Fifteen talented local actors (aged 10 to 17) are bringing the Bard to life with a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare in Driftwood Theatre School’s (DTS) upcoming All the World’s a Stage.

“Our young actors have accomplished the impossible,” raves instructor/director Ingrid Bilton. “They have not only mastered a new language, they have learned to speak ‘trippingly on the tongue’ – a lost art, to be sure. I am so impressed by the courage and tenacity of our students in tackling these iconic roles from Shakespeare’s greatest plays. I am truly amazed at the outstanding quality of their work.”

The sumptuous sets (built Doug Ives and painted by Mudito and Bodhi Drope), along with costumes from Carol Thompson and the Driftwood Players’ Costume Shoppe, make this production a feast for the eyes.

But stage manager Sandi McGinnis notes it is the young actors who really make the production sparkle. “We thought we hit the pinnacle with last years Alice in Wonderland, but our current production of All the World’s a Stage has raised the bar for theatrical and ensemble work.”

The general public are invited to the two public performances Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult and $8 youth) are available at the Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle ’n bloom, and at the door. For info go to www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts.htm.

DTS will take All the World’s a Stage on the road in May, offering free performances at schools across the Sunshine Coast. The tour is made possible with the financial support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, who are helping to bring the magic of live theatre to local youth.

– Submitted by JoAnne Bennison

- See more at: http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/nothing-stuffy-about-this-shakespeare-1.2231778#sthash.fLMCcidz.dpuf
Fifteen talented local actors (aged 10 to 17) are bringing the Bard to life with a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare in Driftwood Theatre School’s (DTS) upcoming All the World’s a Stage.

“Our young actors have accomplished the impossible,” raves instructor/director Ingrid Bilton. “They have not only mastered a new language, they have learned to speak ‘trippingly on the tongue’ – a lost art, to be sure. I am so impressed by the courage and tenacity of our students in tackling these iconic roles from Shakespeare’s greatest plays. I am truly amazed at the outstanding quality of their work.”

The sumptuous sets (built Doug Ives and painted by Mudito and Bodhi Drope), along with costumes from Carol Thompson and the Driftwood Players’ Costume Shoppe, make this production a feast for the eyes.

But stage manager Sandi McGinnis notes it is the young actors who really make the production sparkle. “We thought we hit the pinnacle with last years Alice in Wonderland, but our current production of All the World’s a Stage has raised the bar for theatrical and ensemble work.”

The general public are invited to the two public performances Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult and $8 youth) are available at the Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle ’n bloom, and at the door. For info go to www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts.htm.

DTS will take All the World’s a Stage on the road in May, offering free performances at schools across the Sunshine Coast. The tour is made possible with the financial support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, who are helping to bring the magic of live theatre to local youth.

– Submitted by JoAnne Bennison

- See more at: http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/nothing-stuffy-about-this-shakespeare-1.2231778#sthash.fLMCcidz.dpuf
Fifteen talented local actors (aged 10 to 17) are bringing the Bard to life with a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare in Driftwood Theatre School’s (DTS) upcoming All the World’s a Stage.

“Our young actors have accomplished the impossible,” raves instructor/director Ingrid Bilton. “They have not only mastered a new language, they have learned to speak ‘trippingly on the tongue’ – a lost art, to be sure. I am so impressed by the courage and tenacity of our students in tackling these iconic roles from Shakespeare’s greatest plays. I am truly amazed at the outstanding quality of their work.”

The sumptuous sets (built Doug Ives and painted by Mudito and Bodhi Drope), along with costumes from Carol Thompson and the Driftwood Players’ Costume Shoppe, make this production a feast for the eyes.

But stage manager Sandi McGinnis notes it is the young actors who really make the production sparkle. “We thought we hit the pinnacle with last years Alice in Wonderland, but our current production of All the World’s a Stage has raised the bar for theatrical and ensemble work.”

The general public are invited to the two public performances Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult and $8 youth) are available at the Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle ’n bloom, and at the door. For info go to www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts.htm.

DTS will take All the World’s a Stage on the road in May, offering free performances at schools across the Sunshine Coast. The tour is made possible with the financial support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, who are helping to bring the magic of live theatre to local youth.

– Submitted by JoAnne Bennison

- See more at: http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/nothing-stuffy-about-this-shakespeare-1.2231778#sthash.fLMCcidz.dpuf
Fifteen talented local actors (aged 10 to 17) are bringing the Bard to life with a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare in Driftwood Theatre School’s (DTS) upcoming All the World’s a Stage.

“Our young actors have accomplished the impossible,” raves instructor/director Ingrid Bilton. “They have not only mastered a new language, they have learned to speak ‘trippingly on the tongue’ – a lost art, to be sure. I am so impressed by the courage and tenacity of our students in tackling these iconic roles from Shakespeare’s greatest plays. I am truly amazed at the outstanding quality of their work.”

The sumptuous sets (built Doug Ives and painted by Mudito and Bodhi Drope), along with costumes from Carol Thompson and the Driftwood Players’ Costume Shoppe, make this production a feast for the eyes.

