Youth Theatre

Since 1979, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s Youth Theatre Program has created diverse, well-rounded training and performance opportunities for young people to grow as both artists and human beings. Our program seeks to strengthen essential life skills, such as focus, confidence, and communication, through the exploration of various theatre disciplines, such as acting, stagecraft, and dramatic writing. Our community-engaged, professional, and nurturing environment emphasizes the importance of team work and collaboration while still focusing on the individual to hone his or her unique gifts and greatest potential.

Youth Theatre Classes

Classes for the Fall 2018 session will to begin the week of September 10th and continue for ten (10) sessions. The schedule of classes for the Fall semester is listed below: Please note, when choosing class times, that the schedule may change. We don’t wish to overload any class so though you may want a preferred class time, we may not be able to comply. Your child’s class day and time will be verified prior to the first week of classes.

StageCraft Class

This year the Sara…H McDonald Youth Theatre is expanding the StageCraft Program to include a class for our younger students! We will have two classes, one for Grades 6 to 8, and another for grades 9 to 12. Both classes will be taught by Stefanie Power. Stefanie is a graduate of the theatre program at Grenfell Campus, and a longtime veteran of TNL. Stefanie first worked with TNL as a youth theatre student, eventually moving on to work with us at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival as a Stage Manager, and working with us as Stage Manager/props builder/jack of all trades for many of our Youth Theatre shows. Stefanie brings with her a wealth of experience, and a bold creative presence. Students will learn techniques in Stage Management, Properties, Sound and much, much more! Classes for the Fall Semester of StageCraft Begin on September 11th and end on November 13th.

Music Class

We are very excited to announce that this year at the Sara…H McDonald youth theatre, we are adding a musical component to our offerings!

The amazing Allison Crowe will be teaching classes for grade 1 right up to grade 12! We can’t tell you how excited we are to bring Allison into the SMYT family. Her work as an international recording and touring artist has left her with a breadth of knowledge about the music industry, and more recently she has become a fixture in NL theatre, as a creator on NL Vinyl for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Allison is fresh off of working with Theatre St. John’s on their sellout performance of “Once” and is now chomping at the bit to work with our students.

She says this of her class, and she really says it best!:

“I’m teaching a Music Class for grades 1 – 5 and 6-12 at TNL this fall! Adam Christopher Brake calls it applied music – I’m calling it Kitchen Party Class! Here’s the deal: I’m going to arrange some fun and some beautiful Newfoundland songs that we will all work on together, culminating in performance in December. No prior musical experience needed – terrified of singing? PERFECT! We want you there to clap or stomp along and maybe help boost your confidence in singing while you’re at it! We might even build our own ugly stick. Play an instrument? Bring it along! Don’t? No problem! 

Class Times

Grs 1 & 2 (Trouts):  Monday 4–5:00pm

Gr 3 & 4 (Duckies):  Wednesday 4–5:00pm

Gr 4 & 5 (Roustabouts):  Thursday 4–5:30pm

Grs 6, 7, 8 (Streels):  Monday 6–7:30pm

Grs 7 – 9 (Sleeveens):  Wednesday 6–7:30pm

Grs 10, 11, 12 (Hard Cases):  Thursday 6–7:30pm

Stagecraft (Grs 6,7,8):  Tuesday 4-6:00pm

StageCraft (Grs 9 – 12):  Tuesday 7 – 9:00pm

Music class (Gr 1-5):  Sunday 4 – 5:00pm

Music  Class (Gr 6-12):  Sunday 7 – 8:30pm


Fees for our regular youth theatre classes are $175 per child. If a family is registering more than 1 child, the fee for each additional child is $125.

Fees for the StageCraft class are $200. A Student could enrol in both acting class and the StageCraft class for special combo price of $350

Payment for classes is due upon registration. (If you would like to discuss other payment arrangements, please contact TNL by calling 639-7238).

Fees for Music class are $125 per student.


Note: Classes numbers are capped at age appropriate numbers to ensure a quality educational experience for all participants. Once the maximum number of students has registered in each category, others in that grade group will be placed on a wait list.

For a copy of the Youth Theatre registration form click here.

For more information on our program call Adam @ 639 7238 or use the contact form on this page to send him a message.