For young people who are ready for growth and challenge in the theatre, these programs offer fantastic opportunities to do so! Not only do serious theatre students build their dramatic skill set intensively, but also are given numerous opportunities to develop their performance skills by performing their work at particular city venues including schools, community centers, senior centers and professional theatrical venues in Victoria. The emphasis is on student centered learning and on group ensemble development which helps youth learn to work creatively together and develop an artistic discipline and work ethic. Admittance into these programs are through auditions and interviews only!
YOUTH PERFORMANCE COMPANY (Ages 12-15)
We are reintroducing this popular program for those youth who are keen about theatre and are looking for more of a challenge in their training. Students need experience in the performing arts to enrol and have the ability to work well with others. The year is broken into two parts, one in the fall and the other over the winter and spring. Students can take one or both. Each term will have a skill development component along with a performance component. These performances are non-negotiable and part of the commitment to the program. Collaboration and commitment to the ensemble is a crucial part of the learning as well as giving the students an amazing opportunity to develop street theatre and overall performance skills.
Each student will be supported and encouraged to grow in their dramatic skill development and confidence. Theatre skill level, maturity, commitment and ability to work well with others are all important components that are considered when a student applies for this class.
*Some volunteering will be asked of parents (ie car pooling or driving to venues, help with selling tickets at the door, etc. We do our best to keep the time commitment down for these jobs but as theatre is a labour intensive art, some help is gratefully appreciated.
*Admission to venues the students may be performing at is not included in the class fee. Ticket prices help defray the cost of renting professional venue spaces.
Ensemble development and creation, rehearsal and performance of a one act play are all part of the winter/spring course content of the Youth Performance Company. They will perform for a number of schools and community groups finishing with a showcase performance at Langham Court Theatre on June 18.
January 17– week of May 16 (18 weeks plus extra rehearsals in May)
Performances: Community venues in May and showcase at Metro Theatre in late May, early June.
Tuesday 4:30 – 6:30pm (2 hours) (Holiday Breaks: Spring Break March 21 and 28)
Instructor: Barb Biggs
$595 (incl tax)
Full Year (9 months) Sept 25 – May 28th
Full Year $1071 (incl tax) or $119 per month for 9 months
Advanced Actors Company (Ages 14-17)
This highly regarded and popular program, now entering its 20th year, provides serious theatre students with an opportunity to train extensively. Students study movement, voice, improvisation and acting techniques and engage in self-evaluation, group discussion and collaboration. This course also provides the opportunity to study specific methodologies with guest instructors from Victoria’s professional theatre community. In the fall, students will focus on script-based analysis and performance and present a short play in the studio and at the fall showcase. In the spring, the program culminates with the students devising, writing and presenting their own work to the community in a professional theatre. From beginning to end, from development, to read through, to rehearsal, to memorization, and to the final performance with set, sound, lights and costumes, these students have the opportunity to learn what a professional does. They perform a public run of evening shows and matinees. These performances are non-negotiable and part of the commitment to the program. Collaboration and commitment to the ensemble is a crucial part of the learning as well as giving the students an amazing opportunity to develop overall performance skills.
*There will be some volunteer help asked of parents for the large production in May (i.e.: help with selling tickets at the door, concession, help with set painting, sponsorship in programs, etc). We do our best to keep the time commitment down for these jobs but as theatre is a labour intensive art, some help is gratefully appreciated.
*Admission fees to the production are not included in the class fee. The production costs which include rental of venue, costumes, sets, technician, publicity, etc is totally covered by ticket sales. The course fee covers hours of instruction and rehearsal hours. The production is open to the general public and students are encouraged to bring as many of their friends and relatives as they can to support them in this wonderful achievement.
Jan 18 – May 13 (16 weeks plus extra rehearsals in in first week of May)
Performances: May 10 – 13
Venue: Intrepid Theatre Club
Wednesday 4:00 – 6:30pm (2.5 hours) (Holiday Breaks: Spring Break March 22 and 29)
Instructor: Kathleen Greenfield
$682 (incl. tax) *the earlybird discount does not apply to this course
Full Annual Enrollment : $1207
*Monthly payment plan available ($134.11 per month for 9 months)
Entry into the Advanced Acting Company (AAC) and the Youth Performance Company (YPC) are by audition/interview only.
The next round of auditions for AAC and YPC are to be held in January 2017
Please email email@example.com or call 250.386.7526 if you are interested in auditioning. Students who wish to return to the company must schedule a follow-up interview.