Fall – Stage 3: The Young Company

Grades 9-12

Registration opens on June 4 at 8:00 am.  You can create your account and complete some registration information prior to that date to speed up the process on Sunday morning by clicking the REGISTER button below.

Our 2023/2024 show is Matilda the Musical

Stage 3 is the culmination of Theatre Ancaster’s Youth Programs. The aim of the program is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for teenagers to grow as performers as they work together to produce a full Broadway musical. From audition skills through to performance polishing, our teaching staff ensures that students of all skill levels and stages of growth learn something about performing together.  Stage 3 students also assist with the technical production of the show, learning skills such as painting, lighting, sound, prop creation, costuming, and more.

Stage 3: The Young Company is 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.

$500 (Plus Handling Fee)
Grades 9 – 12

Dates and Times:
Mondays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sept. 11, 2023 – March 2, 2024
Additionally, starting on Jan. 12, 2024:
Fridays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Feb. 23, 24, March 1, 2 at 7:30 pm
Feb. 25 at 2:00 pm
Student Matinee Feb. 29 at 10:30 am

Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre
357 Wilson Street East,
Ancaster, ON, L9G 2C1

Sam Frisk

Sam Frisk


Sam has been involved with Theatre Ancaster for many years in a variety of ways both on stage and behind the scenes. Most of the year, he works as Theatre Ancaster’s Director of Programming. He brings a great love for musical theatre along with a desire to help students learn and grow as they discover a similar love for performing.


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 Stage 3.  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 after a few weeks of audition training.  Roles in the show are assigned according to audition.

Does my child require prior experience to participate in Stage 3?

It isn’t a requirement to have prior performance experience to apply for Stage 3.  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?

Stage 3 relies on the cooperative work of over 40 students working together with our staff to create a show together.  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 and February, makes it extremely difficult for cast members to keep up.

How long are the final performances? How many are there?

Performances take place in the end of February and are typically two to three hours long, depending on the show.  Our students perform the show seven times for an audience over two weeks.  There is one parent preview performance during the final dress rehearsal, one matinee performance for Hamilton elementary and secondary schools, and five public performances over two weekends.  All performances are mandatory for all cast members.

What is your refund policy?

If a participant 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 class/rehearsal.
50% of the registration fee will be available after the second or third class/rehearsal.
No refunds will be issued after four classes/rehearsals.

All refunds at the participant’s request will be subject to a $25 administration fee.