Kids Troupe

JOIN US ON STAGE!

Since 2003, hundreds of talented kids from across Ontario have had the experience of a lifetime, joining our shows on stage. Imagine working along side professional cast and crew in large productions, touring to some of the most beautiful theatres in Ontario and Quebec, entertaining and delighting thousands of school children with song, dance, humor and wonderful stories. This unique work/study program offers young performers an opportunity to participate in a large scale professional musical — and to make a difference in the lives of our grateful audience members. Many former Kids Troupe performers have gone on to major roles on stage and screen, but ALL performers make incredible memories that will last forever.

How to Audition

Education Arts Canada and its production partner, All Together Now Corporation, work with top dance schools and kids’ theatre troupes. All auditions and casting decisions for kids’ troupes are made exclusively by the local studios (list below).

Who Should Apply?

This opportunity is best suited to performers who are:

  • In grade 4-9
  • Strong dancers who have had previous dance experience
  • Energetic, hard working kids who love to sing, dance and perform
  • Able to miss up to 7 days of school throughout the year
  • Able to commit 100% to all rehearsals and performances without exceptions other than unanticipated illness
  • Serious performers who want to take it to the next level!

How does it work?

Interested young performers audition through their local performance groups (listed below). Successful candidates must commit to all rehearsals and performance dates. The local performance group charges a fee for lessons and rehearsals (the ‘study’ side of the work/study experience).

Once a member of the troupe, the young performer will attend classes with the other local performers in preparation for the tour. Again, attendance is mandatory. Unlike casual performance groups, every class will be teaching a critical part of what they need to know for the tour and cannot be missed.

Just before the tour, a dress rehearsal will be arranged with the main professional cast. This could be in your local troupe’s studio or at some other location including one of the theatres on the tour. After the dress rehearsal, there will be up to seven days of performances (not in a row), typically of 2-3 shows per day. Each show is approximately 55 minutes long.

Youth performers do not receive payment, but parents are offered a limited number of free tickets to performances. The production also provides all costumes (beyond the performer’s basic under-costume / dance blacks), a tour t-shirt and healthy snacks. Parents provide transportation to and from performances, but many arrange for car pools. Some local performance groups also help with transportation.

Where will we be performing?

We perform in beautiful theatres all over Ontario and in Montreal. Occasionally we perform in alternative venues like a local church that is also used for concerts, dance shows, etc. Generally, troupe members will be performing in the venues that are closest to their area of the province. In 2017, our PigMania tour included the following performance spaces and dates:

2017 PigMania Tour

 Markham Theatre, Markham              Feb 28-March 2
 City Playhouse, Vaughan               March 6-9
 PC Ho Theatre, Scarborough            March 21-22
 ShowPlace Theatre, Peterborough       March 23 & 24
 The Meeting House, Oakville           March 27
 Mattamy Theatre, Milton               March 28-29
 Academy Theatre, Lindsay              March 31 & April 21
 Sanderson Centre, Brantford           April 3-4
 Georgian College, Barrie              April 5-7
 Hart House Theatre, Toronto           April 13
 Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound              April 18
 Forest Brook Church, Ajax             April 19-20
 Capitol Theatre, Port Hope            April 24
 The Rose Theatre, Brampton            April 25
 Humanities Theatre, Waterloo          April 26-28
 Partridge Hall, St Catharines         May 1
 Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville    May 3
 Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga       May 4
 Newmarket Theatre, Newmarket          May 5
 Bronson Centre, Ottawa                May 9
 Oscar Peterson Theatre, Montreal      May 10-11
 Kingston Gospel Temple, Kingston      May 12
 Forest City Church, London            May 15
 Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend   May 16
 Temple Baptist Church, Sarnia         May 17
 Pentastar Playhouse, Windsor          May 18
 St Michael's College Theatre          May 19
 Capital Theatre, North Bay            May 29
 Orillia Opera House, Orillia          May 30
 Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville         May 31

 

Sign me up!

Interested? Please contact the performance group closest to you for information about auditions, etc (in alphabetical order of city).

BROCKVILLE

Boldt Dance Studio
555 California Ave., Unit 9A
Brockville, ON
613-246-1992
boldtstudio@hotmail.com
https://www.boldt.dance

CHATHAM

Pure Dance Academy
121 Heritage Rd.
Chatham, ON N7M 5W7
519-352-5000
info@pureacademy.ca
http://pureacademy.ca

HANOVER

      DancEnergy Studios
23 16th Ave.
Haover, ON N4N0A2
226-668-7585
dancenergystudios@gmail.com

      http://www.dancenergystudios.com/

KESWICK

Dance Express Art Academy
213 The Queensway South
Keswick, ON  L4P 2A7
905-535-ACT1
http://www.dance-express.org

MARKHAM and MOUNT ALBERT

Kicks Dance Studio
2 locations Markham and Mount Albert
905-294-2618
info@kicksdance.ca
http://www.kicksdance.ca

RICHMOND HILL

Ovation Arts
556 Edward Ave
Richmond Hill, ON  L4C9Y5
1-877-229-2787
Bonnie Craig – Academy Director
bonnie@ovationarts.ca
Chris Madsen – Business Director
chris@ovationarts.ca 
http://www.ovationarts.ca

THORNHILL

CharActors  Theatre Troupe
11, Glen Cameron Road, Unit #4
Thornhill, Ontario  L3T 4N3
905-886-9594
mail@charactors.ca
http://www.charactors.ca