Young Company Program Dates and Information

The Acting and Musical Companies

Regular classes in acting, auditioning, singing, speech, dance, and movement, and special workshops in things like clowning, Laban, Shakespeare, and stage combat. The program culminates in a series of performances (a play and a musical) that demonstrate what the participants have learned over the course of the year. The play and musical are chosen specially for the participants – to give each of them an opportunity to shine – and are directed by local theatre artists. Many of our alumni are now in prestigious acting and musical theatre training programs across North America.

The Young Playwriting Company

A hands-on program which facilitates script development under the mentorship of established playwrights  and dramaturgs. Students work on short plays which are presented in a series of staged readings at the end of the program year.

The Theatre Production Company

A practical-based program for directors, designers, technicians, stage managers, etc. Students work with professional artists at the Citadel theatre in those various areas and then put their skills to work on one of our year-end shows.


We will begin accepting applications on May 1. Applicants for all companies must register on-line and pay the application fee of $25.

Auditions for the Acting and Musical Companies will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 2017 from 10am-6pm at the Citadel Theatre. (see details below)

Applications for the Playwriting and Theatre Production Companies will be accepted until September 1, 2017. (see details below)


We are looking for promise and potential – not finished products. Don’t worry if you don’t have much, or any, audition experience. Our goal to make the audition as stress-free as possible.

Acting Company – please prepare two contrasting memorized monologues, from published plays, each no longer than two minutes.

Musical Company – please prepare one monologue, memorized, from a published play, no longer than two minutes, and one song from the Musical Theatre repertoire. Prepare one verse and one chorus of the song. It‘s always good to bring an additional song and monologue as well. Accompaniment will be provided – no singing a cappella or to a recording please.

If you’d like to audition for both the Acting and Musical Companies, please prepare two monologues and a song (as described above).


Playwriting Company – please attach two samples of your creative writing. Dramatic literature is preferred. These samples will be evaluated by our panel on the basis of promise and potential.

Theatre Production Company – please include what area(s) of technical theatre, design or production you are interested in (although you will be exposed to multiple disciplines throughout the course of the year) and why you’d like to be a part of the company. If you have samples of your work, you may upload those with your application.

Young Acting and Musical Companies Program Dates and Information (subject to change)


Classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-10 pm.

September 11 through December 15, 2017 (no classes Monday, October 9 and Monday and Wednesday, November 6 & 8) Regular core classes in acting, movement, dance, singing, auditioning and voice.

January 8 through February 16, 2018  

Continued audition training, plus specialized workshops in areas such as Shakespeare, Mask, Viewpoints, Improvisation, Stage Combat, etc. taught by theatre professionals including Bob Baker, Don Horsburgh, Brian Dooley and others.


The annual Showcase performance of class material will be held in The Club on Friday December 15, 2017, with rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday December 11 and 13.

Final Performances

Rehearsals from Monday, February 26 through Wednesday May 16, 2018 and all Sundays in May in preparation for a musical and a play chosen specifically for each company. Final performances of both of these shows will be in the Club at the Citadel and run from Thursday May 24– Sunday May 27, 2018.

Please Note:

  • Additional class time may be required for workshops and rehearsals.

Young Playwriting Company Program Dates and Information

* While this program is designed for participants aged 16 – 21, applicants to the Young Playwriting Company who are older than 21 years of age will be considered on a case by case basis.


Classes meet Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

October 3 through December 5, 2017; and January 16 through May 22, 2018 (no class February 20, March 27 and select writing weeks)

Includes regular coursework with resident and guest playwrights, dramaturges and directors. Alternating regular coursework with “writing weeks” when students will work independently on their plays. Dates are subject to change.

Staged Readings:

Monday – Wednesday, May 28-30, 2018 Staged Readings with professional actors in The Club

Young Theatre Production Company Program Dates and Information


No regularly scheduled class days and time. Classes will meet based upon interest of participants and the availability of people and programs. Previous years have seen sessions in directing, stage management, production management, scenic painting, set/costume/lighting design, film/video design, etc. The company averages one session per month.
Beginning in March, students will be assigned to one of the two productions of the Young Acting and Musical Companies. They will work as ASMs, assistant directors, assistant designers, or in another area of interest.

October through December 2017; and January through May 2018


In support of the development of young theatre artists and their contributions to a vibrant theatre community, the Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy subsidizes approximately 75% of all costs associated with each of the Young Companies.

Tuition for the full year Program including classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, materials and selected tickets to Citadel Theatre shows. Tuition may be paid in installments, half must be paid by December 31, 2017 and the balance by March 1, 2018.

  • Young Acting Company $1,650.00 + GST
  • Young Musical Company $1,850.00 + GST
  • Young Playwriting Company $850.00 + GST
  • Young Theatre Production Company $650.00 + GST

Applications for the 2017/2018 Young Companies will open May 1, 2017.

Partial Scholarships are available towards Young Company Tuition.

Young Company Scholarship Application

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