Stage 2 Programs

For youth in grades 2-8

All of our Stage 2 programs work to complement each other well!  They are designed to work together to give students a well-rounded and full music theatre learning experience.  They can certainly be taken separately, but we encourage parents to consider two or all three of our Stage 2 programs in tandem!  Skill Builders focuses on building talented and prepared performers, ready for any theatrical challenge, while Broadway focuses on giving students the chance to engage with a full Broadway Junior show on Theatre Ancaster's main stage, putting those talents and skills learned to work.  

Our new GLEE program is something completely different!  An auditioned pop-rock show choir, GLEE will have students performing songs they know and love from the current Top 40 charts in a dynamic choral fashion!  The focus is on helping students learn and grow as singers and dancers in a choral ensemble while building towards a concert that is performed on the Theatre Ancaster main stage. GLEE seeks to help students work as a team to achieve great things on stage as a group!

COVID-19 UPDATE August 24, 2021

Registration if now open for all Youth Programs! Some program details will have changed. Please read our program information carefully before registering!

Our plan is to run our programs as fully as possible. It is feasible that Ontario's guidelines will once again affect the availability and nature of our programming. In that case, we will notify you immediately.


Stage 2: Skill Builders

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 building students up as singers, actors, and dancers helps prepare for a performance at the end of the session. The focus in this program is individual skill work to help our students grow as strong performers.

REGISTER HERE

Fall Session 2021 *PROGRAM FULL - WAITLIST*

Fee: $300 (plus processing fee)
Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates: September 11 - December 4, 2021
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 3 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, December 4 (2:00 pm and 4:00 pm)

Spring 2022

Fee: $300 (plus processing fee)
Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dates: February 5 - May 7, 2022
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 6 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Performance date: Saturday, May 7 (2:00 pm and 4:00 pm)

We hope to be able to offer performances for this program to a live audience of friends and families, though restrictions may force us to limit seating and/or offer the final performance of the program via a video or streaming option.

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 $25 administration fee.

If the program is cancelled or if COVID concerns force a withdrawal, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded  and the administration fee will not be applied.

COVID Considerations

Our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students.  Below is a brief window into some of the protocols we will have in place to help protect our staff and students against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated staff
  • Masks worn by staff and students at all times, no eating indoors
  • Windows open when possible, air circulating well when not possible
  • Hand-sanitizing and hand-washing prioritized for students
  • Contact tracing
  • Visual signs on entrance doors regarding safety precautions
  • Pre-screening before attending
  • At drop-off screening for symptoms, including temperature check
  • Drop-off held outdoors so no parents in building
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing in rehearsal
  • A serious approach to cleaning both before and after every session, including circulating air and sanitizing all surfaces

Danielle Viola, Program Director

Danielle is excited to be leading our Skill Builders team this year as the program continues to grow! She has been directing children’s productions for 9 years and loves every minute. She competitively danced for 15 years in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, completing exams in both Jazz and Tap. She has studied in voice, piano and theory with completed Royal Conservatory exams for voice. She has performed in multiple productions within the GTA recently Guards Guards (Ancaster) Cabaret (Burlington) and The Wiz (Ancaster). She choreographed Once on this Island Jr. and 13 The Musical. Recently Danielle was the musical director and choreographer for the production of Little Shop of Horrors and Director for The Who’s: Tommy for the Brock University Musical Theatre, as well as Co-Directing and Vocal Director for Annie JR. Currently she teaches voice and piano at her own private studio and owns her own theatre company, Curtain Call Performing Arts in the Binbrook/Stoney Creek area. 


Stage 2: Junior Broadway

Please note that due to availability of rehearsal and performance space, Stage 2: Junior Broadway will run for a different portion of the year for this season.

Typically, we would encourage students to join both Stage 2: Junior Broadway and Stage 2: GLEE, as they run at different times of the year and provide an excellent change of pace from one another.  For the 2021-2022 season, however, we are strongly recommending that students do not join both programs.  With shows only a week apart from one another, we would advise against putting that sort of intense pressure on our students.

A program for students in grades 5-8, Junior Broadway’s focus is helping students learn and grow, while building a full Broadway Junior musical that is performed on the Theatre Ancaster main stage. This program’s focus is allowing students an opportunity to enjoy showing off what they have learned with their friends in a larger performance.

Fee: $600 (plus processing fee)

Due to a high number of registrations, admittance to the Stage 2 Junior Broadway program is by application.

