Stage 1: Jitterbugs

For children ages 4 to 6

Jitterbugs is an introduction to the world of music, dance, drama and visual arts for students aged 4-6. The focus of this program is allowing children to explore various aspects of theatre performance at their own pace in a lively kid-friendly environment. Our students learn about the basics of performance while building towards a final show at the end of the session.

COVID-19 UPDATE June 30, 2021

We are planning to open all of our Youth Programs in the fall.  Registration will be available as soon as Ontario releases guidelines on class sizes and safety.

Fall 2021

Fee: $250
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Dates: September 11 - December 4, 2021
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 3 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, December 4 (10:30 am)    

Spring 2022

Fee: $250
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Dates: February 5 - May 7, 2022
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 6 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 7 (10:30 am) 

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 available 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.  All refunds will be subject to PayPal's handling fee.

Laura Bottrell, Program Director

Laura is excited to be our Jitterbugs Program Director, after many years working as a part of our youth programming staff. She is also an elementary teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Laura holds a Bachelor of Education, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Children’s Studies and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She has worked in almost all of our youth programs over the past thirteen years, sharing her love for theatre with the Jitterbugs, Stage 2 Broadway and Skill Builders, and Stage 3 students! As an advocate for the arts in education, Laura loves working with students in theatre in a huge variety of ways. Laura is very involved as a production team member with Theatre Ancaster in roles including Stage Manager, Producer, Youth Coordinator and Front of House Manager. Laura is dedicated to ensuring that every child has a wonderful experience with us and is inspired to continue a childhood enriched by the arts!


Over many years of Jitterbugs, our staff has kept a tradition of jotting down the funny things our four to six-year-old students say. We look back at some of our favourite quotes that these little youngsters have come up with.  Read them here!

Meet some more of our amazing Youth Program Staff - they are all stars in our eyes!

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