Youth Theatre Arts Programs

CCM Prep offers youth and teens opportunities to study theatre through three tracks: acting, musical theatre and cinematic media arts. As an accredited school for theatre, CCM Prep adheres to the highest standards for theatre education taught by some of the finest and most experienced faculty in the area. Faculty follow a curriculum that introduces core skills at the youngest level and builds upon them as students progress through the levels. Private acting lessons, including audition preparation, coaching for performances and college readiness, also are available from our theatre arts faculty.

Please contact the CCM Prep office with questions about Youth Theatre Arts Programs.

Acting Classes

With a focus on creating and building collaborative young artists, classes work with all aspects of acting. From various audition prep and techniques, improv games and application, monologue and scene work, to script mining and character development, our acting classes prepare the actor for the entire process. CCM Prep Acting classes work to create empathetic, strong, prepared and confident young actors.

Actors gain experience working on-camera and with others, as well as the knowledge to conquer the individual work that goes into a theatrical performance. The joy of acting is nurtured by our long-standing faculty of working professionals, in film, on stage, in directing, producing, playwriting, stage combat, theatre movement and more. The Acting faculty team has many decades between them of inspiring young actors to learn, improve and pursue their craft.

Emphasizing the play in learning acting, each class level is designed to meet the young actors where they are and encourage them to gain more practical experience encompassing a character on stage and screen.

All classes require audition or approval by instructor for placement. Private lessons are available by request and evaluation by instructor.

Young artists, take to the stage! In this class, students will use their imaginations to explore the basic principles and skills of Acting. They will think on their feet using Improvisation skills. Students will learn how to perform individually in front of an audience of their peers as well as work with an ensemble to perform. For the final Showcase, students will present a devised show of their own creation to demonstrate skills they have acquired throughout the semester. Students will progress and learn with others at their level. By the time students are 10 years old they are ready to make an informed decision about their theatre track. 

Beginning actors will learn the basics of acting, including the language used on stage and screen. From getting past first audition nerves to learning tips on memorization of scripted lines, this beginning level is an introductory class of all of the many parts that make up an actor. While playing with improv, presenting a monologue, and preparing scene work with friends, this class works with the young actor to grow. Teaching physical awareness, vocal techniques, and public speaking skills, the beginning acting class is perfect for the young actor who wants to be heard and provides an outlet for performance.

Intermediate acting students begin to deepen their skills of performance on stage and screen. Focusing on different types of auditions (including “self-tape” or recorded auditions), how to find that perfect monologue that shows off both the actor and the character, beginning character and script analysis, and how to work with a group for scene work. Utilizing physical movement and awareness, the intermediate acting class is meant for the young artist with experience in performing striving to land that larger role or dig deeper into the craft of acting.

Advanced acting students dig into the methods and techniques of performance craft, both on stage and screen. Creating audition packages of contrasting age-appropriate monologues, working on the character and script analysis necessary for honest representation of the play, film or monologue, and working with scene partners to present collaborative work. A cohesive understanding of the craft of acting, the advances acting class is meant for the young artist with extensiveexperience in performing with the goal of continuing their theatre arts education at a high school level and beyond.

Musical Theatre Classes

An introduction to musical theatre through active exploration in singing, dancing and acting. Students will learn safe and simple techniques in dance, singing and voice projection. The 10 week session will feature age appropriate songs, scenes and a dance number, all arranged for the budding musical theatre actor! Students will present an informal performance at the end of the 10 weeks.

Junior Musical Theatre Intensive (Jr. MTI) provides a challenging and disciplined educational experience for students ages 9-14 who have a special interest in musical theatre. The students receive instruction in audition preparation, vocal music, dance and performance technique while working toward a full-scale musical production. Auditions are required.  

All students who are enrolled in the program are required to attend the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.

Questions and comments about this program should be directed to Rebecca Childs, Becca Strand or Karie-Lee Sutherland.


Cinematic and Media Arts

Are you excited to be behind the camera instead of in front of it? Are you more interested in how films are created than acting? If so, we have what you want in our new Cinematic and Media Arts program. Partnering with CCM's nationally recognized Electronic Media program, faculty will teach the basics of camera work, lighting, editing and sound that form the foundation of filmmaking and include guest lectures and workshops from CCM faculty and professional filmmakers. Students will have access to the entire Preparatory department as they create documentary projects that capture  the artistic development of dancers and musicians. Collaborations will continue with students in the Theatre Arts program to create short dramatic films that are staged for the camera.

This course will introduce students to basic film theory, techniques and how to apply them through the creative film production process. Each class will include time for camera work.

This course is a continuation of the first semester. Students will choose a project for their project. A film festival celebrating the filmmakers and the actors, dancers and musicians featured will be the culmination of the year.