But stage manager Sandi McGinnis notes it is the young actors who really make the production sparkle. “We thought we hit the pinnacle with last years Alice in Wonderland, but our current production of All the World’s a Stage has raised the bar for theatrical and ensemble work.”

The general public are invited to the two public performances Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult and $8 youth) are available at the Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle ’n bloom, and at the door. For info go to www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts.htm.

DTS will take All the World’s a Stage on the road in May, offering free performances at schools across the Sunshine Coast. The tour is made possible with the financial support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, who are helping to bring the magic of live theatre to local youth.

– Submitted by JoAnne Bennison

- See more at: http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/nothing-stuffy-about-this-shakespeare-1.2231778#sthash.fLMCcidz.dpuf

Driftwood Players and DTS are back in action!


After months of eager anticipation and planning, Driftwood Theatre School is thrilled to announce it will be teaming up with parent company Driftwood Players to mount Lois Lowry’s magical and poignant play, Gossamer, adapted from her wildly successful novel for young readers.

This lyrical and startlingly beautiful adaptation explores the power of dreams and the appealingly quirky characters that create them. An eager young Dreamgiver known simply as Littest One struggles to heal the hearts of an abused young boy, his grieving caregiver, and his estranged mother before their haunting memories become more than they can bear. Director Ingrid Bilton is excited for the opportunity to bring this brilliant play to life: “Gossamer takes audiences into an imaginary world filled with depth, color, and charm. It promises to evoke smiles, a few tears, and to inspire us to think about bravery, confidence, family, and love.”

Gossamer offers eighteen challenging adult and youth roles. All current and former DTS students are encouraged to attend auditions along with any adult actors in the S.C. community who would love to be a part of this unique project. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 4 - 8 p.m. at St. Bart’s Hall in Gibsons. Role descriptions along with audition scenes may be found on both the Driftwood Players and DTS websites.

Performances will take place in November, 2022, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. To book an appointment for an audition, please contact Sandi McGinnis at (registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com) , or if you have questions about the play,
please contact Ingrid Bilton at (ingridbilton@gmail.com) or call (604) 886-2770.

 

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE SCHOOL 2022 - Winter/Spring Session

Online Registration for all classes/audition appointments

“GOSSAMER” Youth Performance Troupe
Instructor: Ingrid Bilton
Entry by audition only
Ages 8 - 18
Tuesdays 4p - 6p, Winter/Spring Semester
Starts January 18th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $250*

Back by popular demand, the DTS Performance Troupe is once again poised to present a timeless classic: Gossamer, by Lois Lowry. DTS students will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 10 youth roles in this magical and poignant play. Our youth troupe will work together for the first three months, honing their characterization skills and studying the issues at work in the play. Toward the end of March, students will join with the adult cast members of our play in twice weekly rehearsals. After a two month summer hiatus, rehearsals will reconvene in September. The efforts of our talented multi-generational cast will culminate in a series of performances at the Heritage Playhouse in November, 2022.

Please click here for more information on Auditions for Gossamer

 

Master Class in the Transformative Power
of Michael Chekhov Technique
Instructor: Sally Williams
Recommended Ages: Adult Workshop
Sat. February 5th 10a - 4p
and Sun. February 6th 11a - 4p
(1/2 hour lunch break)
441 Marine Dr., Gibsons
Class Fee: TBA*

As performers “we are sculptors of energy under imaginary circumstances” If we seek to unravel the creative mysteries, where does a person begin? A century ago theatre directors in Russia and Eastern Europe were questioning everything. Forces in theatre such as Stanislavsky, Vakhtangov, Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov and Richard Boleslavsky were among those who sought an objective artistic process.

It was while studying with Basya Hunter that I made direct contact with this stream of inquiry and training. At nineteen years of age Basya had been personal assistant to Richard Boleslavsky and Maria Ouspenskaya as they founded The American Laboratory Theatre in NYC.. Decades later, Basya was developing new conventions in theatre. She was sought after by theatre instructors and actors in Ontario who had become disenchanted with with their earlier training.

I’m inviting you to join together for a week-end of artistic inquiry. We will use a workshop format because ‘to act is to do’ through the senses and through the body. Michael Chekhov admonished his students to understand that we contain riches and abilities that remain buried deep within ourselves. So deep that we do not know about them. Like Chekhov, Basya worked with the unconscious and while you could say that both artistic inquiries come from the same source, the two approaches are distinct. I look forward to taking a week-end journey with you. Sally * Please note that this workshop has only a few spaces left.

We are limiting the number to 10 participants.

The Magic of Theatre
Instructor: Gabriel Ryan
Recommended Ages: 10+ as per Instructor
Fourteen Sundays 10:30a - 12p
Starts TBA
Frank West Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $200*

Jump back into the magic of theatre! Gabriel Ryan's 14-week theatre class promises fun, connection and growth; with activities such as creative improvisation games, concentration games, story building games, script work, tips on how to tell a dynamic story and play dynamic characters, getting to know the people around you, learning how to be a part of an ensemble cast, working as a well-oiled machine while creating the magic of theatre!

