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locations: Downtown West, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto

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No Strings Theatre
 

No Strings Theatre

Locations: Downtown West, Toronto; Downtown West, Toronto

Type:
Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
Categories:
Musical Theatre
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
Cost:
$350 to $450/week
Age:
12 to 21
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
50
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Denise Williams

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About this camp

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Music Theatre, Theatre, Acting for the Camera in downtown Toronto! March Break and Summer Camps, Intensives, and Workshops for Pre-Teens (10-13), and Teens+, (13 to 21) to grow your performing arts skills including audition preparation, creative writing, and production. Our 2018 summer youth intensive in July will be a fully-staged production of Charles Smalls', The Wiz.

Camp Address
Downtown West, Toronto, Downtown West, Toronto

Camp Session Calendar (2017/18)

Past Sessions:

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Type/Specialty
Gender/Age
 
Day Camp
Theatre Arts
Coed
Ages: 11 - 17
Day Camp
Theatre Arts
Coed
Ages: 11 - 17

Director's Message

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Denise Wiliams, Artistic Director and Producer

Denise Williams has many years of experience and training in the fields of performance, education, and arts and entertainment administration. Her international performance career encompasses the concert stage, opera stage, theatre stage, television, commercials. Her most recent appearances in Toronto have been Monisha in the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s concert performance of Treemonisha at Korner Hall, and was in the cast of Mirvish’s North American Premier of The Sound of Music at the Princes of Wales Theatre. Denise concentrates her time on performance education, and has founded No Strings Theatre with a desire to aid youth in developing their skills in music theatre as well as grow in their team skills for life. As a music educator, she has directed children and youth choirts for Toronto District School Board, Royal St.George’s College School, Suzuki and Thornhill Music Camps, and many other community organizations. She has also led several choral workshops for the Canadian Amateur Musicians (CAMMAC) and was an assistant director for The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Repertory Chorus. Denise has been a private voice teacher for over 20 years and is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) National, the Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), The Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA), The Royal College of Conservatory Examiners (RCM).


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $350 to $450 /week

Scholarships & awards:

  • Priority Area

    Amount: $750 Deadline: June 15, 2014 annually
    Type: Need based
    Details: Families who are living in one of Toronto's known priority areas and have a combination of limited finances and/or more than one dependent.

    Application Details: Please download and fill out application
  • Income Subsidies

    Amount: 40% Deadline: Rolling
    Type: Need based
    Age: 12 to 21
    Details: Based on the total family income.

    Application Details: Submit application Form

Stories & Testimonials

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The Best Camp Ever!

My daughter loved every day at No Strings: she felt both challenged and respected; she made new friends, some of whom she will see next year in high school; and she loved the opportunity to put on a full-scale music theatre production, and was very proud of the result! As a parent, I was delighted that the camp was everything it was advertised to be. The participants were challenged at their own level, and the camp gave them insight into the practices of the professional theatre world. Information coming from the camp was helpful and reliable. And best of all, at the end we enjoyed a terrific performance! It was a treat to see just how engaged each of the performers was during the show. It was clear that they all enjoyed the experience and had a lot of fun along the way. I hope No Strings continues to offer this terrific program -- there's really nothing else quite like it!


The Friendships

Teens leave the program with new skills, a sense of accomplishment and the joy of meeting others with similar interests. The participants bond almost instantly with their felllow cast mates and forge friendships they never forget.


The Show

Summer 2006 was a fully staged performance of Bye Bye Birdie. Staff and students worked together on costumes, props, set changes and many other aspects of a professional stage profuction. This summer, 2007 will be the Dr Seuss musical, Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.


The Actors

Our participants are guided to develop team skills and professionalism. Although they work intensively preparing their roles for the show, they have a loads of fun.


The Program

Teens are instructed by professional instructors and directors who work in the field. They focus on improving their technique in singing, acting and dancing as well as technical aspects of a stage production while participating in classes and rehearsing for a fully-staged production.


Because I Knew You...

Everyone is really friendly and gets along well. The whole cast bonded the moment we met. We did everything together and I always found myself sad to go home at the end of rehearsal. I got closer to these people in a week than I have to most of my friends at school. No Strings is the perfect program for someone like me. The experience is unbelievable and I'm so glad I did it. I made friends that I'll never forget.


Above

The directors went above and beyond to make the program amazing. They were really professional and always willing to help. They even participated in special workshops with us. They kept long hours and stayed behind at rehearsals to make sure we got home ok. We could really talk to the whole staff. They are wonderful people, instructors and performers. The directors were more than just mentors, they were friends.


Learning Curves

The costumes and set were amazing. We really were able to get into the style and the time period of the show. We even learned the gavotte and the waltz from a professional choreographer. The instructors were really down to earth and made us all feel comfortable even if we weren't very experienced. By the time we went on stage everyone knew the style really well and could do the steps in their sleep. The quietest person could be found dancing in the hallways. Even if you?re shy, this program will bring out the best in you.


Impromptu Brilliance

Everyone was really multitalented. Even if you're not a trained singer or don't know how to read music, you are still able to learn and have a lot of fun. It was a really professional production and everyone was very relaxed and enthusiastic. Often someone would come in early from lunch and sit down at the piano to start playing. As the cast and crew arrived people would just join in until we were all singing together. It really was amazing.


In the News

News

April 8, 2016 - NST's MOST EXCITING Summer Music Theatre Intensive yet.

NST to launch most exciting Summer to date with final, fully-produced production staged at world renowned Toronto Centre for the Arts ...


April 8, 2016 - A No Strings Theatre Holiday Festival

A No Strings Theatre Holiday Festival fundraiser, featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors, seasonal favourites, and a live band. ...



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Camp Locations

  • Downtown West, Toronto
    601 Christie St, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 4C7
  • Downtown West, Toronto
    729 St Clair Ave W., Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1B2

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