Guest post: Natasha Klein, Director of Education

Arts education opens up a world of possibilities for students. It inspires them to dream big, instills confidence, and connects them more deeply to the world around them. By contributing to our Matching Campaign, you can help us continue to expand our programs and help more students connect with the arts.

In a community as diverse as ours, the arts serve as an essential bridge across language and cultural differences. They become the shared link that shapes our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other.

Now more than ever, the Arts Club is focused on building and strengthening our core education programs. Over the summer, I have had the fortunate opportunity to connect with our program directors, students, program alumni, and community members about the impact of our programs. I came away with no doubt that they have had positive long lasting effects on our students. Just yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with a young girl who recently graduated from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Her experience through our programs helped her develop a greater sense of confidence, character, and creativity as an artist. She reiterated over and over again that the Arts Club helped solidify her dream of becoming an actor. Similarly, read this blog post by Musical Theatre Intensive alumnus Stewart Barkley, who recently played Enjolras in Les Misérables, to learn about the impact the program has had on his theatrical career.

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Musical Theatre Intensive, class of 2015. Photo by Mark Halliday

These are the stories I love to hear, and with our exciting move to the BMO Theatre Centre in just a few short weeks, we are looking forward to the opportunity to build upon programs like our LEAP Playwriting Intensive and our Musical Theatre Intensive. We will continue focus on providing meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in the arts, strengthening our relationships with youth organizations and school groups, and maintaining strong financial resources to support our education programs—both current and new.


2014/2015 LEAP Students

We are confident that our students will be the stars of tomorrow. I invite you to help us make that happen by making a gift through our Matching Campaign. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the Y.P. Heung Foundation, providing twice the number of opportunities for youth theatre education.

To support LEAP, donate to our Matching Campaign by August 31 and you’ll double your impact!

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Have you heard the people sing?

The cast of Les Misérables; photo by Ross den Otter

The cast of Les Misérables; photo by Ross den Otter

As we near the end of our run of Les Misérables, here is a look back at some of the wonderful reviews we’ve received from audience members:

“Wonderful, wonderful! What a cast they were amazing!”
—Judy, Delta

“I only have three words: outstanding, fabulous, captivating. If you have not seen this show, I have only have one question for you: ‘why not?’”
—Franz, Vancouver

“Excellent! The performance was amazing. I couldn’t imagine it being any better if it was on Broadway. The singing was breath-taking”
—Lori, Richmond

“Struggling to even find the words to express just how AMAZING last night’s show was! Where to begin? The sets were impeccably crafted and looked just stunning—especially the barricade! The singing was so beautiful and insanely powerful—I had actual chills when Kieran Martin Murphy (Jean Valjean) sang the final bars of ‘Soliloquy’. I knew this show would be amazing, but I had no idea how completely blown away I would feel. If you haven’t seen this yet, you need to stop whatever you are doing and go buy tickets!”
—Carly, Vancouver

Click here to read more audience buzz!

This is your last chance to see Les Misérables at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage—or see it again—as the show must close August 23! Tickets from $39 are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.

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Matching Campaign: deadline extended

We’ve extended our Matching Campaign deadline! Help us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by August 31 and your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by the Y.P. Heung Foundation.

Watch our interview with Avery Burrow to learn more about her experience in our LEAP Playwriting Intensive, and find out how LEAP nurtures a passion for theatre in young writers.

“LEAP has been a completely wonderful experience that has taught me so much about [this] craft… I don’t know how else I would have been given the opportunity”
—Avery Burrow

The LEAP program is offered at no cost to students to help keep theatre accessible to young playwrights. Donate to our Matching Campaign today and your contribution will go twice as far. Double your impact on the lives of emerging artists and help pave the way for the next generation of Canadian theatre!


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