Our Mission

As a Niagara-grown theatre project, our passion is to create an experience for life through theatre and production, providing life perspective and a genuine commitment to growing and developing the children and youth of Niagara.

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Letter From the Artistic Director

In these unprecedented times, Yellow Door Theatre Project believes that it is prudent to respect all health and safety guidance of the provincial and federal government and have decided to cancel all classes on-site and publice events and performances.


We are anxious to return to regular programming as soon as it is safe for our participants and instructors to return to our beautiful space in Virgil.


In the interim, Yellow Door Theatre Project has created and is providing socially responsible, online progamming. This includes online dance instruction, high calibre workshops and live-streamed performances of the FIRST 'Zoomsical,' to be performed in the Niagara Region in July and August.


We look so forward to the day when we are able to safely welcome you back to the Studio!


Best Regards,


Andorlie Hillstrom

Artistic Director

Yellow Door Theatre Project

Letter from the Board of Directors

How Yellow Door Theatre Project is Successfully Navigating Covid 19


Covid 19 has brought many challenges to us all but perhaps the industry that has been affected most is the performing arts community. It is confronting some harsh challenges; cancelled and postponed events, maintaining premises, and a dramatic drop in revenues to name a few.  Many performing arts organizations have been forced to close their doors for good.  Those that persevere struggle financially and public health guidelines present their own challenges to performers.


As a Niagara-grown theatre project, our passion is to create an experience for life through theatre and production, providing life perspective and a genuine commitment to growing and developing the children and youth of Niagara.


Despite the many challenges that we face, Yellow Door continues to support our young performers in the face of this pandemic.


Every year, we put on a main fall production, a spring teen production, a children's summer camp, and musical theatre dance classes. We strive to make our productions as professional an experience as possible for the kids, employing professional stage managers, directors, choreographers, actors, etc.


To adapt to COVID-19, we have developed several exciting opportunities.  We have moved to online dance instruction, are in the process of putting together a 'zoomsical,' that will be performed online for the public in July and August, we have moved our summer camp online, and are providing professional online workshops covering subjects such as audition self-taping and writing for the theatre, presented by well known Canadian talents such as Kerry Ann Doherty, Thom Marriott,  Lezlie Wade and Scott Christian, to name a few.


We have been absolutely dedicated to continuing excellent instruction for our students in a safe way in accordance with public health guidelines. The safety of our kids is and always has been one of our top priorities, and it is especially important to us now. 




Elisabeth Cornett


Board of Governors

Yellow Door Theatre Project

Accepting Auditions for Our New Two-Year Fall Performance Company Program

We have exciting news! Thanks to support received from Niagara Investment in Culture and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Yellow Door Theatre Project is auditioning for SINGERS, ACTORS and DANCERS between the ages of 10-18 to become participants in a new Two-Year Fall Performance Company Program!


This program will encompass a two-year development process that will culminate in a Livestream/In-Theatre Concert Event on December 11th, 2020 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and a Livestream/In-Theatre full production in December, 2021.

For more details about this exciting new program and how to audition, please read the full release.

Summer Camp 2020 is Going Online!

During these unprecedented times we look forward to sharing another wonderful year of exciting musical theatre for your children and providing them with experiences that will last a lifetime.


With that, we are excited to announce our Summer Camp programming for 2020! This year we are offering four online programs in July and August:

  • Musical Theatre - The Big One-Oh! (Virtual Performance)

  • Musical Theatre - Dance

  • Musical Theatre - Broadway Bound

  • From Page to Stage - Learn How to Write Your Own Show


Registration for all Summer Camp programs begins June 15th.

For more information on these Summer Camp programs, please visit our Summer Camp 2020 page.


On June 25th, Yellow Door Theatre Project performers took part in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s online series featuring free live concerts from Niagara musicians every Sunday and content from community partners every Thursday.


Check out our performance on FirstOntario PAC’s YouTube channel.

Rotary Club of NOTL
Cheque Presentation

At their meeting on Tuesday, members of the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake were treated to a special performance by Yellow Door Theatre Project youth and teen company members.  


The Rotary Club recently confirmed its sponsorship of the Dress Rehearsals for the 2019 Yellow Door fall productions of Going Under (teen company) and Bremen Rock City (youth company) being presented at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in December. To show their appreciation, 5 young performers who receive training at Yellow Door provided a singing showcase under the tutelage of Artistic Director, Andorlie Hillstrom.


“The Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club was blown away by the level of talent on display. You could see the confidence emanating from these talented kids because of the opportunities given to them by Yellow Door Theatre Project. We are proud to be supporting such a wonderful charitable organization.”

   Paul Lalonde

Rotary Club Member 


Said Yellow Door Artistic Director, Andorlie Hillstrom, “Yellow Door Theatre Project is so grateful for the support and generosity of organizations like the Rotary Club! This will help us move forward with plans for our Fall Productions.”  


The celebration was capped off with an official cheque presentation for $2,000.00. 


Above (left to right):

Front Row: Catherine Dubois; Ayla Jamal

Back Row: Hannah Jamal; Lukas Romanelli; Sydney Cornett; Patrick Bowman (Piano accompanist)

Below (left to right):

Paul Lalonde - NOTL Rotary Club member; Catherine Dubois, Lukas Romanelli, & Sydney Cornett - Yellow Door Theatre performers; Andorlie Hillstrom - Artistic Director, Yellow Door Theatre Project

Absent from photo: Hannah and Ayla Jamal - Yellow Door Theatre performers

Our Recreational Musical Theatre & Dance Program continues into 2020-21!

I am excited to announce that Yellow Door Theatre Project will be continuing to offer Online classes in combination with In-Studio Classes as part of our Recreational Musical Theatre (ages 9-14) and Introductory Jazz, Tap and Ballet Dance (ages 10-18) program throughout the 2020-2021 Season!


These weekly musical theatre and dance classes will provide an introduction to the world of musical theatre!


Children registered in the Musical Theatre classes will begin to explore singing, dancing and acting to excerpts from age appropriate musicals. Our professional and experienced instructors will support the children through the creative process and develop their confidence and connection to one another.


Youth registered in Dance classes will work to improve technique, stamina, and flexibility. Emphasis is on Musical Theatre dance vocabulary. These classes will teach the basic dance skills necessary for musical theatre auditions for community theatre, professional theatre and college auditions.


The 2020-2021 Season runs from September 8th, 2020 to May 29th, 2021 and all classes will end with either in-class or online presentation.

“I am excited to be able to offer musical theatre programming on a year round basis and so very pleased to finally be returning to In-Studio classes! The demand for this type of program is continuing to grow steadily in the Niagara Region!”


Andorlie Hillstrom, Artistic Director

​​Please e-mail andorlie.hillstrom@gmail.com if you wish to schedule an online Zoom Meeting with the Artistic Director to discuss class options for the 2020-2021 Season. Additional information (including registration information) is available on the Recreational Musical Theatre Program page.



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