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Month: October, 2016

The Rainbow Kid is now available on iTunes!

Hey Everybody,

The Rainbow Kid is now on iTunes Canada. As you may know, some of our DramaWay actors appear in this film. This is a wonderful chance to share this unique film with everybody. Please feel free to spread the word and share it with anybody and everybody. It will be available on US iTunes next month.




Last Tango Productions – Opportunity for Performers

For any performers interested in being represented… our friend Doris Powers shared this info about a company called Last Tango Productions.
We ourselves are not familiar with this company, however, she tells us that her son Mickey Power wants to recommend us to Yvonne Valnea, President of Last Tango Productions. This is a publicity &  company offering marketing support in all areas of the music industry with a particular focus on national publicity & radio tracking. Last Tango Productions has been nominated best publicity and/or radio promotions company for five consecutive years at the Canadian Music Week industry awards. Yvonne Valnea has contributed her many years of experience in the music industry as a respected juror for the Juno Awards, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, FACTOR, and the Havelock Country Music Showdown. In 2008, she was the first radio promotions person to contribute a column to the music industry magazine FYI, and was the featured radio tracker panelist for events such as Canadian Music Week, Country Music Week, the Ontario Country Music Association, FACTOR, and the Canadian Urban Music Conference.
Yvonne Valnea, Suite 6273, 2100 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario,
Last Tango offers full service promotions across the country including national media coverage, commercial and non-commercial radio tracking, tour support and more. Highly respected in the music industry with numerous nominations and invitations as juror and industry panelist, Last Tango offers affordable yet outstanding exposure for artists and projects at all levels in all genres.

ExpressionWorks Update October 20, 2016

ExpressionWorks was a ton of fun this past week and we were delighted to have our DramaWay Facilitator Morgan Joy as one of our Guest Artists!  She supported us in making finger-puppets this week, then led us in dancing with them!  Next week will be be creating sock puppets and trick or treating, so costumes are more than welcome.

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DramaWorks Mississauga ONLY

Hello FAmilies

As you are already aware. We are doing a production inspired by the classic Cinderella story. Our play is called Break Free and was originally written by DramaWay staff Alanna Balicki for our DramaWay DramaWorks group last year. We are adapting and altering it to suit our DramaWorks Mississauga group this year and will perform it at Maja Prentice Theatre on May 15th, 2017.

To get us started for our Production Rehearsals in the New Year, we are sending home this link ahead of time for our two Showcase Dances/Choreographed pieces. You will find these on our DramaWayPrograms page on YouTube for daily at-home rehearsals.

You will recognize our Director who choreographed these, and our Partner Dance will be sampled here by other DramaWay staff.  Our Lana Del Ray pieces will be performed in partners. We have not as of yet, chosen partners as roles have not been cast.  Yet, performers are still encouraged to learn the movements and encouraged to rehearse when possible.  Note for our W/C users or those who will be doing the dances in a seated position; simply focus on the upper body movement and ignore the leg action.






Update Regarding Visit from Becky Gold to DramaWay!

October 25-27Becky is coming to the 3 DramaWorks classes (Downtown, East, and West End) to talk to participants about her thesis project on DramaWay and hand out consent forms to participate in interviews. Completed consent forms will be due the following week in class, or can be mailed to Becky directly, in pre-addressed, stamped envelopes that will be provided.
November 1-3: Staff Member Alysha Hunsberger will collect completed consent forms in class, and will send them to Becky.
November 15-17Becky will then return to the 3 DramaWorks classes (Downtown, East, and West) to conduct interviews with participants that have completed and returned their consent forms.

SingingWorks Update

Hey All

Here is an Update on What Our Participants Have Been Up Too in Singing-Works

thus far.
We’ve been playing with a lot of Music and nothing is confirmed yet, but we’re quickly building a strong set list to choose from.

