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

Michael Khan

B. A., Theatre, U. of Guelph

Alicia Bisante

Dramatic Arts, Brock U.

Devon Doherty

B. F. A., Theatre Studies, De Paul U.

Christopher Tanaka-Mann

B. A., English & Contemporary Studies, Wilfrid Laurier U.; B. Ed. Intermediate / Secondary, OISE, U. of Toronto

Lindsay McMahon

Diploma, Theatre Arts, George Brown College

Kevin Wilson

B. A., English, Wilfrid Laurier U.; B. Ed., U. of Windsor

Lianne Wood

B. A., Psychology, U. of Waterloo; B. Ed., Nipissing U.

Paola Fraietta

Christianity & Culture / Philosophy, U. of Toronto

Shannyn Kelly

Diploma, Performance Theatre, Humber College

Shahi Cuffy

Steven Dylag

B. A., York U.; B. A., Journalism, Ryerson U.; B Ed., U. of Western Ontario

Christina Caravaggio

B. A., Mathematics for Education, York U.

Sophia Bengall

B. A., English & Theatre, U of British Columbia; B. Ed., U. of British Columbia

Sophie Chum

Theatre & Film Studies, McMaster U.

Alexandra Da Silva

Alexandra Matas