Junior Musical Theatre Program – 7-10 years old
Year One – Sept 2016-June 2017, $550 per year.
The Junior Musical Theatre Program Year One introduces children aged 7-8 to the world of music, theatre and dance. The year-long program will lay the foundation for basic music theory, singing technique, acting and dancing principles, as well as beginner stage management and script study practices. This program prepares students for further study in the performing arts, particularly Year Two and Three of the Junior Musical Theatre Program. Through individual and group participation, students will benefit from increased confidence, clarity of speech, thought and emotion, personal and social awareness, and the ability to problem-solve, think creatively and work cooperatively. Final classes in December and May will be open to parents, family and friends.
Year Two – Sept 2016-June 2017, $700 per year.
The Junior Musical Theatre Program Year Two builds on the foundation established in Year One, while furthering the 8-9 year old student’s knowledge of the world of acting and musical theatre. The year-long program is split into two terms, theory and production. The theory term lays the foundation for basic music theory, singing technique, acting and dancing principles, as well as beginner stage management and script study practices. The production term applies these skills to the rehearsal and performance of a one-act play. This program prepares students for further study in the performing arts, particularly Year Three of the Junior Musical Program and the Intermediate Musical Theatre Program. Through individual and group participation, students will benefit from increased confidence, clarity of speech, thought and emotion, personal and social awareness, and the ability to problem-solve and think creatively. Final class in December will be open to family to watch. The production will be presented as part of the Annual Spring Festival in June.
Year Three – Sept 2016-June 2017, $850 per year. Full
The Junior Musical Theatre Program Year Three for 9-10 years old, applies the skills learned in Year One and Two to a complete musical theatre production to be showcased at the Annual Spring Festival in June. Students will now combine all music, dance, and acting skills, along with stage management and script and character building skills into a one-act musical theatre production to include set, props and costumes. This program prepares students for further study in the performing arts, particularly the Intermediate and Mainstage Musical Theatre Programs.
Intermediate Acting – 10-15 years old
Sept 2016-June 2017, $1000 per year.
The Intermediate Acting Program is a performance-based class for students ages 10-15. It expands and develops on the knowledge from the teachings of the Junior Musical Theatre Program, while preparing students for future theatre study, such as CSOPA’s Mainstage Musical Theatre Program. The first part of the course will focus on performance technique in acting (intention, characterization, relationship, conflict), as well as physical preparation (posture, voice control, movement). Once a strong performance base has been established, students will then rehearse and prepare a one-act play to be performed at the annual CSOPA Spring Festival in June of each year.
Intermediate Musical Theatre – 10-15 years old
Sept 2016 –June 2017, Wednesdays from 3:45-7:00 p.m. $1050 per year.
Sept 2016 –June 2017, Wednesdays from 4:45-8:00 p.m. $1050 per year. FULL
The Intermediate Musical Theatre Program is a performance-based class for students aged 10-15. It expands and develops on the knowledge base from the teachings of the Junior Musical Theatre Program, while preparing students for future theatre study, such as CSOPA’s Mainstage Musical Theatre Program. The first part of the course will focus on performance technique in acting, singing and dance. Once a strong performance base has been established, students will then rehearse and prepare a small-scale musical theatre production to be performed at the annual CSOPA Spring Festival.
Performance Class – 16+ years old ~ contact the office to audition
$910 per year. By Audition Only.
This class is designed to meet the needs of those students with a keen interest in performance. Students will rehearse and perform a one-act play throughout the course of the term. Students will also be responsible for all design elements of the production including set, lights, costumes, props, as well as advertising and publicity. There will be two hours of rehearsal per week. Performances as part of the Theatre BC Fraser Valley Zone Festival in May and the CSOPA Spring Festival in June. Students will receive individual Theatre BC Memberships as part of this course.
Mainstage Production – 12-18 years old By Audition Only
Sept 2016 –June 2017 by audition only, $1250
Each year CSOPA mounts a professional musical theatre production giving focus and real life training to our senior students age 12-18. Auditions for roles in our January production of “Addams Family” have already taken place. (In order to audition for the next show, you must be a current student at CSOPA.)
Students learn all aspects of performing in a professional theatrical production on a professional stage. The actors prepare the acting, dance and vocals components of the show for five months with our professional artistic director, music director and choreographer. CSOPA also hires a professional designers for our set, lighting, sound and costumes.
The MainStage program promotes excellence in performance as well as teaches team work, confidence and a commitment to work ethics. Students in Grade 10 to 12 may apply to their high school for credits in performing arts.
Rehearsals for the Main Stage cast start in September. The students must commit to 12 – 20 hours per week in the fall to rehearsals. Students must be available Mondays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as most Sundays and holidays in November, December and January.
After a short break in February MainStage students can continue to work on their musical theatre skills during the spring term program open only to the MainStage cast. In this term students will work on skill building in all three areas: vocals, dance, acting. Students will prepare short pieces and plays for presentation at CSOPA Spring Festival in early June.
Our MainStage productions have a reputation of excellence in theatre. In 2011 CSOPA’s annual MainStage production ran for 13 public performances at the new Chilliwack Cultural Centre (a 580 seat theatre) and over 4700 people attended the performances. Over 50 community volunteers, parents and work experience students provide the work force to build the set, props, costumes and work the show as crew.
The program fees include all costumes, script, music and a show t-shirt. Students will need to purchase specific undergarments, their own basic stage makeup kit and dance slippers or dance shoes.