We started off listening to some Canadian Music due to the Sensational Tragically Hip Tour that caught lots of attention this summer. A variety of music from different Genres have been listened too and the group choose to start working on “I Can’t Feel My Face” by Toronto Singer The Weeknd. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEI4qSrkPAs ) with lyrics but a differnt key ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehxXiOgSxhQ ).
There was also a strong group reaction to “Sweet City Woman” which Sean especially enjoyed ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opgsnSW9NFI ). And the group was also up to try some mellow, Caribbean infused hip-hop with Grand Analog’s “Around This Town” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asGNqj8Nfpw
This week David asked to sing “I will Follow Him” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPpd-6X3tEo ) and Victor asked to sing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXEJjtBouRA ) , both blew us away!
Amelia has brought us the Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN5s9N_pTUs ) and we Listened to Crash Test Dummies’ “Superman Song” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlPnrgpRGnU ) Caroline and Jason were both instantly attached to it.
We’ve even tried our hand at Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMVJqHXNUGU ) after Christine and Erin instantly started dancing to it while we were listening to it. It does have a fun beat.
Its early and we will want to try out some more songs, but so far either the group or individuals have shown strong responses to the songs listed and our final themes that are emerging are “following” “heroes” “rebelliousness” and “movement”. If you noticed we started off our Journey looking at Canadian music due to The Tragically Hip but don’t have a song by them, it’s simply because we haven’t found one that really resonates with the group (yet). But so much music has been impactful that we are sure to have one of our best open classes since we did our “Prom Songs” theme.
Interests in songs wax and wane and so this is not the final playlist, we will get one to you.
This is just to give you an idea of where we are and the links can help participants practice any of the songs they like.
Feel free to share links with your Singer.

Your DramaWay Experiences!

Becky Gold is keen on speaking with any past or current volunteers about their experiences at DramaWay as well as any or all of the DramaWorks participants.  Stay tuned as she will be at classes next week during our Halloween Celebrations so she hopes to speak with you all at that point.


If you have any questions regarding this feel free to call me at 416-614-1078.



Attention DramaWay Families

Hello Families,

We’ve been noticing that some participants are arriving extremely early this year for some of our classes.
To ensure everyone’s safety, we wanted to send you a friendly reminder to have participants show up to program in a timely manner. This would mean maximum 10 minutes before class, with doors to the sessions opening 5 minutes prior to class. Unfortunately, as we work out of rented spaces, we are technically only permitted into the space 15 minutes prior to our class start time. Luckily, most of our Rental Facilities are kind enough to allow us in earlier most days as long as there are no bookings before our class.
As you can imagine our Facilitators need time to consult with our staff/volunteer team prior to class as we review the lessons and do set-up.  We also have a fair bit of clean-up after program as usually nothing is permitted to remain in the space.  We just want to be sure that everyone is safe and if people start arriving 30 mins early, we cannot always promise that our staff will be there to supervise participants.  Therefore, we definitely love when people arrive 5-10 minutes before so we can all get into the program and start on time.  Once the cold weather and winter months, please ensure that clients are bringing a water bottle and a change of clean indoor shoes to program to keep the space clean.
Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.
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SocialWorks update for October 12/2016

Last night we had a great night filled with self-esteem building, self-confident and self advocacy! We worked on understanding and complementing ourselves and others in order to build good self-esteem, we did this by our positive affirmation boards which you would have seen taken home last night. Once we have good self-confidence and self-esteem we are better to express the needs and wants to others. There was also a worksheet provided for further building upon this week. We kept it old school this week, so there is no instagram task – but our SocialWorks participants are encouraged to tweet out some self-confident and positive affirmations it would be a great way to keep up the practice! We would just like to send out a reminder to SocialWorks families to make sure the instagram and twitter and being used for relevant SocialWorks purposes and tasks. We also created a positive-affirmation meditation video (soundtrack really, just our voices are heard!) which will be sent home in a link soon.


DramaWorks Weekly Class Update

Hello To All DramaWorks Participants & Families/Caregivers


We just wanted to update you as to what’s been going on in class. We are slowly moving into our Audition Time and encouraging all actors to do some homework in between class sessions.

This week we will be speaking with our actors during program about outerspace and we did some explorations around characters that aren’t human such as Swamp Creatures, Aliens etc.  We also discussed the week before about different jobs and careers which inspire certain characters.  We explored with jobs such as









Other Characters discussed and explored were:



Everyone has been really inspired thus far and many actors requested shows/movie suggestions relating to our theme.  Therefore, some of the suggestions that have come forward so far are the following:







We don’t expect everyone to watch all of these, but we do feel that these movies will inspire the upcoming work we are doing and it would help if the participants are familiar with them.

Thanks for your support.

We are excited about moving into our Auditions and encourage everyone to utilize the hand out we gave this week in order to prepare for our casual in-class group auditions in the coming weeks.