The FUNdamentals of Drama
Instructor: Gabriel Ryan
Recommended Ages: 7-10 as per Instructor
10 Week Class
Starts Jan/Feb TBA
Gibsons
Class Fee: $200*

This action-packed course for beginner Drama students is the ultimate initiation into the world of live theatre! Students will enjoy a wide variety of acting games and exercises in creative movement, mime, improvisation, characterization, and scene work. To ask questions and/or receive a printable registration form for the above classes, please write to Sandi McGinnis at registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com. Classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basis (with the exception of those that audition for Youth Performance Troupe). Please be prepared to make payment arrangements at registration.


 * All classes require the tuition fee and a $35 annual administration fee.

 

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE SCHOOL 2021 - Fall Session
IN-Person Registration date for all classes:
Sat., September 4th at St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons 10a - 1p
 

“GOSSAMER” Youth Performance Troupe
Instructor: Ingrid Bilton
Entry by audition only
All ages welcome with at least one DTS course completed
Fourteen Tuesdays 4p - 6p
Starts September 14th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $250*


Back by popular demand, the DTS Performance Troupe is once again poised to present a timeless classic: Gossamer, by Lois Lowry. Experienced DTS students will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 13 youth roles in this magical and poignant play. Our youth troupe will work together throughout the first semester honing their characterization skills and studying the issues at work in the play. In Term 2, students will join with the four adult cast members of our play in twice weekly rehearsals. The efforts of our talented multi-generational cast will culminate in a
series of performances at the Heritage Playhouse in early May.


IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Various Ages - as per Instructor
Fourteen Wednesdays 4p - 6p
Starts September 15th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $250*


Theatre improvisation is the practise of thinking in the moment to join with your partner(s) to create a story. Through the practice of theatre games and the observation of life -human, animal and plant- we build the core of Improv. You must leave your ‘self’ behind to allow the ‘character’ to be born. That with trust in yourself and your partner to function as a working team to take you to the unknown. Then go with that unknown to discover where it takes you. That is IMPROV- Theatre In The Moment.


The Body and Spontaneity
Instructor: Sally Williams
Recommended Ages: 12+ as per Instructor
Fourteen Tuesdays 4:00p - 6:00p
Starts September 14th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $250*


Are you aware that your body is brimming with energy centres? We are multifaceted creatures beyond what we perceive in our ‘regular’ lives. As creators we are called to discover our unique way in the world. This is a process
sometimes called psycho-physical theatre. This artistic body-based approach to performance will engage the elements of fire, earth, air and water… A transformative experience.


The Magic of Theatre
Instructor: Gabriel Ryan
Recommended Ages: 10+ as per Instructor
Fourteen Sundays Time 10:30a - 12p
Starts September 12th
Frank West Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $200*


Jump back into the magic of theatre! Gabriel Ryan's 14-week theatre class promises fun, connection and growth; with activities such as creative improvisation games, concentration games, story building games, script work,
tips on how to tell a dynamic story and play dynamic characters, getting to know the people around you, learning how to be a part of an ensemble cast, working as a well-oiled machine while creating the magic of theatre!


Theatre Magic: The Beginning
Instructor: Gabriel Ryan
Recommended Ages: 6 - 9
Fourteen Sundays Time 9a - 10a
Starts September 12th
Frank West Hall, Gibsons
Class Fee: $180*


In this class for young children we will explore the magic of theatre make believe. By playing games, using rhythms, ways to move, ways to make sounds, and making up stories we will create creatures, people, aliens, and…
This class is about delving into and expanding our imaginations!!!
 

To ask questions and/or receive a printable registration form for the above classes, please write to Sandi McGinnis at registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com. Classes will be filled on registration day on a first come, first serve basis (with the exception of those that audition for Youth Performance Troupe). Please come prepared to make payment
arrangements at registration.

* Class fee does not include a $35 annual Administration Fee. 2021 14-week Classes held at
a much reduced rate thanks, in great part, to the BC Arts Council.

 

INSTRUCTORS 2021-2022

INGRID BILTON
Upon graduation from the University of Winnipeg Theatre Arts Program, Ingrid received her teaching degree at the University of Alberta. In Edmonton Ingrid enjoyed a long career teaching Drama and English in the public school system to students with a wide variety of ages and ability levels. More than anything, Ingrid believes in the transformative power of drama education in the life of a child. “What subject,” she reflects, “is better suited to explore the human condition, to promote compassion, and to foster mental discipline.” Ingrid is delighted to remain in touch with dozens of former students, many of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves in theatre and film careers.

Since arriving on the coast in 2007, Ingrid has been actively involved with the Driftwood Players as actor, director, stage manager and assistant producer. She is a co-founder and instructor with DTS, and has directed many of our productions, including “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “All the World’s a Stage”, “The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel”, and “Mother Goose is Eaten By Werewolves”.

