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2011/2012 Driftwood Theatre School Classes
Registration September 10, 10AM - 12 Noon


DTS Students Delight Story Theatre Crowd

Eight enthusiastic students from the Junior and Senior drama classes are delighted to be included in the 2011 Story Theatre season. Their rendition of the classic folk tale, “The Bremen Town Musicians”, is as funny and physical as it is poignant and moving.

You can catch our young actors performing at both the Half Moon Bay County Fair on July 17th at 1:00, and at the Sea Cavalcade in Lower Gibsons on July 23rd at 4:30.

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Candid Shots from Driftwood Theatre School's 2011 Classes

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Creative Drama for 8-10 year olds
Drama in the Creek
Junior Intro to Drama

Senior Drama Class at the Driftwood Players Annual General Meeting

The Senior Drama Class amazed the AGM audience with their powerful, polished presentation of "You're Quoting Shakespeare". How fortunate we are to have students with this calibre of talent and this degree of enthusiasm!

Hana Ingram (left) and Tyler Perry performed a poignant scene from "Afternoon of the Elves" at the Driftwood AGM on Thursday evening. The audience was amazed at the maturity and power of their work.

Driftwood Theatre School
Finds a New "Home" at St. Bart's.

Driftwood Theatre School kicks off 2011 with an exciting expansion of new classes in a new home. "Finding the right space with room to expand in a convenient, safe, and central location close to public transit can be challenging," said co-administrator JoAnne Bennison, "so we were thrilled to discover St. Bart's in Gibsons was available, with space for classes, performances and an office all under one roof. It's a perfect fit, especially given St. Bart's long tradition of theatrical performances."

"It's a case of great need meeting great need, agreed Patricia Heatherington, who heads the committee at St. Bart's to look into greater community involvement at the parish facility. "The timing couldn't have been better. Driftwood Theatre School was looking for space at the same time we were looking to reach out into the community. It really seems to have been a case of divine intervention!"

Driftwood Theatre School, under the auspices of Driftwood Players, opened in September with acting classes for ages 10 to 19. A new term begins in January with the addition of an adult acting workshop and a creative drama class for 8 to 10 year olds. The current Drama in the Creek class for 10 to 13 year olds will remain at Roberts Creek School at present, but all other classes will be consolidated at St. Bart's.

Registration for Term 2 (January to April) will be held Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons from 1 to 4 p.m.


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Youth Theatre School Opens

Driftwood Players is excited to announce the official opening of the Driftwood Theatre School, with acting classes for youths aged 11 to 19.

The dynamic team of international instructors - Sally Williams, Ingrid Bilton, Richard Austin, and Melina Cassidy - are familiar faces on the local theatre scene. Each brings a unique background in theatre and teaching, combining extensive experience in both classical and modern, European and North American theatre and film with unparalleled enthusiasm for nurturing young talent on the Coast.

“This unique blend will not only give our students a well rounded experience of theatre; it will also give them a taste of the international flavours of acting and stagecraft,” says Cassidy, a Driftwood Theatre School founder, who started a thriving youth theatre school in the Middle East.

The Driftwood Theatre School believes in building core strengths in creative expression and will teach voice, movement, scene study, characterization, improvisation, and performance skills — all areas that will benefit young people in terms of confidence, expression, teamwork and creativity.

“More than anything, I believe in the transformative power of drama education in the life of a child,” added Bilton, school founder/instructor. “What subject is better suited to explore the human condition, to promote compassion, and to foster mental discipline?”

Williams concurs: “My essential goal is to foster a real curiosity about what it is that makes provocative, joyful theatre for the remarkable times in which we live,” she said. “All persons harbour riches deep within and it’s the instructor’s task to unleash those riches and strengths.”

Ingrid Bilton, who is teaching the Junior Drama program, is thrilled by the enthusiastic response to the school’s opening. “Our first Junior class filled up so quickly that a second class was added. Our Senior class, directed by Sally Williams, is now operating at capacity. In addition, there appears to be a great demand for an Introduction to Drama course for adults, and we fully expect that the new course will be up and running by January, 2011.”

For more information, check the Driftwood Theatre School Facebook page, or contact Ingrid Bilton at 604-886-2770; e-mail