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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Jedi Knights Unite

This is a call for all Jedi! Now it’s time to put your skills to good use as you become the characters from Star Wars to fly an X-Wing, travel to far-off planets, and hone your lightsaber skills as we defeat the Dark Side. May the Force be with you!

Grades: ​Incoming 3rd-5th

​Locations: Lee's Summit, Liberty, Northland, Plaza

Sessions: Summer


Twisted Time Travelling

Calling all time travelers! We need help building our time machine and deciding where to travel. So if you’re brave enough to be part of our team, join our class where we’ll create time travelling characters and scenes from all the times we visit. When are we?!

Grades: ​Incoming 3rd-5th

​Locations: Lee's Summit, Northland, Overland Park, Plaza

Sessions: Summer

Make a Scene

Do you love making up stories? Do you have fun ideas, begging to be performed? Then this is the class for you! In this class the teaching artist will work with the students to write and rehearse a short play in just five days.

Grades: ​Incoming 3rd-5th

​Locations: Liberty, Northland, Overland Park

Sessions: Summer


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Step into Newt Scamander’s case of creatures as he researches new beasts for his book. Act out scenes based on the movie and create your own scenes of what happened before and what will happen next. A great chance to hone your acting skills in a fun magical world.

Grades: ​Incoming 5th-7th

​Locations: Lee's Summit, ​Liberty, Northland, Overland Park

Sessions: Summer


Funny Bones: Intro to Improv

Get your funny started as you begin to learn all about comedy and improv! This fun and fast-paced class introduces young actors to the wide open world of improv comedy. Students will develop skills in spontaneity, listening, creativity, storytelling, and collaboration as they explore their silly side!

Grades: ​Incoming 5th-7th

​Locations: Lee's Summit, ​Liberty, Northland

Sessions: Summer



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: ​Incoming 5th-7th

​Locations: Lee 's Summit, ​Liberty, Overland Park, Plaza

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 and The Coterie stage. We’ll learn songs that will bring you around the world and right back home from some of the most popular Broadway shows. Students will spend the week exploring character, learning choreography, and singing as an ensemble under the direction of an expert musical theatre actor and an accompanist. Students will perform as a chorus for family and friends during the final class.

Grades: ​Incoming 5th-10th

​Locations: Lee's Summit, ​Liberty, Overland Park, Plaza

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 an 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: ​Incoming 6th-12th

​Locations: Liberty, Overland Park

Sessions: Summer




Performance Camp: SHREK THE MUSICAL JR

Let your Freak Flag fly during Shrek the Musical! This fun and irreverent musical based on the popular movie is a story of adventure, friendship and ogre love that’s bringing ugly back! There are many hilarious characters such as Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquad, and more. Students in this production will use some of the costumes and props from The Coterie’s professional production.

All students enrolled will have a speaking role—some large and some small. All students will also sing in the chorus and some will have solos. Auditions will be held the first day and the casting will be determined then.

Grades: ​Incoming 6th-8th (Plaza), Incoming 5th-10th (Lee's Summit)

​Locations: Lee's Summit, ​Plaza

Sessions: Summer