Great Big Theatre Company

Various Locations Multiple Cities, Ontario, L9H 6G1 Locations: Ontario (8), Online (view map)

Ages:
4 to 14 (Coed )
Type:
Virtual Program, Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
Programs:
View 12 available; 1 TBD; 2 temporarily closed
Specialty:
Theatre Arts
Cost:
$98 to $260
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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Great Big Theatre Company
 

Drama is a great way for kids to build skills and confidence. Great Big Theatre Company has offered theatre and acting programs for kids since 1994.  There are camps in North York, Scarborough, Toronto Beach, Toronto Centre, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Newmarket, Markham, Oshawa, Whitby, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Grimsby, St Catharines, Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Woodstock and London.  GBTC's experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Plays, monologues, mime, improvisation, theatre games, musical theatre, stagecraft. Fun for all ! One-week sessions, performances every week !


The Our Kids review of Great Big Theatre Company

 

The GBTC was founded by lily Small and her husband Charles Small in Dundas in 1994. Then as now it was a non-profit organization based in a passion for the arts and in the knowledge of how, through both passive and active engagement, can transform the lives of young people. The program grew, to say the least, based in the quality of the programs and supported by a growing community of participants. There are now locations throughout the GTA, with a participation rate in the thousands. Each session is close-knit, bringing kids together around a clear set of challenges—improv, theatre games, stagecraft, and performance—and the joys of meeting them. While each session is a week in length, the experience can be significant, sparking fast friendships in a deceptively short period of time.


The 2020 Experience at Great Big Theatre Company

GBTC actively monitors applicable public health advisories and will ensure that adequate measures are in place at our locations to ensure that our programs can operate safely. We reserve the right to exclude participants from any session, on a temporary basis, based on quarantine requirements, symptomatic status and recent contacts with infection. Refunds will be provided for dates not attended due to such exclusions. Parents / guardians may be asked to complete a health and safety questionnaire before participation in each program session. For this summer: we are offering no in-person camps. We are planning to re-open for in-person classes in October 2020; registration for Fall-Winter-Spring classes, March Break 2021 and Summer 2021 camps is now available online. We are offering online virtual camps for the full summer; we will also be offering virtual classes in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Please call with any questions, at 1 866 864 4282 or 905 628 9747

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Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 12 programs available; 1 TBD; 2 temporarily closed.

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Virtual program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 14
Theatre Arts $68 to $85

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Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting|Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Virtual program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 14
Theatre Arts $120 to $220

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Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting|Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Virtual program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 14
Theatre Arts $120 to $220

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Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting|Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 14
Theatre Arts Cost TBD

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Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Musical Theatre
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 5
Theatre Arts Cost TBD
Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Vocal training / singing|Jazz|Drawing|Musical Theatre
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Theatre Arts $160 to $200

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 9 - 14
Theatre Arts $240 to $300

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Theatre Arts $160 to $200

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 9 - 14
Theatre Arts $240 to $300

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Theatre Arts $160 to $200

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 9 - 14
Theatre Arts $240 to $300

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Theatre Arts $160 to $200

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Class/league/program
Coed
Ages: 9 - 14
Theatre Arts $240 to $300

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Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 14
Theatre Arts $240 to $265

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Jazz|Vocal training / singing|Musical Theatre|Set and costume design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting|Arts & Crafts|Drawing
Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Vocal training / singing
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Various Locations, Multiple Cities, Ontario
Other locations: Ontario (8), Online

Great Big Theatre Company
Great Big Theatre Company
Various Locations Multiple Cities, Ontario, L9H 6G1
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Director's Message

Charles Small, Executive Director

It's our 20th year !  Help us celebrate.  We're expecting another great year of summer fun, with our camp programs all across Toronto, the GTA and southwest Ontario.  Our goal is to build skills and confidence, create special camp memories, and ensure that each of our campers has an inspiring and enriching camp week. 

See you in the summer !

 

 


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $98 to $260 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 1

Discounts

Discount if paid early $60

Scholarships & awards:
Total annual scholarship fund: $6,000 CAD

  • Low-Income

    Amount: $125 Deadline: August 26, 2016 annually
    Type: Need based
    Age: 6 to 14
    Details: GBTC offers registration opportunities to low-income families. Our goal is to encourage wide participation within the communities we serve and to make it possible for children to attend where they might otherwise be restricted by financial limitations. Eligible families can register a child for a full week of summer camp for $ 130.00 (a discount of approximately 50 % below full registration rates). Availability is limited to particular camp weeks / locations; the full list of eligible camps can be found on our Web site, along with information on eligibility and registration

    Application Details: Proof of low-income family status is required. This can be sent before or after registering your child; however, it must be submitted in advance of the camp start date. Acceptable documentation includes one of the following: (1) Tax assessment from current or previous year. (2) Proof of current eligibility for program subsidies for child care or children's programming at the regional or municipal level (3) Proof of acceptance for subsidy by Jumpstart or similar programs (4) Letter of support from a recognized social agency. If none of the above is available, we will also, depending on circumstances, accept a letter from the family outlining why financial support is needed. Required documentation can be submitted by mail (to Great Big Theatre Company, 4 Thistle Lane, Dundas ON L9H 6G1), by fax (to 905 628 2016), or by e-mail. Low-income registration must be completed online using Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card. Please use the online registration system and, where coupon code is requested, enter: LOWINCOME

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What they said (continued !)

