Come polish your acting skills and put on a fun winter show!

Do your kids love theatre summer camp? Do they wish it lasted longer than just the summer? Or maybe they want to try acting for the first time? Well then, come on over to SIA to join us for our Act NOW! program. Inspired by our extremely successful summer camp and driven by a demand for more theatre-based programming throughout the year in Weston, Act NOW! is a program that:

  • Develops creativity
  • Strengthens communication skills
  • Hones acting skills in young children while remaining fun!

In this program, participants will meet twice a week starting October 25th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5:30pm to polish their acting skills and rehearse our ~*spooky*~ show Frankenstein – just in time for the holidays! They will then meet on the 16th of December for a Dress Rehearsal followed by 2 public showings on the 17th and 18th of December, respectively, at the Rockport Hall in the Artscape Weston Common. Each student enrolled in the programme will receive two tickets to a show as part of their enrolment to be shared with family/friends.

Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 5:30pm

Dress Rehearsal: Dec 16th (4pm – 9pm)

Performances: Dec 17th and 18th (6pm -9pm)

Cost: $600 per child for the full programme

Location: Artscape Weston Common – 34 John Street Toronto, ON, M9N 1J3.

Week 1

Read through script and “auditions” 

Week 2

Script analysis and staging

Week 3

Finding your voice and staging

Week 4

Exploring your body and staging 

Week 5

Rehearse scenes (first half)

Week 6

Rehearse scenes (second half)

Week 7

Full play run through

Week 8

Dress rehearsals and performances

We are also THRILLED to offer a small amount of Scholarship Opportunities for this program!

If you are interested in hearing more and/or applying for consideration – please contact us at OR (416) 703-4881

To register, visit our eventbrite!

Introducing your director!

Eli Ham

Eli is an actor, director, dramaturge and teaching artist currently based in Toronto. Directing credits: The Drawer Boy, Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad (Bruce County Playhouse), Shakespeare in Hospitals (Spur-of-the-Moment), This is How We Got Here (Continuum/Summerworks), Warriors (Live5), The Emotionalists (SummerWorks), Tough Case (Roseneath), The Sabbatical (Springworks), The Duelist (Demanding Satisfaction). Selected acting credits: Mary’s Wedding, Wilberforce Hotel, Stag and Doe (Blyth Festival), The Hobbit (The Grand Theatre), The Merchant of Venice, A Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) The Hours That Remain (Gwaandak/SNTC), Macbeth (Humber River Shakespeare), As I Lay Dying (Theatre SmithGilmour), Brave New World (Litmus/Theatre Passe Muraille) Look Back in Anger (FeverGraph). Film and TV includes: Condor, Shadowhunters, Hemlock Grove, Hannibal, Reign, Copper, Nikita, The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, Being Erica. Video games: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Watchdogs and Far Cry 5. He has been a teaching artist with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Education Department since 2006 and has been directing summer youth programs there since 2012. Over the last 18 years he has been fortunate to have taught/mentored/learned in high schools, colleges and universities throughout North America. Last year he was the Speech Prof for 1st and 2nd year students at George Brown Theatre School. Upcoming Film/TV: roles in the new TV Series Reacher (Paramount/Amazon) and the Sarah Polly Film Women Talking (MGM).

Registrations, Cancellations and Refunds:

Registration Process
Registrations can be completed online at Registrants will be prompted to provide the following information – client number, family number, course code and credit card information. To obtain the client and family numbers, please call Client Services at 416-396-7378 or call the Assembly Hall office directly at 416-338-7255.

The Assembly Hall is dedicated to providing timely, accessible and high quality services to our clients. Staff will take all reasonable measures to accommodate accessibility needs. Please contact the Assembly Hall office, if you have any special needs requirements.

Please note, the cultural facilities (like Assembly Hall) are excluded from Parks, Forestry and Recreation policies and procedures, including the Welcome Policy.

Cancellations and Refunds
Classes cancelled due to low enrollment by Assembly Hall will be refunded or credited back to the account. There are no refunds or account credits for missed classes on part of the student.

In the event that the Assembly Hall is required to cancel a class due to instructor illness or emergency, a make-up class will be provided. If a make-up class is provided, no refunds or account credits will be issued.

Classes cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled. Students will be contacted directly and are encouraged to call for information.

If a class falls on a Statutory Holiday, a make-up class will be provided. Please note, if a make-up class is provided, refunds or credits will not be provided.

All registration cancellations/withdrawals must be initiated in writing prior to the start of the workshop’s second class. No refunds or credits will be considered after this date. Withdrawals will be prorated based on the date of the withdrawal, not based on attendance in the program. A $12 administration fee will be deducted per person, per workshop for all refunds, withdrawals and credits.

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