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ExpressionWorks Update

Dear ExpressionWorks Family,

We were very proud of the group this week. As Morgan was away, we got to work with a different Facilitator (that the group is familiar with). Despite the change, the group dealt with the change extremely well.
The group was so welcoming to our Facilitator and everyone quickly became active in our stretch circle and the remainder of the activities. The group was flexible in hearing different versions of some songs during the warm-up despite it being different from our usual routine. Two Participants were so excited to share their news that they could hardly wait. A lot of people shared information about events that they were looking forward to.
Our first culinary session was a success. In groups of three, everyone first listened to the steps of preparing the different fruits and then worked together to wash, cut, slice and mix the fruits together. Some even put Vanilla yogurt on their fruit salad.  Next week we’ll continue honing our culinary skills. We will keep you informed of what the group will prepare for next week.
Looking forward to working with our budding chef’s!
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Update ExpressionWorks

Dear ExpressionWorks Family/Caregivers,

It was another night of the group experiencing new music and some really amazing dance moves during warm up.
Giggles all around filled the communication circle especially during the Peter Piper Tongue Twister and during story telling.
For our second week of our story telling session the group chose to utilize stimulus from the visuals presented to them and created a story from those images.  The story developed into a story about a woman who had difficulty eating a very heavy Oreo and her solution was to cut it into quarters and share it with her friends. The story was told through drawings that the participant’s made and at the end showcased.
Next week is our culinary class. Looking forward to seeing the cooking skills in action!

ExpressionWorks Update

We had another fabulous Week at ExpressionWorks.
The stretch circle was great for everyone this week and it seems as though everyone was in sync when doing their stretches and dance moves. We expanded our communication skills and song choices by choosing music that we do not regularly work with.
Communication circle was fun as the group said one of their favourite tongue twisters.  One of the participants led the group in another tongue twister and then challenged the group with a tongue twister that is used by radio professionals. This was fun for the full group.
ExpressionWorks developed our very own musical called “Princess Fish Woman”. Two groups worked on the script separately and then brought it together at the end. The musical told through the actions enacted, original songs and some dance moves had jokes and lines that were hilarious which made it very silly and engaging for all involved. The group shared a lot of laughs together which made the night a lot of fun.
After our development of our Musical, the evening ended with everyone relaxing to meditative music and thinking about what makes them happy. We used our communication skills to share with the group before leaving to go home for the night. Our hope is that we will use these skills not only in class but outside of program as well.
A continuation of Musical Theatre,  will extend into our Story Telling sessions for the next two weeks. Looking forward to all the creativity, imagination and originality of the participants as always.

ExpressionWorks Update

ExpressionWorks Update

The class was like clock work this evening. All the participants were in their place in the stretch circle and ready to begin on time. Everyone brought their A game on and showed some impressive new moves!
News Flash this week was beyond belief especially towards the end. Wow, the question – answer repartee was so quick that it was like lightning and there were so many connections made between the participants.
The Musical Theatre part of the night was very creative! We started with some warm-up singing to get our vocal chords warmed up. The group sang the “Twinkie” song. If your wondering what the Twinkie song is, it is the lyrics of Do a Dear modified. We sang the original version too.
We, as a group danced, acted and sang to songs from the musicals Little Mermaid, Les Miserables and Wicked. The story of Little Mermaid was reminisced and retold with help from our fabulous participants.
We played the game, Broken Telephone. There was so much laughter in the room at the end, it was clear everyone enjoyed working on communication skills in a fun way. The combination of the words first uttered and what was actually said was the creation and birth of our very own Musical Title, Princess Fish Bone inspired by Little Mermaid. Next Class the group will enact, dance and sing songs from an original musical.
We are very excited for the creativity, imagination and originality the next class will bring. Looking forward to next Thursday.

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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General Audition & General Audition Notice for Young People’s Theatre





General Audition and General Musical Audition Notice



Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is accepting resumes for its 2018 General and General Musical Auditions on March 5th, 6th and 7th at 165 Front Street East, Toronto ON M5A 3Z4.  Members of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association who haven’t previously auditioned will have priority.


YPT wants to see as broad of a range of actors as possible at our auditions.  Performers of all races, ethnicities and body types are strongly encouraged to request an audition.  We would also encourage individuals with a range of All Abilities, regardless of level of training, to apply.



General Audition: 2 contrasting modern monologues, of which one must be by a Canadian playwright, totaling no more than 5 minutes.

General Musical Audition: One Broadway-style song and one monologue.  An accompanist will be provided.


Send headshot/resume/cover letter clearly marked “General Audition” or “General Musical Audition” to the attention of Stephen Colella.  Please do not apply if you have auditioned for YPT in the last three years.  No e-mail submissions.  Materials must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday February 7th. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.


Please send materials to:

Stephen Colella


165 Front Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4





ExpressionWorks Update

Dear ExpressionWorks Family,

We had yet another fabulous week last week.
Dancing to songs like Shake it Off during our Stretch was fun. The group clearly enjoyed getting silly and had fun being loose. Everyone was laughing as we chose different tongue twisters to explore with during our communication circle.
We loved watching some of the participants showcase their dance movements.  During news we could see many participants were working in new terms and words along with different phrasing to express themselves. This was exciting to see. Our hope is to continue expanding language as we move on in further weeks.
During our Photography segment, no one was shy about modeling, or while taking on role of Head Photographer. It was also fun to take turns being Directors. Everyone was ready to showcase their talents during this session and it was lovely to see.  Everyone had fun dressing up and was creative using their imaginations when enacting the scenes they chose out of the several that were presented to them.
Many favourites were identified at the end of the night: A Dance Party, A Crime Scene, A Bear Chasing Campers, Two Queens Getting Married, Riding the TTC, Two Countries at War
Another night of great photography and wonderful memories made!

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.