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).
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.
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
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23 16th Ave.
Haover, ON N4N0A2
Dance Express Art Academy
213 The Queensway South
Keswick, ON L4P 2A7
556 Edward Ave
Richmond Hill, ON L4C9Y5
Bonnie Craig – Academy Director
Chris Madsen – Business Director