SANDI MCGINNIS
After studying 3 years with the renowned instructors from the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, Sandi graduated her double major in English and Theatre Arts Intensive with Honors and a Theatre Award. Since her return to Canada in 1976 she has worked in the professional Vancouver Theatre scene off and on over the years. For more than 30 years her major projects have been focused in our local Theatre Community. She has collaborated with various groups and individuals on a variety of theatre, dance and music adventures. In 1983 she became a Director on the Board of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and in 1989 she co-produced a 10 day Arts Festival. She continued producing travelling artists’ productions and creating original local performance events at the Arts Council for next 12 years. In 2001 she became a technician at Heritage Playhouse. Currently she is President of Driftwood Players and was a founding member of the Driftwood Theatre School. 2015 marked the beginning or her work as discipline Chair for Speech and Dramatic Arts on the Board of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts with a view to rebuilding a forum for the talents of young and mature orators and actors. As well as producing and technical theatre, Sandi has designed and painted sets, created costumes, acted, directed, adapted prose for performance and written a one woman play.

"It is a wonderful honour to witness the personal growth of our students as they develop into skilled thespians and expand their horizons in the world at large. The magic of theatre is truly a transformative experience for everyone involved.”

VARYA RUBIN
Varya Rubin, is an award-winning actor, singer and multiinstrumentalist whose broad-ranging experience in the performing arts enriches every aspect of her teaching. She is the Artistic Director of Synergy At Play Productions. In addition to her work as an actor and singer, Varya spent several years co-hosting ‘It Takes a Village’ on Vancouver Co-op Radio and has even had her voice heard in space. She holds an honours BA in theatre from York University, a certificate in Film Arts from Langara College/Studio 58, and is a graduate of the National Voice Intensive.

 

 

 



SALLY WILLIAMS
Sally's formal training began at The Ryerson Theatre School, Acting Division. In the ensuing years her attention turned to somatic studies and movement. Sally holds a BA in Dance from Simon Fraser University. She has taught for Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in the Developmental Drama program; The Alberta Department of Culture, Acting Division and for The Vancouver Waldorf High School as well as private coaching for students seeking entry into a range of post secondary performing arts programs. Prior to performing in productions on the Sunshine Coast Sally collaborated with long time friend and author, Valen Watson. Their most ambitious production was Kokol from Massett. Sally’s solo performance was produced at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival, The Hollywood Court Theatre in Los Angeles and in shared offerings with The Theatre for Young Spectators in Kirov, Russia.

 

 

 

GABRIEL LEONARD RYAN
Gabriel Leonard Ryan has been taking classes with Driftwood Theatre School and Performing in local theatre productions consistently for the past decade. He has taken several workshops at Bard On The Beach, worked in multiple professional and semiprofessional theatre productions, written and directed a short play produced by the Driftwood Players, and takes dance classes with Danceworks Academy (newly known as Gibsons Dance Centre) including Tap, Jazz and Ballet. He is thrilled to be in his second year teaching acting classes for Driftwood Theatre School! He is also in training to become a certified Tap and Jazz dance teacher and is teaching and co-teaching Primary level, 2 & 3 Tap Classes at Gibsons Dance Centre.

Aside from the performing arts, Gabriel works at a small farm as an educator in their summer camp programs and does childcare work for a child with disability.

ELIZABETH HOOD
Elizabeth Hood, currently a student at Elphinstone Secondary, has always had a love for theatre. Performing since she was three years old, Elizabeth is actively pursuing her passions through violin, dance and theatre. She has been working with special needs children for four years now, and has been assisting summer camps at GDPL since she was 12.

Elizabeth has been involved with the Driftwood Theatre School for eight years now, acting in the productions of "The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel”, “Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves” and many more, as well as substitute teaching and apprenticing a young theatre class. Excited by the opportunity, Elizabeth is very thankful to be teaching violin and theatre this coming season.

 

 

 

 


 

 

DTS Acting classes in the park!

~All the world is our stage~
Driftwood Theatre School (DTS) is THRILLED to be offering our first IN-PERSON Acting classes of 2021!!


Class: Acting in the Park
Location: Dougall Park, Lower Gibsons
Dates: Six Sundays: May 16th - June 20th.
Time: 11am - 12 noon
Age recommendation: 7-14
Instructor: Gabriel Leonard Ryan


This class promises so much fun and connection through activities such as creative improvisation games, concentration games, and story building. Learn how to play dynamic characters, and get to know the people around you by becoming part of an ensemble cast, working as a well-oiled machine creating the magic of theatre!

Classes will be held in a safe, caring, responsible way - taking into consideration people's different comfort zones. DTS Staff will wear face coverings and classes will be held outdoors rain or shine (with outdoor shelters as an option). Students are asked to dress for the weather.

 

Class: Forum Theatre!
Location: Dougall Park, Lower Gibsons
Dates: Six Thursdays: May 20th - June 24th.
Time: 4p - 5:30p
Age recommendation: Teen class
Instructor: Mac Dodge


Classes will begin with drum circles, a tradition in music that expresses the energy of the group and is a focus for the creative process. Using Forum Theatre (Augusto Boal, “The Rainbow of Desire”) students will explore the human condition in Literature, Story and Media. After selecting stories and media articles, role playing strategies will be used to explore character and create scripts.

Sources for Forum Theatre:
     The poem, “The Bully Asleep”
     The story, “The Doko”
     The fable, “The Blind Men and the Elephant”
     The story, “Sleeping Beauty”
     “The story of Sarah Graham”: a class created mystery
     “The Village Under Threat”: an extended drama about a Dragon
     A newspaper article, a contemporary issue.