Fabulous camp and counsellors A great big thank you ! My daughter really enjoyed herself. You offered a nice variety of activities for the kids This is our third year ! Thanks for another great camp experience ! Totally enjoyable, keep up the good work ! Wonderful experience ! Thank you !! All I know is that my daughter had a great time. Everything I heard and saw was great ! Thanks to all of you ! My daughter has had a wonderful week ! See you next year ! Thank you ! My son loved the program. Thank you for all your efforts. Thanks great job ! Thanks for a great week. My son really enjoyed it Great show ! A great achievement in five days. Wonderful Well done ! And the kids had a blast ! This is my daughter's third year with GBTC and she loves it ! Great job with the kids ! My daughter had a fantastic time ! Thanks for a great experience ! Awesome ! Good job ! My daughter loved it ! My son had a blast he was always sad to see me when I picked him up ! They want to come againthey really enjoyed the week ! A definite boost to my children's confidence My daughter was very excited about the whole week I am more than pleased with this camp experience and the kids loved it ! Thank you ! Lots of fun ! My daughter wished the camp was longer They loved it Wonderful camp ! Thank you !! Confidence has soared ! Really enjoyed this experience. Thank you Great job ! My kids begged to do another week ! This was my son's first exposure to theatre -- and he loved it ! Great job ! My son loved the program. Thank you for all your efforts. ...



What they said about the camps ...

Wow I was so impressed with your day camp and the performance I was overwhelmed with the performance of my 'shy' son My son has never liked any kind of camp ! He had a wonderful week with your camp and the terrific counsellors. He has already asked where he can go to take acting classes. All around everything was done very well and I will not hesitate to recommend your camp to anyone ... Thank you for a terrific week ! Our daughter really enjoyed the camp ! My daughter had a great time. This was her first year and she can't wait to go back The performance was very impressive ! Direction and development without impatience or pressure !! My son really enjoyed himself FUN !!! WAY FUN - put 3 check marks there !! Every day my son said he had a GREAT day ! My son greatly enjoyed the camp My daughter has had a great week Excellent program - big confidence booster The kids loved it ! The kids had a great time ! She thoroughly enjoyed the experience My daughter loved it ! The camp is awesome. My daughter loves it. Thanks to all the staff. You're the best ! ...



What they said about our staff ...

...excellent group ! very personable They were all great Staff did a great job with the kids. I can't believe what they learned in only a week. Super job. Right away they got my [child] involved [so as] to get to know other campers. Very patient and compassionate. Great work ! Nice people. Excellent staff. My son really liked them. We were often given positive feedback at the end of the day. They were excellent with the children ! Excellent staff. All the counsellors were very impressive, energetic and very friendly, they made my child feel comfortable. Great counsellors I like how you worked with their level of comfort Great job Wow ! The counsellors were very caring -- instilled confidence gently and quietly directed, and shared the students' enthusiasm and joy. To mold and smoothly create a performance that included such a variety of performers is a feather in their cap and shows directional skill. Thank you ! My son talked every day about how great the camp leaders are ! Exceptional. They are friendly, warm, competent, capable, well-rounded young adults. They are great role models for my son. Thank you ! You couldn't find more wonderful staff. ...



From summer evaluations ...

My children ... have been participating in the programs run by the Great Big Theatre Company for over three years now ... My initial interest in the program was for my oldest son who was a little shy. I felt the acting may help with his self-esteem and the results were astounding. The instructors were great and by the end of the week-long camp, [he] ... was one of the hits of the performance. Since then the kids haven't missed a session ... All of the instructors have been great with the kids and are knowledgeable in their craft. I have referrred a number of people ... and those that participate have had good experiences as well. I highly recommend this program to children to help them overcome any fear of public performance and build self-esteem. My children will continue to participate in the program and camps for as long as they are offered. ...



In the News

March 6, 2020 - Great Big Theatre Company: March Break, plus summer discounts !

GBTC's March Break Acting Camps... at nine locations, Mar 16-20. And a reminder: summer early registration discounts end March 31 ! ...


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