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Students – children and adults alike – come through our doors with their own reasons for attending a class. Some want to enhance their acting training and technique, some want to gain confidence in their skills, some want to meet people with similar interests, some just want to try something new. No matter the reason, students of all ages and experience levels are welcome at QCT. Here they will find classes taught by trained theatre professionals, as well as a safe space to explore and deepen their understanding of the performing arts.


Ages 3-5

Summer 2022 - Little Theatre People Logo

Little Theatre People

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Saturdays | June 25 – July 16 | 10:15 – 11:00 AM

Our creative play class for our littlest actors returns this summer with all-new stories! Summer 2022’s theme, “Incredible Journeys,” will take our young performers on voyages across the globe.!

Skills Learned:

  • Characterization
  •  Attention & Listening Comprehension
  • Improvisation
  • Creative Play

Tuition: $30
Volunteer Hours: 8

Grades K-2

Summer 2022 - QCT Kids Company

QCT Kids Company

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Fridays | June 24 – July 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Saturdays | June 25 – July 16 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Arr, mateys! QCT’s popular Kids Company acting and storytelling class is about “Pirates, Mermaids & Sea Monsters” this summer! Shiver me timbers and hoist up the mainsail for theatre adventure!

Skills Learned:

  • Characterization
  • Attention & Listening Comprehension
  • Improvisation
  • Teamwork

Tuition: $40
Volunteer Hours: 10

Grades 3-5

Summer 2022 - Fractured Fairy Tales Logo

Intro to Acting

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Tuesdays | June 21 – July 12 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fractured Fairytales

Our summer acting class is perfect for new or returning young actors! Students will learn how to use their body, voice, and imagination to create a character– then, they’ll work together to perform classic fairy tale plays (with a hilarious twist)!

Skills Learned:

  • Acting
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence

Tuition: $60
Volunteer Hours: 15

Grades 6-8

Summer 2022 - 10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Thursdays | June 23 – July 14 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Star in a hilarious short play, which we will cast, rehearse, produce and perform for friends and family at the end of the summer. It’s the full production experience– bite-sized!

Skills Learned:

  • Acting
  • Confidence
  • Physical Theatre
  • Teamwork

Tuition: $75
Volunteer Hours: 20

Grades 9-12

Summer 2022 - QCT Sketch Show

QCT Sketch Show!

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Monday – Friday | June 27 – July 1 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM

We’re putting together a crack team of comedy geniuses! In this class, we will write and perform loads of short comedy scenes, then pick our favorites to curate a one-day sketch show for friends and family.

Skills Learned:

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Comedy
  • Teamwork

Tuition: $100
Volunteer Hours: 25

Summer 2022 - Quincy Teen Voices

Quincy Teen Voices

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Monday – Friday |  July 11 – 15 | TBD

QCT’s advanced theatre project puts local teen voices front and center. A group of ten artists will develop, write and present an original theatre piece inspired by the contemporary social issues that matter most to Quincy youth.
*NOTE: Interested ensemble members must apply and interview for a position in Quincy Teen Voices. Registration does not guarantee a role in the ensemble. Funding for this program is generously provided by Arts Quincy, the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund through the Community Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Skills Learned:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Writing
  • Improvisation
  • Teamwork

Tuition: Free ($100 Value)

Adults & Kids

Summer 2022 - Sewing Bee

Sewing Bee

Instructor: Vicky Vail
Saturday, August 13 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

You and a friend are invited to the QCT summer sewing bee, where we will construct stuffed acorn props for our student theatre production Flora and Ulysses! You will be introduced to the basics of design and easy-to-learn sewing techniques.

Skills Learned:
  • Hand Sewing
  • Using a Sewing Machine
  • Teamwork

Tuition: $20 for 2 people | $30 for 1 person
Volunteer Hours: 10

Adults 18+

Summer 2022 - QCT Improv Club

QCT Improv Comedy Club

Instructor: Brendan Shea
Fridays |  June 24 – July 15 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, ComedySportz, Quincy Community Theatre– these are the titans of the improv comedy world. We’re ABOUT to put Quincy on the comedy map with the inaugural QCT Improv Club, and all levels of experience (and senses of humor) are welcome. We will practice various games and exercises in class, all leading up to a Comedy Night debut for our adoring fans!

Skills Learned:

  • Acting
  • Comedic Performance
  • Teamwork
  • Improvisation

Tuition: $60
Volunteer Hours: 15

Basic Training and Triple Threat Boot Camp are one-week intensive camps that culminate in a one-evening Showcase. These camps are held in early August.

Triple Threat Boot Camp

Grades 5 – College
Dates: August 1-6 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuition: $250 or 65 Volunteer Hours*
Application Deadline: Friday, July 15
Tuition Due: Friday, July 22

We are seeking students for an intense week of training in singing, acting, and dancing. Intended for the serious performer, Triple Threat Boot Camp is a week-long workshop instructing students in the musical theatre disciplines. Even the most experienced performer will find this camp to be invaluable! Tuition includes a t-shirt and two complimentary tickets to the showcase.

*If redeeming volunteer hours, there will be a $20 t-shirt fee.

Application Process: Please handwrite a letter explaining why you would enjoy being a part of Triple Threat Boot Camp. Please be as specific as you can. Tell us why you enjoy performing, and perhaps include some past experiences you’ve had with acting, singing, or dance. The registration form must be accompanied by this letter. For students new to QCT, please include the contact information of a non-relative to serve as a reference. Applications can be found on our website at 1qct.org or picked up at QCT during Box Office hours.

Submission of the registration form and letter does not automatically guarantee a place for the student in Triple Threat Boot Camp. Do not include payment for Triple Threat Boot Camp with the registration form. Families will be contacted by July 15 as to whether or not the child has been accepted into the camp.

Basic Training

Grades 1 – 4
Dates: August 1-6 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuition: $125 or 35 Volunteer Hours*
Tuition Due: Friday, July 22

This class is designed for younger students who aspire to be part of Triple Threat Boot Camp. Students will rotate between classes in singing, acting, and dancing in preparation for musical theatre performances. Basic Training students will perform in select scenes in the Triple Threat Boot Camp Showcase. Tuition includes a t-shirt and two complimentary tickets to the showcase.

*If redeeming volunteer hours, there will be a $20 t-shirt fee.

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.