Join the “Carn-Evil” – ESA’s Hallowe’en Dance!

Friday October 31st will see the school transformed into a creepy carnival for the Student Council’s annual Hallowe’en Dance. Tickets are on sale every day at lunch – no tickets at the door!

DJ’d by John Kiss and Liam Sullivan

Halloween Dance 1

Relieve Stress with Mindfulness

Mindfulness workshops are being presented to staff and students:

Every Tuesday for 20-25 minutes, October 21 – December 2
Teachers: 8:15am – 8:35 am (Library Seminar Room)
Students: Lunch, 11:30 -11:50 am (Library Seminar Room)

Facilitated by: Trish Drynan (Tools for All Teens)
Staff Sponsor: Ms. Meherali (Student Services)

Please see attachment for more details.

Relieve Stress with Mindfulness fall 2014 (3)

October 30th is Grade 8 Information Night!

Visit ESA on Thursday, October 30th to see everything that ESA offers in artistic and academic excellence. The doors open at 6:00 and parents can visit with teachers in the Arts, Academics, Student Services and meet our administrators. Each major (dance, drama, film, music, music theatre and visual arts) will showcase their program individually in smaller groups and answer questions about what is involved in auditioning and attending ESA. Parents and students wishing to audition for Grade 10, 11  and 12 are also encouraged to attend. There is a also a full 45 minute program in our auditorium showcasing the talents of our students and providing further information on the school and its many programs and successes.Free tickets are available for the 2 shows (6:15 and 7:30 pm) through this website by clicking here. For parents attending the 7:30 show, please arrive early to visit the individual displays of the arts majors – they will be wrapped up by the time the 7:30 show concludes.

For all students wishing to audition for ESA for 2015-16, applications start through this website on Monday, November 3rd and close on Friday November 28th.

Hope to see you out on Oct. 30th!

MADD Canada seeking Film Extras

Please see the following notice from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada. For more details, please see Mr. Ambrose in Guidance. 
As you know, each year MADD Canada produces a School Assembly Program that is presented personally by MADD Reps to about one million students in middle & high schools across Canada.  It’s a 30 minute drama, followed by about 15 mins of pretty hard-hitting scenes of real people talking about the losses of their loved ones.  The MADD Rep follows it up with an empowering discussion with the students.  MADD hopes that in presenting their message in a creative and engaging way it will encourage teenagers to think twice and plan ahead when they’re making social plans…and save lives.  This year we are producing a French version for them as well, that will be made available in Quebec, and likely other French schools elsewhere in Canada.
No DVDs are sold, and MADD Canada doesn’t show the program anywhere but in schools, other than a short promo on their website to help promote the School Assembly Program itself.
This year we’re putting together a “bush party” for one scene and we’re looking for Volunteer Extras!
It’s a good cause, and one we enjoy contributing to each year.  If one kid calls home for a ride instead of getting behind the wheel of a car, we feel we’ve made a difference.
We are currently in “pre-production” and be locking down details in the next few weeks.  
This is an OVERNIGHT shoot, and will be on one of the following dates:
Wed Oct 22
Thur Oct 23
Fri Oct 24
Sat Oct 25


Grade 9 Centre Island Day this Friday!

The Student Council and Administration of ESA are looking forward to Grade 9 Day this Friday on Centre Island! Please find the attached letter and permission form for the day, which should have been brought home last week. Students must bring in their form to their home room teacher by Thursday this week. Please note that the day will go ahead unless there is rain – a post on this website will be put up by 6 am on Friday if the day is cancelled and students are expected to attend class. Please dress accordingly for the weather and be ready to have fun with your new classmates!

Centre Island Letter

Centre Island-parents

Commencement tickets now available – important info below!

Graduates can now access the ticketing site through the homepage of this website. Use your unique code that was sent out in your letter when asked on the first page for a coupon/certificate or pass code. Because the system requires a base ticket price, it may show as $25 per ticket. Entering your code will make the tickets complimentary. You may NOT purchase additional tickets.

Music Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

The Music Theatre Department continued its collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last week with two great opportunities for its students. On Tuesday, a group of Grade 9 students attended the dress rehearsal of the TSO’s Broadway Pops concert and enjoyed a Q & A with Resident Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and soloists Amy Wallis, David Curry and Jonathan Estabrooks. On Thursday, five of our graduating Music Theatre students traveled to Roy Thomson Hall for a special private masterclass with TSO Resident Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Canadian born/New York bass Jonathan Estabrooks. The students dazzled the panel and came away with positive and constructive feedback as they each pursue a career in performance at the post-secondary level this fall. Thank you to the TSO for making this possible!

reinekePictured above: David Ambrose (teacher), Jonathan Estabrooks, Michaela Mar, Lindsay Roland Mills, Hailey Balaz, Tyler Pearse, Jacoba Barber-Rozema and Steven Reineke


Showcase tickets going fast!

The Music Theatre department’s annual Showcase is coming up quickly on April 10 and 11, and tickets are already more than 60% sold! The evening features all of ESA’s award winning ensembles, including recent Chicago festival winners Glo, Chamber Choir, Jamme and WoCo, along with our two time national Show Choir champs Splash. Also featured are the grade 9 and 10 classes as well as our Aria competition winner, BroCo and the department wide Concert Choir. A fantastic evening of song and dance! Tickets available by clicking on the link on the main page of this website.

