Jitterbugs 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

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Fall Session 2018
Fee: $250

Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am 11:15 pm
Dates: September 8 - December 8, 2018
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 7 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, December 8 (10:30 am)

Spring Session 2019
Fee: $250

Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am 11:15 pm
Dates: February 2 - May 11, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 10 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 11 (10:30 am)


Laura Bottrell, Program Director & Drama Instructor

Laura is excited to be the Jitterbugs Program Director, as well as serve as the Youth Programming Administrator for Theatre Ancaster after joining our youth programming staff over twelve 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!