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: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=esa

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IMPORTANT CHICAGO TRIP INFORMATION

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: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=esa
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

ESA Music Theatre Dazzles with the TSO and Broadway’s Ashley Brown

More than 70 students from Grade 11 and 12 Music Theatre joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and singer Ashley Brown for the annual TSO Holiday Pops concerts. Singing everything from traditional carols to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, the choir was uniformly praised for their sound, energy and professionalism. Maestro Steven Reineke (Principal Pops Conductor for the TSO) also conducts the New York Pops and National Pops in Washington DC, but calls ESA “the best young choir he’s ever heard”! ESA has already been invited to join the TSO for the 2014-15 season and is grateful for the opportunity to perform with such world class performers and conductors. Congratulations to all involved for the well deserved standing ovations!IMG_4086IMG_1349

ESA’s Legacy Project – Still Looking for Input

Just a reminder that staff are still looking for input regarding the possible renovation of our lobby spaces at ESA. A Student consultation is happening on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at lunch in room S20 and parents are invited to send in their ideas by November 30th. Here is a link to the original post – http://www.esainfo.ca/walking-our-hallways-and-looking-for-ideas/196900

Looking forward to your ideas!

David Ambrose, Pam Bettger, Darren Black, Matthew Varey and Rob MacKinnon

 

Music Theatre’s TSO Choir in Performance with Stars of Broadway!

The 75 member choir of Grade 11 and 12 Music Theatre Students will be performing this Sunday night as part of a fundraising concert at Runnymede United Church in aid of a great cause – The Stop Community Food Centre. The evening features a reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol with celebrity readers such as Les Miserables stars Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Lisa Horner (Mme. Thenardier) and Melissa O’Neill (Eponine), along with renowned actor Fiona Reid, CBC Radio Host Jeff Douglas, local arts figure Pia Bouman and ESA’s own Michael MacLaren!. The evening also features great music interspersed with the readings and is a guaranteed sellout. Tickets are $25 and available by calling (416) 767-6729.
And in two weeks, the same choir takes to the stage at Roy Thomson Hall on Dec. 10 and 11 for three concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their Holiday Pops Concerts. This year features ESA more than ever before, along with guest vocalist Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) under the direction of maestro Steven Reineke. You can purchase tickets online (tso.ca), by phone (416) 593-4828 or in person at the Roy Thomson Box Office. Use the code “ESA” for a discount!

Festive – just three weeks away and tickets are on sale!

ESA Music and Music Theatre Departments’ Festive concerts are coming up soon! On Dec. 4, 5, and 6 at 7:00, join almost 400 students in various ensembles as they present an exciting and fast-paced program of choral and instrumental music. Tickets are only $16.50 (including $1.50 service charge) and are available by clicking on the link below. Come out and join the festive celebration!

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=esa