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Performing Arts Classes

Sample of performing arts classes offered by Surrey Civic Theatres (Cirque Surrey, children's class, Love to Sing)

Get creative at the Surrey Arts Centre and at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall! Surrey Civic Theatres offers performing arts classes, workshops, and day camps for children, youth, and adults.

How to Register

We encourage early registration. At least 1 week prior is ideal.

1. Register online
2. By phone: 604-501-5100

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Special Offerings

Artist Masterclass Series

Master artists from a variety of practices hailing from around the country will lead students through different aspects of the performing arts throughout the year! 

Artist Masterclass Series - Stage Combat
In this two day workshop, students will learn the basic principles of safe hand-to-hand stage combat, including principles and practices to follow in any stage combat situation with a variety of techniques (from strikes to falls and grappling), then progressing to the sword on day two! Focusing on rapiers or epees, students will cover a sample of attacks, defenses, and at least one kill technique. Sword combat is as fun to perform as it is to watch and students will focus on maintaining this sense of fun, while providing the illusion of danger, and protecting their partner above all else.
Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 | 12pm to 4pm
2 sessions | Ages 17+ | $160 | Registration #4618435
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Artist Masterclass Series - Bringing a Mask to Life
WONDERHEADS introduces the fundamentals of what they call the 'storytelling body' - bringing a mask to life using physical expression and articulation. Students will leave with a greater sense of physical awareness, and a better understanding of how to create a fully realized character. This is a physical workshop intended for Actors, Dancers, Directors, Writers, Teachers, Devisers, and anyone with a curious spirit!
Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16 | 11am to 4pm
2 sessions | Ages 18+ | $190 | Registration #4618437
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Photo by Design Egg

Musical Performance Masterclass by Speed Control
Are you in a band or are you a solo musician? Spend a full hour being coached on all aspects of musical performance with Speed Control—the band that knows how to rock and how to teach it. 

  • Registration will open soon so check back.
  • Dates: October 23 & 24
  • Times: 5-6pm, 6:15-7:15pm, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Ages: 12-22
  • Cost: $75
  • Bands only need ONE person from the band to register for a timeslot.

Speed Control

Fall Classes - Children

School's-Out Days

Art MashUp - Puppets!
Dive into the world of puppets! Spend the first half of the day making puppets from scratch and the second half creating spooky stories together for Halloween with their new puppets. Kids will explore and create with different materials, then play storytelling and drama games, engaging their imaginations in a fun and supportive environment.
Friday, October 19 | 9am to 3pm 
1 session | Ages 7 to 12 | $47.50 | Registration #4619563
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Art MashUp - Masks!
Dive into the world of masks! Spend the first half of the day creating their masks using all sorts of different materials, and the second half exploring character creation, playing a variety of drama and storytelling games, and improvising scenes with their masks in a fun and supportive environment.
Friday, November 9 | 9am to 3pm 
1 session | Ages 7 to 12 | $47.50 | Registration #4619564
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Workshops

Paint at the Play
Let your kids have fun and get their hands dirty with a variety of creative art projects while you have some time to yourself. Scheduled to coincide with a matinee performance of The Piano Teacher, part of the Arts Club Series of entertaining, live professional theatre. Paint at the Play is free with the purchase of a theatre ticket, or $24 on its own. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, October 13 | 3:30pm to 6:30pm
1 session | Ages 6 to 11 | $24 | Registration #4617370
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Weekly

Imagination Creations
This introductory acting class will give children a chance to explore their creativity on stage! Through fun and engaging exercises, children will learn about the basics of theatre, and acting techniques such as creativity, focus, teamwork, and characters.
Thursdays | October 4 to December 6 | 4:30pm to 6pm
10 sessions | Ages 6 to 9 | $150 | Registration #4615032
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Acting for the Camera
Actors will have a blast as they experience the excitement of acting on camera! Professional actor and filmmaker Orsy Szabo will lead this fast-paced, fun and informative class for students interested in film work. Bonus: Parents can come to the final class to view some of their child's best work!
Tuesdays | September 25 to November 27 | 4pm to 6pm
10 sessions | Ages 9 to 15 | $199 | Registration #4615025
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Fall Classes - Youth

