General Program

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General Program at the Robert M. Ledingham School of Theatre, Music & Film

From script writing, to technique, to performance, our sessional, General Program classes give young people an opportunity to discover the world of Theatre, Music & Film. Our programs help students develop imagination, build self-confidence, and learn to work as a team.

Supportive and knowledgeable instructors guide students through classes, following a unique curriculum that focuses on process and personal development. Class exercises and performances can help young artists feel more emotionally and physically comfortable with their artistic passions.

Learn more about our full range of Sessional Classes below, and visit our Important Dates page for details about registration.

Location Key
GI = Granville Island
SS = South Surrey

Theatre Programs

Acting: Theatre

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-19
GI SS
Students will explore a variety of age-appropriate acting tools and techniques such as the relationship between the physical body and character. Younger students develop imagination, creativity, self-confidence, and empathy in a fun and expressive way. As participants progress, they will apply their techniques to solo and group scripts, improvisations, and devised work. Teen artists will learn to sharpen their instincts to make strong and consistent choices.

Musical Theatre

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-19
GI SS
Sing, act, and dance—together! These classes are for the young people who sing in the shower, or in the car, or anywhere else. Students will use Broadway and pop repertoire to learn  the fundamentals of musical theatre performance. Dance skills, acting techniques, and speaking/singing skills come together as students develop 1-3 ensemble songs for an in-class performance at the end of each term. As participants progress, they will incorporate harmonies, complex dance steps, and advanced acting techniques to further develop their musical theatre artistry.
*12-19 class only available at GI location

Public Speaking

Ages 9-12
GI SS
Speaking in front of a crowd takes confidence. Communication takes skill. In this class, students will learn about diction, tempo, and stage presence by exploring famous monologues and a variety of theatre exercises. Through these exercises, participants will develop the tools needed to speak with clarity and motivation. Discover the power of your voice and learn to inspire your audience.

Sketch Comedy and Improv

Ages 9-12
GI SS
Improv teaches students valuable skills for life, such as problem solving, team building, and communication. This class is a group experience that allows students of all abilities to express themselves while also developing individual skills in creativity. Participants should be ready to play, explore, and share new ideas.

Stagecraft

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-19
GI
Learn the secrets of what goes on behind the scenes; how costumes, scenery, lighting and sound all work together with the actors to tell a story. Using age appropriate exercises, hands-on play and experimentation, students will develop their understanding of the relationship between materials, design principles, story, and collaboration. Older students will also learn some specific techniques in stagecraft using theatrical equipment and materials.


Music Programs

Singing: Group Voice

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-19
GI 
In small groups of up to four, students get specific coaching on the mechanics of great singing with a qualified voice teacher. Emphasis will be placed on anatomy, breath and release work, singing technique, and basic song interpretation. Students enrolled in intermediate classes require previous voice lessons experience.


Film Programs

Acting: Film

Ages 9-12
GI SS
Develop on-camera acting skills through exercises, readings, and improvisation. Young actors build confidence and self-awareness both on- and off-camera. Students also learn how to prepare as an actor and tackle creative projects like how to develop a dynamic character.

Acting: Stage & Screen

Ages 6-8, 9-12
GI SS
This class will explore the differences between how we share stories through stage and screen, both non-verbally and through text. Students will learn to experiment with emotional and physical character portrayals. Young actors will build their self-confidence, and self-awareness, both on- and off-camera through fun acting exercises, readings, and improvisation.

 

 


Writing Programs

Writing: Comedy

Ages 9-12, 12-19
GI
Find your funny! Students learn various types of comedy writing, including sketch and stand-up, and study different types of comedy, such as parody, satire, and caricature. Special attention is placed on how to establish premise and how to develop a unique voice in all forms. Participants have daily in-class writing activities and plenty of opportunity to share their work in a supportive environment.

Writing: Stage & Screen

Ages 9-12, 12-19
GI
Discover the world of scriptwriting and learn how to create your own work. Students will explore the difference between writing for theatre and film, with a focus on story and style. Participants will uncover how to open up their creativity through writing and play by crafting their own scenes or monologues to bring their ideas to life on the page.

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