"Whether you choose an introductory or in-depth experience, Children’s Theatre provides a unique venue for young people to exercise their imaginations and grow in wonderful and unexpected ways. We hope your family will join us this season -- together we will make a dramatic difference in the lives of our children!"
- Michelle Long, Director of Education
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Education programs at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte inspire creativity, confidence and a sense of community through the exploration and practice of theatre skills. Classes are built around creative dramatics, acting, musical theatre and improvisation. Professional teaching artists lead students through engaging, interactive sessions in our Studio classrooms at ImaginOn and at Satellite locations.
Our classes are fun, exciting experiences, and they promote a range of important developmental skills: confidence, leadership, teamwork, and the creative “right brain” thinking recognized as critically important for success.
Read on for a description of various class offerings, or call us to discuss the best options for your children: 704-973-2838 (M-F, 10-5).
Registration is now open for our 2014-15 Creative Drama, Workshop and School of Theatre Training programs. Click on a program title below for details!
We are also currently registering for our 2014 Summer Camps, at ImaginOn and satellite locations.
Creative Drama (Pre-K through 2nd Grade)
Creative Drama classes offer our youngest students a playful introduction to performing. Students gain the ability to express themselves, build confidence, explore their imagination and develop basic social skills. Students typically enroll in several sessions but can participate in sessions independently if desired. Creative Drama classes are designed for beginning and returning students and explore new material each session.
Students ages 2-3 can participate in a shared experience with a guardian, in our Side by Side classes. Students ages 3- 4 engage in creative drama and movement activities in, My Spotlight. Students ages 5-6 explore the ground work for theatre through vocabulary and characterization while dramatizing selections of current children’s literature in Acting Adventures. Shooting Stars introduces 1st-2nd grade students to scripts, improvisation, and theatre terminology preparing them for entry into the School of Theatre Training. Creative Drama classes are offered in Fall and Winter sessions.
Workshops (2nd-12th Grades)
Workshops offer beginning students an opportunity to explore theatre through an introductory process and offer advanced students seminars and practicum in theatre concentrations. Like all Enrichment Classes at Children’s Theatre, the Workshop Series is process- driven. These unique classes are designed for students to find their own artistic voice in a collaborative, creative environment. Workshops provide a great alternative for students unable to make the full year commitment to the School of Theatre Training program. Advanced workshop opportunities serve as a supplement to School of Theatre Training classes or other theatre training, providing pre-college style seminars and practicum for the dedicated student. Workshops are offered throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. Be sure to check our website for new workshops added throughout the year!
School of Theatre Training Program (3rd-12th Grades)
School of Theatre Training (SOTT) Classes are geared toward students who are dedicated to studying the skills and techniques of theatre. Students build theatre skills and techniques by moving through the levels of programming.
- Level 1 Foundation classes are designed to broaden students’ knowledge as a performer and introduce them to a foundation of theatre skills.
- As students move into Level 2 Core classes they deepen their understanding of theatre concepts while learning how to audition, create a headshot and build a resume.
- Level 3 Focus Areas are designed to immerse students to advanced acting and performing theories offering a variety of unique concentrations each year.
- Level 4 Performance Company immerses students in the application of theatre disciplines.
- Level 5 Conservatory provides pre-professional, college-preparatory training and performance experience for students in grades 9-12. Students who participate in SOTT are invited to audition for OnStage, a unique performance opportunity.
Lower Level Exemptions for new SOTT students with prior theatre training:
Students with outside experience or previous training can request an exemption from a class level. To propose an exemption, students must complete an audition, submit a résumé and attend a short interview.
For the Exemption Audition, students must prepare:
- Acting Course: One monologue (60 seconds or less)
- Musical Theatre Course: One monologue (60 seconds or less) & 16 bars of a song (to be sung a capella)
Use the link at right for more information or to schedule an SOTT Level Exemption Audition.