ESA Music Theatre a Windy City Success Story!

This past week 122 Music Theatre students, teachers and chaperones traveled to Chicago to participate in two music festivals, and returned home triumphant and proud! Five different extracurricular ensembles competed in two different festivals and each group was honoured with fantastic results and advanced to a higher level of competition. Chamber Choir, Jamme and WoCo competed as part of the national Heritage Music Festival series, each group winning Gold in their category, and Jamme being named best overall choral ensemble and ESA named best choral program. These choirs qualified to participate in next year’s Festival of Gold at Carnegie Hall, and were lauded with praise for their musicality and professionalism. Splash and Glo competed in the FAME Show Choir competition and brought home 3rd place and 1st place in their respective categories, and both were invited to compete in the FAME Finals next month. In addition, Splash was awarded Best Show Design and Tyler Pearse was named Best Male Vocalist of the competition in an extremely competitive field.

Congratulations to all of our incredibly talented students and their leaders for the success of these competitions, and for representing ESA with pride and professionalism!

Showcase tickets on sale!

ESA Music Theatre proudly presents its annual Showcase for two nights only on April 10 and 11, featuring the many talented students of the department in curricular and extra-curricular ensembles. Included in this year’s show is the Canadian premiere of the 2014 Moulin Rouge set by the award winning Splash, along with JAMME, Glo, WoCo and Chamber Choir, fresh from their competition trip to Chicago. The evening also features the Grade 9 and 10 classes in production numbers from Matilda, How To Succeed in Business and Children of Eden. Aria competition winners, BroCo and the department wide Concert Choir round out the exciting program. Join us for this celebration of Music Theatre at ESA!

Purchase tickets by clicking here:



Attention all families with students travelling to Chicago with the Music Theatre ensembles on March 19th! The deadline for all forms and final payments is Thursday March 6th – none will be accepted after that date and you may forfeit your trip with no refund. Each student is required to provide a signed TDSB permission form, a completed TDSB medical form, a photocopy of the photo page of your valid passport and a copy of proof of out of country medical insurance. In addition, there was a $30 extra charge because of the exchange rate change (cash or cheque payable to ESA Music Theatre). All of these items are due to Mr. Ambrose by 3:10 on Thursday.

Links to forms are below:

Chicago Parents Medical Form-Chicago

ESA Music Theatre presents Into The Woods!

ITW posterTickets are now on sale for Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, a brilliant and edgy weaving of fairy tales featuring the students of Grade 11 and Grade 12 Music Theatre and the ESA Pit Orchestra. The Grade 11 production (Feb.11 at 7 pm and Feb 14 at 1 pm) features an abridged performance (roughly 70 minutes, no intermission). The Grade 12 production (Feb. 8 at 1 pm, Feb. 10, 12 and 13 at 7 pm) features the full show with intermission.

To purchase tickets, click on this link:
The Grade 11 production has the same cast for both performances. For the Grade 12 production, casting is as follows:
Feb. 10 and 13
Narrator- Marianna Viele
Cinderella – Lindsay Rolland Mills
Jack – Tyler Pearse
Jack’s Mother – Julia Simon
Baker – Michael MacLaren
Baker’s Wife – Hailey Balaz
Stepmother Dove Salsberg
Florinda – Grace Gilbert-Walters
Lucinda – Maria Rueda
Cinderella’s Mother – Martina Myskholid
Little Red – Sadie-Ann Hirschfield
Witch – Michaela Mar
Mysterious Man – Dylan Coutts
Wolves – Jamarie Brown and Eli Sokoloff Harris
Cinderella’s Father – Eli Sokoloff-Harris
Granny – Tess Lavelle-Sutton
Rapunzel – Jacoba Barber-Rozema
Rapunzel’s Prince – Joel Purvis
Cinderella’s Prince – Cooper Agar
Steward – Tristen Hewitt
Harp – Evelina Zoubareva
Milky White – Robbie Graham-Kuntz
Birds/Beanstalk/Ensemble – Olivia Warner, Jesica Cuaresma, Jessica Tumen-Ulzii, Akilah Chichester-Jameer, Rebecca Mudrick, Richard Goodman

Feb. 8 and 12
Narrator – Katie Gorham
Cinderella – Lindsay Rolland Mills
Jack – Tyler Pearse
Jack’s Mother – Shernelle Phillip
Baker – Shawn Molko
Baker’s Wife – Leah Hamid
Stepmother – Amanda Berger
Florinda – Zoe da Silva
Lucinda – Isabella Grossi
Cinderella’s Mother – Sophie Sutcliffe
Little Red – Sadie-Ann Hirschfield
Witch – Rachel Cvecich
Mysterious Man – Dylan Coutts
Wolves – Jamarie Brown and Eli Sokoloff Harris
Cinderella’s Father – Eli-Sokoloff Harris
Granny – Tess Lavelle-Sutton
Rapunzel – Cassandra Reid
Rapunzel’s Prince – Joel Purvis
Cinderella’s Prince – Tristen Hewitt
Steward – Cooper Agar
Harp – Nailah Ramcharan-Gibbs
Milky White – Evelina Zoubareva
Birds/Beanstalk/Ensemble – Olivia Warner, Jesica Cuaresma, Jessica Tumen-Ulzii, Akilah Chichester-Jameer, Rebecca Mudrick, Richard Goodman