A Great Co-op Musical Theatre Experience for students in the Hamilton area high school students

The ArtSMART program is based at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School. Students from secondary schools across the district will attend Sir Allan MacNab for their second semester. Students will be enrolled in specialized drama, voice, instrumental, dance, and musical theatre courses. Opportunities are also available for students interested in set and costume design, lighting and technical support. Classes are enriched by a partnership with Theatre Ancaster and other community partners with an afternoon co-op preparing a full-scale musical production.


Auditions for the 2022 program are being held via online video submission on October 5 and October 7 from 5-8pm.  Please join us for this exciting year as we get back to the theatre!

To be eligible for this unique program, students must:

  1. be 15 years of age or older;
  2. have successfully completed a minimum of 8 credits
  3. submit all required application information by the due date
  4. attend an audition or interview session, if requested

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ARTSMART is back, and we are excited to get back to performing for elementary students and the public!

About ArtSMART

The Hamilton Wentworth Disttrict School Board (HWDSB) in partnership with Theatre Ancaster is undertaking its twelfth major musical theatre production from February to June 2022. This project is part of the HWDSB's vision for a secondary school component of ArtSMART - a focus on arts education in schools.

This program is for singers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists and students interested in technical theatre (set, lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). In addition to the intense study of music, dance, and/or theatre, students work with Theatre Ancaster personnel as co-op education employers to produce a full Broadway Musical to be showcased to both student and general audiences in May and June.

ArtSMART has eleven successful productions to its credit since the program was instituted by the HWDSB in partnership with Theatre Ancaster:  Into the Woods in 2009, Seussical the Musical in 2010, Once Upon A Mattress in 2011, Beauty and the Beast in 2012, The Wiz in 2013, Shrek in 2014, Oliver! in 2015, The Wizard of Oz in 2016, Disney's The Little Mermaid in 2017, Mary Poppins in 2018, and Matilda in 2019, which have played to more than 54,000 students from schools within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.  During the COVID times, ArtSMART has still been able to operate a little differently, still creating video productions for our elementary school audiences based on Disney musicals.

After a comprehensive selection process, Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School has taken over the ArtSMART program, including the SHSM. The Program of Choice in the performing arts focuses on instrumental and vocal music, drama, and dance. It allows students who wish to pursue a career in related fields an opportunity to focus on the arts while getting a high school diploma.

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