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September 25, 2022

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Fall Drama Fun for Kids at Nashville Children’s Theatre

Get your kids into acting this fall with NCT's classes, camps and full-scale productions! 

“To be, or not to be” isn’t the only question. Another one is where your little budding Shakespeare’s are going to develop their love for the performing arts this fall. The answer — Nashville Children’s Theatre!

NCT has so many programs for kids of all ages, including in-person Saturday classes, virtual classes, in-person camps during Metro Nashville and Williamson County Fall Break and full-scale productions with their company classes!

Scroll down to see all of NCT’s fall offerings with dates, times, cost and a brief description. Click on the links for more information and to register.

For more information, visit the Nashville Children’s Theatre website. For information on financial assistance, click here. For information on Covid-19 policies, click here. 

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NCT’S FALL OFFERINGS:

 

Fall Session 1 (Sept-Oct)

Clue Busters: The Dinosaur Detectives

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 4 p.m. (each live session lasts 45-60 minutes)
Price: $115
Dates:
9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26 (No class on 10/12 for Fall Break)

Mysteries abound in the land of the dinosaurs, and the Clue Busters must travel back in time to help out their prehistoric friends! Led by the fearless Agent Kat, this elite detective squad will work together to track clues, solve puzzles, and crack the case! Each live session will feature interactive creative drama activities to engage your young actor at home. Each week, students will receive at least two do-at-your-own-pace activities to move the adventure forward.

Mystery Trackers: International Investigators

Days: Thursdays
Time: 4 p.m. (each live session lasts about 60 minutes)
Price: $115
Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27 (No class on 10/13 for Fall Break)

The Mystery Trackers are BACK, and after their last adventures, there’s no doubt that they are ready to take on their next international investigation. Join Agent Kat and this elite squad of sleuths as we travel to new destinations, crack codes, don disguises, and, as always, track the trickiest mysteries!

(Not So) Scary Stories

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29 (No class on 10/8 and 10/15 for Fall Break.)
It’s the season for goosebumps– and giggles! Join us as we explore the spooky and silly sides of the seasons! Perhaps we’ll meet a friendly ghost, dance with a skeleton friend, or tiptoe into the shadows — we’ll make new discoveries each week!

Fairy Tale Forest

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29 (No class on 10/8 and 10/15 for Fall Break.)
Big bad wolves, red capes, magic beans, glass slippers, and more! Join us for adventures in Fairy Tale Forest – a magical woodland where fairy tale characters mix and mingle to create new stories. Students can become their favorite characters and even create new ones as they work as a team to make their way through fairy-tale adventures.

The Haunted Manor

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29 (No class on 10/8 and 10/15 for Fall Break.)
Welcome to the Haunted Manor, where ghosts lurk, phantoms hide, and anything could be waiting in the shadows! Just make sure to check around corners before venturing further into this notorious haunted house. In this class, students will use their actors’ toolbox to explore mysterious environments and create their very own spooky stories.

Audition Prep

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29 (No class on 10/8 and 10/15 for Fall Break.)
Whether trying out for the school play or courting college programs, learn how to land that audition! Auditions are the scariest part of being an actor, but here you can learn the essentials and receive feedback in a low-stress and uplifting setting.


Fall Session 2 (Nov-Dec)

Clue Busters: The Cat Capers

Days: Wednesdays
Times: 4 p.m. (each live session lasts 45-60 minutes)
Price: $115
Dates: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 (No class 11/23 for Thanksgiving Break)
Someone has been playing tricks on us around the Clue Busters lair, and it seems as though the culprits might be of a feline variety! Join Agent Kat and this elite detective squad and help us catch the notorious Cat Capers! Each live session will feature interactive creative drama activities to engage your young actor at home. Each week, students will receive at least two do-at-your-own-pace activities to move the adventure forward.

Mystery Trackers: Into the Deep

Days: Thursdays
Times: 4 p.m. (each live session lasts about 60 minutes)
Price: $115
Dates: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 (No class 11/24 for Thanksgiving Break)
The Mystery Trackers have traveled all over the world, so now it is time to go where no Mystery Tracker has gone before…into the deepest depths of the ocean! Mysteries abound down below, and it will take the best detectives out there to solve them. Join Agent Kat and the “MT’s” as they dive deep into the unknown!

