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 Founder & Artistic Producer

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 public 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 a combination of socially responsible, online programming and in-studio classes that adhere to and follow health and safety regulations. This includes dance instruction, musical theatre and monologue and scene study classes, high calibre workshops and live-streamed performances.

 

We look so forward to the day when we are able to safely welcome you back to the Studio on a full-time basis!

 

Best Regards,

 

Andorlie Hillstrom

Founder/Artistic Producer

Yellow Door Theatre Project

Letter from the Board of Directors

Yellow Door Theatre Project Continues to Successfully Navigate Covid 19

 

The idea that there is a connection between the performing arts and the psychosocial is not new. Arts participation in childhood and youth has been linked to positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes later in life. Since March 2020, the opportunity to participate in performing arts opportunities has become impeded and our children have lived through the isolation of lockdown. There can be little doubt now of the importance and responsibility that Yellow Door and other performance arts organizations carry to provide this outlet and support to our children. It helps heal, soothe, invite thought about different issues, entertain, and to provide community. It was vital that we rose to the challenges of COVID-19. 

 

We have come a long way. We learned new skills and found innovative ways to adapt and survive during the pandemic. We purchased new equipment and systems, learned new skills such as video and sound editing, and made physical modifications to indoor spaces to allow for social distancing. Our children learned to rehearse and train in their living rooms, bedrooms, basements, and garages. They were committed and engaged.

Accomplishments 2020/2021

2020

  • Online dance instruction

  • Online summer camp

  • Online rehearsals when required by health and safety protocol

  • Zoomsical, The Big 10 performed online for the public in August

  • Hansel and Gretel - first performance on-line

2021

  • Dear-Edwina online edition

  • Summer camp Disney's The Little Mermaid JR – Online voice lessons in June and in person rehearsals beginning July 5th following Ontario’s Stage 2 Covid protocols.

  • Yellow Doors first film entitled Red Letter Day. Auditioned entirely online. Written, rehearsed, and filmed on location in Niagara on the Lake.  Composed by Scott Christian and written by Lezlie Wade.

  • ReCreational Classes starting in September with reduced class sizes and the ability to switch to on-line as required by Ontario’s reopen plan.

    • Junior 1 Musical Theatre Ages 5 – 14

    • Monologue and Scene Study Ages 10 to 14

  • Hansel and Gretel – Final Performance schedule to be performed at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre live or live stream.

 

The arts industry appears determined to bounce back. Like many other sectors, it has been forced to adapt in order to survive. Yellow Door Theatre Project will bring its new skills into the post pandemic world, and we are looking forward to it!

 

Regards,

 

Elisabeth Cornett

Chair

Board of Governors

Yellow Door Theatre Project

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'Misfits': A Yellow Door Film Production

For the past six years, our young actors have put on many stage performances, but this summer we are producing our first musical film, called "Misfits."

Read the entire feature article on Niagara Now.

#NiagaraPerforms

On June 25th, 2020, 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.

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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

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​​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.