Spring – Stage 2: Skill Builders

Grades 2-8

Stage 2: Skill Builders participants practicing a dance

Due to high demand, we are planning to open a second session of Stage 2: Skill Builders.  If we have enough registrations, this program will run from 3-5pm on Saturdays.  The two sessions will be exactly the same, using the same staff, script, and songs.

Skill Builders is a program that seeks to build up students in grades 2-8 in several different aspects of performance, no matter their skill or training level.  A strong focus on helping students develop concrete skills as singers, actors, and dancers helps prepare for a performance at the end of the session.  Students will learn in a large group work as well as smaller classes broken up by age group.

$350 (Plus Handling Fee)
Grades 2 – 8



Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
February 3 – May 4, 2024

Dress Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 2 at 4:30 pm

Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am


Saturdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
February 3 – May 4, 2024

Dress Rehearsal:
Friday, May 3 at 4:30 pm

Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm

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

Tawnie Magee

Tawnie Magee

Program Director

After many years teaching voice with the Skill Builders program, Tawnie is thrilled to be our new Program Director. She has been a private music teacher for 11 years and now runs her own music studio. She is a graduate of the Mohawk College Jazz Performance Program as a vocalist and has many years of experience teaching vocals for musical theatre. Tawnie has worked in many of Theatre Ancaster’s youth programs over the years, including Stage 1: Jitterbugs, Stage 2: Junior Broadway, and Stage 2: Performance Summer Camp. She is incredibly excited to take on this new role and to share her love of the arts with your children.


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).

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, Skill Builders final performances last about one hour. Doors open for audience seating a half hour before the performance begins.

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.