Summer Theatre Workshops

Summer Theatre Workshops

L- R- D:ominick Sanchez and Trinity LeQueux prepare for a summer of CTC workshops.


 pic2Summer 2018

The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC); Kerry A. Onxley, Artistic Director presents its annual SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOPS.  These summer theatre workshops are designed to introduce newcomers to the world of theatre and challenge young performing veterans to perfect advanced theatrical concepts and production techniques.  All workshops conclude with performance demonstrations.

“The premise of our summer workshop program has always been simple and straightforward: participation in the arts can bring about fundamental change in the lives of young people,” says Onxley. “Our purpose is bold: to give Southwest Louisiana’s young people the opportunity to train in the arts, to learn a specific art form, and to develop the creativity, discipline, critical-thinking and other skills necessary to be successful in the art form and in other learning areas.”

  8-18 Years Old       June 11-15      9:00AM-2:00PM                                                            $150.00

According to Onxley, “This fast-paced, educational opportunity offers a large cast a lot of fun technique in a short period of time.  While the students are learning all aspects of the theatre, they are building self-confidence, discipline, self-awareness and leadership skills”.   Professional instructors lead students through a fun-filled exploration of voice, movement, creative play-making and character development.  The session concludes with an abbreviated performance.  Extreme Theatre has a limited enrollment.



5-8 Year Olds   

July 9-11   10:00-11:15AM                                                                  $65.00

This workshop introduces children to theatre through the use of creative drama, theatre games, creative movement, stage makeup and musical theatre.  A demonstration follows the last day of the workshop.  A wonderful introduction to theatre!



8-18 Years      July 9-11           12:00PM-1:30PM                                                            $85.00

This workshop covers auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, exploring different commercial techniques, and beginning improvisational skills.  Information and samples are shared on doing resumes, head shots and finding the best agent or manager.  Students participate with hands-on camera experience!

 SHAKESPEARE FUN!     5-18 Years      July 16-20                                                                     $85.00

5-8 Year Olds    10:00AM-11:15AM

9-18 Year Olds  10:00AM-12:00PM 

Learn the language, ideas and adventures of Shakespeare.  Students perform excerpts from some of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays while experiencing the technical aspects of lighting, set designs and creating costumes.  The workshop concludes with a free public performance starring all of the students.

KIDZ IN SHOWBIZ!           5-18 Years      July 23-27                                                                       $85.00

5-8 Year Olds    10:00AM-11:15AM

9-18 Year Olds  10:00AM-12:00PM  

Students will learn musical theatre techniques by acting, singing and dancing to songs from Broadway shows.  The final class features the students in a performance demonstration highlighting musical theatre skills learned.

According to Noelie Puckett, Workshop Instructor, “During our summer programs, young people looking for new experiences will have the freedom to unlock their creative imaginations, learn about theatre—and have a great time!”

Professional instructors lead students through a fun-filled exploration of voice, movement, creative play-making and character development.  All workshops have limited enrollment and are held at Central School of the Arts & Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street).  For registration information, call (337) 433-7323 or click on Summer Workshops at


Founded in 1984, CTC has a long-standing commitment with the Southwest Louisiana community donating time to perform for other organizations in a variety of events. Establishing partnerships with other service organizations, students are not only educated on theatre and the appreciation of the arts, but about the importance of community service and involvement.  Under the direction of Artistic Director, Kerry Arthur Onxley, CTC is a leading advocate in theatre education in Louisiana. Students, ages 5 to 18, attend weekly classes in basic and advanced acting technique, technical theatre and musical theatre. Students enrolled participate in several productions annually including Annie, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Cinderella, Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Mulan and, more recently, Matilda. 

 THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY is a 501 c3nonprofit organization dedicated to theatre education for children ages 5 to 18. CTC is supported by Lake Charles Partnership grant from the City of Lake Charles; a Tourism Marketing Initiative Grant from the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau; a grant from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Decentralized Arts Funding grant in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, all administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.