Segal Centre Academy adds new after school classes for youth in West Island for 2018-19

NEW CLASSES ADDED TO THE SEGAL CENTRE’S 2018-2019 ACADEMY SEASON Performing Arts Education for Young Artists 8-17 years old

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Montreal, August 6th, 2018 – Registration is now open for the Segal Centre Academy’s 2018-2019 courses. As students head back to school, the Academy is proud to offer unique after-school programming for aspiring young artists ages 8 to 17. Due to growing demand, the Segal Centre Academy has added several exciting new classes, including two in the West Island. 

Whether your children have an interest in the arts or they simply enjoy participating in a fun and welcoming environment, the Segal Centre Academy is your perfect extracurricular destination. Located at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, the Academy offers a range of performing arts courses and workshops specializing in musical theatre, music, drama, and dance taught by an exceptional group of arts educators. The two new West Island courses will be held at the Hebrew Foundation School in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux with end of year performances at the Segal Centre. 

Courses run from October 2018 to May 2019 and culminate in a year-end presentation. Register now! Spaces fill up fast. 

See below for full list of programs and course dates: 


Segal Centre Academy (Photo by Liana Wiener)

Broadway Stars (Grades 2-8) 

Starting the week of October 22 and running until May 2019 

This program offers training in classic and contemporary Broadway musical theatre and culminates with an end of year showcase. In addition to the performing arts training, our goals are to help students develop many important life skills such as teamwork, empathy, positive self-esteem and improved confidence. 

  • Broadway Stars 1 (Grades 2 & 3) 
    $450/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions)
    Thursdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    New this year! Introductory course for first-time students only. This class is now full, but there’s still time to get on our waiting list.
  • Broadway Stars 2 (Grades 3 & 4) 
    $500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Mondays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    This intermediate Broadway Stars class is for returning students in grades 3 and 4, as well as new students in grade 4.
  • Broadway Stars 3 (Grade 3 & 4) 
    $500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    This intermediate Broadway Stars class is for returning students in grades 3 and 4, as well as new students in grade 4.
  • Broadway Stars 4 (Grade 5-7)
    $500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Intermediate course. This class is now full, but there’s still time to get on our waiting list.
  • Broadway Stars 5 (Grade 5-7)
    $500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Intermediate course.
  • Broadway Stars 6 (Grade 5-8) – Audition Required
    $500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Mondays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Advanced course. Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Segal Centre Academy’s “Into the Woods Jr.” (Photo by Liana Wiener)

Broadway and Beyond (Grades 7-11) – Audition Required 

Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Starting January 10, 2019
Pricing: $1200/session (1 session), $50 one time costume fee, plus tax for students 14+ 

For teens who want to expand their love of musical theatre, Broadway and Beyond is where the serious young actor comes to take their game to the highest level and learns what it takes to put on a professional level production. Previous shows include Into the Woods and Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical. Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences) 

Starting the week of October 22 and running until May 2019 

The YAYA course provides musical theatre training through theatre-based exercises and games from the perspective of Jewish heritage and Yiddish culture. The first session focuses on storytelling, building trust within the ensemble, tactic and objective work, and character development. The students are introduced to the Yiddish language through song. The second session will focus on the production as they work through the script, putting all the elements of the show together. Based on core Jewish values and inspired by the vision of Dora and Bryna Wasserman, the award-winning Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA) program forms the cornerstone of youth arts education at the Segal Centre. 

  • YAYA Kids (Grades 2-5)
    $350/session (2 sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    For new and returning students.
  • YAYA Teens (Grades 6-11)
    $350/session (2 sessions) + $50 one time costume fee
    Mondays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    For new and returning students.

Acting Out (Grades 4-8) 

Starting the week of October 22 and running until May 2019
$385/session (2 sessions) 

Through various hands-on techniques, including improvisation, open scenes, and scripted scene work, students will be challenged to transform the “self” beyond its pre-established boundaries. This course will feature guest workshops by local professionals. Topics may include musical theatre styles, mask, acting/auditioning for film, dance (various styles), voice work, clowning, and stage combat. 

Rising Stars (Grades 2 & 3) – West Island 

Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Starting the week of October 22 and running until June 2019
$500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee

Classes to take place at Hebrew Foundation School located at 2 Rue Hope, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 2K2

This beginner class will focus on two main elements for the first session: basic acting technique and self-awareness. These elements will be introduced through puppetry, movement and song along with improvisational games. In January, the session will pick up from where the class left off creatively, developing a story line that is a larger more complete version of the puppet story, using musical and story elements. A wide variety of exercises will be used to work towards the goal of a performance in June. The puppet element will be eliminated, as the performers will be able to step into the shoes of the characters themselves. The final performances will take place at the Segal Centre in Montreal. As with all other courses at the Segal Centre, our overall goals are to help students develop many important life skills such as teamwork, empathy, positive self-esteem and improved confidence. 

Shining Lights (Grades 4-6) – West Island 

Thursdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Starting the week of October 22 and running until June 2019
$500/session (2 sessions – students must attend both sessions) + $50 one time costume fee 

Classes to take place at Hebrew Foundation School located at 2 Rue Hope, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 2K2 

In this new intermediate class, students will explore characterization, movement, body language, and voice projection. Students will learn how to approach text and perform confidently for an audience. The course will have a strong focus on musical theatre. Students will develop interpersonal skills and problem solving capabilities through group interaction and artistic collaboration. The program will culminate in an end of year performance that will take place at the Segal Centre. 

In addition to its regular after-school programming, the Segal Centre Academy also offers a variety of camps. There will be two ped-day camps on Monday, October 22, 2018 and Friday, November 9, 2018, and the popular Spring Break, Passover, and summer camps will also be returning. Please visit our website for more information on this additional programming. 



About the Segal Centre Academy 

The Segal Centre Academy is a professionally staffed educational facility at the Segal Centre that offers performing arts courses and workshops for children and young adults. The Academy nurtures creativity, collaboration and talent in drama, musical theatre, music, and dance. It is a place where arts educators inspire our youth to become the artists and audiences of the future. Whether our students choose a career in the arts or simply enjoy participating, they gain knowledge, inspiration, skills, and a love for the arts that will last a lifetime. https://segalcentre.org/en/segal-academy-

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts 

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal Centre and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org 


For additional information and to register, contact:

Liana Wiener
Director of Academy
lwiener@segalcentre.org
Tel. 514.739.2301, ext. 8331

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