Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Program

Student Profile

  • Students entering grades 9–12
  • No previous theatre experience required and no auditions necessary. Some prior dance, acting or voice training is helpful but not required. The first 24 to sign up are automatically in the cast.

Learn to sing, dance and act in this exciting ‘triple threat’ credit course. Instruction is aimed at enhancing performance skills and learning about the development of a full-length musical. Students will be taken through the audition and casting process, assigned roles, and then focus on vocals, microphone use, character development, stage presence and movement. The final outcome is a series of showcase performances as part of the Victoria Fringe Festival.

A residential homestay option will be offered for students from outside of Victoria.

Students can earn 2 credits for Fine Arts 11.

Fringe Festival Performances

2018 Fringe Festival performances of Disaster! are held in the last week of August, with evening performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a matinee on Saturday afternoon. Location: Copeland Lecture Theatre, Richmond Road campus.

Program

  • 30 hours per week of instruction
  • British Columbia-certified teachers
  • acting classes and workshops
  • voice and choral work
  • movement and choreography
  • costume, scenery, props, and make-up
  • clinics offered by guest professionals from the field of Performing Arts.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 am News sharing / discuss concepts of production as a cast
9:30 am Physical and vocal warm-up / interactive theatre activities
10:00 am Staging and character work
11:00 am Music rehearsal
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Solo and ensemble singing
2:00 pm Dramatic scene work
3:00-3:30 pm Run scenes and songs together

Register Online

Tickets for the Fringe Festival shows will be available on the Victoria Fringe Festival website.

Instructors

Donna WilliamsDonna Williams is the Head of Music at St. Michaels University School where she teaches orchestral strings and vocal jazz and is a houseparent in the school’s international boarding community. She conducts the orchestra and music-directs many of the school musicals. Donna is a violinist/violist and a singer, often performing with local companies such as Theatre Inconnu and Langham Court. She also frequently music-directs at these two theatres as well as with the Victoria Operatic Society. Donna enjoys working with emerging performers and helping them hone their skills. Donna has music-directed the summer musical for the past 20 years, and is looking forward to Disaster!

Cam CulhamCam Culham teaches EAL (English as an Additional Language) at the University of Victoria, and specializes in the use of Drama and Music in this field. In addition to being a Drama Director with the SMUS summer programs, Cam is also an actor and a musician. He co-performs at many local family-oriented events alongside his cohort, Daisy the Mime Clown. As a board member with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Society, he regularly appears in a variety of onstage roles. Cam is very excited to revisit the 1970’s disaster genre with a young and vibrant cast. Taking the play to the Fringe is an added bonus!