Afterschool & Homeschool Classes

Whether your child is an aspiring actor or just looking for a fun and creative opportunity, we can't wait to welcome them to our Young Company Acting Academy. We offer a diverse range of educational after-school classes and student productions that will allow your child to develop new skills, overcome challenges, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging production environment.
Our Acting Academy features:
  • A staff of professional teaching artists, eager to share their knowledge.
  • Goal-oriented curriculums that focuses on skill development, and celebrates their success.
  • Welcoming environments, which promote friendship, self-esteem, and self-growth.
  • End-of-session recitals and live performances for family, friends, and members of the public to attend.

Our Young Company Acting Academy is broken into two components: Ater-school classes and Student Productions. Keep reading to learn more.

After-School Classes

Whether you are a seasoned pro or newly exploring your theatre interests, our After-School Classes are the perfect place to stretch your creative skills. Our Afterschool Classes run in two 8-week sessions and feature a range of different classes for students ages 3-16 years old. 
Creative Drama and Movement

This class embraces creative movement, storytelling, imaginative play, singing, and dancing, which is perfect for our youngest students. Students will participate in creative theatre activities centered around a different story or song each week and work towards an exciting end-of-class performance.
Ages: 3 - 4 years old
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept 6th - Oct 25th
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Length: 8 weeks
Price: $150
Final Performance: Oct 25th, 4:30 pm

Actors Lab I: Building our Characters

Perfect for new and experienced performers alike! Working alongside our expert teaching artists, young actors will develop the foundational performing skills of voice, body, and imagination, learning to become a variety of different characters. The class will work together to devise, write, rehearse, and perform an original performance for our end-of-class showcase.
Ages: 5 - 7 years old
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept 6th - Oct 25th
Times: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Length: 8 weeks
Price: $150
Final Performance: Oct 25th, 5:00 pm

Actor Lab II: Building a Scripted Performance

Join us in the director's chair at Actor's Lab II. This class is an intensive look at performance and features a collection of workshops in improvisation, blocking, performance, and directing. Students will utilize their newfound skills to create, write, and perform in original scenes, which they will present at our end-of-class showcase for family and friends.
Ages: 8-10
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 1th - Oct 27th
Times: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Length: 8 weeks
Price: $150
Final Performance: Oct 27th, 5:30 pm

Actors Lab III: Audition Technique and One Act Plays

Taught by our expert teaching artists, young performers will hone their professional theatre skills in this intensive workshop-driven class. In addition to learning audition techniques and tricks, young actors will also develop fundamental performance skills of memorization, blocking, character development, and vocal projection. Students will not only experience an authentic audition process, but they will also work towards a one-act show presented to friends and family. 
Ages: 10-14
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 1st - Oct 27th
Times: 4:30 - 5:30pm
Length: 8 weeks
Price: $160
Final Performance: Oct 27th, 7:00 pm

Youth Improv Troupe

Tailored to older students with a strong interest in improving their performance skills, this challenging workshop-based class will explore everything Improv. This comedic theatre style is all about quick thinking, teamwork, and creating exciting situations in seconds. Actors will spend their days learning the theory and skills of improvised theatre and dazzle friends and family as they perform alongside other community Improv troupes at an end-of-class performance.
Ages: 11-16
Dates: Fridays, Sept 16th - Oct 28th
Times: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Length: 6 Weeks
Price: $240 (Includes dinner each week)
Final Performance: Oct 28th, 7:00 pm

Homeschool Production: "The Sugar Plum Fairy"

Whether your homeschool student is a seasoned pro or looking to take to the stage for the first time, this class is for you. Led by our expert teaching artists, this class will cover all phases of theatre productions, from audition to performance. Students will learn everything there is to know about acting techniques as they make their way through the rehearsal process of our holiday production, "The Sugar Plum Fairy." Your young actor will join our professional adult cast on stage as we share this show with public audiences.
Ages: 8-13
Dates: Fridays, Sept 30th- Dec 2nd
Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Price: $250
Performance Information: Students will appear in 4 performances of "A Sugar Plum Fairy." Performance schedules will be released during class based on casting and availability.

Student Productions

Come on stage with OCT! Young actors will love taking to the stage as they work alongside their directors, adult actors, and technical staff, working to bring productions of full-sized adventure to life. Through a diverse and exciting production season, Young Company offers countless opportunities for children and teens to experience the excitement of the theatre as they hone their craft, develop new skills, overcome challenges, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging production environment.

A Christmas Story

Ages 8-16 (Limited roles for younger cast members may be available)
Dates: Nov 5 - Dec 23

The Christmas classic follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Rehearsals This production includes Saturday morning rehearsals as well as full-day rehearsals during our Winter Break Camps.
10am - 1pm Saturday Rehearsals: Nov 5, 12, 19 & Dec 3, 10, 17
Winter Break Camps: Mon - Friday, Dec 19-23: 9am - 4pm
Performance Dates

December 22nd & 23rd, 7:00pm

Cast Size 13 - 16 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. Limited roles for younger cast members may be available. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors may be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enroll online or call (405) 208-6200. Tuition $400. Financial aid may be available for eligible applicants.

The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 2023.
Full dates release Jan 2023
Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around.

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors will be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

Twice Upon a Time

Ages: 8-16
Dates: June/July 2023. 
Full dates release Jan 2023

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 20 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16.
Audition Information Auditions are encouraged but not required
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

Shrek the Musical Jr

Ages: 8-16
Dates: July 2023. 
Full dates release Jan 2023
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Musical
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors will be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

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Questions?

Want to know more about our process, how we work, or what to expect? Contact our education team at (405) 208-6200 or email reception@oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

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