Summer Drama Classes

June 15, 2020
July 31, 2020
Live, Interactive Instruction


It is our hope is to hold in-person classes as often as possible this summer. When not possible due to a location closure, classes at that site will be offered virtually (live and interactive) OR at another site over the same dates, although start times may change.

  • All June classes will take place through virtual live, interactive sessions. Click on the titles below for class times.
  • Final plans for July classes (in-person or virtual) will be announced June 15



~ All grades are for the 2020/2021 school year ~
~ Click on class titles for schedule, locations & teaching artists ~



Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! This youth version of the hit Broadway musical looks at what happens to the Addams family when the somber and morbid Wednesday Addams falls in love with a “normal” man. Can they keep it all together when the two families meet? A dark musical comedy filled with great roles is bound to make for a fun performance experience! 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. Week 1 will take place virtually in live rehearsals with the director, cast, and accompanist. Week 2 rehearsals and performances may take place in-person, depending upon local guidance. A final decision will be made by mid-June.

  • For Grades 6th-12th: July 6-18


Dive down to the bottom of the ocean and swim among all of your favorite creatures in the deep blue sea. Together we will create characters, tell stories, and sing music from under the sea, including the musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Actors will work together to embark on fun under the sea adventures!

  • For Grades K-2nd: June 22-26 or July 13-17


Jump into our rocket ship and let’s travel through time to all sorts of amazing destinations. We’ll use our imaginations to travel to see the dinosaurs, the pyramids in ancient Egypt, and even the future! Every class will be a journey to a different location with new adventures in store!

  • For Grades K-2nd: June 15-19 or July 20-24
  • For Grades 1st-2nd: July 13-17

When is a box not a box? When it’s a sailboat or a lion or a robot or anything at all! Let your imagination run wild as you take everyday objects and use them to create a world full of amazing adventures. Join us and transform the ordinary into something extraordinary!

  • For Grades K-2nd: July 6-10, July 13-17 or July 27-31

Get ready to make up some wild, zany, and just plain silly characters in this physical comedy class. Focus all that goofy energy you have into creating new scenes and characters as you learn what makes people laugh. Laugh yourself silly with your new friends!

  • For Grades 3rd-5th: June 15-19, June 22-26 or July 27-31

Come to the outer reaches of the galaxy as we explore exotic locations from the Star Wars universe. Create your own characters to fly starfighters and hone your lightsaber skills, whether you’re a member of the Resistance or part of the First Order. May the Force be with you!

  • For Grades 3rd-5th: June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 or July 20-24

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

  • For Grades 3rd-5th: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 13-17 or July 20-24

If you love Stranger Things, then you’ll love this class. Explore the world of the hit Netflix show by acting out your favorite scenes and creating new ones that might happen next season. Fight monsters or become one yourself in this fun acting challenge for anyone who finds themselves in the Upside Down.

  • For Grades 5th-7th: July 6-10 or July 13-17

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 building acting skills as they explore their silly side!

  • For Grades 5th-7th: June 22-26, July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 6th-8th: June 22-26

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.

  • For Grades 5th-7th: June 22-26, July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 8th-12th: June 22-26, July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 6th-8th:  July 20-24
  • For Grades 9th-12th: July 20-24

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, such as Beetlejuice, Spamalot, Hamilton, and more. Students will spend the week exploring character, learning choreography, and singing as an ensemble under the direction of an expert musical theatre actor and a professional accompanist. Students will perform as a chorus for family and friends during the final class.

  • For Grades 5th-10th: June 15-19, June 22-26 or July 6-10
  • For Grades 6th-10th: July 20-24

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 a professional accompanist. Students will perform a variety of numbers for family and friends during the final class.

  • For Grades 6th-12th: July 13-17
    Note: We encourage 6th-10th graders to take Welcome to Musical Theatre to establish a strong foundation before taking Triple Threat.


This popular Coterie class steps up your comedy game as students explore the wide-open world of improvisation. Students new to improv will learn the framework needed for successful comedy and alumni will sharpen their comedic skills as they learn about comedy, creating character, and dramatic action. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Comedy Master Class.

  • For Grades 8th-12th: June 22-26, July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 9th-12th: June 22-26

The Coterie's drama classes:

  • Led by staff of trained, professional teaching artists
  • Designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
  • No larger than 10 students for grades K-2 & 3-5, and 12 students for grades 4-6 and above, allowing teaching artists to see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
  • Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
  • Inspire students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week
  • Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
  • Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future

In-Person Classes:

  • Will adhere to the latest safety and social distancing guidelines

Virtual Classes:

  • Enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection
  • Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class for fun, interactive play
Preview Summer 2020 with The Coterie's Education Director Amanda Kibler