Our rehearsal studio and office is located at 45898 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack
Performance Class – 16+ years old ~ contact the office to audition
$1000 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 four to twenty hours of rehearsal per week. Performances as part of the Theatre BC Fraser Valley Zone Festival and the CSOPA Spring Festival in May. Students will receive individual Theatre BC Memberships as part of this course. This course deals with mature subject matter.
Mainstage Production – 12-19 years old By Audition Only for current students
Sept 2021–May 2022 by audition only, $1400 Auditions will be held June 11, 2021.
Each year CSOPA mounts a professional musical theatre production giving focus and real life training to our senior students age 12-19. Prerequisite to auditions, students must have taken a performance-based class 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 2020 CSOPA’s annual MainStage production ran for 11 public performances at the new Chilliwack Cultural Centre (a 575 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.