Music and Movement

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 (No class on 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break)
Get ready to move and groove! Join us in this fun-filled class, where your student will use music and movement (as well as creative drama and games) to explore and create characters and stories.

Broadway Buddies

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 (No class on 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break)
Is your student headed to Broadway? This is where they start! Singing and dancing open up a whole new way to express thoughts and ideas. Students explore moving as a group and choral singing in this charming introduction to musical theatre.

Show Stoppers

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 (No class on 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break)
Learn to stretch your singing and dancing muscles at the same time! In this class you will learn how to stop the show, build foundational approaches to voice and movement, and hone your acting skills.

Triple Threats

Days: Saturdays
Times: 9 a.m. (each class lasts 90 minutes)
Price: $155
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 (No class on 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break)
It’s time to sing, act, and dance…all at the same time! Are you ready to take your triple threat game to the next level? In this class, you will develop a foundation in song, choreography, and script.


Camps for Ages 4-14

Days and Times: Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Extended Care: All Extended Care is FREE.
Before Care opens at 7:30 a.m.
After Care closes at 5:30 p.m.

You can add this service during registration or on a day-to-day basis during the camp week. Extended care consists of supervised unstructured free time. Students are welcome to bring a book or electronic device (that NCT is not responsible for). During after care, we will also have a daily option of a G or PG-rated children’s movie playing as an activity choice.

Mini Theatre Voyagers (Ages 4-5)

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $325
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

You might think your 4 or 5-year-old makes enough of their own drama, but in Mini Theatre Voyagers they’ll use their creative energy for good. This class allows students the opportunity to play with their favorite stories and picture books through theatre, individual crafts, music, and dance. Growing artistically and socially in a supportive environment, campers are encouraged to let their imaginations go wild and harness their creativity to collaborate with others.

At this age-level, our focus is more on the process of creative play, exploration, and expression and unlike other Voyagers series classes, there will not be a rehearsed presentation at the end of the week. However, Mini Theatre Voyagers’ classes will present a sharing of favorite games, exercises, and activities in their classroom with families at the end of the week.

Junior Theatre Voyagers (Ages 6-7)

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $325
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

With their Teaching Artist, students will adapt a storybook into a play by adding sound, movement, dialogue and creative staging. They will help the Teaching Artist stage the play then rehearse throughout the week.  This camp will culminate in a performance, or “sharing” on Friday at 3 p.m. in the main auditorium. At this level, the Teaching Artist is part of the play to ensure a safe, confident performance environment.

Junior Theatre Voyagers focuses on teaching very important basic acting skills. Students will learn to use the three primary tools of an actor, the voice, body, and imagination, to create characters on stage. They will learn how to take their own creative impulses and ideas and commit to those ideas through the creation of a play as an ensemble.

Theatre Voyagers (Ages 8-9)

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $325
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

Theatre Voyagers provides students with a solid introduction to the elements of drama as they learn how a play is structured, while giving them complete ownership of their creation. Under the guidance of their Teaching Artist, students will create an original adaptation of a myth, story or legend. The play they create is entirely their own from beginning to end. Students write the play, stage it, and rehearse it throughout the week. This camp will culminate in a performance, or “sharing” on Friday in the main auditorium.

Musical Theatre: Selections from ‘Annie’

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $335
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

In this class, students will learn basic choreography and vocal technique as they prepare a medley of popular musical numbers from the Broadway musical Annie. Working as an ensemble, this class builds the essential musical theatre skills for emerging Broadway stars! This camp will culminate in a performance, or “sharing” on Friday in the main auditorium.

Acting (Ages 10-14)

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $325
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

Designed for a variety of experience levels, this class develops skill and confidence as students analyze, rehearse, and perform scenes from plays written for young audiences. Each class investigates character development and acting technique through exploration of the director/actor relationship. Intensive scene work emphasizes the process of working with other actors to develop relationships onstage and find deeper meaning in the written word. This camp will culminate in a performance, or “sharing” on Friday in the main auditorium.

Musical Theatre: Selections from ‘Hamilton’

Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. T
Price: $335
Dates: 10/10 – 10/14

Don’t throw away your shot! In this intermediate class, students will learn basic choreography and vocal technique as they prepare a medley of popular musical numbers from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Working as an ensemble, this class builds the essential musical theatre skills for emerging Broadway stars! This camp will culminate in a performance, or “sharing” on Friday in the main auditorium.


