Are you the parent of a future thespian? Do you want to get your kids off their screens and into something that uses their mind and body? Here are three kid-focused theatre schools and some productions they are putting on that you should know about.
Kids Theatre School – Vancouver
If you live in Vancouver, you should know about Carousel Theatre on Granville Island. This fabulous little theatre company is focused on bringing the best in theatre for young audiences and their entourages. With classes and camps available for those from 3 to 17, they’ve got everything covered from teen improv to guided story telling and dress up for the wee ones! What a great way to blow off some steam and get inducted into the world of acting!
Every year Theatre Carousel gathers a couple of Vancouver lawyers and puts them on stage to prove that Law and Acting are very similar. The Lawyer Show is a fundraiser for Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre, this years production is based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Don’t miss the stage adaptation that centres on two successful con men with very different styles who live in the French Riviera. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs April 29 thru May 2, 2015 at Theatre Carousel on Granville Island.
Kids Theatre School – Calgary
If you call Calgary home you probably already know about Calgary Young Peoples Theatre or CYPT. Dedicated to advancing kids into theatre, CYPT offers productions at three different locations throughout Calgary. On their website you will find information on upcoming plays, auditions, classes and summer camps. If you know a mini Calgarian that would love to be involved they are holding auditions on May 9 and 13th for the Summer 2015 production!
Kids Theatre School – Toronto
One of the largest young people’s theatre schools and production houses in Canada, Young People’s Theatre or YPT calls Toronto home. With a firm belief that not all learning takes place in the classroom, YPT strives to develop critical thinking, creativity and confidence for young people through their drama classes and stage productions. Offering everything from school break drama camps to personal coaching and writing workshops this top notch organization strives to bring the arts to everyone who seeks it.
Upcoming production ‘Tagged’ is aimed at audiences from Grades 7 to 12 and deals with a party photo gone viral via social media and it’s implications for the kids involved. Playing April 21- May 08, don’t miss this performance that acts as a commentary on today’s real issues facing our teen population.