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Senior Acting Production

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Annual Performance

Senior Acting Production

Each year our Level 4/5 actors have the opportunity to perform an adaptation of a short or full-length play!  We always choose interesting, insightful, thought-provoking pieces from the contemporary or classical repertoire, working with Canadian and international materials.  

We adapt pieces to create a fairly balanced training and performance-opportunity for every student. Our goal is to help our senior-level stage actors dig into a more committed training, rehearsal and performance program that challenges them on every level.  

Their journey takes them from concept through voice, movement, characterization, script and scene study and thematic communication, culminating in public performance in a theatre setting and sometimes on ‘tour’ for school groups.   

Each year is something new and vital based on the sensibilities and goals of our students.  We also invite Level 3/4 classes to do ‘opening acts’ for the senior play, so they see what they’re working towards through their own training!  Performing for an audience is critical to help young actors cement their growth and development, and the show each spring is always fantastic!

Senior students in an acting class
Actress performing in senior acting show

Season Overview & Student Feedback

  • Our Season runs from mid-Sept to end of May with weekly classes for each program.
  • The program Levels progress from primary through senior, introducing or enhancing the various components of the discipline and program. Each Level covers a 3 to 4 yr age range.  Depending on age, experience, and when they begin with us, a student could be in the same Level for 1 to 3 seasons.  Students learn how to function as both leaders and followers, experiencing the range of responsibilities and learning opportunities associated with being in a class with a variety of ages, personalities and types of learners.
  • As students progress each season and also through the Levels, they build their personal and performer’s toolkit with more in-depth advanced learning through various teaching tools, focused on skill acquisition, technical development, and practical performance application.  As the Level increases, the in-studio class-time lengthens and the expectations increase with more or lengthier materials, more ‘mature’ but still age-appropriate content, and more advanced learning tools requiring increasingly more at-home preparation time between classes.  The Level 3, 4 and 5 programs may also include more shows/performances/filming opportunities.
  • Each class and student is provided with a detailed Course Curriculum Outline at the beginning of the season outlining all performance or filming requirements and specific curriculum goals, learning tools and teaching strategies ~ a roadmap of where and how we’ll take the class through the season! We discuss specific goals with each student, at the start, at the mid-way point and at the end of the season so we always know what we’re working towards!  And each student receives a personalized Progress Report at the end of each season celebrating their amazing achievements and growth, setting intentions for their continued development, and recommending next steps, all based on the student’s own goals and interests for their training and development.
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