Student Workshop Experience

The Arts Club is excited to announce a new initiative called the Student Workshop Experience.


Arts Club artists hamming it up with students from LEAP; one of the many Education programs we provide to youth in our community.


When school groups attend our productions, they are also offered the chance to take part in a more immersive educational program that will augment and inform their theatre-going experience. Students will gain a more thorough and insightful look at how the theatre works by experiencing behind-the-scenes tours of our facilities and workshops. Led by professional teaching artists that work with the school, groups examine the main themes and issues of the play they are attending. Our hope is that this experience will instill a life-long passion for the arts in today’s youth.

Here is what we offer:
• On-site workshops with professional teaching artists
• Classroom workshops with professional teaching artists
• Behind-the-scenes tours
• Matinees and evening performances

For more information about pricing and what might work best for your group of students, please visit our website or contact Education Coordinator Kevan Ellis at kellis@artsclub.com.

Check out this video to see what students have to say about the Student Workshop Experience!


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Vibrant Colours Come to Life in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Costumes

As we’re in the throes of tech week for Pride and Prejudice, costume designer Christine Reimer shares some behind-the-scenes photos of the fabric dyeing and costume fitting process.

Before I started designing costumes, I was a fabric dyer for many seasons at The Stratford Festival and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was employed for up to 8 months a year creating custom colours for fabric and trims for costumes. There is a beautiful new dye room in the BMO Theatre Centre and it’s been a wonderful opportunity creating the exact colours I’ve drawn on my costume sketches for Pride and Prejudice!

—Christine Reimer



Costume for Caroline Bingley getting a precise colour treatment in the BMO Theatre Centre dye room
















Amanda Lisman (Caroline Bingley) tests her costume’s colour with designer Christine Reimer


image4 A rainbow of ombre dresses for the Bennet sisters to wear to Netherfield Ball

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Musical Theatre Intensive: Alumni Success

When young people take part in the Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive they become part of our community and, whenever possible, we offer alumni opportunities to perform at special events and workshops.

The greatest thrill, however, is seeing our students move on to greater and greater successes. Alumni of our program are now studying at top theatre schools around the world, including Sheridan University, the National Theatre School, Studio 58, Grant MacEwan University, UBC, The Randolph Academy, AMDA, and LAMDA.

We are also seeing the emergence of our alumni on professional stages around the country. MTI graduates have graced the stages of the Chemainus Theatre Festival, Stage West Theatre (Calgary), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and of course the Arts Club.

In fact, this season four of our Junior alumni appeared in Arts Club productions: Jordyn Bennett (class of 2014), Avery Johnson (class of 2015), and Graham Verchere (class of 2015) were all in the company of A Christmas Story, The Musical, and Toby Verchere (class of 2015) performed in It’s a Wonderful Life. Additionally, MTI Program Director Peter Jorgensen is lucky to have former MTI student Courtney Shields as his assistant for the upcoming production of Rock of Ages.

Here are more of our fantastic alumni who have graced our stages:

  • Stuart Barclay played Enjolras in Les Misérables
  • Darren Burkett was in the ensembles of Mary Poppins, Hairspray, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, and Gypsy
  • Andrew Cohen played Judas in Godspell
  • Kayla Dunbar played Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q and was in the ensembles of Hairspray, and Gypsy
  • Cameron Dunster was in the ensemble of Spamalot
  • Allison Fligg was in the ensembles of White Christmas and Hairspray
  • Kaylee Harwood played Cosette in Les Misérables
  • Christine Quintana appeared in Saint Joan and She Stoops to Conquer

Applications are now open! Program dates and information on how to apply for MTI 2016 (Vancouver and Surrey) are now available on our website. For more information, please contact intensive@artsclub.com.

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