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Summer may be slowly winding down, but that just means things here at GCTC are quickly ramping up for the new season! Personally, I can’t wait to dive into my second full season of being GCTC’s Education Services Manager. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about how the performing arts can enrich and deepen educational experiences for students, teachers, and community members alike. Long story short, I’m excited to launch into our new season that has a special focus on youth programming, as well as community outreach initiatives. What might those be? Well, let me introduce them to you!
1) Our student matinees! Four of our productions this year have special weekday matinees for students as well as the general public on Wednesdays at noon. We invite students and community groups to join us for the performance with the optional component of a pre-show backstage tour and a post-show talkback with cast members. Here is our 2017-18 mainstage student matinee schedule:
a. You Are Happy: Perfect for grades 11-12, Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
b. Ordinary Days: Perfect for grades 9-12, Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 and Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
c. How Black Mothers Say I Love You: Perfect for grades 10-12, Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
d. Gracie: Perfect for grades 9-12, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
2) New programming just for young people! After the success of Geordie Theatre’s Jabber last season, we’ve added two new productions outside of our regular season that are perfect for the younger members of our audience. In some cases, that means audience members that have yet to be born…
a. Young People’s Theatre’s One Thing Leads to Another
Age Range: 3 to 24 months
One Thing Leads to Another is the culmination of two years of research by Maja Ardal. She has consumed text books full of infant developmental research and, in rehearsal, we have played more games of peek-a-boo with each other than you can imagine. Along the way we have tried to distill an enormous amount of academia into play-based scenarios that will provoke, stimulate and entertain our young audience.
March 7-11, 2018 at 10am and 1pm
b. Green Thumb Theatre’s Still/Falling
Perfect for grades 8-12
Still/Falling tells the story of Nina. Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling… off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible.
April 3-4, 2018 at 10am and 1pm
3) The Hive @ GCTC! After a successful first season of our new youth group, we’ve decided to continue our workshop and discounted ticket series for students aged 14-21. We’ve even confirmed the first four workshops this season! It’s the perfect chance for eager students to work with local artists, meet new people, and get a backstage view of how GCTC works.
“Shakespeare: What the Heck?!” Hive @ GCTC workshop led by Geoff McBride. Photo by Andrew Alexander.
Here is the schedule for our fall 2017 Hive workshops. Stay tuned for spring 2018!
a) Wednesday, September 27th: Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age with GCTC Resident Critic and co-founder of New Ottawa Critics, Brianna McFarlane
b) Wednesday, October 18th: Lighting Design with Seth Gerry
c) Wednesday, November 15th: Musical Theatre with Ordinary Days Music Director, Wendy Berkelaar
d) Wednesday, December 6th: Introduction to Improv with Hugh Neilson
4) Especially for Seniors! We know how tricky it might be for senior members of our audience to make it to our regular performances, so we’ve planned three special events just for them! For three of our Wednesdays matinees at noon, a $20 ticket get seniors’ groups lunch from the Ottawa Bagelshop as well as a ticket to our noon performance. Our Especially for Seniors’ matinees this year are as follows:
a) Ordinary Days: Wednesday, November 15th
b) What a Young Wife Ought to Know: Wednesday, January 31st
c) Gracie: Wednesday, May 9th