Junior Ensemble 2018

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Grades 7-8 (maximum of 12 students)
Downtown Toronto (Winter & Spring)

The Junior Ensemble is an intensive five-month program for Grade 7-8 students who have demonstrated a readiness for more advanced theatre training. Over two terms, students create a cohesive ensemble, developing theatre performance and collective creation skills. This program culminates in a devised play to be performance on the Mainstage at YPT.

The Junior Ensemble is a collective creation process, and is dependent upon everyone being present and actively contributing at all times. Please confirm with your parents and caregivers, before applying, that you can commit to every day of rehearsal and the final performance. Attendance at all rehearsals and the final performance is mandatory.

Admission by audition: In order to be scheduled for the December audition, please contact Breanne Ritchie, Drama School Coordinator at 416.363.5131 x263 or britchie@youngpeoplestheatre.ca. You will be required to submit a completed Registration Form for Junior Ensemble.

Please note: We will not process your payment until a spot has been offered and accepted by the student and parent/caregiver.

As spots in the Junior Ensemble are limited, we encourage students who wish to guarantee Winter and/or Spring term programming to simultaneously register for the Gr. 7-8 Drama class of their choice. Payment will be transferred if student is accepted into the Junior Ensemble.

Audition Dates: December 1st & 2nd, 2017

You will be personally contacted with your audition time after submitting your Registration Form to Breanne.

The Audition

Auditions will be approximately 30 minutes long. There are 3 parts to the audition:

  • Interview: A short interview with the director of the Junior Ensemble and the Drama School Director.
  • Monologue: A one-minute performance of an original piece of writing created and memorized by the student. This may be written in any form including a first person monologue or poem. The student should expect to receive direction on their performance, which will involve performing it more than once.
  • Improvisation: A brief improvisation with one or two other students who are also auditioning.


IMPORTANT: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that allow you to move freely.


The Junior Ensemble meet on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm, downtown at YPT.

Winter Term 2018 Spring Term 2018
January 6 March 24
January 13 April 7
January 20 April 14
January 27 April 21
February 3 April 28
February 10 May 5
February 17 May 12
February 24 May 26
March 3 June 2
June 9
Friday Presentation Evening (Time TBC)

Please note there are no classes on Easter Saturday and Victoria Day weekends but classes will be held on Family Day weekend.

Download a copy of the class schedule here.

View the Junior Ensemble in action.

Bursaries for the Drama School and the Junior Ensemble are funded in part by a generous donation from Ada Slaight.

Questions? Contact us at 416.363.5131 x 235 or dsassistant(at)youngpeoplestheatre.ca.