This May, Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre program presents four fabulous productions performed by students for students.

For many young audience members, these performances are their first exposure to theatre. Young audiences have a unique opportunity to develop enthusiasm for the arts from an early age. They have the opportunity to be inspired.

“The look on their faces was incredible,” said a Pre-Professional theatre student about performing for other students. “They were so inspired to see a kid going up on stage and doing something that was out of this world.”

Shows can also reiterate in-class learning, introducing Shakespeare from the stage, World War II history from a child’s perspective, and classic fairytales with a creative eye.

Bring your class to a performance

When: Eight matinee performances May 11, 13, 17-20, 2016
Where: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St., Granville Island
Tickets: $5, with one adult ticket free for every 10 students
To purchase: Contact Susanne Moniz de Sá at theatretroupe@artsumbrella.com

Book tickets


Dangers of a Total War

Laboratory Theatre Troupe

At the end of World War II, a letter from King George was sent to every child of the United Kingdom accenting that the war had touched everyone, no matter where they were, and its affect was total. “Dangers of a Total War” is an original creation, by the Laboratory Theatre Troupe students, exploring World War II as experienced by children who evacuated England to Canada and the hardships that could not be escaped. Suitable for Grade 5 and up.

Show times: Wed May 11 @ 10:30 am and Thur May 19 @ 1:30 pm
Show length: approx. 50 mins including talkback


The Drowsy Chaperone

Musical Theatre Troupe

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Suitable for Grade 6 and up.

Show times: Tues May 17 @ 1 pm and Fri May 20 @ 1pm
Show length: 90-100 minutes


Julius Caesar

Senior Theatre Troupe

by William Shakespeare

The facts surrounding Julius Caesar’s assassination are a matter of historical record. The Arts Umbrella Senior Theatre Troupe turns history into drama in this modern day look at Shakespeare’s classic, “Julius Caesar”. Suitable for Grade 6 and up.

Show times: Fri May 13 @ 1:30 pm and Thur May 19 @ 10:30 am
Show length: 55-60 minutes (10 min talkbacks can be arranged by request)


Story Stew: A Fairy Tale Revue

Junior Theatre Troupe

by Stacey Lane

You know the old woman who lived in a shoe and had so many children she didn’t know what to do. But did you know that her children are Jack, Jill, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Hansel, Gretel, and that lamb-loving Mary? Familiar fables take on new twists in this energetic romp through the enchanted forest. Suitable for Grade K-7.

Show times: Fri May 13 @ 10:30 am and Wed May 18 @ 10:30 am
Show length: 45-55 mins (10 min talkbacks can be arranged by request)


This program is generously supported by:
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Date & Time: Location: Event Information:
Wed May 11
10:30 am
Dangers of a Total War at Waterfront Theatre
Fri May 13
10:30 am
Story Stew: A Fairy Tale Revue at Waterfront Theatre
Fri May 13
1:30 pm
Julius Caesar at Waterfront Theatre
Tues May 17
1:00 pm
The Drowsy Chaperone at Waterfront Theatre
Wed May 18
10:30 am
Story Stew: A Fairy Tale Revue at Waterfront Theatre
Thur May 19
10:30 am
Julius Caesar at Waterfront Theatre
Thur May 19
1:30 pm
Dangers of a Total War at Waterfront Theatre
Fri May 20
1:00 pm
The Drowsy Chaperone at Waterfront Theatre