School of Theatre Training | Conservatory
Sept. 28, 2020 - Mar. 13, 2021 | Registration dates will be announced soon.
Placement in Conservatory is by audition only. These classes offer a more rigorous track of study for students looking for advanced training in School of Theatre Training (SOTT). They 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. Students are placed in companies based on ability.
- Every session ends with a showcase for families and friends to see the materials Conservatory 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 Conservatory student is given a mid-point and end-of-year evaluation written by their teaching artist to track progress throughout the class. Additionally, class recommendations are given for the following year. Conservatory students must submit an audition every year. Placement is not guaranteed based on the previous year’s enrollment.
- OnStage is an opportunity for Conservatory students to apply their skills in a professional theatre experience. Conservatory students are offered early registration into this program before it is offered to our Open Enrollment students in SOTT.
- Conservatory students are encouraged (but not required) to take dance classes provided by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s or another dance instructor.
- We offer a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for tuition for classes.
- For a more detailed explanation of Conservatory requirements, read through the Conservatory Handbook .
Auditions for 2020-21 are postponed until further notice.
Students will indicate on their audition forms for which classes they wish to be considered, and prepare different audition materials as needed. What should my student prepare?
16-32 bar cut of a song and one 60-second (maximum) monologue for the following classes:
- Young Company
- Musical Theatre Company
Two 60-second, contrasting monologues (maximum of 2 minutes) for the following classes:
- Young Company
- Acting Company
All students should be prepared to dance, even actors who consider themselves non-dancers. In small groups, everyone is taught and then performs a short dance combination to assess proficiency.
For auditions, it is not required, but considered best practice to bring an additional monologue or song in the event a teaching artist requests to see additional material. Be prepared for teaching artists to ask you to perform your monologue or song multiple times with re-directs.If you have questions, contact Adam Montague, Early Childhood and SOTT Manager.
Class Schedule - This PDF shows the days and times of our School of Theatre Training classes.
Students rotate between acting and musical theatre focuses to emphasize training of the whole actor and bring awareness to the student’s areas of needed growth. This class introduces students to different acting methodologies and dance training with a focus on ballet technique. Students are introduced to deeper play and character analysis that will be needed as they continue in the Conservatory program. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and memorization.
Offers two separate tracks: Acting Company and Musical Theatre Company. Both companies have a technique-driven curriculum integrating the skills necessary for performance (beats, objectives, tactics, etc.). Students will engage in monologue and scene work to apply their study in play and character analysis. Acting track emphasizes strengthening the mind-body connection, cultivating observable physical choices in the student’s work. For this year, Musical Theatre track will emphasize dance training with a focus on dance calls for auditioning. 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.
Students work in a group format focusing on “connection with the other” (more scene work as opposed to monologue.) It is assumed that students have basic, working knowledge of their physical and vocal selves and are prepared for advanced application. It is also assumed that the students have basic, working knowledge of the fundamentals of acting and are ready to apply this knowledge in real time with others. This course will utilize advanced Viewpoints technique to explore movement through space and vocal production specifically as it relates to scene work. Finally, students will engage in scene work and begin connecting both play and character analysis with their advanced actor choices. This process will allow the students to begin cultivation of their individual artistic voice. This will require extensive work outside of the class setting including written play and character analysis as well as memorization and rehearsal with others.