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Civic Theatres Toronto is one of the city’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. We are proud to offer engaging field trips and transformative theatrical experiences with accompanying resources for all grades!

18/19 School Matinees
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Join us for matinee performances designed specifically for schools and intended to support the Ontario Curriculum through engaging live performances and complementary study guides. View our 18.19 School Matinee Brochure here.

October 18, 2018        Fatty Legs (Grades 3 - 12)                                                          
May 8, 2019                 SPIN (Grades 9 - 12)
May 16 & 17, 2019      A Fool's Errand (Grades K - 6)
May 16 & 17, 2019      Is this a Dagger? (Grades 2 - 6)
May 17, 2019              The Man Who Planted Trees (Grades 2 - 6)

Tickets are $10 each (HST included) with a special group discount of one FREE teacher/supervisor ticket with every 20 student tickets purchased.
Bookings now open!

If you have any questions, contact us by email education@sonycentre.ca or call 416-368-6161 ext. 8242.

18/19 Specialist High Skills Major Workshops
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Through a partnership with the Ministry of Education, Civic Theatres Toronto offers SHSM certification workshops at Civic Theatres Toronto. Students from all corners of Ontario in the Arts & Culture SHSM streams earn credits through interactive certification workshops. Led by Civic Theatres Toronto staff and arts and culture industry professionals, students participate in one certification workshop and attend an evening main stage show!

Past certification workshops have included: Event Planning, Production & Backstage Tour, Social Media & Marketing, Grant Writing, Makeup & Cosmetology, Technical Staging, Customer Service, and Costume Design.

Workshop & Evening Performance: Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only: Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

18.19 Specialist High Skills Major Workshop Dates
Friday, November 16, 2018       Makeup & Cosmetology
Friday, February 8, 2019            Costume Design | Publicity *Wait List Only
Friday, February 22, 2019          Makeup & Cosmetology | Production *Limited
Friday, March 29, 2019              Arts Management
Friday, May 3, 2019                    Makeup & Cosmetology *Limited
Friday, May 10, 2019                  Production | Publicity | Grant Writing

Click here to complete the online book request form

*Expand the tabs below for more information on each workshop date!

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our email list, contact us by email education@sonycentre.ca or call 416-368-6161 ext. 8242.


 

Friday, February 8, 2019: Costume Design and Publicity SHSM Workshops
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Cirque Eloize

Join arts and culture industry professionals at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on Friday, February 8, 2019. Students will participate in one of two certification workshops and attend the evening performance of HOTEL by Cirque Éloize!

Workshop & Evening Performance: Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only:
Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

Certification Workshops - Click Here to Book

  • Costume Design with Robin Fisher *Wait List Only
    Recommended for Arts & Culture SHSM Students
    Work with award-winning Costume Designer Robin Fisher in this interactive workshop. Learn about a career in Costume Design and how to draw a figure. Examining the process from story to design, participants will read a play excerpt and draw designs for different characters.
  • Publicity with Amy Gottung *Wait List Only
    Recommended for Arts & Culture, Non-Profit and Business SHSM Students
    This facilitated, interactive workshop will explore some of the many things marketing can mean, and entail, in practice. Participants will design and compare marketing plans for a variety of production contexts. Ideal for any arts-interested student, whether you're considering a career in marketing, wondering how to find your audience on a shoestring budget, or just looking to better understand this expansive and slippery term.

Schedule:

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM SHSM Certification Workshop
  • 7:30PM Evening Performance: Participation includes one ticket per person to attend HOTEL by Cirque Éloize after the workshop. For its 25th anniversary, Cirque Éloize once again presents a touching, poetic, one-of-a-kind creation. HOTEL is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it. A stopover where lives intersect, collide and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories. Acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music, will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. Avant-garde stage design, inspired by the elegance of the great hotels, will carry the narrative. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of HOTEL.

 

Friday, February 22, 2019: Production and Makeup & Cosmetology SHSM Workshops
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Amadeus Live

Join arts and culture industry professionals at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 22, 2019. Students will participate in one of two certification workshops and attend the evening performance of Amadeus Live!

Workshop & Evening Performance: Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only:
Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

Certification Workshops - Click Here to Book

  • Makeup & Cosmetology with Sharon Burke *Wait List Only
    Recommended for Arts & Culture SHSM Students
    Work with makeup industry expert Sharon Burke. After a tutorial, students will work with partners using MAC makeup to transform each other!
  • Production with Kristopher Dell *Limited
    Recommended for Arts & Culture SHSM Students
    Work with Civic Theatres Production staff to learn about the process of preparing the stage for the performance. Participants in this workshop will be taken on a backstage tour, learn how to plan a show by working backwards, and navigate real-life "this actually happened" dilemmas.

