Fall – Stage 2: Junior Broadway

Grades 5-8

Our 2023 show is Newsies Jr.

Junior Broadway’s focus is helping students learn and grow as performers, while building a full Broadway Junior musical that is performed on the Theatre Ancaster main stage. This program allows students the opportunity to enjoy showing off what they have learned with their friends in a larger performance.  Our professional staff works to create costumes, set, props, and lighting to help our students get the full Broadway experience!

Stage 2: Junior Broadway is also a popular program that sees quite a few applications every year.  Applications are evaluated for experience and space by our program staff.  Unfortunately, space is limited and not every applicant can be admitted.

Fee:
$650 (Plus Handling Fee)
Grades 5 – 8

 

Dates and Times:
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sept. 10, 2022 – Jan. 29, 2023

Performances:
January 27, 28 at 7:00 pm
January 28, 29 at 2:00 pm

Location:

Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre
357 Wilson St. E
Ancaster, ON L9G 2C1
Theresa Noon-Hunter

Theresa Noon-Hunter

Director

Theresa is thrilled to be our Director of the Stage 2: Junior Broadway 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.

FAQ

What training and qualifications do your staff hold?

Our staff is made up of qualified and experienced educators, both in formal education settings and in the arts industry. Our staff have extensive training not only in their field of expertise but on child-development, safety, and effective teaching. All staff members hold their Level C First Aid/CPR training certificates and have a Vulnerable Sector Records Check.

How do auditions work?
Nobody has to audition to join Junior Broadway. Our application is by online form and is considered by our program staff for acceptance. Once enrolled in the program, students audition for roles in the current show on the second week of the program. Roles in the show are assigned according to audition.
Does my child require prior experience to participate in Junior Broadway?
It isn’t a requirement to have prior performing experience to apply for Junior Broadway. However, the audition and show rehearsal process can be difficult and overwhelming for students who have not been part of a musical before. Because of that, prior experience is considered as part of the application.
What kind of commitment is required for this program?
Junior Broadway relies on the cooperative work of over 40 students working together with our staff to create a show. There is an expectation that students will put in the time needed, both in rehearsal and at home, to learn the show material assigned to them, including lines, songs, and dances. Missing rehearsals, especially in January, makes it extremely difficult for cast members to keep up.
Can my child participate in a combination of Stage 2 programs (Skill Builders, Junior Broadway, GLEE)?

Yes! This is a great way to build the skills of a well-rounded performer, provided your student is old enough to register in Junior Broadway and GLEE (Grades 5-8).

How long are the final performances? How many are there?
Performances take place at the end of January and are typically an hour and a half long. Our students perform the show eight times for an audience. There is one parent preview performance during the final dress rehearsal, four matinee performances for Hamilton elementary schools over two school days, and three public performances over a weekend. All performances are mandatory for all cast members.
What is your 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. All refunds at the student or parent’s request will be subject to a $20 administration fee.