 

 

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE SCHOOL 2021 - Winter Session

Driftwood Theatre School is offering all workshops below online and at reduced rates, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is required, spaces will be limited.

Accent on Accents
Instructor: Ingrid Bilton
Ages 10+
Seven Tuesdays 4p - 5p
January 19th - March 2nd
Sessions on ZOOM
Tuition: $140*

Every actor knows the power of a foreign language dialect in transforming character. Speak with a Southern drawl and behold the inner and outer changes that happen as if by magic! Switch to an upper crust British accent and note how quickly posture and attitudes transform. In “Accent on Accents” students will learn in an easy step-by-step process how to speak using three different dialects, and then will have the fun of polishing these accents through hilarious improvisation exercises. Why, y’all gonna end up happier than ol’ Blue layin’ on the porch chewin’ on a big ol’ catfish head!


IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Various Ages - as per instructor
Six Wednesdays 5p - 6p
January 20th - February 24th
ZOOM sessions online
Tuition: $120*

Theatre improvisation is the practise of thinking in the moment to join with your partner(s) to create a story. Through the practice of theatre games and the observation of life -human, animal and plant- we build the core of Improv. You must leave your ‘self’ behind to allow the ‘character’ to be born. That with trust in yourself and your partner to function as a working team to take you to the unknown. Then go with that unknown to discover where it takes you. That is IMPROV- Theatre In The Moment.


Theatre Magic: The Beginning
Instructors: Elizabeth Hood
Ages 6 – 8
Six Fridays 3:30p - 4:30p
January 22nd - February 26th
ZOOM sessions online
Tuition: $120*

In this 6-week workshop for young children we will explore the magic of theatre make believe in an online format. By playing games, using rhythms, ways to move, ways to make sounds, dressing up at home and making up stories we will connect and bolster young students through drama! This class is about delving into and expanding our imaginations by having fun!!!


Drama Kids Online
Instructor: Gabriel Ryan
Ages 8-13
Six Sundays 10:30a - 11:30a
January 17th - February 21st
ZOOM sessions online
Tuition: $120*

A joyful opportunity for young performers to connect back to drama! This 6-week workshopis geared to inspire and energize. It will focus on having fun through games and exercises of comradery, improvisation, memorization, pattern work, character explorations, storytelling discussions, incorporating elements of mime, as well as some optional short scene work. No preparation necessary - come ready to play and connect with your online ensemble. Much of the course is participant driven and I, the teacher/host, am so excited to see where we can end up together!


Actor’s Tool Kit
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Adults and Teens
Dates and Times TBD
ZOOM sessions online
Tuition: TBD

Work up a monologue or small scene and have it ready to perform by the end of this five week course. Whether you have an upcoming audition or just want to deepen your connection to a character, learning how to crack open a scene or monologue and get at the good stuff is challenging, rewarding and fun. Each class will feature physical and vocal warmups, the essentials of script analysis, and an opportunity to work individual scenes. Bring something you want to work on, or contact Varya ahead of time for suggestions. Drop-ins welcome.

* All Winter classes require a $20 administration fee. To check space availability, ask questions and/or register for the above classes please download and fill out the registration form on this link: http://www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts/2021RegForms.pdf and send to registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com.
 

 

 

To check space availability, ask questions and/or register for the above classes please fill out the registration form on this link: Registration Form and send your queries to registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com

Click this link to see the 2020 Instructor's Bios.

 

 

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE SCHOOL 2020 - Winter & Spring Sessions
 

Theatre Magic: The Beginning
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Ages 5 – 7
Wednesdays 3:30p - 4:30p, January to April
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons
or
Instructor: Shannon Rody
Ages 5 – 7
Tuesdays 3:15p - 4:15p, January to April
Seniors Centre, Sechelt


In this class for young children we will explore the magic of theatre make believe. By playing games, using rhythms, ways to move, ways to make sounds, and making up stories we will create creatures, people, aliens, and more… This class is about delving into and expanding our imaginations!!!

 

Kids on Stage
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Recommended Ages 7-10
Tuesdays 3:30p - 4:30p, January to April
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons


A joyful introduction to acting for young performers, this class will incorporate  elements of mime, storytelling and improvisation, as well as some script work. Come prepared to play! Includes end of year showcase at the Heritage Playhouse.


MORE FUNdamentals of Drama
Instructor: Shannon Rody
Recommended Ages 8-11
Tuesdays 5p - 6:30p, January to April
Roberts Creek Elementary


This action packed course is geared to students with a background in school or community theatre who are eager to further their acting skills through more challenging Creative Drama activities. Our young thespians will enjoy an exciting program of mime, movement, speech, improvisation, and story-telling exercises, along with an introduction to the fine art of characterization. This class will culminate into a theatre showcase performance in the spring.


Embodied Acting for Young Performers
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Recommended Ages 12-16
(Younger actors will be considered on an individual basis)
Tuesdays 4:45p - 6:45p, January to April
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons


Whether on stage, on mic or on camera, an actor’s work has to connect to a strong emotional core. Using scripts from classical to modern, comedy to
drama, this class will provide you with techniques to deepen your practice and find truth in every performance. Includes end of year showcase at the Heritage Playhouse.

