Stage 2 Saturdays

Geared to Youth Ages 7-13

Stage 2 Skill Builders and Stage 2 Broadway are perfect complements!  They are designed to work together to give students a well-rounded and full music theatre learning experience.  They can certainly be taken separately, but we encourage parents to consider both Stage 2 programs in tandem!  Skill Builders focuses on building talented and prepared performers, ready for any theatrical challenge, while Broadway focuses on giving students the chance to engage with a full Broadway Junior show on Theatre Ancaster's mainstage, putting those talents and skills learned to work.

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Skill Builders Program (for youth in grades 2-8):

Skill Builders is a program that seeks to build up students in grades 2-8 in several different aspects of performance, no matter their skill or training level.  A strong focus on building students up as singers, actors, and dancers helps prepare for a performance at the end of the session. The focus in this program is individual skill work to help our students grow as strong performers. 

Program Director & Drama Instructor - Danielle Viola

Danielle is excited to be leading our Skill Builders team this year as the program grows and changes! She has been directing children’s productions for 7 years and loves every minute. She competitively danced for 15 years in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, completing exams in both Jazz and Tap. She has studied in voice, piano and theory with completed Royal Conservatory exams for voice. She has performed in multiple productions within the GTA recently Guards Guards (Ancaster) Cabaret (Burlington) and The Wiz (Ancaster). She choreographed Once on this Island Jr. and 13 The Musical. Recently Danielle was the musical director and choreographer for the production of Little Shop of Horrors and Director for The Who’s: Tommy for the Brock University Musical Theatre, as well as Co-Directing and Vocal Director for Annie JR. Currently she teaches voice and piano at her own private studio is Stage Manager of the ArtSmart Co-op program and owns her own theatre company, Curtain Call Performing Arts in the Binbrook/Stoney Creek area. Danielle is in her fourth year at Brock University where she is studying theatre education, directing and performance, as well as completing her Bachelor of Education. She hopes to continue in the field of Drama and Education to share her love of the arts with children and youth.

Music Instructor - Tawnie McChesney
Dance Instructor - Vanessa Barbera

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Spring Session 2019 - Waiting list
Fee: $300

Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates: February 2 - May 11, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 10 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 11 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)

Stage 2: Broadway 2018 (for youth in grades 5-8)

A program for students in grades 5-8, Junior Broadway’s focus is helping students learn and grow, while building a full Broadway Junior musical that is performed on the Theatre Ancaster mainstage. This program’s focus is allowing students an opportunity to enjoy showing off what they have learned with their friends in a larger performance.

Teresa NoonTheresa Noon-Hunter is thrilled to be joining Theatre Ancaster as the Director of the Junior Broadway Youth Program! Having years of Educational theatre behind her, such as touring with 2PEP and Playful Notions. Theresa has also worked as an Artist in the Classroom with the Hamilton Catholic District School Board. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of There's A Production. Holding her B.F.A Special Honours in Acting from York University, she has appeared on stage and screen across North America and Europe. Finally, she is an Associate Producer and Resident Director at Vanier College Productions, a teaching theatre on York University's Toronto Campus.


Fee:  $550

Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: September 18, 2018 - February 23, 2019

Additional Rehearsal Dates:
Additional evening and full day weekend rehearsals, closer to performances, TBD.   

Performance dates:
Parent Preview – January 29
Public Performances – February 1, 2 & 3
Student Matinees - January 30, 31

This year we present ...

Little Mermaid Jr.