Spring – Stage 1: Jitterbugs

Ages 4 – 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.

Ages 4 – 6


Dates and Times:
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:15 am
February 4 – April 29, 2023

Dress Rehearsal:
Friday, April 28 at 4:30 pm

Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Old Firehall Arts Centre
334 Wilson St E
Ancaster, ON L9G 2C2

Laura Bottrell

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!


How do I know if my child is ready for Jitterbugs?

A child that is ready for Jitterbugs is able to sustain attention to a directed activity for at least ten minutes at a time and is able to attend the class independently without their parents. Children must be independent in using the washroom in order to participate. Of course, no experience in the arts is necessary!

Can I stay and watch the Jitterbugs classes?

In order to encourage independence and confidence in our young performers, parents are not permitted to watch the classes. However, parents may wait in a separate room in the building if needed.

What is your staff to child ratio?

Our program typically has 30 children enrolled with a staff to child ratio of no greater than 1:10. Children spend part of their class divided into small groups of 10, and other parts of the class in a large-group setting.

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.

Is participation in the dress rehearsal and final performance mandatory?

Yes, attendance at the dress rehearsal and final performance is mandatory. Our entire program is structured around the creation of the final show and children will get the most out of their experience with full participation.

How long are the final performances?

Typically, Jitterbugs final performances last about one hour including a presentation of certificates following the show. Doors open for audience seating a half hour before the performance begins.

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 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.