DramaWay

Enriching Lives through Creativity since 1999

ExpressionWorks tackles Kitchen Safety!

ExpressionWorks celebrated our second night of kitchen Safety last Thursday by
completing our Kitchen Safe Passports. Congratulations ExpressionWorks
participants on being Kitchen Safe!  Members toured the kitchen to discover how to
use a knife and oven safely; how to use a double sink system to wash
dishes, organize recycling, compost and garbage bins to care for
Mother Earth; and even measure solids versus liquids. ExpressionWorks’
incredible staff and volunteers made this possible, and the night
wouldn’t be complete without our safely role-play to culminate our
learning. We’ll apply our talents next week in the kitchen when we
make tacos!

 

Sam’s DramaWay Story!

 

 

Many people find the creative arts impactful.

Sam Forbes is a perfect example of this. Sam credits DramaWay for much of the great work that he is doing now out in the community. Check out what he has to say?

Can you believe that someone told him that he’d never be employable? Now he’s not only working but he’s going to be doing a Starbucks Commercial. Sam says “DramaWay has changed my life…and grow my confidence!”

We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with such a talented performer and Advocate!

Sam would also like to encourage everyone to donate to DramaWay’s current Indiegogo campaign.  We have included the link for those interested :

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dramaway-s-year-end-theatre-dance-showcase-2017-toronto-drama#/

 

Credit to Morgan Joy for her Puppet Creations used in this photo shoot.

Thanks to Adina Isaacs, Alysha Hunsberger and Yanko Yankof!

 

Art Work by our DramaWay MultiArtWorks Program at Fairlawn!

Take a look at what our MultiArtWorks Group did with Brooke Banning & Kevin Kashini along with our talented volunteers, Lauren, Bailey & Divya.

Great to see the creativity is flowing! Check out their cool Art pieces!

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Musician/Songwriter/Local Performer – Mike Evin – Volunteer at DramaWay!

Check out his official video: https://youtu.be/QQxmO5rxMcE

We are delighted to finally be posting this write up about our talented Volunteer Mike Evin. He is a man of many talents and we are proud to share all that he has done. It’s an honour to have someone of his calibre volunteering with our SingingWorks & DramaWorks program.  What a true joy he is to work with! We are happy to have you on board Mike.

 

The joyous spirit of piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. He’s earned a devoted following throughout North America, and among some of Canada’s most renowned musicians – like Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith.

 

The songs shine through the speakers on Evin’s fifth full-length album, Life As A Lover (released Fall 2015 in Canada) – an ode to finding new love and learning to live with loves past. Tastefully produced by JUNO-nominee Howie Beck (Feist, Walk Off the Earth, Hannah Georgas) in Evin’s current home base of Toronto, the album bounds through exuberant handclaps, funky finger-snaps, ohh la la backups and catchy synth lines.

 

In 2015, CBC Radio 2 called Evin the next big thing”, and the lead single “Have I Ever Loved?” was among the Top 20 most played songs of 2015 on CBC Sonica. “Al Green” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s The Verge. The video for “Have I Ever Loved?” won hearts with its cast of seniors.

 

Following the release of his debut album, the always effervescent Barenaked Ladies were so taken by Evin’s energy that they took him under their collective wing and helped produce his second album, I’ll Bring The Stereo. They also introduced Evin to a whole new audience by inviting him to perform on their annual Ships & Dip music cruises.

 

Evin’s live show, solo or as a duo with drummer Ian MacKay (Basia Bulat), never fails to grab hold of a crowd. Over his travels of living in home-town Montreal, New York, Halifax and Toronto, Evin has shared stages with not only the beaten upright piano he’s toured with but Canadian colleagues such as Barenaked Ladies (twice a featured artist on their Ships & Dip), Sexsmith, Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood and Jill Barber. In the Fall of 2015, he and MacKay completed a 30 date tour across Canada and the US. Stay tuned for news on an international release and tour.

 

 

It’s that time of year again folks.

The Holiday Season is a time when most like to give back to the community. Please consider putting some of that good cheer and generosity to a project close to home!

