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Get creative at the Surrey Arts Centre! Surrey Civic Theatres offers performing arts classes, workshops, and day camps for children, youth, and adults.

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We encourage early registration. At least 1 week prior is ideal: use WebReg or call 604-501-5100.

Winter 2017 Classes and Workshops

Children and Youth

Acting for the Camera
Want to be on camera? Learn camera techniques and practice auditioning for commercials, film, and TV.
January 17 to March 7, 2017 from 6 to 8pm | Ages 9 to 15 | $149
8 sessions | Registration #4511177

Auditioning for Film, TV, and Stage
Work with sides, scenes, and soliloquies, as you learn the various ways of getting in the door whether you want to get on stage or in front of a camera.
January 17 to March 7, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30pm | Ages 9 to 15 | $149
8 sessions | Registration #4514641

Paint at the Play
Let your kids have fun and get their hands dirty with a variety of creative art projects while you have some time to yourself. Scheduled to coincide with a matinee performance of the Arts Club On Tour series of entertaining, live professional theatre. Paint at the Play is free with the purchase of a theatre ticket.
Pre-registration is required.
- January 14, 2017 from 3:30 to 6:30pm | Ages 6 to 11 | $24 (if no theatre ticket is purchased). Show is The (Post) Mistress

     1 session | Registration #4512055

- February 25, 2017 from 3:30 to 6:30pm | Ages 6 to 11 | $24 (if no theatre ticket is purchased). Show is Bittergirl: The Musical
     1 session | Registration #4512059

Youth

Social Skills Through Drama
Acting is not only fun, it can teach you valuable life and social skills. Games, movement, improvisation, voice, and script work are all part of this fun and challenging acting class! Theatre professionals create an encouraging atmosphere where everyone feels at ease.
January 18 to March 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8pm | Ages 13 to 18 | $120
8 sessions | Registration #4512048

 



Envision Financial
 presents Step On Stage Programs for Youth

BOLDSKOOL: Hip Hop Theatre Workshop 
In this 2-day workshop learn the fundamentals of MC'ing, beatboxing, breakdancing, and live theatrical performance led by professional facilitators from Urban Ink Productions.
February 18 & 25, 2017 from 10am to 3pm | Ages 12 to 21
FREE + Lunch Included
2 sessions | Registration #4511897

Cirque Surrey: Youth Circus 
Learn circus skills including character development, costume design, roving performance, juggling, stilt-walking, diabolo, devil sticks, plate spinning, and more!
January 10 to March 7, 2017 from 6:30 to 8pm (no class Feb 28) | Ages 12 to 19
FREE
8 sessions | Registration #4511949

Adult

Adults Acting Out
Are you a secret thespian? Step into the limelight with other Adults Acting Out. This fun and engaging class, led by theatre professionals, explores fundamental skills for the stage through games, exercises, improv, monologues, and scene work. No experience necessary (but imagination is a must!)
January 19 to March 30, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm (no classes on Feb 2 or Mar 2) | $179
9 sessions | Registration #4511190


Your Story. Your Voice. Flame Workshop

THE FLAME is a fiery grassroots storytelling series where people share their personal True Stories in front of a live audience. This workshop will harness the power of your personal history and help you craft it into a Flame-Style story. Deborah Williams—award-winning actor, one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, and co-founder of ‘The Flame’ in Vancouver and Victoria—hosts this workshop and will share her 30 years of storytelling expertise to give you the tools to create and share a truly compelling story. This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth. Free public presentation of stories on the evening of January 15, 2017.
RULES OF THE FLAME:
1. Stories must be TRUE. 
2. Stories must be about YOU.
3 Told in a FEW. (9 minutes or less!)
January 13 from 6pm to 9pm & January 14 & 15 from 10am to 4pm | $199
3 sessions | Registration #4514480

Love to Sing - Try It!
Try the first class of 'Love to Sing' for free
January 11, 2017 from 2 to 4pm | FREE
1 session | Registration #4511993

Love to Sing - Level 1
Learn vocal techniques and secrets used by the professionals and apply them to your favourite songs!
January 18 to March 8, 2017 from 2 to 4pm | $79
8 sessions | Registration #4511994

Love to Sing - Level 2
Take it to the next level! Enhance and fine tune the vocal techniques you learned in Level 1.
January 19 to March 9, 2017 from 2 to 4pm (no class Feb 16) | $70
7 sessions | Registration #4511995

