A Great Co-op Musical Theatre Experience for students in the Hamilton area high school students


Auditions for the 2020 program are being held September 18 and 19 from 3-7pm.

To be eligible for this unique program, students must:

  1. be 15 years of age or older;
  2. have successfully completed a minimum of 8 credits
  3. submit all required application information by the due date
  4. attend an audition or interview session, if requested

Check here for Audition information:

Matilda the musicalOur 2019 production was Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical!

Theatre Ancaster and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board were pleased to present the ArtSMART's 2019 production, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical!  ArtSMART was one of the very first amateur groups to put on this show in Ontario.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.  

Public Shows:
May 31, June 1, 7, 8 at 7:00 pm
June 2 at 2:00 pm
Adults $15 | Seniors $10 | Students and Children $5

All performances were held at SIR ALLAN MACNAB Secondary School, 145 Magnolia Drive, Hamilton ON, L9C 5P4

About ArtSMART

The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) in partnership with Theatre Ancaster is undertaking its eleventh major musical theatre production from February to June 2019. This project is part of the HWDSB's vision for a secondary school component of ArtSMART - a focus on arts education in schools.

This program is for singers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists and students interested in technical theatre (set, lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). In addition to the intense study of music, dance, and/or theatre, students work with Theatre Ancaster personnel as co-op education employers to produce a full Broadway Musical to be showcased to both student and general audiences in May and June.

ArtSMART has ten successful productions to its credit since the program was instituted by the HWDSB in partnership with Theatre Ancaster:  Into the Woods in 2009, Seussical the Musical in 2010, Once Upon A Mattress in 2011, Beauty and the Beast in 2012, The Wiz in 2013, Shrek in 2014, Oliver! in 2015, The Wizard of Oz in 2016, Disney's The Little Mermaid in 2017, and Mary Poppins in 2018, which have played to more than 52,000 students from schools within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

After a comprehensive selection process, Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School has taken over the ArtSMART program, including the SHSM. The Program of Choice in the performing arts focuses on instrumental and vocal music, drama, and dance. It allows students who wish to pursue a career in related fields an opportunity to focus on the arts while getting a high school diploma.