Join this active, creative, inspiring camp this year. Theatre games, singing, dancing, and skill-building activities that is all recreational for the minis, and leads towards a small performance for the older kids. Have fun! Make friends! Perform your heart out this spring with TES Theatre Company.
Location: Tightrope Theatre, 2343 Main Street, Vancouver
There will be a small showcase for the older group from 2 – 3pm on Friday March 24.
TES Theatre Company is kicking off the new year with theatre: new plays for each troupe. Every level is tackling their own production, from the youngest participants (minis and juniors) to the oldest (intermediates and seniors).
Every group collaborates to choose, cast, and mount their own play. Students participate in whatever capacity makes them excited, which might be dancing with the ensemble, painting sets, or helping with lighting, or it might be designing choreography, writing musical scores, performing the starring role, or directing the whole production. Some students skim the surface and some dive deep, but all are supported and mentored by our fabulous and skilled instructors, who lend their vast talent and experience to facilitating the students’ ambitions.
This collaborative approach to youth musical theatre yields incredible results. The plays are dynamic and creative, expressive of the youth voices that create them: sparkling and original. TES Theatre Company offers a truly unique opportunity for young people to explore their own artistic visions through musical theatre, and both the participants and the audiences benefit from the process. The plays are exquisitely memorable and enjoyable because they are so fresh.
If your experience of kids’ theatre is flat, canned productions with kids merely reciting lines that adults feed them, check out TES Theatre. It is a completely different paradigm, where youth are centre stage, behind the stage, and in every stage of artistic development. After all, TES stands for “The Emerging Stage” because we help young artists emerge at every stage. We provide a space for emerging artists.
TES Theatre Company welcomes teens to our Senior Theatre Program, where youth from 14 – 21 can create their own productions. This might include writing a script, designing a stage set, creating costumes, props, or lighting. It might mean rehearsing, acting, singing, dancing. It might mean being a stage manager, a publicist, a fundraiser. TES Theatre provides the mentoring, the coaching, the skills-building, the support, and the opportunities for young artists to emerge.
Join our Senior Theatre Troupe, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 3pm, in the heart of Vancouver BC, and discover how much you have to contribute. Make friends! Make theatre! Find your inner artist.
Don’t miss out on our FREE day of Glee Club, this Thursday September 29, from 10am – noon, in East Vancouver. There will be some singing and dancing to your favourite songs in a zero-pressure but highly fun environment. Make friends! Find your glee.
Space is limited RSVP to get on the list, and try GLEE CLUB for free!
TES Theatre Company invites all 13 – 19 year olds to try out our Glee Club for FREE!
This is a relaxed and fun way to do some zero-pressure singing & dancing to popular songs with other teens. No experience required! No particular skills required. This is 100% for fun.
Our Glee Club for teens runs Thursdays 10am – 3pm in Vancouver, and we are inviting all teens to come try it out this week at no cost. This is a great activity for high-school age home learners, or any teens who have flexible schedules.
Thursday September 29, 2022
10am – 12pm
By RSVP only. Space is limited, so contact us to get on the list.
Our Musical Theatre Program for Seniors is a different from anything they’ve ever done before!
Teens at TES Theatre take the lead in exploring their own creative visions. The participants in the Senior Program choose the plays. Sometimes they pitch favourites that resonate with the group, and sometimes they write entirely new scripts dealing with whatever topics are important to them at the time.
Participants choose how they want to be involved–directing, choreographing, designing, painting, lighting, promoting, or of course performing. Many students focus on singing, dancing, and acting, but some prefer the backstage roles, and learn how to be stagehands, or props masters, or sound technicians.
The plays that the Senior members produce are innovative, original, and inspired. They are student-led, and mentor-supported. Participants learn and grow and thrive during the creation of their productions, tackling new skills, embracing new talents, and trying new things.
TES Musical Theatre Classes are ideal for home learners, home schoolers, or online learners. Our teen classes are during the week, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 3pm. Teens can even get high school credits through most DL’s/OL’s. It can be hard to find high quality, engaging classes for high school aged home learners. We are happy to provide such a fantastic option.
