The Academy of Children’s Theatre, quality children’s theatre, by kids, for kids, embarks upon its 18th season providing children in the Kearney area educational opportunities in performance skills and technical theatre. Workshops are offered throughout the year to K-12 students!

Class size is limited. Registration via phone will be accepted beginning April 1, 2019, until classes are filled.
Payment must accompany registration (credit card via phone or cash/check/credit card in person).

2019 summer workshops

All classes will be held at Kearney Community Theatre, 83 Plaza Blvd., Kearney, NE 68845.

Storybook Theatre $25
June 10-13 (1:30-2:30) OR June 17-20 (9:30-10:30)

Step into the fairy tale and storybook world you love. Storybook theatre introduces children into the world of theatre by bringing fairy tales to life. In this class students will learn elements of theatre, audition for a play, create props, and perform their show at the end of the week. Choose between the two workshop dates.


Broadway Bound $40
3rd-8th graders
June 10-14 (9:30-11:30)

Are you an aspiring actor and singer? Expand you musical theatre abilities with this workshop that focuses on audition preparation, voice projection, movement, and ensemble work. Students will be given individualized instruction, as well as the opportunity for group feedback in a “master class” environment, and will present a mini-concert for family and friends at the end of the week.

Melodrama Mania $60
June 10-13 AND 17-20 (4:30-6:30)

Villains in black. Damsels in distress. Heroes in white. Audiences in stitches. This is what you get with a melodrama! In this two week workshop, you will learn acting skills (be they villainous or heroic) and present a melodrama at the end of the second week for family and friends.



Create Your Story $30
June 3-6 (1:30-3:30)

Want to be a better actor and performer? Learn how to take personal experiences from you life and create stories that are identifiable and real for an audience. Whether you are a writer seeking to fine-tune your narrative skills, or someone who wants the confidence and ability to get in front of people and be heard – this class is for you!


Audition Boot Camp $40
June 3-7 (9:30-11:30)

Wondering what to expect at an audition? Want to work on expanding your audition knowledge? Audition Boot Camp incorporates acting, singing, and dancing to help prepare students for any upcoming auditions at ACT/KCT. Students will work on singing confidently, learning choreography quickly, and participate in cold (no preparation) readings.



Theatre from the Ground Up $30
June 17-20 (1:30-3:30)

This class is for beginning to intermediate theatre-makers. Through storytelling, games, and creative thinking, you will learn the basics of acting as well as how theatre is created, using sets, lights, and costumes. This class is a great prerequisite to auditioning for an ACT/KCT production.


MakeIt Up/Act It Out $35
June 24-28 (9:30-11:30)

Interested in improv? Storytelling? In Make It Up/Act It Out you will learn the concept of “yes, and…” to construct scenes through agreement in creating characters and establishing relationships. The class will consist of warm ups, games, and discussions about the basic principles of improv.



The Art of Acting $30
June 24-27 (1:30-3:30)

This class is for beginning to intermediate theatre-makers with special needs. During this class, students will learn the different elements that fo into a theatre production. Through storytelling, games, and creative movement and thinking, students will increase their comfort levels in acting on a stage.



Extreme Makeup $25 with a $25 supply fee
6th-8th  June 15 (9:00-11:00)
June 15 (1:00-3:00)

From natural to zombie, make up is a powerful tool! In this two hour workshop, students will learn the basics to special effects makeup, and how to use make up to enhance a story. Hone your skills to create new characters through makeup!



Lights, Sound, ACTION! $30
June 22 (9:00-12:00)

Ever been curious to find out what happens on the technical end of a show? Now is your chance! In this three hour workshop, students will learn how to use different technical tools to create the atmosphere behind a production, and create a scene with their newfound knowledge.

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