Preteen Actors

Grades 5th thru 7th

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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Step Through the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis’s classic series “The Chronicles of Narnia” is full of fantastic adventures at every turn. Using scripts from The Magician’s Nephew and Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe, become the many amazing characters and explore the world beyond the wardrobe as you work with Aslan to save Narnia from the White Witch.

Grades: 4th-6th

Locations: MidtownOverland ParkNorthland

Sessions: Spring

Audition Lab

This class is a great way to prepare yourself 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 use the week to 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.

Grades: 5th-7th

Locations: Midtown, Lee's Summit, Overland Park, Northland

Sessions: SpringSummer

Funny Bones: Intro to Improv

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!

Grades: 5-7

Locations: LibertyOverland ParkParkvillePlaza

Sessions: Summer

Swashbucklin' Skirmishes: A Stage Combat Class

Arrrgh! This class will take the fun of pirates and give you the chance to act out all the action-packed scenes with proper training and confidence. Come learn how to safely perform hair pulls, foot stomps, prat falls, and more! 

Grades: 6-8

Locations: Lee's SummitParkville

Sessions: Summer

Welcome to Musical Theatre

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.

Grades: 5-10

Locations: Lee's SummitLibertyOverland Park

Sessions: Summer

Advanced Musical Theatre

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

Grades: 6-12

Locations: LibertyOverland Park

Sessions: Summer

Performance Camp: HONK! JR.

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!

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

Sessions: Summer

Performance Camp: THE HOBBIT

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!

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

Locations: Plaza

Sessions: Summer