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Have a kid with the theatre bug?

Have you got a kid that's interested in the performing arts? Sudbury Theatre Centre's newly-launched STC Academy might just be the thing to let them get their feet wet.
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Auditions for Sudbury Theatre Centre's Young(ish) Company production of “There's a Mouse in My House” take place Feb. 15. File photo.
Have you got a kid that's interested in the performing arts? Sudbury Theatre Centre's newly-launched STC Academy might just be the thing to let them get their feet wet.

Designed for all ages and aspirations, the STC Academy now introduces participants as young as five years old through adulthood to the experience of theatre and performance in a supportive, social, and professional environment.

New this season, the STC Academy has expanded to children aged five to seven with the introduction of Playtime Theatre, a 10-week program that lays the groundwork for budding performers in a playful exploration of creativity and fun.

Classes run Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 9. and cost $75 for STC subscribers or $90 for non-subscribers.

The company’s popular youth drama and vocal classes for ages eight through 17 have also returned with an improved schedule that makes it easier for youth to participate in both the drama and vocal classes.

All youth classes run for 10 consecutive Saturdays.

Beginning Jan. 9, Discovery Drama for ages eight to 11 runs from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by Discovery Vocal from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Development Vocal for ages 12 to 17 runs from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by Development Drama from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each course is $100 for STC subscribers or $120 for non-subscribers.

A hallmark of its mandate, the STC Academy provides a number of training and engagement opportunities for artists 18 and over as well. January will feature an Intro to Playwriting workshop with STC playwright-in-residence, Matthew Heiti, on the 24th, and Ensemble Acting with artistic executive director, Caleb Marshall, on the 31st.

Both workshops will be interactive and designed to meet the needs and interests of adults of all ages and aspirations. Each workshop is offered for $40 or $30 for each additional workshop taken.

Beyond courses and workshops, the popular Students on Stage (SOS) program has been expanded into two divisions this season: SOS Jr. for ages 10 and up and SOS Sr. for ages 14 to 17.

The program is designed for high school students who are ready for a more intensive and advanced theatre learning experience. Auditions for SOS Sr. will be held January 10 by appointment. Phone 705-674-8381 to book an audition time.

Meanwhile, the SOS Jr. production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will run Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

STC’s March Break Theatre Camp also returns this season for ages 8 to 12 from the 14th to 18th. Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., registration is $175 for the week.

For more information or to register for STC Academy programs, visit sudburytheatre.ca/education or phone 705-674-8381.


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