Benefits of our Stage Right acting classes:

Fun and Friendly Environment

We work hard to make acting fun.

Learn Acting Skills

We have worked with hundreds of actors and we know what works and what doesn't. There are fundamentals to acting which we make sure each student knows in order to enhance their natural ability. These basics hold true in all situations - even professional productions. Each student specific talents which we work to develop. No two actors are the same, so we treat each student as an individual with her own special gift.

Develop Confidence and Self-esteem

When students are allowed to discover the special talent they possess; when these talents are devloped by learning fundamental acting skills for the beginner and more sophisticated skills for the more experienced; when they are allowed to constantly test their ability in front of a group of supportive peers and staff; where failure is not an impediment to success, but a stepping stone ‐ then the future becomes limitless.

Be Part of the Team

Theatre is a collaborative art. There are actors, directors, stage managers, costumers, musicians, painters, lighting people, sound people, ushers, publicity people, volunteers, big parts and little parts. With all these moving parts in a production, a theatrical show needs a good team to succeed. Because of that team work, social bonds are very strong in theatre. Life-long friendships are the norm. Everybody is stronger when working together for a common goal. An individual can climb a mountain, but it takes a team to move one.

Improved Chances to be in our Big Productions

One often overlooked benefit to taking theatre classes from our production company is the increased chance of being cast in productions.

When we are casting musicals or plays we look at young people and adults that have taken our classes as a resource for our productions. This is natural, because we know what our students are like. After all, we have already worked with them. If the student gets on with others, works hard and displays ability, then the chances of that student getting into a production with Bottle Tree is that much higher. Students and their families will also receive Bottle Tree's newsletter which has important theatre info, such as upcoming auditions and opportunities in film and theatre.

Our company is also a resource for other artists who are casting both locally and out of the area. It is easy to recommend people who we know to these companies who need actors for film, television, or theatre (and other things!). We have students get work at Factory Theatre in Toronto, with film companies who show their product on CBC, BBC, Bravo and other stations, and with local companies for both paid and unpaid work on and off stage.

Bottle Tree is not an Agency

But, we will offer free information about opportunities that are out there for the student. As the only acting company in town that produces big shows with children in them, we will always look first at our own students before going outside to look at other children. This is a big benefit of taking classes.

Students can get information about legitimate agencies from us.

We reserve the right to refuse students who have behaviour issues or who bully others.

Benefits of our Musical Theatre Classes

We choose well known broadway musicals for our musical theatre classes. Our young actors learn audition skills, improve their singing, dancing/movement and acting while learning the ropes of a full-scale production. This class runs on a production schedule, exactly as you may encounter in 'real life'. The course is intensive, with rehearsals/classes several nights per week, with the goal of performance in front of a paying audience in a professional venue with full lighting design, properties, costumes, and stage management.

This is an excellent course for gaining performance experience and resume credits. Every student who enrols in the class will perform on stage, and will be taught the skills to audition for the particular roles in the show. We do our best to balance the roles so that all performers are able to have the most stage time possible. When appropriate, we double-cast, so that actors can rotate through roles and experience both chorus and lead/supporting roles.

Please see our Events Calendar for the class schedule for Musical Theatre, and check the class page for more details about enrolment.



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