- ARAS Musical Theatre Company (Grades 7-12, by audition)
- Pop Cover Tunes (Grades 4-8 & Grades 7-10)
- The Actor’s Ensemble (Grades 4-8 & Grades 8-10)
- Acting for Film & TV (Grades 4-8)
- Video Art Masterpieces (Grades 3-6)
- Musical Theatre Junior (Grades 3-6)
- Let’s Put on a Play (SK-Grade 2)
- Little Characters (JK/SK)
- Little Characters (3 & 4 years with a parent/caregiver)
Course are listed in order by grade.
Little Characters (3 & 4 years with a parent/caregiver)
with Nicola Wismer
Self-esteem and confidence will begin to soar! Young artists will be introduced to drama, performance, story-telling and creative movement while they incorporate works of art that they create. Costumes, puppets, masks, musical instruments and various props will be created by the children themselves and then used in developing imaginative and unique stories and characters. (Check out the Preschool Programs section)
Thursdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Little Characters (JK/SK)
with Madeleine Domingue
Young artists will be introduced to exciting themes through art and drama lessons, while they create projects that will be worn, used and interacted with to develop imaginative and unique stories and characters. Students will be exposed to a variety of art materials, which will then be incorporated into storytelling, drama and creative movement.
Saturdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Let’s Put on a Play (SK-Grade 2)
with Madeleine Domingue
Through fun theatre games, and vocal and movement exercises, drama helps to develop a child’s confidence and imagination. This class will give students the opportunity to develop skills, learn how to think quickly on their feet, make creative choices, work in a group, problem-solve, take direction, keep energy up and most importantly - have FUN! This is a supportive class setting where young actors can develop their abilities to perform in a theatre piece and work with other cast members to create a final presentation. Students are encouraged to join for more than one term, as the class will work together to create different showcases for family and friends at the end of each session.
Fridays 4:30-6:00 PM
Musical Theatre Junior (Grades 3-6)
with Allison Beula
This is a class for young students who love acting, singing and dancing. The cast will work on a new production each term. Using improvisation, drama exercises, vocal and movement studies and script work, young performers will learn how to perform in a musical theatre show. Performances will all be based on shorter versions of well-known musicals or will take the format of musical theatre revues based on a custom selected repertoire from major Broadway shows.
Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM
Video Art Masterpieces (Grades 3-6)
with Eva Ormut
How would you like to be a famous painter and filmmaker all in one? Imagine yourself as a Gaugin, a Matisse or a Hockney, transposing your paintings into moving pictures through the medium of video. Each student will choose a figurative painting, create its 3D representation through mixed media, animate and film it. A DVD of finished films will be provided at the end of each term. Please note: Students do not need to bring a video camera or laptop to use in class.
Saturdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Acting for Film & TV (Grades 4-8)
with Allison Beula
If you dream of being on television or acting in a film, then this class is for you! Through improvisation, students will gain a better understanding of creating a character, working with a script and having a great on-camera presence. Each term will offer different skill-building exercises and will continue to prepare students for performing and auditioning. This class is also appropriate for kids who want to sharpen their presentation and public speaking skills. The class will produce a short on-camera piece every semester and copies will be given to each participant. Family and friends will be invited to the final class to watch the DVD and to sample some of the class process.
Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 PM
Saturdays 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The Actor’s Ensemble (Grades 4-8 & Grades 8-10)
with Michele Coleman
This is a fun, but intensive class for kids who really love putting on a show and want to improve their skills when performing. Young actors will develop both their unique voice, as well as the ability to create original work in an ensemble setting. Fun physical exercises, musical rhythms, improvisation and scene work will be utilized to help build characters and story. Each new term, the cast will help develop, write and produce a unique show to be performed before an audience.
Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM (Grades 4-8)
Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 PM (Grades 8-10)
Pop Cover Tunes (Grades 4-8 & Grades 7-10)
with Larissa Koniuk
Have you always wanted to sing and play your favourite pop song on guitar at the same time? This course is specifically designed for complete beginners in guitar andor ukulele. Over the duration of the course, students will learn how to play their favourite current pop tunes, and the best part is, the art of covering is all about creating your own version of the song! Bring a list of your top five favourite popular songs and we'll learn the most in demand! Will they be Adele, Mumford and sons, Robyn, Feist, Taylor Swift, The Avett Brothers, Rihanna, or an old school classic? Fundamentals of singing, rhythm, harmony, and the basics of playing guitar or ukulele will be covered as you create your own unique version of your favourite jam!
Thursdays 4:30-6:30 PM (Grades 4-8)
Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM (Grades 7-10)
ARAS Musical Theatre Company (Grades 7-12, by audition)
This is a class for students who are serious about learning the skills required to perform in musical theatre. Singing, voice work, choreography, movement, improvisation and character development will be incorporated in this performance-based class designed in a professional, company setting format. This is a yearlong program with the cast working on two productions at a professional theatre venue. One on one singingmusic coaching as well as choral work will be part of the program. Costumes, set, props are part of each performance and students will be expected to attend extra blocking, dress and technical rehearsals.Students may choose to register for the full year and participate in both shows or registration will also be accepted for one production alone.
Info - Students must request an audition if new to the program.
Mondays 4:30-7:00 PM
Performance I: $850.00 | Performance II: $850.00 | Full Year: $1500.00