Jitterbugs First Steps Program for children ages 4 to 6

Jitterbugs introduces your little ones to the world of music, dance, drama and visual arts. In our weekly classes taught by highly-qualified instructors, your child will explore various aspects of theatre performance. We provide a fun introduction to the arts all the while building towards a final stage performance of an original script developed by our staff.

Program Director & Drama Instructor - Laura Bottrell
Vocal & Instrumental Music Instructor - Samantha Rutherford
Creative Movement & Dance Instructor - Ashlyn Richard

Enrolment Fee: $200 per session

Fall 2016 Session

Dates: September 17 - December 10, 2016
Time: Saturdays, 12:15 pm- 1:30 pm
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 9 at 4:30 pm
Performance date: Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 am

Spring 2017 Session

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Dates: February 4 - May 13, 2017
Time: Saturdays, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 12 at 4:30 pm
Performance date: Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 am


Laura Bottrell, Program Director & Drama Instructor

Laura is leading our Jitterbugs First Steps team as well as serving as the Youth Programming Administrator for Theatre Ancaster after joining our youth programming staff over nine years ago. She is a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, currently teaching Kindergarten. Laura holds a Bachelor of Education, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Children’s Studies and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Laura has worked in almost all of our youth programs over the past nine years, sharing her love for theatre with the Jitterbugs, Stage 2 Broadway and Skill Builders, and Stage 3 students! She is an advocate for the arts in childhood, and recently loved working as the Assistant Director for Rousseau Elementary’s production of The Lion King Jr. She 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 young performer has a wonderful experience and grows to love the arts!