Senior members make lifelong friends during this creative process. Many of our graduates have gone on to produce their own art, or study some form of theatre, performing arts, or stage production at the post-secondary level. And even for those who don’t, their years with TES Theatre provide an unforgettable life experience, being part of something so creative.
What’s new at TES Theatre Company? We have a new Glee Club!
This is a no-pressure, totally fun and safe way to have fun with singing and dancing. No experience necessary to join in. There will be easy choreography to accompany all your favourite catchy tunes. Learn the moves and make friends!
Glee Club is Thursday mornings 10am – noon. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the showcase and the cabaret. What could be more fun than dancing and singing along to your favourite hits? Get your glee on at TES Theatre Company!
Whether you are a registered home schooler, or a DL/OL home learner, TES Theatre’s immersive daytime programs are a perfect fit.
TES (The Emerging Stage) Theatre Company is an offshoot of TES (Transforming Education Society) which is a non-profit society dedicated to advancing alternative, democratic, non-coercive, nurturing opportunities for education. Rather than instructing and directing, we believe in engaging and supporting young people to pursue their creative potential. Making theatre is inspiring!
TES Theatre Company provides an enriching, collaborative community in which participants thrive. We embrace individuality and diversity, and maintain a safe space so that learners can be their own unique and best selves. We are inclusive and welcoming, creating a feeling of acceptance and camaraderie that results in lasting friendships. Making theatre is social!
We dive deep into the performing arts, creating theatrical productions that are as fun to watch as they are to make. Our shows are professional and memorable, delighting and entertaining audiences, showcasing the range, skill, and diligence of the students. Because students are involved in every level of production, they have a deep sense of ownership over the finished product. Making theatre is rewarding!
We have a great time. Students love coming to class, figuring out new choreography, dreaming up costume ideas, brainstorming how to build a tricky prop, perfecting that solo, bowing to a roomful of applause. There is joy in making collaborative art, in the glory of team work, in sharing the spotlight of creative success. Making theatre is fun!
Home learners thrive in this youth-centred environment. They learn obvious things like drama, music, dance, and stagecraft. But they also learn less tangible things, like working hard to achieve a better outcome; that practice really does make you better; that there is deep, satisfying joy in completing a project; how to work well with others; how to effectively communicate or pitch your own vision; how to rise to the occasion; how to portion out an enormous project into manageable pieces…and so much more. Making theatre is educational!
TES Theatre is approved by most DL/OL programs. We document our curriculum and can match learning outcomes for a number of different BC courses. We are a great way to use allotments! Even high school students can get course credits through our partnership with IDEAS. Many of our home learning graduates have gone on to study performing or production arts at the post secondary level. Making theatre is learning!
Whatever kind of home learner you are, TES Theatre has a program for you. Making theatre is for everyone.
Are you looking for a summer camp here in Vancouver that’s as affordable as it is engaging? Are you looking for a memorable summer camp experience that’s exhilarating and active, creative, and fun? Are you wishing for a camp experience where your kids will be welcomed, where they will be comfortable being their own unique selves?
TES Theatre’s summer camp is all of those things. We provide an enthusiastically inclusive environment in which diversity is celebrated, and kids can be who they want to be. One of the compelling benefits of theatre is you can be yourself, or you can try being someone else.
At TES Theatre, even the most reticent participants get caught up in the music and dance, and find themselves overcoming inhibitions and getting creative. The spirit of musical theatre can be irresistible in such a supportive and positive environment. Our shyest members sometimes choose to take on starring roles.
Making friends is a natural consequence of participating side by side in theatre. The back-stage camaraderie of the shared experience is very strong, and can create long term bonds. Making theatre is highly social, as it is infused with ice-breaker activities, theatre games, and confidence-boosting exercises.
TES Theatre’s programs, including the summer camp, stand out because the participants play a strong role in their own creative decisions. Rather than just perform from the teacher’s direction, TES Theatre youth truly put on the show, sometimes choosing the play, sometimes writing it, or directing it, or choreographing it. All levels of ability and all levels of contribution are recognized and welcomed. The students’ visions are centre-stage, and the results are stunning.
We still have space in our August 2nd – 5th summer camp, for ages 7 – 16. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Register today.