Stage 3: The Young Company

For youth in grades 9-12

Stage 3 is the culmination of Theatre Ancaster’s Youth Programs. The aim of the program is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for teenagers at any level to grow as performers as they work together to produce a full Broadway musical. From audition skills through to performance polishing, our teaching staff ensures that students of all skill levels and stages of growth learn something about performing together.

The Program will provide individual and group training in a number of areas:

  • How to audition
  • How to prepare and sell a song
  • How to develop a role
  • How to move on stage
  • Dance and acting techniques
  • Confidence building and working together as a team
  • Practical experience working in as many areas of theatrical production as possible


Program Information

COVID-19 UPDATE August 24, 2021

Registration now open for all our 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.

REGISTER HERE

Fee: $450 (plus processing fee)

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

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.

Dates: January 10 - June 25, 2022
Time: Mondays, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (with Friday nights from 7:00- 10:00 pm added in May.)

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

Performance Dates:
Public performances: June 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, 2022
Possible student matinee performance: June 23, 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

Matilda the MusicalThis year we are presenting Roald Dahl's Matilda!

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matildais a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Sam Frisk, Program Director

This will be Sam's thirteenth season heading up the Stage 3 program. He has been involved with Theatre Ancaster for many years in a variety of ways backstage and onstage. Sam is a graduate of Redeemer University with a degree in Theatre and English, and a part time lecturer there in Technical Theatre. He also acts as Theatre Ancaster's Director of Youth Programming and Theatre Ancaster's liaison with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board as the Director of the ArtSMART program, which serves as a musical theatre co-op work placement for nearly 40 students every year as they create a Broadway musical. He brings a great love for musical theatre along with a desire to help students learn and grow as they discover a similar love for performing.


For more information contact:  youthprograms@theatreancaster.com