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QCT’s education program, open to students of all ages, is dedicated to providing innovative arts education instruction, high-quality student production work, and mentorship opportunities for our community’s emerging theatre artists.

QCT’s friendly and expert staff instructors ensure the highest level of engagement and challenge for students at every skill level; whether you are a first-timer or a veteran performer, great arts education can inspire confidence, improve creative problem-solving, and exercise collaboration skills unlike any other discipline.

Classes are typically offered in the spring (February-March), summer (June-July) and fall (October-November); special sessions, workshops and/or masterclasses are programmed throughout the year on a rolling basis. No prior theatre experience is required unless specified in the class description.

Upcoming Classes

NOTE: For summer classes divided by grades, use the grade the student will be entering in the fall.

Ages 3-5

Little Theatre People

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Fridays | June 28 – July 19 | 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuition: $40

Our creative play class for our littlest actors returns this summer with familiar faces and stories! This summer’s theme is “Mother Goose’s Greatest Hits,” classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes!

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Characterization
  • Attention & Listening Comprehension
  • Improvisation
  • Teamwork

Grades K – 2

QCT Kids Company

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Fridays | June 28 – July 19 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuition: FULL

QCT’s popular Kids Company acting and storytelling class is BACK! We’re “Keeping it Old School” with a mix of vintage fairy tales and modern classics.

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Characterization
  • Attention & Listening Comprehension
  • Improvisation
  • Teamwork

Grades 3 – 5

Intro to Acting

Ever wanted to be in a play? Start your journey here with our introductory Acting class for budding superstars of the stage. Students will be introduced to acting, lingo-like characters, objectives, and tactics; they may even finally figure out which way is “stage
left!” Short, age-appropriate scenes will be performed for friends and family on the final day.

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Acting
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence

Grades 6 – 8

MIME-Craft 2: The Sequel

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Thursdays | June 27 – July 25 (no class July 4) | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuition: $60

Did you know that mimes are actually cool and not at all creepy? It’s true! Take your acting skills up a notch with this exciting course on how actors can tell hilarious, moving, and even scary stories without any words. We’ll come up with our own mime skits set to music (that YOU pick!) and perform them on our final day of class.

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Teamwork
  • Physical Theatre

Grades 9 – 12

QCT X: Experimental Ensemble

Instructor: Brendan Shea
One Week Intensive | July 8 – 12 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $80

Something’s cooking in the lab– and it’s EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE (no, it’s not cake…sorry). Join the team this summer as we explore writing and acting exercises from around the world. We’ll then devise a one-of-a-kind theatre performance to be
performed on the final day. Who knows what the brilliant minds of QCT teens will create?

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Acting
  • Writing
  • Teamwork
  • Physical Theatre

Love in Shakespeare (Teen Workshop)

Instructor: Nicole Dieker
Saturday | June 29 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuition $50

Explore the timeless themes of love in Shakespeare’s works with our one-day workshop, trying out multiple approaches to the same short Shakespeare scene. Perfect for both beginners and seasoned performers, this class offers a unique opportunity to bring Shakespeare’s most heartfelt moments to life. Join us and discover the enduring power of love in the Bard’s greatest works.

Ages 13+

Basic Sewing

Instructor: Jayden Dreyer
Tuesday – Thursday | July 23-25 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuition: $30

Have you ever said, “I wish I knew how to sew!”? Well, learn how with Costume Shop Manager Jayden Dreyer! In this class you will learn how to hand sew, basic sewing machine skills, and how to do minor alterations on clothing! All supplies will be provided and no experience necessary! 

Ages 16+

Scenic Painting

Instructor: Harrison Clarke
Mondays & Wednesdays | June 24 – July 17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuition: $60

Learn various painting techniques that scenic designers use to bring worlds to life on stage. Assistant Technical Director Harrison Clarke leads this hands-on class. Make sure you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy! 

Adults 18+

QCT Summer Playwriting Challenge

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Fridays | June 28 – July 19 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuition $50

Ever written a play? Ever WANTED to write a play? No? Well, do it
anyway! This weekly class for budding dramatists is geared toward completing a script for a 10-minute play in just four weeks. We’ll help you develop your skills, come up with an idea (you can bring your own!) and guide revisions through supportive critique. We’ll hold a reading of our work at the end of the semester (to be
scheduled).

SKILLS LEARNED

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Writing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre Criticism

Love in Shakespeare

Instructor: Nicole Dieker
Wednesdays | June 26 – July 17 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuition $60

Explore the timeless themes of love in Shakespeare’s works with our engaging scene study class. Through interactive discussions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s portrayal of romance, passion, and relationships. Perfect for both beginners and seasoned performers, this class offers a unique opportunity to bring Shakespeare’s most heartfelt moments to life. Join us and discover the enduring power of love in the Bard’s greatest works. July 17 will be an open class/performance of scenes for friends and family.

The Emeritus Players

FREE

This group, open to 18+, is open to anyone who loves reader’s theatre and enjoys entertaining their peers. The group meets every Tuesday, 10-11 am at Calftown Coffeehouse and performs at local senior care facilities. For more information on how to get involved, please email qct@1qct.org or call the box office at (217) 222-3209.

QCT Improv Club

Our popular FREE Friday night Improv Club is back this summer! This is a casual, low-stakes, drop-in event where we learn improv comedy games, play those games together, and laugh (like, A LOT). No experience, materials, or registration necessary– just show up ready to try something new, meet some cool people, and exercise that funny bone. Even if you’re on the fence about getting on stage, come by and watch us play (trust us, you’ll want to jump in). Bring a friend! Improv Club is for adults 18 and up.

Triple Threat Boot Camp 2024

Triple Threat Boot Camp 2024

One Week Intensive | August 5 – 10 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuition: $200
Showcase performance Saturday evening (dress rehearsal during the day on Saturday)

Triple Threat Boot Camp (TTBC) is a week-long workshop that provides intense training in the musical theatre disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing. Students entering grade 5 through graduating seniors are divided into age-appropriate levels and work with theatre professionals to create a Broadway-style musical revue to be performed at the end of the week. A handwritten essay is required to complete registration.

TTBC Basic Training

One Week Intensive | August 5 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Tuition: $150
Showcase performance Saturday evening (dress rehearsal during the day on Saturday)

Basic Training is designed for students entering grades 2 – 4. This program provides young performers with lessons in musical theatre in preparation for an appearance in the TTBC Showcase! Triple Threat Boot Camp (TTBC) is a week-long workshop that provides an introduction to the musical theatre disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing.


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I understand that by registering myself or my child for class, I grant full permission to Quincy Community Theatre to either use my or my child’s photograph, name, and/or likeness in any publication or advertising materials (printed and electronic, including, but not limited to, brochures, Facebook, www.1qct.org, etc.). I also waive all rights of privacy or compensation to which I may have in connection with the use of my or my child’s photograph, name, and/or likeness. If I do not give consent, I will submit notice in writing to the Box Office before the first class.

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