Who are we
The Whitby Courthouse Theatre Youth Group is an educational program that introduces young people between the ages of 11 and 18 to the world of musical theatre. The program runs every year between September and June. All applicants must audition each year they wish to be considered to be accepted into this limited space program. Auditions are usually held in September, the specific date posted on the website in the summer preceeding the season.
Throughout the year program memebrs have the opportunity to learn about the theatre, music, movement, technical and more through participating in workshops.
They also learn
Acting – working with a director, they cover topics such as line delivery, pacing, improvisation, auditioning skills, voice projection, staging, etc.
Music – working with a musical director, they cover topics such as singing, theory, notation, time signatures, breath, rhythm, tone, etc.
Movement – working with a choreographer, they cover topics such as how to move on stage, dance steps, floor patterns, etc.
Behind The Scenes – working with the artistic and production teams, members learn about hair, make-up, stage management, set design and construction, costuming, lighting, sound, production, etc.
Theatre Etiquette – the overall experience, including working front of house, wrangling and assisting with stage management provides youth with a unique opportunity to fuel a lifelong love of the arts.
Life Skills – involvement in theatre creates and builds significant life skills such as public speaking, presentation, responsibility, team-work, commitment and most significantly confidence.
About the group
Classes run Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm from September to June. Commitment extends to Monday and Wednesday evenings in March and Sunday afternoons are added in May. All members must be able to commit to regular attendance.
The program culminates with a musical production that runs the first two weeks in June of each year.
The group is open to youth ages 11 - 18 (both by December of that year).
Cost of the program is $200* (which includes a single Whitby Courthouse Theatre adult membership, together with one youth membership).
The Whitby Courthouse Theatre does not tolerate any bullying of any kind.
Parents are required to assist throughout the year with snacks on a rotating basis as well as other volunteer duties related to the production.