Jitterbugs Program for children ages 4 to 6

Jitterbugs is an introduction to the world of music, dance, drama and visual arts for students aged 4-6. The focus of this program is allowing children to explore various aspects of theatre performance at their own pace in a lively kid-friendly environment. Our students learn about the basics of performance while building towards a final show at the end of the session.

Program Director & Drama Instructor - Laura Bottrell

Fall 2019 FULL - accepting waitlist applications »

Fee: $250
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am 11:15 pm
Dates: September 7 - December 7, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 6 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, December 7 (10:30 am)  

Spring 2020 Register here »

Fee: $250
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am 11:15 pm
Dates: February 1 - May 9, 2020
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 8 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 9 (10:30 am)  

Refund Policy

If a student needs to withdraw from the program for any reason, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded before the beginning of the program.  75% of the registration fee will be refunded after the first week of classes.  50% of the registration fee will be available after the second week of classes.  No refunds will be issued after 4 weeks of classes. All refunds will be subject to a $20 administration fee.


Laura Bottrell, Program Director & Drama Instructor

Laura is excited to be the Jitterbugs Program Director for the second year, after joining our youth programming staff over thirteen years ago. She is a Kindergarten teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Laura holds a Bachelor of Education, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Children’s Studies and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She has worked in almost all of our youth programs over the past twelve years, sharing her love for theatre with the Jitterbugs, Stage 2 Broadway and Skill Builders, and Stage 3 students! As an advocate for the arts in education, Laura loves working on the directing team for Rousseau Elementary School’s recent productions of The Lion King Jr and Mary Poppins Jr. Laura is very involved as a production team member with Theatre Ancaster in roles including Stage Manager, Producer, Youth Coordinator and Front of House Manager. Laura is dedicated to ensuring that every child has a wonderful experience with us and is inspired to continue a childhood enriched by the arts! 

For more information, contact: youthprograms@theatreancaster.com