Solar Stage is pleased to present theatre for the young and young at heart year round!
Information on upcoming classes can be found by scrolling down the page.Co-Artistic Directors: Dahlia Katz and M. John Kennedy
We believe in exposing audiences to diverse theatrical works which instill a sense of wonder, arouse empathy, and celebrate playing and the spirit of play.
We believe theatre available to young people should fortify community and family relationships across age groups through the shared experience of performed stories.
We believe in works of diversity in style, tradition, ethnicity, ability, gender, and age.
We work to distill the concept of 'all ages' experience with critical, discerning artistry.
We stand for community engagement, artistic enrichment and professional development.
We want Solar Stage to be a part of the village that raises a child.
Solar Stage is a registered charitable organization, with professionally audited statements annually and receives funding and support from the Ontario Arts Council Endowment Fund.
*If you are interested in booking a birthday party for one of our shows or would like to book a school performance, please call our box office at 416-368-8031 and leave a message as those options are only available by speaking to someone in the office.
*Solar Stage Children's Theatre offers Summer Day Camps for Young Children! Call our office at 416-368-8031 for more details or to register.*
We will use the resources of Solar Stage to create original shows using our bodies, voices, ideas, imaginations (and some costumes and props too). Come see what's behind the curtain and how the magic of theatre is created by making some yourself. This course will culminate with a performance for family and friends in the Solar Stage theatre space.
Sessions will take place at our theatre, located on the concourse level of 100 Upper Madison Ave.
A minimum of 5 children will be required for a class to run.
A maximum of 15 children per class.
Children MUST be out of diapers.
For more information or to register your child, please call 416-368-8031
Registration deadline is June 30, 2016
Session 1:For ages 4 to 6
Dates:August 22 to 26, 2016 - daily from 9am to 12pm
Cost:$200 plus HST per child
This one week half-day session offers an introduction to the world of drama for young children. Through storytelling, movement, songs, and pantomime the child's creativity and imagination is able to take flight. The different exercises and games facilitate the development of body and sensory awareness, as well as the ability to cooperate and respond with others in group activities. On Fri Aug 26 at 11:20am there will be an open house, showcasing favourite games and scenes created during the week.
Session 2: For ages 5 to 7
Dates:August 22 to 26, 2016 - daily from 1pm to 5pm
Cost:$250 plus HST per child
For this one week half-day session imagination is centre stage. Creative activities include role playing, tableaux (frozen pictures), improvisation, and pantomime. Through these fun-filled exercises and games the students increase their self-confidence and comfort on stage, as well as their communication and social skills. On Fri Aug 26 at 4:20pm there will be an open house, showcasing favourite games and scenes created during the week.
Solar Stage Children's Theatre
4950 Yonge Street, Box 115, The Madison Centre
Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6K1
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Best of Kids Fringe Festival (2 shows)
(Plays) Grades 1 to 12
Solar Stage hosts one special weekend of brand new Canadian shows for kids presented at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival of Theatre! Our Artistic Directors have selected this year's winners:
Hamlet... A Puppet Epic!
By Shakey-Shake and Friends
Plots! Schemes! Puppets! There's something awesome in the state of Denmark! FringeKids favourite Shakey-Shake and Friends return with their most ambitious play yet: Hamlet! Comic hijinks abound as Shakes and the gang tell the tale of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy in the lighthearted tradition of the Muppets.
Dates and Times: Sat April 30 at 11am & Sun May 1 at 2pm
Jack and the Beanstalk
By Cow Over Moon Productions
In this updated version of the well-known fairy tale, Jack and her mother live on Garden Street in the shadow of a huge tower owned by The Man who runs Beanstalk Corp. Jack clims the beanstalk to ask The Man for a donation to her mother's charity, but can't even get a meeting with him - until it turns out that Jack has something The Man wants. When Jack and The Man finally meet, they realize that they are not so different after all. Cow Over Moon's "Jack and the Beanstalk" is about greed and charity, the importance of community, and understanding that what really matters, money can't buy.
Dates and Times: Sat April 30 at 2pm & Sun May 1 at 11am
The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free & Will Do
(Musical) JK to Grade 6
By Kate Keenan and Lesley Halferty; Featuring Thomas Putman, Wilex Ly, Jocelyn Adema, Lena Maripuu; Director: Kate Keenan; Stage Manager: Julie Rush; Lighting Designer: Yehuda Fisher; Set and Costume Designer: Daina Valiulis
Scott Free and Will Do are best friends who spend all their time dreaming up fantastic worlds and adventures. Everything is perfect until they find out that they are each others imaginary friends! Reality is hot on their heels and they need to figure out who's who, and what's really real before their moms make them grow up for good.
Dates: May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2016
Times: 11am (on Sun May 15 & Sat May 28 only) & 2pm (for all above dates)
SPECIAL EVENING EVENTIn Association with Clowns Canada
GO BONKERS with Simon de Clown
See the award-winning master clown, Simon De Clown (Randy Christensen)!
During his 35+ year career, he has used the art of clown to bring joy and laughter to children worldwide. A much sought-after performer and instructor known for his unique heart and humour. A prolific author and musician, he is coming to Solar Stage for ONE special night.
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm
The Last Dinosaur
(Puppet Show) JK to Grade 4
By Puppets to Go
A young boy named Jeremy visits a natural history museum with his dad. While there, Jeremy accidentally activates a time machine...and so begins a fascinating journey back through time - to the age of the dinosaurs.
Dates: June 4, 2016
Times: 11am & 2pm
Hansel & Gretel
(Play) Grades 1 to 8
By Shoestring Opera
Hansel and Gretel live next door to a very strange lady who practices night and day on a cello. Who knows? "She might be a witch, with an awful twitch." They fall asleep and wake up in a fairy tale where wild imaginings blend with reality. Hansel shows off some dance moves set to Humperdinck's gorgeous music as Gretel leads them both out of trouble and into a greater understanding of their strange neighbour. Come and join our dance!
Dates: June 5, 2016
Times: 11am & 2pm
The Emperor's New Clothes
(Musical) All ages (JK-GR 6)
By Lesley Halferty and Kate Keenan
After an announcement that the winner of a contest to design the Emperor Theodore's new Birthday Robe would win 5000 gold pieces, a Fashion Designer (who looks a lot like the Royal Potato Scrubber) appears with Inconceivatex, a fabric that is only visible to the Pure of Heart. Who will be able to see the fabric... and who won't? A silly story with endearing comedic characters and some fun wordplay will keep the whole family laughing.
Dates: June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26
Times: 11am (for June 12 only) & 2pm (for all above dates)