 

Spring Break 2017 Day Camp

Children

Preteen Acting Extreme
Bring a play to life in a week, and invite family and friends to the final performance!
March 13 to 17, 2017 from 9am to 3pm | Ages 8 to 12 | $199
5 sessions | Registration #4512042

 

Spring 2017 Classes and Workshops

Registration available as of February20, 2017

Children and Youth

Acting for the Camera
Want to be on camera? Learn camera techniques and practice auditioning for commercials, film, and TV.
April 18 to June 6, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30pm (no class May 23) | Ages 9 to 15 | $139
7 sessions | Registration #4521300

Auditioning for Film, TV, and Stage
Work with sides, scenes, and soliloquies, as you learn the various ways of getting in the door whether you want to get on stage or in front of a camera.
April 18 to June 6, 2017 from 6 to 8pm (no class May 23) | Ages 9 to 15 | $139
7 sessions | Registration #4521291

Youth

Social Skills Through Drama
Acting is not only fun it can teach you valuable life and social skills. Games, movement, improvisation, voice, and script work are all part of this fun and challenging acting class! Theatre professionals create an encouraging atmosphere where everyone feels at ease.
April 19 to June 7, 2017 from 6:30 to 8pm (no class May 24) | Ages 13 to 18 | $105
7 sessions | Registration #4521328

Theatre Makers Creation Workshop
Are you hungry to develop your own performance strategies and crafts through hands-on experience?
This one-of-a kind workshop—in Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver—will guide you through a process of original theatrical creation using ‘adaptation’ as the theme. Get ready to be inspired as you work with professional performance creators and craftspeople across a variety of practices such as theatre, music, dance, multi-media, and spoken word as well as production design and management. Alongside this process, professional theatre artist, Susan Bertoia, will assist you to distill and craft this inspiration into an original piece that will be performed at the final showcase in September. You can choose to work as a solo artist or as part of a group within the class. Experience welcome, but NOT required. What matters is that you want to be there!
Co-presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Surrey Civic Theatres
Supported by Vancouver Foundation
April 2 to June 4, 2017 (no class April 16) from 10am to 4pm | Ages 15 to 19 | $20 + Lunches Included
9 sessions + performance | Registration #4523648

Date Location
April 2 The Post Studios, Vancouver
April 9 Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre
April 16 no class
April 23 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
April 30 The Post Studios, Vancouver
May 7 Program Room, Surrey Arts Centre
May 15 Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre
May 21 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
May 28 The Post Studios, Vancouver (TBC)
June 4 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
Sept 16 Performance at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby

 

Adults

Adults Acting Out
Are you a secret thespian? Step into the limelight with other Adults Acting Out. This fun and engaging class, led by theatre professionals, explores fundamental skills for the stage through games, exercises, improv, monologues, and scene work. No experience necessary (but imagination is a must!)
April 20 to June 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm (no classes on May 4 or 25) | $120
6 sessions | Registration #4521393

Stand-Up Comedy
Getting a laugh can be one of the most exhilarating of feelings. In this workshop, stand-up comedy will bring together your life stories with a punchline. You’ll learn to be your authentic self while getting smiles and downright belly laughs. We will work collaboratively to generate the jokes and personal performing style of each class member using some tried and true formulas. And of course you’ll get to show off your material with a showcase at the last session. All experience levels welcome. Taught by Janice Bannister of Laughter Zone 101
April 11 to May 9, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30pm: Classes
May 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30pm: Rehearsal
May 16, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30pm: Showcase
6 sessions (including showcase) | $180
Registration #4522141

Love to Sing - Try It!
Try the first class of 'Love to Sing' for free
April 12, 2017 from 2 to 4pm | FREE
1 session | Registration #4521313

Love to Sing - Level 1
Learn vocal techniques and secrets used by the professionals and apply them to your favourite songs!
April 19 to June 7 (no class May 24) from 2 to 4pm | $69
7 sessions | Registration #4521314

Love to Sing - Level 2
Take it to the next level! Enhance and fine tune the vocal techniques you learned in Level 1.
April 20 to June 8, 2017 (no class May 24) from 2 to 4pm | $69
7 sessions | Registration #4521315

 

Do you have ideas for a class that you don’t see listed? Drop our Performing Arts Education Programmer an email and let us know.