Weekly

Drama Mindcraft: Build Confidence & Character
Are you curious about how to speak with more confidence or connect with people more easily? If you're shy or simply wondered what a drama class might be like but never dared take one before then this is the class for you! Using the building blocks of drama such as theatre games, character creation and scenario development, you will gain confidence and self-knowledge, all while having fun in a relaxed and supportive environment, with the option for a Performance during the last class. No experience required.
Wednesdays | September 26 to November 28 | 4:30pm to 6pm
10 sessions | Ages 13 to 18 | $150 | Registration #4615029
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Acting for the Camera
Actors will have a blast as they experience the excitement of acting on camera! Professional actor and filmmaker Orsy Szabo will lead this fast-paced, fun and informative class for students interested in film work. Bonus: Parents can come to the final class to view some of their child's best work!
Tuesdays | September 25 to November 27 | 4pm to 6pm
10 sessions | Ages 9 to 15 | $199 | Registration #4615025
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Fall Classes - Adults

Weekly

Adults Acting Out - Level 1
Are you a secret thespian? Step into the limelight with other Adults Acting Out. This fun and engaging class, led by theatre professionals, explores fundamental skills for the stage through games, exercises, monologues, and scene work. No experience necessary (but imagination a must)!
Wednesdays | September 26 to December 5 (no class Oct 31) | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
10 sessions | Ages 19+ | $179 | Registration #4615026
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Adults Acting Out - Level 2
Have some previous experience with acting or drama classes and want to dig deeper with the skills needed and explore the more complex aspects of Acting? In this Level 2 of Adults Acting Out we will continue to hone your skills as an Actor, using scene and monologue work to grow your skills, and culminate our class time with a showcase at the end of the course. Some previous performance experience required.
Thursdays | September 27 to November 29 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
10 sessions | Ages 19+ | $199 | Registration #4615027
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Love to Sing - Level 1
Discover the secrets of singing and take your voice to new levels with professional recording artist, Rhayne. Learn new techniques and warm ups that get you singing your best, and prevent vocal injury. In this inspiring two-hour class, we sing songs from many genres including pop, classics, R&B, jazz, rock, blues, and musical theatre. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesdays | October 3 to December 5 | 2pm to 4pm
10 sessions | Ages 19+ | $100 | Registration #4615034
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre
Try It for Free!
Wednesday | September 26 | 2pm to 4pm
1 session Ages 19+ | FREE | Registration #4615033
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Love to Sing Vocal Group - Level 2
Learn advanced singing techniques with professional recording artist Rhayne, as we delve further into each singing style from jazz, blues, R&B, classics, pop, rock, and musical theatre in a group setting. We'll explore portraying emotion through voice and subtle movement, and have opportunities to perform for the community outside of class. Join us! * (Must have Level 1, or equivalent with instructor permission. Leave a message for instructor at 604-592-6984.)
Thursdays | October 4 to December 6 | 2pm to 4pm
10 sessions | Ages 19+ | $100 | Registration #4615035
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Really Uncoordinated Dancers
Want the joy of dancing without the pressure of being any good? Are you brand new to dance or want to return to the basics? Then this class is for you! A professional dance instructor will guide the lead-of-foot but joyful-of-heart through a musical theatre/jazz class, breaking everything down to its simplest components. A typical class involves a warm-up, technique, choreography, and a cool-down.
Tuesdays | September 18 to November 27 | 5:30pm to 7pm | No class: October 2, 9, and November 6
8 sessions | Ages 16+ | $80 | Registration #4626739
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

Drop-in classes are also available at $12 per session.
Sep 18: 4636274
Sep 25: 4636276
Oct 16: 4636277
Oct 23: 4636279
Oct 30: 4636280
Nov 13: 4636281
Nov 20: 4636283
Nov 27: 4636289

Summer 2019 - Youth

Arts Club's Junior Musical Theatre Intensive - July 2019 (application required)
Does your exuberance for singing, dancing, or acting know no bounds? Led by industry professionals for ages 12 to 17, you’ll immerse yourself in the kind of rigorous training typically found only at the post-secondary level. See the Musical Theatre Intensive page to find out all about it and how to apply.

 

Do you have ideas for a class that you don’t see listed? Drop our Performing Arts Education Programmer an email and let us know.