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.

Unleash your child's potential!

 

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Adventures in Neverland

Second star to the right and straight on till morning. Neverland is never too far away, especially in this class. Peter Pan and his lost boys are ready for you! And don’t forget Wendy! Go with Peter on his adventures through scene work. Bring to the life your most favorite moments of Peter Pan and Peter and the Starcatcher, one of the most treasured children’s series.

Grades: 4-6

Locations: Midtown, Overland Park, Northland

Sessions: Winter

Character Study: Sherlock Holmes

Crack the case alongside Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson! Actors will put their skills to the test with both scripted and improvised scenes surrounded in the mystery and adventure that looms over London. It will be anything but…elementary, my dear Watson.

Grades: 5-7

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

Sessions: Winter

Outta Your Head

Have you ever wanted to write your own scene or play? Well here’s your chance! Create, collaborate, and perform your own ideas with your fellow thespians. Build scene by scene an original work that comes outta your head! Anything is possible!

Grades: 4-6

Locations: Midtown, Overland Park, Northland

Sessions: Spring

Audition Lab

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.

Grades: 5-7 ,

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

Sessions: Spring

Broadcast: Mayhem!

Hop inside the TV and create your own original sitcoms, commercials, game shows, and news casts. Each class will come up with their own television channel and direct all the programming…no matter how crazy it may be! All their shows will be shared with family and friends during the final class.

Grades: Incoming 3rd - 5th

Locations: Lee's SummitOverland ParkNorthlandPlazaLiberty

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

Summer Term at Hogwarts

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 classes, play Quidditch, and even battle He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Immerse yourself in this exciting world all week, and come out a full-fledged wizard!

Grades: Incoming 3rd - 5th

Locations: Lee's SummitOverland ParkNorthlandPlaza, Liberty

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

Fantasy and Gore Makeup

Students will learn the process of making realistic looking bruises, scars, and cuts.  Together with a professional teaching artist they will experiment with theatrical makeup techniques as they discover the transformative power of makeup. Each day young makeup artists, will participate in theatre games, activities, and scenes inspired by their character creations.  They’ll walk away bruised, scarred, and bleeding with their own professional makeup kit in hand.

Grades: Incoming 4th - 7th

Locations: Lee's SummitNorthland

Sessons: Summer

​Registration for summer now open!

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 SummitOverland ParkNorthlandPlaza

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

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 SummitOverland ParkPlaza, Liberty

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

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 accompanist. Students will perform as a chorus for family and friends during the final class.

Grades: Incoming 5th - 10th

Locations: Lee's SummitOverland ParkPlaza, Liberty

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

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: Incoming 6th - 12th

Locations: Overland Park

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

Performance Camp: RECKLESS DAYS OF ROBIN HOOD

Ready for an exciting one-of-a-kind experience?  You can be in the world premiere of a new musical by a local young theatre genius, Ryan Beard (Coterie Young Playwrights' Roundtable member).  This irreverent, fractured fairytale version of Robin Hood plays with our expectations of the familiar characters, playfully turning them upside down.  Great roles for males and females, and songs with hilarious lyrics.  Be part of the fun!

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. 

Performance Dates: Friday, July 22nd at 7pm and Saturday, July 23rd at 2pm

Grades: Incoming 5th - 8th

Locations: Lee's Summit

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

Performance Camp: YOUNG SHERLOCK

Join Sherlock Holmes and his new friend Watson at boarding school! This origin tale inspired by the books tells of how this sleuthing duo first met and solved their first case. A fun script with great roles for girls and boys.

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. 

Performance Dates: Friday, August 5th at 7pm and Saturday, August 6th at 2pm

Grades: Incoming 5th - 10th

Locations: Liberty

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!

Performance Camp: INTO THE WOODS JR.

Combining the stories of all the best Grimm Brothers fairytales, this award-winning musical will send you on an unexpected journey! Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and more set out to break the witch’s curse. Featuring the rich music of Stephen Sondheim, this show will be a fun challenge for all actors. Hop into a fairytale!

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. 

Performance Dates: Friday, July 29th at 7pm and Saturday, July 30th at 2pm

Grades: Incoming 5th - 10th

Locations: Plaza

Sessons: Summer

Registration for summer now open!