Imagine IF: Theatre & Creative Play

IMG_6272Imagine IF you discovered a new way to share your story.

Imagine IF you could change your world.

Imagine IF anything was possible.

Fall 10-week series Sept 23 – Dec 2nd
Saturdays 10:00 am (ages 4-7) & 11:00 am (ages 7-10) Ralph Thornton Centre, 3rd floor, 765 Queen St. East
Early bird special is on now: get one class free! $200 $180 early bird!

 

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FREE OPEN HOUSE CLASSES!
RSVP to book a free trial class: Sat Sept 16

In each session, we explore a theme such as “under the sea”, “time travel” or “enchanted forest”. This theme will be a jumping off point for our adventures. Children are invited to wear their own costume accessories if they choose, during the sessions. We begin each session with an arts and crafts activity, followed by an opening circle, when those who want to share will have an opportunity to contribute an idea to start us on our exploration. We use music and movement to travel to our themed land and, once immersed in our theme, we lead the children through theatre games and exercises including mime and movement, character play, improvisation, scene creation and performance. Children gain theatre and performance skills in addition to building social skills and self-confidence through teamwork. 

FullSizeRender 8Children do not need to have any previous theatre experience to participate in Imagine IF. Each child will be invited to participate as much as they feel comfortable – our focus is on having fun and developing imagination. Imagine IF is a place where everyone is welcome and anything is possible!

Parent testimonial: I have two kids (son, age 8 and daughter, age 5), both of whom are rather shy and quiet individuals.  Two sessions of Imagine If and they have just blossomed with self-confidence and creativity. My son loves the creative outlet and has grown in leaps and bounds in being able to speak with confidence and with people he’s just met.  My daughter has matured before my eyes and has gone from being the scaredy-cat clinging to my legs with new opportunities to jumping in with both feet showing off her independence.  Sara and Adam create a safe and collaborative environment for kids to ignite their creativity and build up their self-confidence, all while having a ton of fun!                 ~ J. Rockwood

This Fall Imagine IF: Theatre & Creative Play will be lead by Theatre artists (and dynamite sisters!): Katie Edwards and Jenny Edwards. 

Katie Edwards
headshot2008Katie is a graduate of Sheridan College (Music Theatre – Performance) and York University (Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies). Favourite performing credits include: Anne Shirley in Anne (Theatre Orangeville), Grace in Rum Runners, Danny in One Moment(Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Red Barn Theatre), Dorothy u/s in The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions), and Milkmaid in Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius/Drayton Entertainment). In addition to performing, Katie also works as a director, choreographer, and arts educator. In the summer of 2016, she was commissioned by York University’s Centre for Human Rights to co-write a play about sexual assault and consent entitled There Is No Maybe. Katie is the co-facilitator of In Forma Theatre’s Imagine IF classes for children. She is also the creator of Angelwalk Theatre’s Everybody’s Got A Story: A Celebration of Canadian Women In Music, which made its Toronto debut in June 2017.

Jenny Edwards
urinetown headshotJenny is a program facilitator who specializes in working with children and youth. She has a passion for the arts and has been acting, dancing and singing for over 20 years. She has worked at the Romero House refugee centre developing and facilitating their Kids Club summer camp program and helps out at their weekly arts-based Kids Club. She has developed and facilitated a community engagement arts-based project with youth from the Jane and Finch area, and absolutely loves working with and empowering youth at every opportunity!

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