 

IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Various Ages - as per instructor
Tuesdays 5p - 7p, January to April
Chaster House, Gibsons


In this dynamic, fun filled class we will explore what triggers the actor’s brain to respond in the moment. Through observation and a few basic tricks using our voice and body we build a core of theatre skills to invent scenes moment to moment. This class is about looking, listening, and playing to support our partner(s) and build a potent creative team. Bring a journal and pencil to record your discoveries.


Musical Theatre for Youth
Instructor: Maderi Mynhardt
Ages 12 - 18
(Younger actors will be considered on an individual basis)
Six Wednesdays 3:30p - 5p, May 20th - June 24th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons


Strengthen your voice, deepen your acting skills and learn some fabulous songs! This course will incorporate both solo and ensemble work, with a focus on core acting and vocal skills that are essential in the challenging world of musical theatre.


IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment for ADULTS
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Ages 16 and up
Six Wednesdays 6p - 8p, January - March
Chaster House, Gibsons


This class is for the serious, open, inquisitive, adult improv student who wants to take their work a step further and LIVE WITHIN the STORY, building it moment to moment. The goal is to move from 1 or 2 minute scenes, connecting them through accepting all offers from our partner(s) and advancing the scene, to create a sustained story throughout the class session. Bring a journal and pencil to record the insights you discover.


Musical Theatre for Adults
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Ages 16 and up
Six Tuesdays 7:00p - 8:30p, May 5th - June 9th
St. Bart’s Hall, Gibsons


Always wanted to be on stage? Miss those school productions from when you were a kid? Whether you’re an accomplished performer or new to the craft, this class is an opportunity to strut your stuff on stage!

 

 

 

DRIFTWOOD THEATRE SCHOOL 2019/2020

GENERAL REGISTRATION: Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 - 3:00 pm St. Bart's Hall

INFORMATION: registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com

Click for: Driftwood Theatre School Registration Form

Registration forms can be printed from this website and mailed with payment to:

Driftwood Theatre School
Box 161
Sechelt, BC
V0N 3A0

PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLASSES have a $35 annual admin fee which is charged at Registration to the first Term in which a student takes classes.

DROP IN FEE $30 -- if you then register for the class it will be deducted from your Term fees.



Teen Performance Troupe
Ages 13 & up
Instructor: Ingrid Bilton
(full year course; entrance by audition on Wed., August 28th, 5p - 7p
& Thurs., August 29th, 3:00 - 5:00pm at St. Bart’s)
For audition time slot contact Ingrid at: ingridbilton@gmail.com
Click here for Audition Script Selections
Course held at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons
Thursdays 6:30p - 8:30p
Fee: $295/Term
This course is designed for the highly motivated actor who would like to take on the challenge of complex characters in grip of intense real life situations. In the first semester our students will learn strategies to help them tackle a wide variety of emotionally difficult scenes. In the second term, our Troupe will use class time to workshop a profoundly moving Drama to be showcased in a series of public performances at the Heritage Playhouse in May.

IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment
Various Ages - as per instructor
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Held at Frank West Hall, Gibsons
Tuesdays 4p - 6p
Fee: $285/Term
In this dynamic, fun filled class we will explore what triggers the actor’s brain to respond in the moment. Through observation and a few basic tricks using our voice and body we build a core of theatre skills to invent scenes moment to moment. This class is about looking, listening, and playing to support our partner(s) and build a potent creative team. Bring a journal and pencil to record your discoveries.

IMPROV: Theatre in the Moment & BEYOND
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Entry: by teacher approval
Held at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons
Wednesdays 5p - 7p
Fee: $285/Term
This class is for the serious, open, inquisitive, improv student who wants to take their work a step further and LIVE WITHIN the STORY, building it moment to moment. The goal is to move from 1 or 2 minute scenes, connecting them through accepting all offers from our partner(s) and advancing the scene, to create a sustained story throughout the class session. Bring a journal and pencil to record the insights you discover.

Theatre Magic: The Beginning
Ages 5 – 7 years
Instructor: Sandi McGinnis
Held at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons
Wednesdays 3:30p - 4:30p
Fee: $175/Term
In this class for young children we will explore the magic of theatre make believe. By playing games, using rhythms, ways to move, ways to make sounds, and making up stories we will create creatures, people, aliens, and … This class is about delving into and expanding our imaginations!!!

Embodied Acting for Young Performers
Recommended Ages 12-16
Instructor: Varya Rubin
(Younger actors will be considered on an individual basis)
Held at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons
Tuesdays 4:45p - 6:45p
Fee: $285/Term
Whether on stage, on mic or on camera, an actor’s work has to connect to a strong emotional core. Using scripts from classical to modern, comedy to
drama, this class will provide you with techniques to deepen your practice and find truth in every performance. Includes end of year showcase at the Heritage Playhouse.

