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DramaWay Presents their 2018 Annual Creative Arts/Performance Showcase May 14, June 9 & June 16/2018


Video Credit Sam Webster


Motionball Marathon of Sport Event

The Motionball Marathon of Sport event will be held at The Hangar at Downsview.
They apparently have 84 teams of 10 competing in this day long sporting event where each team competes in 7 different sport stations throughout the day and each time is required to raise a minimum of $3k.
The beauty of the event is that they add 1 Special Olympic athlete per team.
The band Superfire are playing at 4 pm during their closing ceremonies for 15 minutes. They have invited all those who competed during this years Motionball Idol to come up on stage to perform the last few songs with them! This means we will have up to 6 DramaWay Performers potentially performing that day along with Jessica Rotolo who will be joining as well as the Winner of the Motionball Idol.
It is not a ticketed event, but you are welcome to swing by and check it out as the event has a great atmosphere with fun activations eveywhere; Djs spinning music and over 100 Special Olympic athletes in attendance. If you need further information it’s best you contact Paul Etherington at the number below as it’s not a DramaWay event, but we love to share info about wonderful events such as this.
Paul Etherington, M.S.M.
p – (416) 481-5630 x231

You are invited to The National Ballet of Canada’s YOU dance Performance on April 21st.

This is to advise you all that we have once again been invited to attend The National Ballet of Canada’s YOU dance performance on Saturday, April 21st for individuals with autism and special needs, and their families.

We were delighted to be asked to attend once National Ballet YOU dance Performance Invitation – April 21, 2018again as we very much enjoyed the Fall performance!

 We have been allotted up to 15 Tickets, so we will need to hear from those interested ASAP before April 7th ideally. Please note we are encouraging those who DID NOT attend the Fall Performance to attend, as it is the same performance repertoire from the Fall. However, for those who don’t mind and would like to return, send us your name and if we do not have enough interest, we can allow you to attend if the numbers permit. But we will not know until April 8th once we have received the numbers.

Performance Details

  • Date: Saturday, April 21st
  • Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance)
  • Location: Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON)

 Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Deanna Galati directly.  Thank you and we look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Deanna Galati
Education and Outreach Intern
The National Ballet of Canada
Phone: 416 345 9686 x 394

To find out more about The National Ballet of Canada’s Education Programs visit

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

A friendly reminder that the segment with our talented Performers Jessica Rotolo and Krystal Nausbaum will air today on CBC The Goods at 2 PM ET.  Tell your friends!  @CBCTheGoods and #CBCTheGoods and @DramaWay and #DramaWay #DramaWayinsta



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Hot Lunch Jam Dance to Rehearse

Hello DramaWorks Performers:
This is just a reminder to be practicing the Hot Lunch Jam Dance. As mentioned in class, it would be great for you to practice it a couple times every week so that when we start going over it in class again you already know it! Remember the more you practice at home the better it will look on stage in June. Also remember for those of you who are doing the dance seated focus on the upper body portion of the dance only!
The link to access the dance is below, please save and bookmark so you can use the link each time you rehearse.
Have a great end to your week and happy February.

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DramaWorks Update – Check in

Hello DramaWay DramaWorks Families and Performers:
We’d strongly encourage everyone in DramaWorks to work hard on learning your lines OUTSIDE of Program as well as at Program. If you only practise when at class, it’s not likely you will feel confident when performing at our big year end showcase on May 14 (for DramaWorks Mississauga) and June 16 for (DramaWorks A, B, East & West).  Therefore, we ask that you work with your Support Workers/EA’s /Staff at Program or Family Members, to memorize your lines as much as possible. We also still have our dance for Hot Lunch Jam posted previously, so we encourage everyone to learn and work on that weekly. We strongly encourage you to keep learning and practising the dance and lines weekly.
You are likely aware, that our staff feel it’s imperative that our Performers follow-up with at home weekly rehearsals.  Rehearsing outside of class is so necessary and strongly encouraged. We understand and acknowledge that Family members/Caregivers don’t know our specific choreography or the movement sections, but lines are something that everyone can help with as they are clearly outlined in the scripts. Please know that we respect everyone is busy, and that it’s not always realistic to find time in our hectic lives to practise. However, keeping that in mind, this is a gentle reminder that it does indeed help to rehearse assigned lines at least 5 minutes per day or a minimum of 3 times weekly OUTSIDE of Program.  Please do what works for your lives. DramaWay is not meant to bring on stress, but for pure enjoyment and learning.  We know that our particpiants return year after year as they love to perform. Part of performing is putting on the best show possible.  This includes rehearsing when time allows.
For the  Actors who have roles that contain a monologue (group of lines one after another), it does definitely help to memorize and review the lines daily. Otherwise, the monologue sections in particular won’t be as powerful as Danielle will have to Narrate in between. The less she has to Narrate, the more focus there is on the actual Performers themselves.  We want to spotlight everyone’s amazing talent as as possible.
For those playing the role of Lydia Grant/Dance/Musical Theatre Teacher we’d like to give you a few reminders.  This is one of the most coveted roles for this Production; many were hoping to get this role, but you were chosen and selected to play her.  We love this character and want the audience to love her to. We thought it might help if we attached the famous Speech from Fame, so that everyone playing the Lydia Grant character can watch it and get inspired by it.  This is the character we based our Teacher off of. Each person in this role, has had their speech edited and adapted specifically based on how we think s/he may handle it best.  But we may still have to do a few tweaks as we go along. From what we’ve seen in class so far, it’s been going wonderfully and everyone is understanding the emotion this character brings to the table!
We encourage you to do the best to help with the memorization of the lines as much as possible.
Here is the clip to help:
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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Community Event – some DramaWay Performers to be spotlighted! Come out and Support Motionball.

Please read the attached document for details.

Hope to see you at this wonderful event!


MotionalBall Event