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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Master of Your Own Destiny

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!

Grades: 4-6

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.

Incoming Grades: 5th-7th

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

Sessions: SpringSummer

Shake It Up!

What happens when you put cowboys in operas? Or set a ballet underwater? This class will explore and mix-up genres, characters, and settings like never before. Let your imagination run wild as you work with your fellow actors to create crazy new stories!

Grades: 3-5

Locations: Overland ParkLibertyLee's SummitPlazaNorthland

Sessions: Summer


Are you a monster hunter? Do you want to help us find infamous monsters such as Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Kraken? Then this class is for you! Students will become both monsters and monster hunters as they create stories and characters for our adventures around the world, seeking out our favorite monsters.

Grades: 3-5

Locations: Overland ParkLibertyLee's SummitPlazaNorthland

Sessions: Summer

Character Study: The Avengers

How awesome are the Avengers?! If a team of super heroes that comes together to save the world sounds like your kind of fun, then this is the class for you! Our super heroes, disguised as actors, will create their own origin story and set of amazing powers. They will explore the unique characters from the movies and comic books, and maybe even make up their own.

Grades: 5-7

Locations: Overland ParkLee's SummitNorthland

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 improvisational comedy! Students will develop skills in spontaneity, listening, creativity, storytelling, and collaboration as they explore their silly side!

Grades: 5-7

Locations: LibertyLee's SummitPlazaNorthland

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: Overland ParkLibertyLee's Summit

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: Overland ParkLiberty

Sessions: Summer


Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, it is the tour of a lifetime through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. During a day full of high jinx and adventure, Charlie discovers a whole world he never thought possible. Together with Grandpa Joe and a whole cast of crazy characters, he will find out that a golden ticket is the key to something amazing.

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

Grades: 5-8

Locations: Lee's Summit

Sessions: Summer

Performance Dates: Friday, July 31 at 4pm and 7:30pm

Performance Camp: LEGALLY BLONDE JR.

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde Jr., follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. There are fun and challenging roles for boys and girls in this upbeat, empowering musical.

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: 5-10

Locations: Plaza

Sessions: Summer

Performance Dates: Friday, July 24 at 7pm and Saturday, July 25 at 2pm