NCT’s twelve-week classes are designed for students who crave a more in-depth acting experience. Working with the same teaching artist and ensemble of students for a full semester creates a supportive environment where the class can bond as a trusted community. Working with a script, each class will culminate in a full-scale production with a set, costumes, and professional lighting. Each class will perform twice during our Company Festival weekend in December.

Kids Company Presents: ‘Cinderella’ (Ages 8-11)

Days: Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 6pm CT Wednesdays (1 hour) ONLINE and 11am CT Saturdays (3 hours) IN-PERSON
Price: $395
In-Person Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17  (no class 10/8, 10/15, and 11/26)
Online Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14  (no class 10/12 and 11/23) *note students will be notified in advance if they are not required at a certain virtual rehearsal as occasionally we rehearse online in small groups
Tech Rehearsal: Thursday, December 15 from 4-8 p.m.
Performances: Saturday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.

In Kids Company, you will learn theatre vocabulary and build foundation skills in the actor’s toolbox of body, voice and imagination. Emphasis is placed on working as a team, developing expressive communication skills, and learning how to commit to imagined circumstances. Working with a script, the class will culminate in a production.

Pavey’s Cinderella is a comedic adaptation of the beloved fairytale. Cinderella lives alongside a motley band of mice in her “lower-middle-class castle,” where she is forced to clean and cook for her stepsisters and stepmother. At first, she dreams of escaping and becoming a princess, but soon falls in love with mathematics and science, too. When a ball is announced by the Royal Prince, Cinderella adventures outside her home to meet him. Aided by the “magic,” craftiness, and spirit of the mice, Cinderella earns the prince’s gaze – but is forced to flee at the stroke of midnight. When he reunites with Cinderella, he asks her to marry him. And she says… No.

Days: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Times: 5:30 pm CT Tuesdays (1 hour) ONLINE and 11am CT Saturdays (3 hours) IN-PERSON
Price: $455
In-Person Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17  (no class 10/8, 10/15, and 11/26)
Online Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13  (no class 10/11 and 11/22)
Tech Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 14 from 4-8 p.m.
Performances: Saturday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m.

In Junior Artists Company, you will truly hone your skills over this 12-Week period as the class is split between working on a script throughout the semester and in dedicated college-level Master Classes taught by some of the best performing arts facilitators in Nashville. You will then take these newly learned skills and be able to apply them to your character and scene work, in not just this class but beyond.

One Stoplight Town is a story about people from a town so small that you might drive through without taking a second look. But if you stopped for just a moment, you might see a young boy and girl fall in love, a cantankerous grocery store owner coping with change, a son returning home while a daughter thinks about leaving, and a handyman taking it all in while he fixes what is broken. These stories and more are filled with fun characters, lots of humor, plenty of heart and the theme that change comes for us all, whether we are ready or not.

Emerging Artists Company Presents: ‘We Are Masks’  (Ages 13-18)

Days: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Times: 6:30 pm CT Tuesdays (1 hour) ONLINE and 11am CT Saturdays (3 hours) IN-PERSON
Price: $455
In-Person Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17  (no class 10/8, 10/15, and 11/26)
Online Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 (no class 10/11 and 11/22)
Tech Rehearsal: Tuesday, December 13 from 4 – 8 p.m.
Performances: Saturday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 8:30 p.m.
This class is by Audition Only – Please contact Colin Peterson at cpeterson@nashvillect.org for more information or to schedule an audition. Please email before registering for this class. If you are already a member of the Emerging Artists Company, there is no need to audition.

This rigorous acting class will build on your past experience and current competencies to develop vocal technique, physical commitment, script analysis, and the actor’s imagination. These skills will then be applied to high-level scene work. You will truly hone your skills over this 12-Week period as the class is split between working on high-level scene work throughout the semester and in dedicated college-level Master Classes taught by some of the best performing arts facilitators in Nashville.

We all wear a mask. Some hide for good reasons. Some for self preservation. Even when you’re ready to take off your mask, it’s a hard thing to do. What will happen when the world sees who you really are?

 

 

 

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