Summer – Stage 2: Performance Camp

Grades 2-8

Performance campers are immersed in the world of theatre during this two-week, performance-based session. Participating in vocal music, drama, dance, and theatre production classes daily, campers have fun learning new skills while focusing on putting on the final performance at the end of the session.  A typical day at Stage 2: Performance camp includes classes in singing, dancing, acting, creating, two nutrition breaks, and at least one special activity each day!

Final performances are the culmination of the camp experience and are mandatory for our students! They take place on the Saturday following the last day of each session.

Campers may participate in only one session of Stage 2: Performance Camp each summer.

Fee:
$550/2-week session
(Plus Handling Fee)

Dates and Times:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Performances are on the second Saturday of the session at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Session 1: July 4 – 16
Session 2: July 18 – 30
Session 3: August 1 – 13

Location:
Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre
357 Wilson St. E
Ancaster, ON, L9G 2C1

Performances held in the Voortman Studio Theatre

Before & After Care

  • We offer extended care before and after the regular camp hours.
  • Morning Care: 7:30am – 9:00am, $10 per day
  • Afternoon Care: 3:30pm – 5:30pm, $15 per day
  • Both Morning Care and Afternoon Care: $25 per day
  • Cancellation and full refunds are allowed up to and including the Friday before your selected dates begin. For example, if you registered for child care the week of Monday, July 19 – a full refund of your fee will be offered up until Friday, July 16.
  • In order to ensure proper staff to child ratios, refunds will not be offered for days that your child does not attend the before and after care program once the session has already begun.
Sam Frisk

Ashlyn Richard

Director

Ashlyn is thrilled to be our new Program Director of Stage 2: Summer Camp. No stranger to Theatre Ancaster’s Youth Programming, Ashlyn has been a part of the Jitterbugs team since 2009. She is also an elementary teacher with Halton District School Board with experience teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through Grade 8 over the last 6 years. Ashlyn holds a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Education, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Culture, Society and the Environment with minors in Psychology and Philosophy. Since graduating, she has gained additional qualifications in Intermediate Studies, Special Education, Special Education, and Inclusive Instruction. Growing up, Ashlyn was a competitive dancer for 12 years in jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre and was a performer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 2019, she was the Assistant Stage Manager for our Mainstage show, Mamma Mia. Ashlyn is excited to begin this new adventure with all of the excitement and adventures that Stage 2 has to offer! 

FAQ

What is your staff to camper ratio?

Our program typically has 40 children enrolled with a staff to child ratio of no greater than 1:6. Children spend part of their day divided into small groups of 10 for their arts classes, and other parts of the day 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.

Do you run camp in one big group or are the students broken up into smaller groups?
Over the course of the camp day, our Performance campers will have several activities that they take part in all together, but other activities, including class time for singing, dancing, acting, and theatre production will be divided into smaller groups based on age that we call our Juniors, Inters, and Seniors.
Do campers spend time outdoors?

Weather permitting, our campers will spend at least one of their nutrition breaks outdoors at the playground behind the Ancaster Library.  One of the days at Camp will also be our Wild Water Day, an outdoor water games and water fight day.

Where and when do campers eat lunch? Is lunch included?

Our summer programs follow a two-nutrition break schedule, similar to HWDSB schools. This means that children are provided with two long breaks to eat each day. We try to ensure that at least one of those breaks is spent outdoors. Lunch is not provided, and campers need to bring a packed lunch that is nut free.

Is participation in the final performance mandatory?

Yes, attendance at the 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, Stage 2: Performance Camp final performances last a little over 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?

Cancellation and full refunds are allowed up to and including the Friday before your selected dates begin. For example, if you registered for child care the week of Monday, July 18 – a full refund of your fee will be offered up until Friday, July 15.  We are unable to provide a refund once the program has begun. Similarly, in order to ensure proper staff-to-child ratios, refunds will not be offered for days that your child does not attend the before and aftercare program once the session has already begun. All refunds at the student or parent’s request will be subject to a $25 administration fee.