2021 Fall Classes
The pandemic has hit our drama class programs hard. Our capacity, along with our revenue, has been greatly reduced. We know you want safe options when it comes to classes this fall. We work with a vulnerable population, children, many of whom are not old enough to receive the vaccine. Their safety is our number one priority.
With the province introducing guidelines for theatre-goers that require vaccinations, and with the overwhelming majority of current COVID cases among the unvaccinated population in BC* (and elsewhere), our choice is clear.
Theatre SKAM has introduced a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring all our staff, employees, artists and contractors to be vaccinated. This policy includes our school activities. We expect most participants will be pleased to know their instructor is vaccinated against COVID-19. Any folks who happen to be in the building at the same time as a class is running in another space are also vaccinated.
This policy comes into effect on September 13, 2021. Classes begin September 16, 2021, and most only run five or six weeks (in order to accommodate our next show, which runs in November).
We hope everyone in your household who is eligible to be vaccinated is vaccinated. To be clear, if folks in your household who are eligible to be vaccinated are not vaccinated, please skip this term at SKAM school.
We ask all children to please wear a non-medical mask when they come to class. With the exception of the very young, most students will wear masks in class. Capacity in most classes is limited to 10. The maximum limit for our class admission will be 12.
We are going to have a ton of fun this term. We are also going to Play Safe.
If you have any concerns about this policy, please reach out to me. I can be reached at 250-386-7526.
What’s New for Fall 2021
We are offering a youth class for free:
– Shakesqueer (LGBTQIA2S+) for ages 14-18 and taught by Celia Taylor
Musical theatre for a wide range of age groups
A class for adults
A whole lot of new faces!
– check the bios of the teaching artists to see who’s teaching.
Fall Classes Location
SKAM Satellite Studio, 849 Fort Street
Teaching Artist Bios
Learn more about the artists leading our 2021 Fall Classes
Get registration support by contacting our School Administrator at email@example.com or calling the SKAM Hotline (250) 386-7526. Any inquires about classes should be sent to the classes teaching artist, emails are listed with the teacher bios here.
Classes for Ages 6-13
Musical Theatre (Ages 6-10)
While plays are fun – in musical theatre, when you have no more words to say, you sing, and when you can no longer stand still, you dance. Use your singing, dancing, and acting skills altogether! We will focus on storytelling through voice and movement/dance while learning selected scenes and musical numbers from Broadway shows to perform in the last class
Teaching Artist: Kendra Bidwell
September 16 – October 28
Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm
NOTES: holiday Sept 30, Truth and Reconciliation
Improv (Ages 9-13)
In this class, students will learn the basic skills of improvisational theatre through games and simple scene work. Skills include: how to give and receive ideas from their scene partner, the basics of character work, problem-solving, and learning how to tell simple stories while working together. Students will be challenged to listen to their scene partner(s) and provide strong offers. They will learn how to explore themes, tell enriched stories and create unique characters. This class can be taken a number of times. Students will perform a final improv showcase with lights and sound.
Teaching Artist: Celia Taylor
September 22 – October 27
Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Classes for Ages 19+
Rom-Coms (Adults 19 and up)
A class for hopeless romantics
Join us for a meeting of strangers where we will improvise, devise, and materialize a 15-20 minute rom-com play. What stories do you want to tell? How would you write the perfect love story? Will love triumph against all odds? Join us and find out.
Week 1 – Oct 7
– Basics: Learn scene work and rom-com structure
Week 2 – Oct 14
– Part 2: Structured Devising (Working Backwards)
Week 3 Oct 21
– 45 min to edit the script on projector
Week 4 – Oct 28
– In-Depth Rehearsal
Week 5 – Nov 4
– Night of Theatre (performance)
Teaching Artist: Justin Francis Lee and Ciaran Volke
October 7 – November 4
Thursdays 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Classes for Ages 12+
Collaborative Theatre (Ages 13-18)
Let’s put our writing, acting, and directing skills to the test! Students will develop their writing skills and self-expression through the process of creating and rehearsing their own play. This class involves improvisation, writing, and collaborative discussion with award-winning director Anna Marie Anderson!
Teaching Artist: Anna Marie Anderson
September 20 – November 1 (SIX CLASSES)
Mondays 7:15 – 8:45 pm
NOTES: no classes on Oct. 11, Thanksgiving
Musical Theatre (Ages 12+)
In this class, students will get the opportunity to work on some of their favorite musical theatre repertoires while learning tips and tricks along the way. Including, how to choose an audition song, what makes a captivating performance, and building the connection between acting and song. Each week will include a short musical theatre lesson and will then give the chance for students to get to workshop a song in front of the group in a safe and creative space.
Teaching Artist: Courtney Crawford
September 27 – November 8 (SIX CLASSES)
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 pm
NOTE: no classes on Oct. 11, Thanksgiving
Shakesqueer (LGBTQIA2S+) (Ages 14-18)
The theatre has always been about transgressing and exploding gender norms, and nobody does that better than William Shakespeare. In this class, students will engage with A Midsummer Night’s Dream through an LGBTQIA2S+ lens. What might a queer reimagining look like for the central love stories? How can we relate to themes of forbidden love, or unrequited passion, or transformation, and metamorphosis? And, hey, do fairies even have genders? We’ll work together to explore, reimagine, and reinterpret Midsummer, and along the way, we’ll learn some theatre history and discuss how our understanding of gender, on the stage and off it, has evolved over the centuries. We will stage a final performance at the end of the semester.
Teaching Artist: Celia Taylor
September 22 – October 27
Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Price: Free (Course value = $300). Donations accepted.
Register online with Credit Card. For all other payments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to register over the phone.
**Does a class say “waitlist only”? Just register like you normally would and you’ll be added to the waitlist automatically!