My company @DramaWay has launched our yearly @Indiegogo campaign. Funds raised will go towards our many costs for our upcoming Showcase/production which will feature over 100 performers of #AllAbilities. Any little bit you can donate will help us tremendously. It only takes a minute to watch our campaign video and hear from our #performers themselves.

As our performers say “when you donate – we create”.

Special mention to the talented @AdinaIsaacs for the coordinating, filming of this footage and helping with the technical aspects of this campaign.

Additional Shout out to @AlyshaMae and @YankoYankov & @MilaShu for additional footage and support.
@OrinIsaacs for music support

We credit all of our wonderful performers for supporting and helping to make this their campaign with their own words!

Thanks to all who help us spread the word. For those who live out of town or can’t attend our showcase this is perfect way to show your support. I encourage everyone to share even if you can’t donate …maybe someone you know can!

Thanks and Happy Holidays from our DramaWay family to yours.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dramaway-s-year-end-theatre-dance-showcase-2017-toronto-drama#/

Our Actors make a difference in the Community!

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Lindsey Chalmers has been a member of DramaWay for years.  As we enter our campaign season, we’d like to highlight her as one of our outstanding Performers. For those of you who don’t know Lindsey check out all she has accomplished to date.  She’s a stellar lady!

Lindsey has always been an avid athlete beginning with the Caledon Cougars Basketball Team when she was a youngster. In 2007 Lindsey moved with her family to Etobicoke and immediately joined the Etobicoke Stingers Special Olympics Basketball Team and the Etobicoke Eagles Baseball Team. She has participated in countless tournaments throughout these years and has always enjoyed and been proud of the camaraderie and team spirit that these two teams have exuded.

 

Lindsey graduated from Heydon Park S.S. in June 2013 and was presented with the Edith L. Groves Award for the student demonstrating Determination, Self-Advocacy and Compassion throughout her high school career. She then attended Humber College for two years in the Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education Program followed by one year in The Culinary Skills Program sponsored by Christian Horizons and Humber College.

 

Lindsey has also had a passion for the arts all her life, beginning with music lessons through the Humber College Community Music Program. She has been part of the Theatre Orangeville Youth Program, DramaWay’s DramaWorks and RhythmWorks Programs at Swansea Town Hall and Centauri Summer Music Theatre Dance Camp where she trained in Hip Hop, musical theatre, ballroom and breakdancing. Besides attending countless musicals over the years, in May 2012, Lindsey acted in a Clearwater Theatre Company production of Seussical the Musical at the Meadowvale Theatre. In 2014, Lindsey was part of a cast of 5 actors with disabilities in a play called Wolf Sounds that ran for two weeks at The Box Theatre in Toronto.

 

In 2013, Lindsey participated in the Mentorship in Motion project where she created an original painting that has been displayed in art exhibits in Toronto, including at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg.

 

In 2015 Lindsey participated in the Disability/Visability Photography Project held at the Jewish Community Centre in Toronto and her photograph was displayed in their gallery this past February.

 

Lindsey just got hired this fall by McDonald’s Restaurant and is so excited to start her first paying job using the skills she has acquired through her culinary program.

Cardinal Carter Students to Film DramaWay

November 29, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians/Caregivers & Participants of SingingWorks & Fairlawn MultiArtWorks:

We are excited to share an excellent opportunity that has just been brought to us at DramaWay. A small group of Grade 11 film students from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts is interested in filming our SingingWorks Vocal Performance Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 as well as our Fairlawn Multi-ArtWorks Program on Saturday, Dec 10th, 2016. The students are doing a small film project for their school about how art programs like DramaWay benefit individuals with of all abilities, empowering them to push past perceived limitations imposed by society. Similar to the recent TV series “Born This Way”, the focus of their film will be to highlight the outgoing personalities and amazing abilities of our young adults as they pursue their passions and dreams.

