes and could last as long as the entire class period. Our work will culminate in an improv showcase for friends and family.
*Session 1 or 2 is required to register for Session 3
2017-2018 Class Dates: Sundays, January 21-March 25| Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Performance: Sunday, April 8 (6:00pm call/7:00pm performance) [HOLD Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday) as weather make-up date] | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200
OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES ON THE COTERIE STAGE! PERFORM FOR THE PUBLIC!
Improv performances by the Comedy Master students after select Coterie mainstage shows. Comedy Master students are encouraged to participate as often as possible.
NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE! More information from instructor during class.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas, Friday, November 10, 2017
- The Secret of Courage, Friday, January 26, 2018