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.

For more information, contact: youthprograms@theatreancaster.com


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. 

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Fall Session 2019
Fee: $300

Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates: September 7 - December 7, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 6 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, December 7 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)

Spring 2020
Fee: $300

Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates: February 1 - May 9, 2020    
Dress rehearsal:  Friday, May 8  (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date:  Saturday, May 9 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm) 

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 refunded after the second week of classes.  No refunds will be issued after 4 weeks of classes.

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 8 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.


Stage 2: Broadway 2019 (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.

The program is full.

Fee:  $600

Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: September 7, 2019 - February 2, 2020

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

Performance Dates: 
Parent Preview – January 30, 2020
Public Performances – January 31, February 1, 2, 2020
Student Matinees - January 29, 30, 2020

Refund Policy:
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 refunded after auditions.  No refund will be issued after 4 weeks of classes.  All refunds are subject to a $20 administration fee.

Willy Wonka Jr.This year we are presenting Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.!

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.


Teresa NoonTheresa Noon-Hunter is thrilled to be returning to Theatre Ancaster as the Director of the Junior Broadway Youth Program for the fourth year! 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.