Spotlight performers have many opportunities to advance and explore their study while attending various classes during the season or over many seasons.
Beginner/Intermediate students will learn the basics of theatre, stage directions, gain confidence for interview and audition suitable for their age group.
Experienced Intermediate and Advanced students will learn to write resumes, prepare and dress for auditions as well as proper techniques for auditions in Musical Theatre And Drama.
Musical Theatre- Musical Theatre classes incorporate acting, vocal singing and choreography. In class work include improving character portrayal, diction, singing, movement and choreography . Performers will learn to emote appropriately for various songs, themes and characters. Theatre games and improvisation are part of class to encourage spontaneity and creativity. Students will learn audition skills while preparing for show casting and placed in the areas that they can best contribute to the production and their overall learning.
Drama/Comedy/Improv Classes:All acting-No singing or Dancing . Classes focuses on developing acting skills such as; character study and creation, physical theatre, improvisation, use of voice and diction and stage combat and audition techniques through theatre warm up and games.
Students interested in competing in the Peel Drama Festival in solo, duet, group divisions are encouraged to do so in the categories; Poetry, Public Speaking, Drama and improvisation.
Improvisation gives the actor the opportunity to build theatre games and character repertoire, learn comic timing and physical theatre. It teaches the actor to learn to create characters and ideas instantly. All acting techniques enhance scenes and storytelling, and public speaking..
Play Writing- Using team-building exercises are used to teach the art of storytelling, creating characters, creative writing and playwriting. Students will learn to write a play that is theatrical and 'produce-able'. They will learn the elements of structure, plot, dialogue, setting, theme, scene development, and format.
Broadway Babies : A fun class for preschoolers to sing, mime and move to favorite and appropriate songs. Fun creative activities such as puppets and crafts are planned for each class. A great opportunity to develop listening skills, interact with other children and role play.
Broadway Kids: A 10 week class for 5 to 8 year olds with a collection of songs and scenes for and about children. A fun introduction to musical theatre
TV Acting Workshop- A professional television actress teaches students TV/Film techniques while working with current commercial and movie audition material. Students are given direction in delivering lines, creating credible characters using dialogue and movement. Students will learn about talent agents in the film industry, audition procedure.
Competition-For Students who enjoy the challenge of preparing performance material and receiving adjudication from Professional judges and teachers. Spotlight Participates in Drama and Musical Theatre Competitions. Locations for past festivals have included Newmarket, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Michigan, Pensylvania (USA). Students may choose to compete locally while taking on the performance challenge or the opportunity to travel to U.S. Competitions. Entry Fees vary for solo, duet, small group and large group depending on the festival. Information regarding fees and dates are distributed in class and newsletters in November/December. Entry deadlines are very strict and Competition organizers do not refund fees. Competition times are distributed approximately 2-3 weeks prior to event. Competitions are held between February and April.