Coterie moves forward with summer plans


Posted by Bob Evans

The Coterie Theatre School

Brings Creativity & Positivity to the Summer


~  Live, Interactive Virtual Classes in June  ~

~  In-Person Classes & Performance Camp in July  ~






WHAT: The Coterie Theatre School’s Summer Drama Classes


WHEN: Registering Now for Classes Beginning in June & July


PRICE: $100.00-$190.00 for one-week classes for incoming Grades K-12

             $550.00 for two-week performance camp for incoming Grades 6-12



The Coterie Theatre School is offering its summer session of drama classes as both live, interactive online instruction as well as in-person classes (whenever possible). With virtual classes now available to youth nationwide and in-person classes held at four Kansas City metro locations, The Coterie’s classes are led by a staff of professional, trained teaching artists and are focused on a process-based curriculum. Classes for incoming Grades K-12 begin on Monday, June 15, with additional classes starting throughout the summer. Classes in June will be held as virtual sessions online. An announcement regarding July classes being held in-person or virtually will be issued June 15, 2020.


The Coterie Theatre School’s drama classes and performance camps are designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Using lesson plans that focus on the growth of each student individually, process-based learning establishes a foundation of invaluable skills that all acting training builds on, including important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future. Classes are limited to ten students for Grades K-2 and 3-5, or to twelve students for Grades 4-6 and above to ensure teaching artists can see and respond to every student, encouraging active participation.

In virtual classes, parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in with their child, leading to interactive play that lets loose the child’s imagination and becomes part of the larger story being created by the class. Parents or guardians are invited to observe virtual classes and enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, and an internet connection. Online drama classes offer quality screen time that will allow students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and add creativity and positivity to their summer.

Whenever possible, in-person classes will be held in July at four Kansas City metro locations – Pembroke Hill School near the Plaza, Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice in Overland Park, Liberty Community Center in Liberty, and Staley High School in the Northland. All in-person classes will adhere to the latest safety and social distancing guidelines.

To register or for the latest class schedules and location information, visit


(All grades are incoming into the 2020/2021 School Year) ___________________________________________________


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. •         For Grades 6th-12th: July 6-18 



(All grades are incoming into the 2020/2021 School Year)


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 Theatre School’s staff of teaching artists nurture emerging talent using their experience as working theatre professionals and educators. Many instructors have extensive professional acting credits; others work professionally as directors, choreographers, designers, or in other aspects of theatre. They are trained by Amanda Kibler, Coterie Education Director, under the direction of Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director. Classes are built on curriculum created by Kibler who earned her M.F.A. in theatre for young audiences from the University of Central Florida. Before joining The Coterie in 2012, she worked as an actor, director, and teaching artist at the Omaha Theater Company (Omaha, NE), Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, FL), and Visible Fictions (Glasgow, Scotland). In addition to overseeing education programming, Kibler leads The Coterie’s annual Project Pride teen theatre troupe and has served as production director

for The Coterie’s mainstage plays, PUFFS, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic and Dear America: Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie.

Nationally recognized as one of the country’s leading theatres for families and young audiences, The Coterie has been training student actors for over 20 years. On site classes for actors of any experience level are offered year-round at locations across Kansas City, with a summer session that includes a performance camp featuring student actors performing in a fully staged production. In addition to its theatre school, The Coterie is also at the forefront of commissioning new works or adaptations that contribute to the field of theatre for young audiences. More than 50 world or American premieres for all ages have been produced by The Coterie over the last 25 years, including hosting several major Broadway composers and lyricists to shape quality musicals for youth and families. As a mission-driven not-for-profit, The Coterie is interested in intergenerational conversation and consistently includes teen programming in its season and outreach efforts. These include in-school workshops, a teen playwriting program, a LGBTQ teen theatre troupe, as well as touring presentations on STD/AIDs prevention and teen mental health which are offered free of charge to over 8,000 teens per year. Along with the 350 performances in its main stage season, The Coterie serves over 80,000 students and their families each year.



Drama classes beginning throughout Summer 2020 are registering now at

Questions may be directed to class registrar, Annette Filippi, at or 816.474.4241. Financial assistance is available as needed. Contact Amanda Kibler at to apply.

The Coterie is funded, in part, by Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC Fund, Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund, Theater League, and the Shubert Foundation.

Due to the nature of live theatre, play selection, performance schedule and casting are subject to change.

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