 

The Coordinators of the Project are eager to interview any staff, volunteers, parents and students in the DramaWay programs who are interested in being part of their film. We know some of you may have already spoken to Becky Gold with her recent Thesis project, so we know this may seem to be overdoing it. But it’s our perspective that our performers have rare opportunities to be showcased, so we’d like to offer them chances such as this. We also know Becky’s project only included participants so this is a great way for Family Members and Caregivers to have their input included. If you are interested in taking part, it will only require about 5 minutes of your time. They hope to have you answer a few questions on camera onsite on the dates listed above. Questions will be provided in advance by email prior to Dec 8, 2016.  Please contact Sarah by email no later than Dec 4th if you’d be willing to participate sarahmaraschiello@gmail.com .

 

Please note their film is only being developed for their school project.  We’d like to be able to showcase this on our website and share via Social media once it’s complete.  They will provide us with one copy which we’ll be permitted to share online.  We hope everyone will agree to take part. For those who attend the programs and prefer to not be filmed, we can still include them in the class, we will simply film around it. Please contact the DramaWay office if you have concerns and for those who prefer NOT to be filmed.  Simply call 416-614-1078 or emailing dramawayoffice@gmail.com

 

Thanks for helping us bring more awareness to the community. Thank you in advance for your participation.

SongList Order for SingingWorks Vocalists

We have our order solidified now for our December 8th performance at 4:30 pm at Swansea Town Hall.  Enjoy rehearsing when time permits!

 

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Sweet City Woman
Cleopatra
Superman Song
I will Follow Him
Sprawl II
I Can’t Feel My Face
Get Lucky

Power Point – At Home Rehearsal Tools for our DramaWorks performers

Hello Everyone:
As you know this is our last week of our Fall session celebrating our final class and the start of the Holiday Season.
We are delighted to finally be doing our official Play reveal by giving each actor their own personal script. All the roles have been assigned and everyone seems delighted with their roles. We did a great deal of workshopping before assigning the roles so there shouldn’t be many surprises regarding the casting.
We also want to remind everyone, that this is the ROUGH DRAFT of the script. It always develops as we go along and see our talented performers take on their roles.
We will aim to maintain lines that have been assigned where possible.  As in the past, there will be changes as we go undoubtedly.  It’s not until we put our weekly rehearsals into action that we see where changes need to be made. 
We ask you to help support us as we go along, with at home rehearsals where possible. The more you help your actor, the better the show will be! This may be as simple as helping him/her review his/her lines each night for 5-10 minutes.  If you need tips as to how to rehearse effectively at home, don’t hesitate to contact our Artistic Director at dramawayoffice@gmail.com or call us at 416-614-1078.
Our Staff member Adina Isaacs has graciously created a video tutorial for our actors which is a short break down of the play.  We will be sending it out and posting it shortly.
It was based on an earlier version of the script, however, it gives an overall break down of the story and production.  There may be a few outdated comments, such as the Emperor Poutine being referenced, yet now s/he we have altered that name to Commander Poutine. Also in our Video and Power point, we may have mentioned that there are Aliens on the Moon of Luna. However, we have altered those characters on the Moon of Luna to now be called Royal Lunites.  
Our Power Point is an additional rehearsal tool which gives a visual and written story break down. Families and actors are encouraged to preview while becoming acquainted with the script. You should be able to find these resources here:
 
Let us know if you have trouble viewing.
Enjoy exploring over the holiday season. Our hope is that Actors arrive at the start of our Winter Term with as many lines memorized as possible. We encourage all performers to arrive weekly here on out with their script in hand and a dry pair of shoes.
A document sent out previously listed all the dates we start back in January. 
Happy Holidays
Danielle & DramaWay Team

SocialWorks & DramaWorks Scarborough FINAL CLASS & Holiday Party tonight!

Hello All,

As you all know this evening will be our Holiday Party at SocialWorks & DramaWorks Scarborough!
We are wrapping up the fall term enjoyed treats and snacks.
At DramaWorks Scarborough our group will be enjoying treats and having fun with our official big reveal of our play.
At SocialWorks we will be enjoying the treats while also reviewing our own personal, practicing our hygiene and social skills. We are decorating gingerbread people and having hot chocolate – we would (under no obligation) appreciate healthy snacks (nut-free, veggies, fruits, popcorn) and drinks to share with all (if you have planned on bringing treats!