Embodied Acting for Adults
Ages 16 and up
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Held at St. Bart’s in Gibsons,
Six Tuesdays, October 15th-November 19th
7p - 8:30p
Fee: $150/6 weeks
Whether on stage, on mic or on camera, an actor’s work has to connect to a strong emotional core; a focus of this class will be tuning your body and voice in order to strengthen that connection. Using scripts from classical to modern, comedy to drama, this class will provide you with techniques to deepen your practice and find truth in every performance. A superb intro for new actors, and an opportunity for advanced students and professionals to work their craft.

Kids on Stage
Recommended Ages 7-9
Instructor: Varya Rubin
Held at St. Bart’s Church, Gibsons
Tuesdays 3:30p - 4:30p
Fee: $175/Term
A joyful introduction to acting for young performers, this class will incorporate elements of mime, storytelling and improvisation, as well as some script work. Come prepared to play! Includes end of year showcase at the Heritage Playhouse.

Musical Theatre for Grownups
Instructor: Varya Rubin
6 weeks in spring, dates, fees TBA
Always wanted to be on stage? Miss those school productions from when you were a kid? Whether you’re an accomplished performer or new to the craft, this class is an opportunity to strut your stuff on stage! Includes end of year showcase at the Heritage Playhouse.

MORE FUNdamentals of Drama
Recommended Ages 8-11
Instructor: Shannon Rody
(Younger actors will be considered on an individual basis)
Held at Roberts Creek Elementary
Tuesdays 5p - 6:30p
Fee: $225/Term
This action packed course is geared to students with a background in school or community theatre who are eager to further their acting skills through more challenging Creative Drama activities. Our young thespians will enjoy an exciting program of mime, movement, speech, improvisation, and story-telling exercises, along with an introduction to the fine art of characterization. This class will culminate into a theatre showcase performance in the spring.

 

 




Mother Goose is Eaten By Werewolves opens Friday and runs April 26 to 28 and May 3 to 5 at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. Tickets are available at Strait Music, Laedeli Gifts, Giggle ‘n Bloom, The Blackberry Shop and online at
share-there.com/driftwoodtheatreschool .
 


Photo Rik Jespersen.

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PLEASE NOTE: The e-mail contact address for Driftwood Theatre School has changed:
Please use:
registrar.driftwoodts@gmail.com

 

A NEW PLAY IN THE WORKS!

Following up on last year’s colossal hit, The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and
Gretel, DTS is considering another comic blockbuster: Mother Goose is Eaten By
Werewolves! Steph DeFerie has written another hilarious fractured fairy tale involving
29+ oddball characters.

Mother Goose is no fool. As soon as she discovers real werewolves are in this
production, she makes a break for it, and it looks like our show is over before it’s
begun! But wait! Four adventurous audience members – a fairy godmother, a witch, a
prince, and a wolf – save the day by acting out their own twisted versions of Sleeping
Beauty. With the participation of a helpful stage manager, a kooky cast and crew, and
some willing audience members, it appears to be smooth sailing, UNTIL.....!

Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Heritage
Playhouse, and are open to all DTS students. Performance week is scheduled for the
first week in April, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click for: Driftwood Theatre School Registration Form

REGISTER ONLINE AT share-there.com (online fee will be levied).

REGISTER ONLINE AT share-there.com (online fee will be levied).

Click for: Driftwood Theatre School Registration Form

Registration forms can be printed from this website and mailed with payment to:

Driftwood Theatre School
Box 161
Sechelt, BC
V0N 3A0

Click for: Driftwood Theatre School Registration Form

Registration forms can be printed from this website and mailed with payment to:

Driftwood Theatre School

Box 161
Sechelt, BC
V0N 3A0

 

Click here to purchase tickets to The Glass Slipper.

 

On stage and behind the scenes at another great rehearsal. Thirty young actors (8 to 18 yrs) shine in the Cinderella classic "The Glass Slipper". Shows run April 28 - 30 & May 5 - 7 at Heritage Playhouse Gibsons. Tickets online at www.share-there.com and at Sechelt Visitor Centre, Laedeli, The Blackberry Shop and giggle 'n bloom.

A magical musical Cinderella!

Behind the scenes with 30 talented young actors (8 - 18 years) as they put the finishing touches on The Glass Slipper. Performances run April 28 - 30 and May 5 - 7 at Heritage Playhouse Gibsons. Tickets are available online at www.share-there.com and at Laedeli, Blackberry Shop, giggle 'n bloom and the Sechelt Visitor Centre.

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Driftwood brings another classic to the stage
Click here to see Coastal Reporter Article.

 

After five months of rehearsals, over 30 talented young actors are putting the finishing touches on another Driftwood Theatre School extravaganza. The Glass Slipper is a magical, musical re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale performed by an all-youth cast of local thespians ages 6 to 18.

The lavish production, with its sumptuous costumes, sets and original choreography, is the School's most ambitious project yet. Director Ingrid Bilton describes it as a labour of love ... that almost didn't happen. "After stumbling across an excerpt from the play last year, we immediately fell in love with the bright sassy dialogue, the outlandish characters, and the charming poetry. And so began the search for the illusive 1944 stage play by Eleanor Farjeon.”

Driftwood Theatre School scoured the globe. Emails and phone calls to the U.S., England and even New Zealand eventually located a single copy along with an enchanting musical score. The play went into production in December.

