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School of Theatre Training (SOTT) is a comprehensive 20-week program for studying the skills and techniques of acting and musical theatre. Class offerings vary at every age level, guaranteeing there is an entry point for your student in the progression of classes.

Our curriculum is structured around the Stanislavski System, a method of performing truthfully onstage through a created set of imaginary circumstances. Telling an authentic story is part of our mission, and our teaching artists provide the tools to tell that story and meet the students “right where they are” in their development.
View weekly SOTT schedules: View Schedule
Open Enrollment | No audition required
These classes are available to all interested students; and include acting and musical theatre tracks. Students in these classes may enroll for multiple years at the Focus level before being recommended to advance to Conservatory classes.
Conservatory | Audition required
These classes are available by audition only and require outside assignments with a more rigorous commitment. Classes are conducted by a small group of master teaching artists, which allows for an in depth, yet flexible curriculum that meets the individualized needs of each student. NOTE: Dance technique and movement training is an essential part of an actor’s development. Students enrolled in Conservatory classes will be required to take dance classes – either those provided by CTC’s Supplemental Training or from an accredited outside equivalent class.
Supplemental Training
Additional programs offered for developing specific skills - like Dance and Movement Classes, and Private Voice Lessons. For students in Grades 5-12.
2018-19 SOTT Registration Dates: Additional Notes for SOTT
  • Every session ends with a showcase for families and friends to see the materials SOTT students have explored throughout the year. Demonstrations of exercises and activities facilitated by both students and the teaching artists surround selections of monologues, scenes and songs.
  • Every SOTT student is given a written mid-point and end of year evaluation written by their teaching artist to track progress throughout the class. Additionally, class recommendations for the next year are given during the end of year evaluation.
  • OnStage is opportunity for SOTT students to apply their skills in a professional theatre experience. During the spring, this intensive five-week program challenges 150 students to produce four shows during one weekend. This program is only open to students who enroll in our School of Theatre Training. Click here to learn more.
  • Children’s Theatre of Charlotte provides supplemental training to SOTT students throughout the year including dance training, private voice lessons, and specialized master classes.
Open Enrollment | Foundations | Grades 3-12 | Tuition: $400/session

For students new to the SOTT program. They begin fundamental skills training in a fun, yet professional environment with a strong focus on ensemble work. Text work is minimized so young performers can focus on establishing a connection with their acting partner, and larger group.

  • Connecting the vocal, physical and imaginative skills to express dramatic material
  • Empowering students to make bold artistic choices in their work
  • Emphasizing commitment and discipline by focusing on teamwork
  • Stanislavski basics covered: motivation, pursuing objectives, the “Magic If”

Locations: ImaginOn , Huntersville , South Charlotte

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Open Enrollment | Core | Grades 4-12 | Tuition: $400/session

For students who have completed a Foundations class. They begin working with scripted material and exploring the business of acting which includes creating a resume and receiving a professional headshot for use. Additionally, students are guided in the selection and preparation of audition materials.

  • Movement for the actor (Acting)/Choreography basics (Musical Theatre)
  • Auditioning preparation including cold readings and prepared pieces
  • One-minute monologue selection (Acting)/16-32 bar cut of a song (Musical Theatre)
  • Stanislavski intermediates covered: text analysis, beats of action, method of physical action

Locations: ImaginOn , Huntersville , South Charlotte

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Open Enrollment | Focus | Grades 5-12 | Tuition: $400/session

For students who have completed a Core class. They explore specialized concentrations in areas of acting and musical theatre that vary from year to year. These classes offer continued enrichment for the young performer, and students may spend multiple years at this stage before advancing to Conservatory classes.

  • Scripts, Scenes, and In-Between (Acting): Explore how actors take the words on the page and bring them to life. Students analyze scripts, finding clues in the text to develop characters and staging scenes for performance.
  • Puppetry & Performance (Acting): From Lion King to War Horse, more productions are relying on puppetry to tell their stories. Come learn foundational techniques in puppet manipulation to develop your physicality.
  • Pop Musical Audition (Musical Theatre): More Broadway productions are depending on a “pop” sound in their scoring. “Pop” songs often fall in the genre of contemporary music because it’s the melting pot of modern sound, reflective of what’s popular with listeners today. In this class, students may learn songs from hits like Hamilton, Mean Girls or Dear Evan Hansen. More importantly, this class develops individual technique in a healthy, safe way.
  • The Broadway Intensive (Musical Theatre): Broadway has a vast collection of songs and styles. Students explore the challenges through vocal performance and choreography with a focus on ensemble work.

Locations: ImaginOn

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Conservatory | New Works | Grades 5-12 | Tuition: $400/session

Students work on the development of a new play or musical with a professional creative team and tour the production throughout the community.

Mandatory dates for this class include: Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 23.
Final Dress Rehearsal and Tour Dates will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on: March 2, 9, and 16.

Location: ImaginOn

Conservatory | Young Company | Grades 5-8 | Tuition: $450/session

Students train in a conservatory-style setting, rotating between acting and musical theatre focuses. This collaborative method emphasizes training of the whole actor. Topics covered during the year include Shakespeare, Laban based movement and choral vocal training. These specialized topics will also bring awareness to the student’s individual areas of needed growth. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and extensive memorization.