Schedule:

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM SHSM Certification Workshop
  • 7:30PM Evening Performance: Participation includes one ticket per person to attend Amadeus Live after the workshop. Experience the return of the multi-Academy Award® winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus on a vast HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live in-sync by a full orchestra and choir.
Friday, March 29, 2019: Arts Management SHSM Workshop
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Ballet BC

Join arts and culture industry professional, Andrew Kwan at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on Friday, March 29, 2019. Students will participate in a certification workshop and attend the evening performance of Ballet BC!

Workshop & Evening Performance:
Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only:
Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

Certification Workshop - Click Here to Book

  • Arts Management with Andrew Kwan
    Recommended for Arts & Culture, Non-Profit and Business SHSM Students.
    SHOW MUST GO ON!
    For most, there is nothing more exhilarating than being an audience in a crowd of passionate fans or as an artist, the rush of performing live. Indeed, the show must go on, but are you aware of how much is actually going on? 26 year veteran Andrew Kwan, manager and agent to Juno winners, Grammy nominees, international competition winners, and touring artists who have graced the stages on all continents, will share with you a little about work behind the scenes that is involved in making a concert. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the artist, agent, manager, producer, and marketing within the music business.

 Schedule:

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM SHSM Certification Workshop
  • 8:00PM Evening Performance: Participation includes one ticket per person to attend Ballet BC after the workshop. Bold and innovative, Ballet BC’s distinctive style and approach returns to Toronto. Ballet BC presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and is a hotbed for the creation and performance of new works. Since 2009, they have developed a repertoire of more than 45 new works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers including William Forsythe, Cayetano Soto, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and Aszure Barton among many others.

 

Friday, May 3, 2019: Makeup & Cosmetology SHSM Workshop
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix In Concert

Join arts and culture industry professionals at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 3, 2019. Students will participate in a certification workshops and attend the evening performance of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert!

Workshop & Evening Performance: Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only:
Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

Certification Workshop - Click Here to Book

  • Makeup & Cosmetology with Sharon Burke *Limited
    Recommended for Arts & Culture SHSM Students
    Work with makeup industry expert Sharon Burke. After a tutorial, students will work with partners using MAC makeup to transform each other!

Schedule:

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM SHSM Certification Workshop
  • 7:30PM Evening Performance: Participation includes one ticket per person to attend Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert after the workshop. Experience your favorite movies transformed with the music of a live symphony orchestra in the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series. For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.
Friday, May 10, 2019: Production, Publicity and Grant Writing SHSM Workshops
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Eifman Ballet

Join arts and culture industry professionals at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 10, 2019. Students will participate in one of three certification workshops and attend the evening performance of Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA!

Workshop & Evening Performance:
Costs are $55/Student and $30/Adults.
Workshop Only:
Costs are $25/Student and Adults are free.

Certification Workshops - Click Here to Book

  • Grant Writing with Martha Haldenby and E.J. Alon
    Recommended for Arts & Culture, Non-Profit and Business SHSM Students
    Join Civic Theatres Toronto’s seasoned non-profit arts professionals, Martha Haldenby and E.J. Alon, in an interactive workshop and discussion focused on grant writing, the importance of building relationships, and important tips for navigating the ever-changing landscape of arts and culture fundraising.
  • Publicity with Amy Gottung
    Recommended for Arts & Culture, Non-Profit and Business SHSM Students
    This facilitated, interactive workshop will explore some of the many things marketing can mean, and entail, in practice. Participants will design and compare marketing plans for a variety of production contexts. Ideal for any arts-interested student, whether you're considering a career in marketing, wondering how to find your audience on a shoestring budget, or just looking to better understand this expansive and slippery term.

  • Production with Kristopher Dell
    Recommended for Arts & Culture SHSM Students
    Work with Civic Theatres Production staff to learn about the process of preparing the stage for the performance. Participants in this workshop will be taken on a backstage tour, learn how to plan a show by working backwards, and navigate real-life "this actually happened" dilemmas.

Schedule:

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM SHSM Certification Workshop
  • 8:00PM Evening Performance: Participation includes one ticket per person to attend Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA after the workshop. The immortal music and agonized life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky are cast in a bold new light through the eyes of Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. Returning for their fourth anticipated Toronto engagement, the dramatic intensity and exquisite artistry of Eifman Ballet invites viewers into the brilliant mind and tumultuous struggles of the unparalleled composer, Tchaikovsky.

    Hailed as “a swirling, vivid panorama of emotions and settings” (New York Times) this emotionally gripping production, which premiered in 1993 in St. Petersburg and has since toured the globe to enormous acclaim, uses state-of-the-art technology to share a surreal – at times hallucinatory - vision of the artist’s life. The narrative soars on a score featuring some of the composter’s most beloved symphonies and ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.