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.
Skill Builders Program (for youth in grades 2-8):
Skill Builders gives children from grades 2-8 the opportunity to learn from qualified instructors who are practicing in the musical theatre industry. It is a training program that focuses on all aspects of musical theatre (singing, dancing, and acting) that seeks to teach students focused skills and techniques to help them become fully rounded and prepared performers. Children will be placed by their skill level for each discipline to encourage challenge and growth. It is a great compliment to Stage 2 Broadway program for specific training experience. It is a fun and safe environment that prepares students for the next level!
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 - Samantha Godfrey
Dance Instructor - Vanessa Barbera
Spring Session 2018
Dates: February 3- May 12, 2018
Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 11 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 12 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Stage 2: Broadway 2017-2018 (for youth in grades 5-8)
For those ready for the next step, the Broadway Program puts on a full musical with lights, costumes, sound and sets. This year's musical is Elf Jr.
Theresa 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.
Dates: September 16, 2017 - February 24, 2018
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tentative Additional Rehearsal Dates:
January 27, 28, 30 31
February 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm
February 4 at 1:00 pm
This year we present ...