Location: ImaginOn

Conservatory | Company | Grades 8-12 | Tuition: $450/session

Company offers two separate tracks: Acting Company and Musical Theatre Company. Students continue their development through an exploration of classical training, a key component of student work. Acting Company provides a focus on advanced script and character work, and Musical Theatre provides comprehensive vocal training. A student may take this course for multiple years before being recommended to advance. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and extensive memorization. Students should arrive warmed-up and ready to begin work.

Location: ImaginOn

Conservatory | Pre-Professional Company | Grades 9-12 | Tuition: $500/session

Students experience a master class setting integrating elements of both acting and musical theatre, as well as a variety of advanced systems and training methods with practical application in the professional theatre world. This class serves as a culmination in our SOTT student’s training and seeks to cultivate their individual artistic voice. Senior students graduating this class should feel comfortable in college training programs or entering the professional theatre world. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class as assigned by the professional teaching artists. Students should arrive warmed-up and ready to begin work.

Location: ImaginOn

Dance and Movement Classes | Grades 5-12 | $250/session
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte recognizes consistent dance or movement training as critical to an actor’s development. Because of this, we offer classes for both acting and musical theatre students. These classes help young performers to be more adaptive, more focused and less tense in auditions and rehearsals. Students are encouraged to take these classes for multiple sessions, as new materials are used to explore the same foundational techniques which may require years for mastery. It doesn’t matter what kind of class you take, find something that interests you or sounds fun - jazz, ballet or contact improv. Just get your moving shoes on and feel more empowered as an actor!
Dance and Movement | Fall Session (10 weeks) - Oct. 6 - Dec. 15, 2018 | Grades 5-12 | $250/session
Beginning Broadway Warm-up | Grades 5-8 | Sat. 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m
In this beginner-level dance experience, you'll have a blast as you set your foundations for musical theatre training! This curriculum focuses on elements from ballet and jazz styles as students develop movement sequencing and rhythm skills. This class is dedicated to learning technique and terminology without the added element of a final showcase.

Broadway Dancer’s Workout | Grades 9-12 | Sat 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Students continue their dance training with advanced conditioning and strength training. Drawing from various musical theatre styles, this curriculum includes across-the-floor exercises and dance combinations. Large group dance numbers are explored while adding elements of acting and storytelling in the classic Broadway style.

Movement for the Actor | Grades 5-12 | Wed. 5:30 p.m. –7 p.m.
In this class for the non-dancer, students focus on the release of tension in the actor’s body through a combination of work in yoga and Pilates, as well as foundational training in Alexander technique to improve their freedom of movement. Students explore additional work in mimicking “everyday scenarios” and character physicality.

Dance Technique for Musical Theatre: Ballet | Grades 5-12 | Wed. 7:30 p.m. –9 p.m.
Ballet is the essential training for all other forms of dance, utilizing terms and techniques used in other styles. In this class, students train in beginner ballet technique, including barre and floorwork. They will develop proper body alignment with increased strength and flexibility; and finally, assembling the steps into a danced phrase.
 

Location: ImaginOn

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Dance and Movement | Winter Session (10 weeks) - Jan. 12 - March 16, 2019 | Grades 5-12 | $250/session
Beginning Broadway Warm-up | Grades 5-8 | Sat. 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
In this beginner-level dance experience, you'll have a blast as you set your foundations for musical theatre training! This curriculum focuses on elements from ballet and jazz styles as students develop movement sequencing and rhythm skills. This class is dedicated to learning technique and terminology without the added element of a final showcase.

Broadway Dancer’s Audition | Grades 9-12 | Sat 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn how to break down dance combinations for “no-fear” auditions! For each class, students are taught a new large group dance combination, furthering their development of sequencing and reversing skills needed for a dance callback. This class provides exposure to multiple musical theatre styles while providing real-world experience.

Making Contact  | Grades 5-12 | Wed. 5:30 p.m. –7 p.m.
In this class for the non-dancer, students explore the fundamentals of “cause and effect” in movement training for the actor. This practice plays with balance, breathing techniques and finding the points of contact both emotional and physical. Partner and group work is explored to enhance focus, and the “give and take” in creative expression.

Dance Technique for Musical Theatre: Jazz | Grades 5-12 | Wed. 7:30 p.m. –9 p.m.
Students train in beginner jazz technique, including Luigi warm-up, a program promoting body alignment, balance and core strength. They will interpret the emotional quality of music through dance improvisation. They also explore the dance style of Bob Fosse, a popular choreographer known for his hand and body isolations in performance.
 

Location: ImaginOn

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Private Voice Lessons | Grades 5-12 | $250/session
Students receive five half-hour lessons with one of our vocal performance professionals. Lessons are taught one-on-one with care for the developing voice. Students focus on resonance, breath control, intonation, and development of high and low registers. Additionally, tips for good vocal health are covered to prevent damage to the vocal chords. Whether they are new to singing or need coaching for an audition, private voice lessons are a great opportunity to maximize the singer’s vocal performance! Scroll right on mobile devices to view the rest of the table. Each lesson is 30 minutes, and lesson slots run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. These lessons run from:
1st session - Oct. 6 to Nov. 3
2nd session - Nov. 10 to Dec. 15
3rd session - Jan. 12 to Feb. 9
4th session - Feb. 16 to March 16

 

Location: ImaginOn

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