Stage 2 Programs

For youth in grades 2-8

Stage 2 Skill Builders and Stage 2 Junior Broadway are perfect complements!  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 both 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.

This year, we are excited to add the new Stage 2 GLEE program, a show choir for students in grades 5-8. 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 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.

 


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. 

Fall Session 2021

Registration will open as soon as Ontario releases guidelines on class sizes and safety.

Fee: $300
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 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)

Spring 2022

Fee: $300
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 (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm) 

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 refunded 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.

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

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

Due to a high number of registrations, admittance to the Stage 2 Junior Broadway program is by application.
Application will open as soon as Ontario releases guidelines on class sizes and safety.

Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dates: September 11, 2021 - January 30, 2022

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

Performance Dates: 
Parent Preview – January 25, 2022
Public Performances – January 28, 29, 30, 2022
Student Matinees - January 26, 27, 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 refunded 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.

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

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 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: $300

Admittance to the Stage 2 GLEE is by application.
Application will open as soon as Ontario releases guidelines on class sizes and safety. Auditions will be held as early as possible before September.

Time: Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 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 refunded 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.

Angela Broadly, 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