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Exciting Changes for Summer 2016!

We are happy to announce some exciting changes to our summer camp program for this upcoming year.

In addition to our popular two-week performance program, we are now offering a one-week  camp experience at our expansion site. This new program will be more skill-specific, with campers having added control over what they would like to learn at camp (workshop style) and will culminate in a showcase on Friday evening. For years, parents have been asking how their children can attend Stage 2 Summer Camp for more than one session - and this is the answer!

The one-week program will rotate through two themes, so campers will now be able to attend camp for a total of four weeks out of the summer (two weeks at each site), learning new skills and material at each session.

Our Jitterbugs program is also getting a facelift and moving to full-day programming. This change will allow us to incorporate more play-based learning and create a more immersive experience for our littlest campers. 

Along with these changes, we have had to re-evaluate the cost and fee structure of our programming. We take pride in offering some of the region’s finest musical theatre instruction and credit that to the quality of instructors we have on staff. In the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to attract quality staff without raising our program rates. To ensure that we will be able to continue to provide the best possible programming, we have had to re-structure our programming costs moving forward. While we are sensitive to family budgeting constraints, we felt this a necessary step to create program costs which accurately reflect the quality of programming being provided.  

We thank you for your continued support of Theatre Ancaster and are looking forward to an excellent summer!

Krista Cranston

Director of Youth Programming
Theatre Ancaster

Jitterbugs Program (Ages 4-6) 

Campers may participate in one Jitterbugs session each summer

Jitterbugs has expanded to full day programming! Our youngest campers will now enjoy more creative, play-based experiences in music, dance, drama and visual arts. The highlight of the two-week session is the final performance and showing off their new skills on the “big stage”!

Final performances take place on the last Friday evening of each session.

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Program Location: The Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. E., Ancaster
Program Hours:  9:00am to 3:30pm
Program Cost: $495/two-week session

Jitterbugs Session 1 - July 4th to 15th 
Jitterbugs Session 2 - July 18th to 29th 
Jitterbugs Session 3 - August 1st to 12th

Stage 2 Performance Based Program (Ages 7-15) 

Campers may participate in one Performance Program session each summer, and in addition they may participate in two Skills Based sessions. 

Stage 2 campers are immersed in the world of theatre during this two-week, performance based session. Participating in vocal music, drama and dance classes daily, campers have fun learning new skills while focusing on putting on the final performance at the end of the session.

Final performances take place on the Saturday following the last day of each session.

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Program Location: The Old Firehall Arts Centre
Program Hours:  9:00am to 3:30pm
Program Cost:  $495/two-week session

Stage 2 Performance 1 - July 4th to 16th 
Stage 2 Performance 2 - July 18th to 30th 
Stage 2 Performance 3 - August 1st to 13th

Stage 2 Skill Based Program (Ages 7-15) 

Campers may participate in up to two Skill Based sessions (by choosing one week of each theme).

In this exciting new program, Stage 2 campers have the opportunity to craft their experience by selecting from a variety of theatre related workshops, in addition to participating in classes in vocal music, drama and dance. The focus of this program is on gaining new skills and trying new things - which campers will showcase to friends and family at the end of the session. This program rotates between two themes, meaning that campers can attend two sessions and have an entirely new experience each time! 

Final skill showcases take place on the Friday evening of each session. 

Program Location: Memorial School, 337 Wilson E., Ancaster
Program Hours:  9:00am to 3:30pm
Program Cost: $250/one-week session

Stage 2 Skills 1A - July 4th to 8th (Theme A)
Stage 2 Skills 1B - July 11th to 15th (Theme B)
Stage 2 Skills 2A - July 18th to 22nd (Theme A)
Stage 2 Skills 2B - July 25th to 29th (Theme B)
Stage 2 Skills 3A - August 1st to 5th (Theme A)
Stage 2 Skills 3B - August 8th to 12th (Theme B)

Stage 2 Campers can now join us for a total of four weeks this summer by participating in one Performance Based session, and two Skill Based sessions! 

Before and After Camp Child Care Available

We proudly offer a before and after camp child care service for the families that require an extended day. This program is staffed by our instructors who prepare fun, engaging and meaningful activities for the children that are enrolled. Activities include outdoor play, creative arts, theme days, trips to the park and many other activities to compliment the camp day! All of our before and after program staff are First Aid/CPR certified and have attained a Police Records Vulnerable Sector Check. 

Online registration for the child care program will open on April 1 at 7:00 am and will remain available until the programs commence.

Day care is available on a weekly basis as follows:

Mornings only: 7:30am to 9:00am - $60/week
Afternoons only:  3:30pm to 5:00pm - $60/week
Mornings and afternoons - $110/week 

For more information or inquires, please contact
Laura Bottrell, Youth Programming Administrator, at