The Coterie's Preteen Actors are classes built upon the natural imagination young actors have and introduce the fundamentals of acting, creating a base for future in-depth classes.
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Begin learning all about comedy and improv! This fun and fast-paced class introduces young actors to the wide open world of improvisational comedy! Students will develop skills in spontaneity, listening, creativity, storytelling, and collaboration as they explore their silly side!
Incoming Grades: 5-7
If you like acting, singing, and dancing, then musical theatre is for you! In this class, you will perform showstoppers from Broadway. Students will spend the week exploring character, learning choreography, and singing as an ensemble under the direction of an expert musical theatre actor and accompanist. Students will perform as a chorus for family and friends during the final class.
Incoming Grades: 5-10
Take your musical theatre skills to the next level by performing duets, solos, and small group numbers from popular musicals. Continue to build on your skills and be challenged in new and exciting ways! Actors will rehearse scenes, songs, and dance numbers under the direction of a professional musical theatre actor and accompanist. Students will perform a variety of numbers for family and friends during the final class.
*We encourage 6th-10th graders to take Welcome to Musical Theatre to establish a strong foundation before taking Advanced Musical Theatre
Incoming Grades: 6-12
Honk! Jr. is a musical about Ugly, a duckling whose funny looks make him an outcast on the farm. When he ventures out on his own, Ugly must outsmart a hungry cat and fight to find his way home. This journey reveals his true beauty both inside and out as he finds love and acceptance and a place where he belongs!
Incoming Grades: 5-8
Rehearsal Dates: Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, July 28-August 8
Performance Dates: Friday, August 8 at 7pm & Saturday, August 9 at 2pm
Locations: Lee's Summit
Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, this first journey through Middle Earth follows Bilbo Baggins, a comfortable hobbit who doesn’t like much adventure…until one day when Gandalf the wizard calls Bilbo into action. With the assistance of a band of dwarves, they set off to recover the lost treasure. This show is sure to have fun, over-the-top characters and lots of action!
Incoming Grades: 5-10
Rehearsal Dates: Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, July 14-25
Performance Dates: Friday, July 25 at 7pm & Saturday, July 26 at 2pm
Audition Lab is a great way to prepare for upcoming auditions! With the help of a professional teaching artist, students will choose audition monologues that match their age, personality, and individual audition needs. Students will prepare a monologue, develop successful strategies for cold readings, and learn how to create a professional resume. The final class includes a special audition with Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director, or a member of The Coterie staff, for youth roles in the upcoming Coterie season.
Incoming Grades: 5th-7th
Join all your favorite characters from the Harry Potter series as you enter into a magical world filled with wizards, dragons, trolls, and elves. Act out scenes as Harry and his friends go to magic classes, play Quidditch, and even battle He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Immerse yourself in this exciting world and come out a full-fledged wizard!
If you could go anywhere – to the past, to the future, maybe to space –where would YOU go? Do you visit ancient lands and help build their monuments? Or maybe to the future and find out how to use a jet pack? Your adventures are determined by our group of travelers as we create scenes and characters at each stop. Our time machine will take us as far as you dare…
Step right into an adventure as the main protagonists! The whole class will work together to decide where the story will go and what will happen to the characters. Do you go into the abandoned house? Or sit down for some ice cream instead? This extended improv class asks students to think on their feet and work as an ensemble to determine how a story will develop. Only you can be the master of your own destiny!
This class is a great way for beginners to learn the basics of acting and for seasoned actors to stay sharp! Students will work together as an ensemble as they push each other to make bold, exciting character choices and find honesty in their performances. Using your body, voice, and imagination, this class will develop a strong foundation for all future acting opportunities. Acting Fundamentals is suitable for all skill levels as it introduces new students to acting basics and challenges returning students to continue their growth.
What happens when the world’s biggest rock stars tour the country? You and your classmates become a band in your very own rock ‘n’ roll roadshow…but the real drama happens backstage! Act out scenes about what could happen to the band during the ultimate road trip. This class challenges students to sustain characters and develop back-story that informs your performance.