The NCT Drama School

2019 Fall Classes and Camps for ages 4-18
on Saturdays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays

2019-20 NCT Members save 10% on Fall 2019 classes and camps. Members wanting to take advantage should contact Colin Peterson: or 615-252-4664.

Princess Boot Camp


Ages 5-8
Saturday, Sep 7
1:30-4:30 pm

It’s time for some Princess Power - led by NCT’s own Princess Ariel, Catherine Birdsong!
Refine your regal skills through crafts, games, songs, and dance in this energetic afternoon designed to cater to the royalty inside us all!


At Princess Boot Camp, attendees will:

  • Practice their courtly etiquette

  • Learn a royal song and dance

  • Be put through their paces on being the most powerful princess around

  • Make and take home their own beautifully crafted princess accessories

  • Become the princess they were always born to be

And the whole afternoon ends with a coronation where students will present their song and dance for their royal families.

4-Week Tuesday or Saturday Classes

Ages 4-16
SONG AND DANCE: Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Oct 1 and Saturdays, Sep 14 - Oct 5
COMEDY: Tuesdays, Oct 15 - Nov 5 and Saturdays, Oct 19 - Nov 9
CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT: Tuesdays, Nov 12 - Dec 10 and Saturdays, Nov 16 - Dec 14

Tuesdays 4:30-6 pm, Saturdays 9-10:30 am

Tuition: $95 ($85.50 for Members)

Your child can attend one, two, or all three sessions! Creative drama develops the same skills professional actors use by exploring ideas through theatre games and exercises. It’s an open-ended process, with lots of freedom to create the stories and characters that most ignite students’ imaginations.

These classes meet for 90 minutes each, and share their process through an open classroom on the last day of class.



4:30-6 pm | Sep 10 - Oct 1

Move to the Groove: ages 5-7

Time to find the beat and let your song shine! Students will gain foundational musical theatre skills in expressive movement as they sing as a group to tell a story.

That’s Showbiz: ages 8-11

Students will bring all their energy to the stage, stretching their singing and dancing muscles at the same time! Students will develop skills in song and dance as they communicate character.


9-10:30 am | Sep 14 - Oct 5

Music and Movement: ages 4-5

Silly songs, fun dances, musical exploration - in this fun-filled class, students will use music and movement to explore and create characters and stories of their very own.

Broadway Buddies: ages 6-7

Heading to the Great White Way? This is where you start! Students will focus on moving as a group and choral singing in this charming introduction to musical theatre.

Show Stoppers: ages 8-10

Students will learn how to stop the show as they continue to develop skills to pair their acting with singing and choreography. Students will then take the stage in a high energy musical number.

Triple Threats: ages 11-16

Do you Sing, Dance, and Act? Then you are a Triple Threat and this is the class for you! For all skill levels, this class will elevate your Musical Theatre skills into the stratosphere.



4:30-6 pm | Oct 15 - Nov 5

Giggle, Snicker, Snort: ages 5-7

What do you do when things are funny? Giggle, of course. What if something is really funny? Snickering is appropriate. But what happens if something is truly hilarious? You might let out a big SNORT! And we know that’s what will happen in this ruckus, rib-tickling class.

Intro to Improv: ages 8-11

Students work as an improv troupe to create uproarious scenes and play improv games that keep them on their toes and their audience rolling in the aisles. Students team up to learn new ways to create bold characters and commit to improvised situations.


9-10:30 am | Oct 19 - Nov 9

Jolly Jokers: ages 4-5

Knock Knocks, One-Liners, and Knee-Slappers - through drama games and exercises students will perfect their prankster prowess by exploring what makes things funny!

Funny Business: ages 6-7

Now taking applications for class clowns, comedians, and pranksters! The Business of Funny is here to train the next generation of funny-makers through laugh-out-loud drama games and seriously fun skill building.

Make ‘em Laugh: ages 8-10

Get ready to tickle your funny bone as students learn how to create funny characters, improvise scenes, and make bold creative choices that will have audiences rolling in the aisles.

Improving Your Improv: ages 11-16

Yes, and...! For beginners to veterans, students will work with a professional improviser who will help develop and hone their on-the-spot creative skills, becoming effective and compelling instantaneous storytellers.



4:30-6 pm | Nov 12 - Dec 10

Superhero Training Academy: ages 5-7

The sky is the limit when it comes to what your students will create in this class. Don your capes and cowls, it’s time to suit up and get to work saving the world! Join the Superhero Training Academy today!

What a Character: ages 8-11

Who will you be today? In the world of theatre, the answer is, “Anyone!” This class guides students to step out of their shell as they embody characters through acting games and exercises.


9-10:30 am | Nov 16 - Dec 14

Clue Busters: ages 4-5

Students will be on the case to solve mysteries both great and small. The Case of the Golden Marmoset? Absolutely! The Great Sausage Heist? You bet! The Clue Busters can solve them all (with a little teamwork and a lot of drama).

Creature Creators: ages 6-7

Put those brains to good use in this crazy creature creation class! A penguindactyl? A hippoticorn? Sure, why not? Imagine new critters, beasts, and monsters and step into their worlds through the power of drama!

Larger Than Life: ages 8-10

Ready to commit to your character? In this class, young actors practice techniques and play theatre games that will help them claim the stage as big, bold personalities!

