Youth Play Production

Wondering if the Youth Play Production is for you?

~Do you love theatre?
~Are you between the ages of 12 and 16?
~Do random phrases like ‘yes and,’ ‘to be or not to be’ or ‘Alexander Hamilton’ mean anything to you?

If you answered yes to any one of these, then the Youth Play Production Program might be for you! The program runs for 19 weeks from October 27th to production on April 4th & 5th

$250/person per term (2 payments of $250: October and January)

Registration is now open! Click here to register!

2019-20 Youth Play Production Program

Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm / Sundays 10:00am-1:00pm

Orientation: Parents will receive an orientation email from Theatre; Just Because in advance of the start date of Sunday October 27th

Production: April 4th (matinee) April 5th (matinee & evening)

*review full calendar for all dates and times below*

About the Program

Theatre; Just Because is producing the 2019-20 Youth Play Production Program hosted at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts and presented by the Friends of the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. This six month program gives new and experienced theatre artists (age 12-16) the opportunity to develop and hone their acting skills in a fun and safe environment. The program concludes with the presentation of a full theatre production featuring the participants of the program.

This year’s production is entitled An Evening of Commedia and is inspired by three short comedies. The play is written in modern language and performed in the broad comedic stylings of commedia dell’arte. This style of theatre was selected because it gives participants the opportunity to practice improvisation, character building through mask work, as well as the chance to explore one of the earliest forms of theatrical story-telling.

To build this production, the program is designed so that participants may gain a foundational performance knowledge and vocabulary, as well as the chance to practice in a rehearsal setting. The program is split into two distinct working days: Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and Sundays from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Tuesdays are focused on theatre education. Participants will be taught from a lesson plan that includes, voice, movement, character building, and theatre etiquette. These lessons will include exercises, guest lectures, written assignments, and, of course, games. The primary goal of these lessons is to enhance the participant’s work during rehearsal.

Sundays are focused on rehearsal. Participants will be working towards building a theatre production to be staged at the conclusion of the program. In this environment, participants will have the opportunity to learn to how to take direction, listen and work with their team, and to think creatively. The goal of the rehearsal process is to give the participants the opportunity to practice what they have learned during the education component.

At the program’s conclusion, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and achievements during the full-length theatre production that will leave audiences laughing with joy and marvelling with wonder at the next generation of theatrical performers.

About the Instructor

BAILEY YARKIE – The Youth Play Production Program will be lead by theatre artist Bailey Yarkie.

Please check back for Bailey’s bio!

Program Rules:

  • Dress Code: participants are expected to wear a black/grey solid coloured shirt (t-shirt, longsleeve, or tank top). These shirts should not have any visible/distinct logo. No hoodies. Participants must wear a clean pair of indoor shoes. Participants must wear pants they can move in – leggings/tights are acceptable. Tight/restrictive jeans are not encouraged.
  • Lateness/Absence: All participants are expected to arrive between 5 and 10 minutes prior to rehearsal. All classes/rehearsals begin precisely on time. Three absences are grounds for dismissal from the program. Unexcused lateness will be treated as an absence. Any foreseen absence should be shared with the instructors at least with one month’s notice.
  • Materials: Participants will be expected to bring their own notebook and pencil for every day in the program. Depending on the nature of the participant’s character in the production, they may be asked to pull from their own wardrobe for the costume collection. Participants will be provided with a script that they will be expected to bring every day in the program.
  • Safety: Theatre; Just Because is dedicated in maintaining a safe working environment which includes respecting the physical, mental, and emotional boundaries and well-being of the participants and instructors alike. More information about the Theatre; Just Because Harassment Policy can be found online (




Sunday, October 27 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, October 29 – 7:00pm-9:00pm


Sunday, November 3 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, November 5 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday, November 12 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, November 17 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, November 19 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, November 24 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, November 26 – 7:00pm-9:00pm


Sunday, December 1 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, December 3 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, December 8 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, December 10 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, December 15 – 10:00am-1:00pm



Sunday, January 12 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, January 14 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, January 19 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, January 21 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, January 26 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, January 28 – 7:00pm-9:00pm



Sunday, February 2 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, February 4 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, February 9 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, February 11 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, February 16 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, February 18 – 7:00pm-9:00pm



Sunday, March 8 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, March 15 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, March 17 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, March 22 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sunday, March 29 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, March 31 – 7:00pm-9:00pm TECH REHEARSAL



Friday, April 3 – 7:00pm-9:00pm  DRESS REHEARSAL

Saturday, April 4 –11:00am call time; 1:00pm matinee

Sunday, April 5 -11:00am call time; 1:00pm matinee; 4:00pm-5:00pm Dinner break; 5:00pm call time; 7:00pm show