"Anyone who enjoyed our Alice in Wonderland in 2015 is going to LOVE The Glass Slipper," Bilton noted.

Performances run April 28 - 30 and May 5 - 7 at Heritage Playhouse Gibsons. Tickets are available online at www.share-there.com and at Laedeli, Blackberry Shop, giggle 'n bloom and the Sechelt Visitor Centre. For a behind-the-scenes peak at the production and rehearsals, check out Driftwood Theatre School on Facebook.

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CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION SCENES FOR CINDERELLA

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION SCENES "B" FOR CINDERELLA

CLICK HERE FOR CINDERELLA WALTZ AUDITION SCENES

CLICK HERE FOR CINDERELLA WALTZ AUDITION SCENE #5

Stepmother & Stepsisters

CLICK HERE FOR CINDERELLA WALTZ AUDITION SCENE #6

Rosey & Zed

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Zed & Rosey

CLICK HERE FOR CINDERELLA WALTZ AUDITION SCENE #8

Troll, Rosey, Prince, Mrs. Snow

 

 

Another great review for "All the World's a Stage"!

http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/all-the-men-and-women-merely-players-1.2248006

 

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Our troupe of young actors (aged 10 to 17) are breathing new life into Shakespeare's greatest works in the upcoming "All the World's a Stage". Fifteen talented young thespians take the audience on a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare with iconic scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar, interwoven with a rousing sword fight, some classic cross-dressing, and a dash of murder and mayhem.

"All the World's a Stage" has two public public performances Saturday April 30 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets $15 (Adult) and $8 (Youth) are available online at share-there.com, the Sechelt Info Centre, Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle 'n bloom, and at the door.

 

Actors from ages 10 to 17 take part in Driftwood Theatre School’s All the World’s a Stage

Fifteen talented local actors (aged 10 to 17) are bringing the Bard to life with a rollicking romp through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare in Driftwood Theatre School’s (DTS) upcoming All the World’s a Stage.

“Our young actors have accomplished the impossible,” raves instructor/director Ingrid Bilton. “They have not only mastered a new language, they have learned to speak ‘trippingly on the tongue’ – a lost art, to be sure. I am so impressed by the courage and tenacity of our students in tackling these iconic roles from Shakespeare’s greatest plays. I am truly amazed at the outstanding quality of their work.”

The sumptuous sets (built Doug Ives and painted by Mudito and Bodhi Drope), along with costumes from Carol Thompson and the Driftwood Players’ Costume Shoppe, make this production a feast for the eyes.

But stage manager Sandi McGinnis notes it is the young actors who really make the production sparkle. “We thought we hit the pinnacle with last years Alice in Wonderland, but our current production of All the World’s a Stage has raised the bar for theatrical and ensemble work.”

The general public are invited to the two public performances Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult and $8 youth) are available at the Blackberry Shop, Laedeli, giggle ’n bloom, and at the door. For info go to www.driftwoodplayers.ca/dts.htm.

DTS will take All the World’s a Stage on the road in May, offering free performances at schools across the Sunshine Coast. The tour is made possible with the financial support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, who are helping to bring the magic of live theatre to local youth.

– Submitted by JoAnne Bennison

 

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Varya Rubin joins Driftwood Theatre School

Varya Rubin is a Jessie award winning actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist with extensive experience in theatre, tv and radio. An award winning singing teacher, Varya's rich educational palate also includes many years of teaching acting, public speaking, piano and violin. She enjoys working with performers of all ages and abilities. Varya holds an honours BA in theatre from York University and a certificate in film arts from Langara College/Studio 58.


Varya's classes this fall include:

FUNdamentals: Drama for 6 - 9 year olds (starts Sept. 15/15)
Tuesdays 4 - 5:30 PM at St. Bart's Hall Gibsons

Children love to immerse themselves in imaginative play. This course will harness that natural ability while creating a strong foundation in the fundamentals of acting. Classes will incorporate storytelling, movement, improvisation, sonic exploration and simple script work. All children are welcome.


Acting & Scene Study for Teens (starts October 2015)

Working with texts from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, this course will be based on physical exploration with a strong emphasis on vocal technique. Experienced actors will refine their skills and receive individualized coaching on scenes and monologues. Novice actors will begin their acting explorations in a safe and supportive environment.


Family Fun: A Drama Class for Kids & Parents (starts October 2015)

Tuesdays 2 - 3:30 PM, St. Bart's Hall, Gibsons

 

 

Alice in Wonderland
May 2015 Heritage Playhouse Gibsons

Alice in Wonderland's 25 talented young thespians (aged 6 to 16) take their bows after playing to packed houses and rave reviews at Heritage Playhouse May 2015.

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"Alice in Wonderland" May 8 - 10
Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons

Tickets available at:
Giggle 'n Bloom, The Blackberry Shop, and Laedeli Gifts, the Sechelt Visitor Centre
and online: Click here to purchase online tickets.

"Driftwood Theatre School is a Coast Treasure" reports the LOCAL. Read Here

"Alice is fresh and funny!" says Coast Reporter. Click here for the full story.

Click here to read the article in The Coast Reporter:
"Theatre School Celebrates Five Years" -- Alice in Wonderland

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