Professional Theatre Training

for youth aged 9 to 17!

Program Overview

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce that for our 8th season, our G&S JR Theatre School program will be learning PRINCESS IDA:

Princess Ida is having nothing to do with men, never mind love, or marriage. She is so firm in her belief that she has locked herself away in a University, attended only by women, and that is exactly where she plans to stay. She was betrothed to young Prince Hilarion from a very early age, and her failure to arrive to meet him with her father, King Gama, could be interpreted as an act of war, but still, she is having none of it. In fact, she’s willing to fight the men who show up on her doorstep if need be. Her fellow chaste and heretofore uninterested female friends, on the other hand, find themselves face to face with Cupid and less keen to do battle. A lesser known work of the dynamic duo, Princess Ida is nonetheless brimming with those qualities we love in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan: humour, sweeping and intelligent lyrics, witty commentary, danger and commotion! In the end, love wins the day, and for more than just our royal couple. 

In October 2018, we will be continuing to offer both a Junior class for students 9 to 12 years old, and a Senior class for students 13 to 17 years old. The program gives youth an opportunity to expand their acting skills and challenge themselves with the lyrics and patter of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The Senior class will also include more advanced acting skills and choreography.

The course is a performance based process. Both classes will run Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:30 beginning in mid-October. Classes will include professional instruction in Acting and Voice, and the program will culminate in two youth performances on the set of our mainstage production in the Victor Mitchell Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatre for their family and friends. They will work on a full set with lights, sounds, and costumes.

Initially the students will be working as a single group while we develop basic skills in all of the performance elements.  Once we move into the casting and rehearsal phase they will be split up according to their roles in the show.  All of the children will receive a role in the piece (roles will be assigned by the instructors, and will be geared towards each child’s skill level and what will benefit their development as a performer the most.)

Students enrolled in the program will learn the basics in choral singing, such as tuning, breath management, proper formation of vowels, good diction, posture and facial expression through vocal warmups, exercises, and homework.  The basics of musical sight reading will be taught, listening skills will be honed, and singing in harmony will be introduced.  Students will gain confidence and aptitude in their singing.  The fun, humour and drama of Gilbert and Sullivan is a great way for youth to be introduced to classical music.  Group vocal lessons encourage teamwork and friendship, in a low stress environment!  All students will also have the opportunity to try their hand at solo singing, if they so wish, and the learning environment created will be positive and constructive.

DATE: Starting MID OCTOBER 10:00 – 11:30 every Saturday; classes run to noon starting in February.

COST: Juniors – $375, Seniors – $425
Early Bird rate by July 31 save $50. Additional Family members also save $50.
(Payment plans are available – please call 403-246-2999)

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, Parkdale Community Centre
Space is limited so register early!
Register online starting July 1st!

Or call our office at (403) 246-2999.
No classes over winter break or holiday long weekends.

Instructor Bios:

Michelle Brandenburg (Acting & Theatre School Coordinator)Michelle Brandenburg

Michelle Brandenburg is a professional theatre artist living in the West Bragg Creek area.  She is an Artistic Associate with Morpheus Theatre and has been working in the Calgary Arts community for the past 10 years. Over the last while her focus has moved towards cultivation of the performing arts in young audiences and she is thrilled to be sharing her passion for theatre with the students of G&S Junior.  In her capacity as a performer, educator and writer, she has had the privilege of touring Calgary Schools, promoting Early Literacy through theatre.  She has directed various plays and large scale musicals, performed alongside brilliant actors, and led a variety of workshops and weekly classes. She also has the privilege of organizing Calgary’s only festival for emerging professional artists.

Winnifred Hume (Musical Director)

Win has been teaching voice lessons in Calgary since 2006, after having graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba. She also works as an accompanist and as organ scholar at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer. Win is passionate about the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, and has appeared in and music directed for several Morpheus Theatre productions since 2013.