GBTC Theatre Classes Curriculum (Age 6-14)

Level 1: Let's Act And Sing!

GBTC Level 1

A fun introduction to the dramatic arts: Level 1 (6-8 years)

Weekly / 13 hours (Fall-Winter / Weekdays)

Weekly / 13 hours (Winter-Spring / Weekdays)

Weekly / 10 hours (Fall / Saturdays)

Weekly / 10 hours (Winter / Saturdays)

Weekly / 10 hours (Spring / Saturdays)

Through storytelling, children learn to think creatively, as well as empathize with and gain an understanding of others. An experienced coach will guide them in exploring their imagination and in expressing feelings through drama. The children will use role-playing to act out short stories & plays based on diverse age-appropriate themes. Short movement routines set to music help develop physical coordination and introduce each child to music and listening skills. Through vocal exercises & song the students learn to speak with clarity, and gain in overall personal confidence, contributing to the growth of public speaking and leadership skills. A short presentation for parents & friends will take place at the last class of each session The final class of each level 1 session consists of 40 minutes dress rehearsal & 20 minutes presentation.

Level 2: Acting Up!

A great way to express your creative side, have fun & meet friends: Level 2 (9-13 years)

Weekly / 19.5 hours (Fall-Winter / Weekdays)

Weekly / 19.5 hours (Winter-Spring / Weekdays)

Weekly / 15 hours (Fall / Saturdays)

Weekly / 15 hours (Winter / Saturdays)

Weekly / 15 hours (Spring / Saturdays)

The students focus on producing and performing a play. Strategy and problem solving skills are gained through active involvement in scripted plays and dramatic scenes, as well as through playwriting. Role play and characterization are developed through forms such as improvisation, reader's theatre and musical theatre Stage presence is built through the use of such tools as tableaux, positioning, stage blocking, direction and vocalizing. The students learn technical terms to communicate ideas in dramatic context. They are encouraged to use their imaginations to create fun movement routines, free-style improvisations and dance choreographies set to music. Vocal spontaneity and clarity is expressed through songs, choral pieces and vocal exercises A presentation for parents & friends will take place at the last class of each workshop session. The final class of each level 2 session consists of 60 minutes dress rehearsal & 30 minutes presentation. During the rehearsal sessions, everyone joins in the excitement of getting ready to share their efforts with an audience. All show costumes and props are provided and each student gets a chance to select those that best meet their character's needs.

Our Program Staff

Lindsay McMahon

Diploma, Theatre Arts, George Brown College

Bethany Heemskerk

B. F. A., Theatre, U. of Victoria

Danika Applin

B. A., Sociology, U. of Guelph

Julia Lacasse

B. A., Drama & French, U. of Windsor; B. Ed., U. of Western Ontario

Rabab Azouz

B. A., Children, York U.; Education, U. of Toronto

Jennifer Hunter

Social Sciences, McMaster U.

Kiauna Daley

Communication Studies, McMaster U.

Michael Paskaru

Psychology, York U.

Samantha Braun

B. F. A., Visual Studies, U. of Toronto; Conservatory Program, Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute, New York

Zhanelle McHugh

Youth & Children's Studies, Wilfrid Laurier U.

Ashley Fisher

B. A., Drama & History, Brock U.; B. Ed., Brock U.

Elysia Robinson

Community Worker Program, George Brown College

Nicolette Knight

B. A., Philosophy & English, Trent U.

Clare Palmer

Journalism, Humber College

Katelin Norton

Graduate, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts

Marjorie Raon

Psychology, King's University College

Christina Debney

Psychology, King's University College

Nichole Norman

Theatre Production, York U.

Bobo Chow

B. A., Theatre & Film Studies, McMaster U.

Kamil Remtulla

Autumn Mosey

Film & TV, Sheridan College

Hazel Garde

Drama Studies & French Studies, Glendon College, York U.

Joshua Mete

B. A., Theatre Studies & English, U. of Guelph

Lily Small

Artistic Director, Great Big Theatre Company