Fill in the Blank: ages 11-16

An actor’s imagination is crucial in the development of clear, believable characters. Through acting exercises, performers will examine what’s clear in a scene, and then work to fill in the blanks as they step into role to complete the story.

Drama Duos on Thursday Mornings

For ages 3-5 to enjoy with an adult!

Session 1: Sep 12 - Oct 3, 2019
Session 2: Oct 17 - Nov 7, 2019
Session 3: Nov 14 - Dec 12, 2019
9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-Noon

Tuition: $80 ($72 for Members)
*No class Nov 28 for Thanksgiving

Drama Duos takes you and your little one on an adventurous romp through stories, picture books, and nursery rhymes using creative play. You’ll experience the fun of working together to tell stories and solve problems exercising the actor’s toolbox of body, voice and imagination.

Register for Drama Duos

Sep 12 - Oct 3, 2019: 9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-noon

Oct 17 - Nov 7, 2019: 9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-noon

Nov 14 - Dec 12, 2019: 9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-noon

12-Week Saturday Classes

Ages 7-18
Sep 14 - Dec 14, 2018
11 am-1:15 pm

Tuition: $285 ($256.50 for Members)
*No class on Oct 12 or Nov 30
*On Dec 14, Junior and Emerging Artists Companies will rehearse from 3-6 pm, and perform at 6 pm.

Our 12-week classes are designed for students who crave a more in-depth acting experience. Working with the same teaching artist and ensemble of students for a full semester creates a supportive environment where the class can bond as a trusted community. Working with a script, classes will culminate in an informal sharing for family and friends.

Kids Company: ages 7-10

Kids Company students will learn theatre vocabulary and build foundation skills in the actor’s toolbox of body, voice, and imagination. Emphasis is placed on working as a team, developing expressive communication skills, and learning how to commit to imagined circumstances.

Junior Artists Company: ages 11-18

For the student interested in performance and learning the techniques and skills of acting that will help them blossom into a seasoned performer.

Emerging Artists Company: ages 13-18

Our most advanced class offered throughout the school year provides dedicated students with a rigorous and thorough training opportunity. Taking on difficult scene work, students with a strong work ethic fit well into this course. Audition Required – Please email to set up an audition.


Junior Artists and Emerging Artists Companies receive the benefit of multiple MASTER CLASSES as part of their training.

Songwriting for the Stage by Katie Berger
The Suzuki Acting Technique by René Millán
LaBan Workshop by Morgan Robertson
Connecting Motivation to Movement by Andrea Kincaid
Stage Combat by Eric Pasto-Crosby
Viewpoints Acting Technique by Jordan Scott
Comedia Del Arte - Ancient Techniques for the Modern Actor by Anna Lee McFadden


Fall Break Mini-Camps

Ages 4-18
3-Day Mini-Camps: Oct 7-9
9 am-3 pm

Tuition: $175 (157.50 for Members)

2-Day Mini-Camps: Oct 10-11
9 am-3 pm

Tuition: $175 ($125.50 for Members)

3-Day Mini-Camps

Elephant & Piggie & Friends: ages 4-6

Campers will delight in days filled with Mo Willem’s lovable characters: Elephant, Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and more! We will bring fun illustrations to life and use hilarious books to inspire our own characters and plots!

Magic Tree House: ages 5-7

Just like Jack and Annie can travel anywhere from their magic tree house, you can visit all the corners of the world (and even a few places of your own creation) through the power of your imagination!

Harry Potter - Hogwarts: ages 8-10

Consider this your invitation to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Through the magic of drama, relive your favorite stories and create some new ones with all your Quidditch teammates.

Stage Combat - Swords: ages 11-18

Campers go sword to sword as they learn combat techniques for the blade, safety skills, and gain confidence in fight choreography for the stage.

Acting - Puppetry: ages 11-18

This class blends behind-the-scene production with onstage performance, inviting students to both create and perform with puppets. Each day will feature a unique style of puppet to build from scratch, as well as performance techniques used by professional actors and puppeteers.

2-Day Mini-Camps

We Are The Dinosaurs!: ages 4-6

A time when dinosaurs roamed the earth seems distant… until the power of your imagination takes you right there! This class invites campers to travel to a prehistoric world of adventure.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly: ages 5-7

Take a look at the world from a bug’s perspective and you’ll see their lives are a lot like ours! Campers will explore all the humor and whimsy of Doreen Cronin’s books as they bring her stories to life.

Harry Potter – Diagon Alley: ages 8-10

Travel through the Leaky Cauldron to Diagon Alley, visit the vaults of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and have a wand choose you at Ollivanders. Fun is on display in this bizarre bazaar, but beware, for who knows what lurks down Knockturn Alley.

Stage Combat – Quarter Staff: ages 11-18

Students go staff to staff as they learn combat techniques for the quarter staff, safety skills, and gain confidence in fight choreography for the stage.

Acting – Spoken Word: ages 11-18

Spoken word is a style of poetry meant to sizzle through performance. Campers will learn how to write and perform spoken word, bringing their own thoughts and feelings to the page and the stage.

Before-care and After-care are available for $10 each per day.

Before-care: 7:30-9 am and After-care: 3-5:30 pm