This highly regarded and popular program, now entering its 20th year, provides serious theatre students with an opportunity to train extensively. Students study movement, voice, improvisation and acting techniques and engage in self-evaluation, group discussion and collaboration. This course also provides the opportunity to study specific methodologies with guest instructors from Victoria’s professional theatre community. In the fall, students will focus on script-based analysis and performance and present a short play in the studio and at the fall showcase. In the spring, the program culminates with the students devising, writing and presenting their own work to the community in a professional theatre. From beginning to end, from development, to read through, to rehearsal, to memorization, and to the final performance with set, sound, lights and costumes, these students have the opportunity to learn what a professional does. They perform a public run of evening shows and matinees. These performances are non-negotiable and part of the commitment to the program. Collaboration and commitment to the ensemble is a crucial part of the learning as well as giving the students an amazing opportunity to develop overall performance skills. *There will be some volunteer help asked of parents for the large production in May (i.e.: help with selling tickets at the door, concession, help with set painting, sponsorship in programs, etc). We do our best to keep the time commitment down for these jobs but as theatre is a labour intensive art, some help is gratefully appreciated.