School of Theatre Training | Conservatory (for 5th - 12th Grade)
Placement is by audition only. Before auditioning, it is expected that potential Conservatory students have a satisfactory understanding of theatre concepts (given circumstances, objectives, tactic/beat shifts, etc.) and apply them routinely in their work with some coaching from their teaching artist. There is an expectation of additional work outside of these classes, including script reading, written analysis, and extensive memorization.
- Classes are held on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:45 PM at ImaginOn.
- Every session ends with a showcase for families and friends. Demonstrations of exercises and activities facilitated by both students and the teaching artists surround selections of monologues, scenes, and songs.
- Every student is given mid-point and end-of-year evaluations by their teaching artist to track progress. Conservatory students must audition every year. Previous enrollment does not guarantee placement the following year.
- Conservatory students are offered early registration into OnStage before enrollment opens to other SOTT students.
Auditions for 2021-22 will be in person
Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Through the link, families will submit their audition and contact information, as well as sign-up for an available one-hour slot on one of the two days. All students should be prepared to dance. In small groups, everyone learns and then performs a short dance combination to assess proficiency.
What else should my student prepare? Two 60-second, contrasting monologues (maximum of 2 minutes).
For Musical Theatre Company and Pre-Professional Company students, you will also need to record a video of your 16-32 bar cut of a song. Videos can be attached to the audition form.
For auditions, it is not required, but considered best practice to bring additional material in the event a teaching artist requests to see something different. Be prepared to perform your monologues multiple times with re-directs from teaching artists. If you have additional questions, contact Adam Montague, Early Childhood and SOTT Manager.
Students collaborate in the devising of a new play with our master teacher/director. Then the students rehearse and perform the touring production throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.
Tour dates: TBD
Offers two separate tracks: Acting Company and Musical Theatre Company. Students in both companies study a technique-driven curriculum integrating the skills necessary for performance (given circumstances, objectives, beats/tactics, etc.). Students engage in monologue and scene work to apply their study in play and character analysis. Acting Company emphasizes strengthening the mind-body connection and cultivating observable, physical choices in the student’s work. Musical Theatre Company emphasizes connecting the student's dancing and singing skills to the storytelling elements of a character's emotional journey.
Students work in a group format focusing on “connection with the other” relying on scene work as opposed to monologue. It is assumed students have basic, working knowledge of their physical and vocal selves and are prepared for advanced application. It is also assumed students have working knowledge of the fundamentals of acting and are ready to apply this knowledge in real time with others. This course will utilize Viewpoints technique to explore movement through space and vocal production specifically as it relates to scene work. Finally, students will 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. It will require extensive work outside of the class setting including written play and character analysis, as well as memorization and rehearsal with others.