At Kaleidoscope’s Performing Arts Studio – students focus on developing technique with an emphasis on individual and small group work. Students are provided with both in-class and out-of-class opportunities to apply these acquired techniques as they develop performance and audition pieces. Our programs offer artistic training in acting, musicianship, and dance; providing students with a comprehensive youth arts education.
Kaleidoscope’s Studio programs train young artists in the arts, helping them to achieve proficiency in acting for stage and screen. Training in theatre boosts confidence, builds self-esteem, creates public speakers, breaks down barriers, and instills an appreciation for the arts.
Here are our programs for 2018-2019:
- Mini Adventures | Ages 2 to 5 yearsInstructor: Samantha CurrieAn adventure in imagination, with stories to captivate and stimulate, costumes to try on, and lots of moving, acting, and dramatic fun. Participants will encounter the world of theatre while developing confidence and exploring their imagination. Class Day: Saturday | Class Time: 10:15am-11:00am
- Dynamic Drama | 5 to 8 yearsInstructor: Mandy WiltshireDynamic Drama is a creative, nurturing, and exhilarating environment for young people. A fun and encouraging introduction to theatre and drama. Students will develop their imaginations and powers of self-expression through drama games, story theatre, role playing, and creative play.Â A great class for anyone who loves to make believe! Class Day: Saturday | Class Time: 10:00am-11:00am
- Musical Theatre Foundations | 5 to 8 yearsInstructor: Mandy WiltshireAn introduction to Musical Theatre. Students develop fundamental skills to effectively perform musical theatre songs in a fun filled group environment. Students will develop basic skills in acting, singing, and story telling through song. The foundations level assists students in overcoming fears related to performing for an audience. Class Day: Saturday | Class Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
- Acting Foundations | Ages 8 to 11 yearsInstructor: Samantha CurrieThrough life-study observation and improvisation techniques, students actualize natural human behaviour within rehearsed scenes. Techniques for demonstrating the â€œwho, what, when and whereâ€ in role preparation is developed. Class Day: Thursday | Class Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
- Intermediate Musical Theatre | Ages 9-12 yearsInstructor: Anna ShillStudents work with scene partners and explore various scenes featuring duets, trios and small groups. Making the author’s voice come alive in structure and characterization and transitioning from speaking to singing in a convincing manner is explored. A director / choreographer and musical director work with students to prepare a final project for a live audience. Class Day: Tuesday | Class Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm
- Intermediate Acting | Ages 9 to 12 yearsInstructor: Samantha CurrieAs students continue to apply acting techniques and expand performance skill sets, they begin to explore physically incorporating honesty, economy, specificity and spontaneity into performances from the classic and contemporary cannons. Students grow as performers and learn to take risks while maintaining simplicity and suitability in acting choices. Students also engage in sensory work, trust, improvisation and other methods of freeing the imagination. Class Day: Thursday | Class Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm
- Advanced Musical Theatre | 13 to 17 yearsInstructor: Anna ShillBuilds upon the framework set in Fundamentals and Intermediate Musical Theatre. Working with a director / choreographer, students create characters for an effective professional musical theatre performance within a musical ensemble. Students explore vocal choices through acting, singing harmony, movement, choreography and building a character. Repertoire is chosen from shows that are frequently produced, allowing the student to prepare for future ensemble auditions. Students prepare and perform material in correspondence with selected styles and time periods, while approaching performances with relevance to the modern audience. Class Day: Tuesday | Class Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
- Improv & Comedy | 10 to 14 yearsInstructor: Keeley TeuberDesigned to enhance range, imagination and physical choices, students master basic improvisational skills that focus on facing performance anxiety, developing creativity, listening on stage, learning to trust oneself and one’s partner and supporting other performers on stage. Class Day: Thursday | Class Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
- Acting for Camera | 10 to 14 yearsInstructor: Keeley TeuberStudents explore fundamental methods and techniques for acting in film, while receiving an introduction to vocabulary used in the industry. Through scene study and monologue work on and off camera, students also learn to hit a mark, work within a frame, play according to the size of a shot, understand continuity and match their own performance from one angle to another. Camera partner work, continuity when shooting out of sequence, timing and blocking for the camera are examined. Live tapings and playback of selected scenes and monologues are included. Class Day: Thursday | Class Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
- Teen Acting | 13-17 yearsInstructor: Keeley TeuberStudents explore and compare different styles of acting (including Ancient Greek, Shakespearean, and modern) that incorporate heightened language, physical elements and circumstances experienced in everyday life. A portion of this course will focus on preparation of text for auditions and performance and an emphasis on acting in small scenes and ensembles. Class Day: Thursday | Class Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm