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Late Summer Term at KCT’s Creative Dramatics Academy runs for a length of six weeks.  Most classes will culminate in a “showcase” presentation for family and friends at the end of the term.  The cost for the term is $180 per student, except for Tiny Thespians (a one hour class) which is $150.

Upon completion of class, each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets to an upcoming KCT performance.

To reserve a seat in any class, or for more information: use the online submission form at Please include your child’s name, age, a telephone number, and which class you are interested in.  You will receive registration info, via e-mail, upon inquiry.  50% of the class fee must be received in order to guarantee.


Play Production:  WIND IN THE WILLOWS, Ages 8 – 12

Wednesdays on 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/18, 9/25, 10/02

10:00 AM –11:30 AM

Instructor: Laura Beth Wells

This special edition of our Home School class will focus on creating an abridged production of the classic story by Kenneth Grahame.  The class will focus on the practical aspects of creating character and story for the stage in a fast-paced production environment.   Memorization is required.


Voice and Diction, for ages 11 – 14

Tuesdays on 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/17, 9/24, 10/01

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Instructor: Michelle Fratus
Young actors are hindered by two major vocal issues: correct stage projection and vocal variation (the ability to sound older, younger, dialects, emotional…etc). This voice and diction class is an opportunity to strengthen and explore the range of your unique voice. Starting with the fundamentals of projection and enunciation, the class will build up to developing a pleasing quality and the ability to produce different tones for various emotions and character types.

Ages 4 -5


Thursdays on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/19, 9/26, 10/03

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Instructor: Julia Stark
Students will learn about the various dramatic elements of a play, including plot, setting, and character. Students will also be introduced to a technical element of theatre, such as costume or scenic design, through weekly crafts. This class includes lots of fun exercises and games, and will culminate in a showcase performance for friends and family on the final day of class. No reading ability or prior experience required.

Ages 6-7

Page To Stage presents WINNIE-THE-POOH

Wednesdays on  8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/18, 9/25, 10/02

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Instructor: Julia Stark
This class draws on the high-energy and creativity of this age group in order to introduce our youngest thespians to the basic concepts of theatre. Students will learn about the theatrical elements of plot, setting, theme, and character through the medium of storytelling. Each day students will focus on a particular element through show and tell, a craft, group story time, and beginning theatre games. The class will culminate in a group retelling of this story.

Ages 8-9

Introduction to Acting, Ages 8 & 9

Mondays on 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Instructor: Jennifer Cunic
In this class students learn about what happens in a rehearsal and are introduced to basic techniques to help them feel confident and prepared.  Students will learn what it means to take blocking, make character choices, and how to do character research.  Blending acting exercises with the experience of a rehearsal process, it’s ideal for beginners as well as returning students looking to sharpen their skills.

Ages 10-11

Introduction to Acting, ages 10 to 11

Saturdays on 8/17, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Instructor: Julia Stark
This class aims to channel the incredible energy of this age group into different characters and theatrical creations. Each class will begin with an introductory concept or skill of the theatre and acting for the stage. Students will practice through group acting games, performance activities, and beginning scene study and character development. This class is designed for students with little to no theatre experience who are interested in exploring the art of acting.

Ages 12 & up

Acting 101, Ages 12-13

Tuesdays on 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/17, 9/24, 10/01

4:30 PM to 6 PM

This class is designed to develop the confidence and creativity of the actor. Students will study correct vocal projection, stage movement, character development, and objective based acting. The class begins with group exercises and will also include opportunities for individual development and partner work. The class concludes with a brief showcase of scene work.


Introduction to Costume Design, Ages 12 and up

Mondays on 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Instructor: Erin Reed

Guest Instructor Erin Reed has design costumes for the Clarence Brown Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and is the recipient of United State Institute of Theatre Technology’s Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design and Technology Award.  In this class, Erin introduces students to the essential elements of costume design including expression of character development through clothing, research, collaboration, and color theory.

Auditions: COLLEGE PREP edition $240 (Limited to 5 students)

Saturdays on 8/17, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Instructor: Laura Beth Wells
One of the biggest challenges and stresses for students who hope to audition for more than a single college program is the seemingly endless variety of audition requirements – not to mention the multiple genres and styles of the materials requested.  This advanced class focuses on the selection and presentation of suitable audition material for college and scholarship auditions.
Song styling and coaching for students interested in musical theatre is also available, though students will be required to provide their own accompaniment track.  KCT has arranged a supplemental package from Auraltion Studios which includes both an accompaniment track and a recording session of the prepared song that will be suitable for audition submission (supplement: $75).


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