“Teen Workshop”

This will be our 25th annual “teen” show, for students who wish to pursue their craft at a high level.  Although all of our workshops at the Academy are run professionally, this particular workshop will be focussed on training students who may wish to pursue musical theatre as a career, or wish to take their skills to the next level.  Alumni of our teen shows over the years have gone on to careers in professional theatre, including the Stratford Festival, Mirvish, and even Broadway.

We very carefully choose our shows for this workshop each year to ensure that there are meaty roles for all of our star performers, a powerful musical score, and excellent dance opportunities, so that all of our cast have the chance to perform as true “triple threats.”  We also look for shows that weigh powerful, and often difficult, social issues, as an integral part of our time together is to provide a safe space in circle discussions to air different ideas and opinions about the themes and issues of the shows.  In this way, we can learn more about each other as fellow humans, and truly know what it’s like to “walk in someone else’s shoes.”  Both In The Heights and Dear Evan Hansen are epic shows that give us the perfect opportunity to do all of the above. 

Evan Hansen is an anxious, isolated high-school student who’s aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social media age. He soon embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving couple whose son took his own life. 

In the Heights explores three days in the characters’ lives in the New York City Latino neighbourhood of Washington Heights.  Full of hope, love, and rhythm the score features a toe-tapping combination of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music. 

Please note this production of In The Heights and Dear Evan Hansen will feature many of the favourite songs and scenes from the shows, but will be a condensed version of the original productions.

Come join us and make life-long friendship connections with other like-minded musical theatre lovers – and have the chance to play the character of your dreams on stage at the Gladstone!

Dear Evan Hansen
Music & Lyrics
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

In The Heights

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Based on the Book by Quiara Alegia Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Workshop:  Mon. Aug. 1 – Thurs. Aug. 4; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. and Fri. Aug. 5; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa

Final Performance:  Fri. Aug. 5 at 4:00 pm (Final performance may be live, or video recorded, depending on COVID-19 safety restrictions at the time)

Ages:  Ages 12 through 19

Workshop Fee:  $375.00 (no HST)
(includes script, costumes, and all workshop materials)

Produced with permission from Hal Leonard Corporation and SOCAN.

To Register

1. Click on the link below which will take you to our payment portal.

2. Once payment is completed you will receive an email within 24 hours with a Registration Link.

3. Once your registration forms have been submitted you will be fully registered!

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