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School Programs

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!

School Matinees
Join us for matinee performances designed specifically for schools and intended to support the Ontario Curriculum through engaging live performances and complementary study guides.

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

Specialist High Skills Major Certification Workshops
Through a partnership with the Ministry of Education, we also offer Arts & Culture SHSM certification workshops in areas such as production, grant writing, and cosmetology! Contact us for more information!

Expand the tabs below for more information! If you have any questions, contact us by email or call 416-368-6161 ext. 8242.

School Matinees

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

Fatty Legs
Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 10:15am & 1:00pm
Length: 45 minutes + Q&A
For Grades: 3 12

Combining ethereal singing, engaging narration, and contemporary Indigenous dance, Fatty Legs is a choral theatre adaptation of the book Fatty Legs written by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. This show is a collaborative creation between an Inuit author, an Anishinaabe dancer, a Mi’kmaw spoken word artist, and a non-Indigenous choral ensemble. It is a profound yet accessible story that brings to light the suffering created by residential schools while celebrating the deep strength of a child who refused to be broken by her experiences.

Curriculum Connections & Themes: Indigenous Studies/Residential schools in Canada. Social Studies. English Language Arts. Music. Drama. Dance. Health & Physical Education.

Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 10:15am & 1:00pm
Length: 60 minutes + Q&A
For Grades: 1 4

Playwright Mark Crawford explores gender expression in this bold play for young audiences. Deep in Simon’s basement is a secret world of imagination and adventure - where Simon and their new friend Abby encounter dragons, princesses, and other mythological creatures. A thoughtful and hilarious play about our ability to transform.

Curriculum Connections & Themes: Self-Expression. Gender. Imagination. Friendship. Bullying. Social Studies.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 12:30pm
Length: 50 minutes + Q&A
For Grades: 9 12

Through a series of songs played live on a vintage bicycle, award-winning Toronto theatre artist and songwriter Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an innovative musical and theatrical journey about women, cycling and liberation. One part documentary and another part musical activism, SPIN is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895.

Curriculum Connections & Themes: History. Gender studies. Music. Language Arts. Media Awareness. Physical Education. Geography.


Arts and Culture Workshops

Thank you for your interest in SHSM Arts & Culture workshops at the Sony Centre!
The next SHSM date will be Friday, May 18, 2018.
Booking Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

Please note, your booking is not confirmed until you receive an official booking confirmation. We will confirm booking requests on a first-come, first-serve basis and confirmations will be subject to workshop capacity.

Students: $55/person
Teachers: $30/person

Friday, May 18, 2018
Participation includes one ticket per student to attend Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert after the workshops. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra and choir as Harry soars across the big screen. From the moment Harry uses the Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love.

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(Choose one per participant)

Grant Writing Icon Grant Writing - Wait List Only
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.

Event Planning Group iconEvent Planning - Wait List Only
Work with Civic Theatre Toronto’s Events and Sales Staff to participate in the engaging process of working with a client to book an event. Conduct a site inspection and learn how to activate large spaces.

Production icon Production - Wait List Only
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.

Makeup Mirror IconMakeup & Cosmetology - Wait List Only
Work with makeup industry expert Sharon Burke. After a tutorial, students will work with partners using MAC makeup to transform each other!

social media Social Media & Marketing - Wait List Only
Work with Civic Theatres Toronto’s Marketing Staff to discover the secrets of social media strategy for business. Learn the tools to create content that engages diverse audiences and prospective patrons.

Schedule for Friday, May 18, 2018

1:00pm Arrival and Check-in
1:30pm Welcome
2:00pm-5:00pm Certification Workshops (choose one per participant)
5:00pm Dinner Break
7:30pm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert (show running time will be approximately 3 hours, including an intermission)

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

  • Students must be accompanied/supervised by a teacher.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own dinner. Off-site options are available to purchase dinner.
  • Bookings will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information or to be added to our wait list, please contact our Education & Engagement Department at, 416-368-6161 x 8242