REGISTER HERE

Because of Ontario's current limits on the number of people who can gather indoors, we will be taking applications starting August 29, but we will not be offering acceptances until later in the year as we see restrictions lifted. We want to ensure that we do not have to walk back any acceptances due to restrictions. We will not take any payment until students have been accepted into the program.

Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: January 22, 2022 - June 5, 2022

Additional Rehearsal Dates:
Additional evening and full day weekend rehearsals, closer to performances, TBD.

Performance Dates:
Public performances – June 3, 4 & 5, 2022
Possible student matinee performances - June 1 & 2, 2022

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 $25 administration fee.

If the program is cancelled or if COVID concerns force a withdrawal, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded and the administration fee will not be applied.

COVID Considerations

Our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students.  Below is a brief window into some of the protocols we will have in place to help protect our staff and students against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated staff
  • Masks worn by staff and students at all times, no eating indoors
  • Windows open when possible, air circulating well when not possible
  • Hand-sanitizing and hand-washing prioritized for students
  • Contact tracing
  • Visual signs on entrance doors regarding safety precautions
  • Pre-screening before attending
  • At drop-off screening for symptoms, including temperature check
  • Drop-off held outdoors so no parents in building
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing in rehearsal
  • A serious approach to cleaning both before and after every session, including circulating air and sanitizing all surfaces

Willy Wonka Jr.This year we are presenting Disney's Frozen Jr.!

Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Theresa Noon-Hunter, Program 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.


Stage 2: GLEE

Please note that due to availability of rehearsal space, Stage 2: GLEE will run will run with rehearsals on Wednesday evenings instead of their normal time on Saturday mornings

Typically, we would encourage students to join both Stage 2: Junior Broadway and Stage 2: GLEE, as they run at different times of the year and provide an excellent change of pace from one another.  For the 2021-2022 season, however, we are strongly recommending that students do not join both programs.  With shows only a week apart from one another, we would advise against putting that sort of intense pressure on our students.

GLEE is a brand-new show choir program for students in grades 5-8! The GLEE program's focus is on helping students learn and grow as singers and dancers in a choral ensemble while building towards a concert featuring energetic renditions of Top 40 hits that students will know and love that is performed on the Theatre Ancaster main stage. GLEE seeks to help students work as a team to achieve great things on stage as a group. The music performed will mostly be modern pop hits with songs from other genres blended in, depending on the season's theme. GLEE is a great way for students to carry on the momentum of the end of Junior Broadway, picking up just weeks after the close of their show!

Fee: $400 (plus processing fee)

Admittance to Stage 2: GLEE is by application and audition.  Auditions will take place on December 5, 11, and 12. Registrants will be contacted with more information closer to auditions.

REGISTER HERE

Auditions will be held later in the year before the beginning of the program.

Because of Ontario's current limits on the number of people who can gather indoors, we will be taking applications starting Sunday, but we will not be offering acceptances until later in the year as we see restrictions lifted. We want to ensure that we do not have to walk back any acceptances due to restrictions. We will not take any payment until students have been accepted into the program.

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm (more rehearsals will be added closer to the performance dates)

Dates: February 5 - May 22, 2022  

Performance dates:  May 20, 21 & 22, 2022 

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 $25 administration fee.

If the program is cancelled or if COVID concerns force a withdrawal, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded and the administration fee will not be applied.

COVID Considerations

Our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students.  Below is a brief window into some of the protocols we will have in place to help protect our staff and students against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated staff
  • Masks worn by staff and students at all times, no eating indoors
  • Windows open when possible, air circulating well when not possible
  • Hand-sanitizing and hand-washing prioritized for students
  • Contact tracing
  • Visual signs on entrance doors regarding safety precautions
  • Pre-screening before attending
  • At drop-off screening for symptoms, including temperature check
  • Drop-off held outdoors so no parents in building
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing in rehearsal
  • A serious approach to cleaning both before and after every session, including circulating air and sanitizing all surfaces

Angela Broadley, Program Director

Angela is no newcomer to the Theatre Ancaster family. Over the past 20+ years she has played a huge part in many different aspects of this company from Performer, Choreographer, Director, Stage Manager, Creative Committee Chair and current BOD Member. She has had the opportunity to work with and mentor many of our youth over the years in several of our mainstage shows, her most memorable to date as the Director of our 2017 production of Annie. Angela is happy to be joining the Youth Programming family as Program Director for our new Stage 2: GLEE program. After a long blackout in the world of live theatre, Angela and her team can’t wait to unlock the potential of these young performers in a professional concert setting!



For more information, contact: youthprograms@theatreancaster.com