Music Theatre Showcase 2018 Tickets on Sale!

Join the classes and ensembles of the Music Theatre Department for their annual showcase on Friday April 6 at 7:00 pm and Saturday April 7 at 1:00 pm. Tickets always go fast – reserve yours today! Click here to buy yours today!

ESA Semi Formal – tickets on sale for 4 more days only!

ESA’s Semi Formal will be happening on Friday, February 23, from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Students, get ready to dance the night away, enjoy live music from student bands and DJ, and enjoy a selection of delicious snacks at Second Floor Events, located at 461 King Street West. Tickets are $35 dollars each. Student guests are also welcome. Tickets only on sale until Friday – get them before they’re gone!

Looking for a March Break job or volunteer opportunity??

Neilson Park Creative Centre is currently seeking secondary students to support our upcoming March Break Camp through the following positions:

Position title: Camp Counsellor

The Camp Counsellor supports a priority of providing art instruction and activities for children at NPCC. The Camp Counsellor is responsible for providing supervision of children ages 5-12.

Job type: Contract 37.5 hours per week

Start date: March 12, 2018

End date: March 16, 2018

​Positions available: 2

Application deadline: January 31, 2018

See job posting below.

Position title: Camp Volunteer

The Camp Counsellor supports a priority of providing art instruction and activities for children at NPCC. The camp volunteer will assist in the instruction and supervision of children ages 5-12.

Job type: Volunteer

Start date: March 12, 2018

End date: March 16, 2018

Application deadline: January 31, 2018

See job posting below.

NPCC Camp Counsellor Job Posting  NPCC Call for Volunteers

WoCo Welcomes Stars of Stratford, Mirvish, West End and Broadway!

On Tuesday, ESA’s WoCo choir will be visited by a star-studded group of performers in rehearsal for the concert production of the Tony award-winning musical Nine, being presented by Podium Concert Productions this coming weekend. WoCo is featured as the ensemble throughout the entire show, joining leads from all of the major North American stages as well as a 23-piece orchestra. To see the exciting performances on Friday (7:30 pm) and Saturday (2:00 and 7:30 pm) at Trinity St. Paul Centre (Bloor and Spadina), visit their website here ( and use the discount code NINE15 to receive a 15% discount.

60 Second Film Festival tickets on sale!

The 60 Second Film Festival showcases the work of ESA’s filmmakers, as they each get one minute to make you laugh, cry, and think. There truly is something for everyone. Click on the ticket link above to purchase yours!

Wednesday Dec. 20 at 3:30 pm

Cabaret Tickets on sale – Cast List below!

ESA’s Music Theatre Department is excited to present the award-winning musical Cabaret in February 2018. Tickets are available through the Tickets link above. Here is the cast list for each performance:

CABARET CAST LIST with show dates

Festive Tickets Now On Sale

Join the Music and Music Theatre departments in their annual joint concert featuring all of the ensembles in solo and joint performances. Tickets are available through the ticket link on the top right hand corner of this website.


Because I Am A Girl – Benefit Concert Tuesday at 7 pm!

Tomorrow night the ESA theatre will come alive with more than 125 performers sharing powerful works of music, dance, spoken word and film to raise funds for Because I Am A Girl, an initiative of Plan International Canada for young women in developing countries. The talented students are coming together to support this worthy cause and share messages of hope, honesty and challenge. Tickets are only $10 and available through the Tickets tab at the top of the page, or at the door. Come and be inspired by our youth working for justice around the world for young women!

Last Call for Seat Inscriptions!

If you donated a new seat to the auditorium, time is ticking to dedicate your seat. Please go to the following page and complete your inscription (or indicate you don’t wish an inscription) by Thursday of this week. Thanks!

Time to Dedicate your New Auditorium Chair!

Renovations start soon on the auditorium with the new seating being installed this summer. If you donated a chair, you should have received an email with directions on how to create your dedication plaque message. If you did not receive it, please email [email protected] to get instructions.
We would like to have all of the inscriptions completed by Monday, June 13th. We look forward to your submissions!


There are close to 60 students enrolled in senior law courses at ESA and, each year, the students’ final term activity is a series of in-class mock trials.

In total, the school will run 7 criminal mock trials.


Trial 1 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette


Trial 2 — 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Von Chovi

Trial 3 – part one – 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette (to be continued on Thursday June 9)

Trial 4 — 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Thompson


Trial 5 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. O’Neill


Trial 6 – 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Throxalon

Trial 3 – part two – 12 noon until 1:45 – R. v. Surette (conclusion of grade 12 trial started on June 7)

Trial 7 – 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Kimball

Students have a basic background in criminal law, have observed real trials in process and have received preparation materials for their own trials.

Getting support from legal professionals both in the preparation for and the execution of the trials would be appreciated.

Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or not currently practicing but have trained in law, here’s how you could help:

1. as a “coach” — you could advise one of the 14 teams. During the period from May 27 to the time of a particular team’s trial (any time from Monday June 6 to Thursday June 9), a”coach” may make him/herself available to the students (via email or in person) to answer questions or assist in shaping the team’s approach to the case.

2. as a “judge” — if you are available during one of the scheduled trials, you could act as a “judge.” The teacher takes care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case. The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.

If you are interested and available to help out, either as a “coach” or a “judge,” please contact Linda Wolsley (teacher of CLU3M & CLU4U) at [email protected] She will assign you to work with a particular team, and will give those team members your email contact information. Also, if you act as a coach, she will provide you with a PDF of the team’s case file (from OBA archives of previous years’ mock trial competitions). If you are able to act as a judge, and depending on which trial you are available for, she will provide you with a PDF of that trial’s case file.

Past years’ legal volunteers have expressed how much fun they had and, based on studentfeedbabck, the value added to the overall learning experience was tremendous. Think about it and, if you have the time to volunteer, let the law teacher know.

Deadlines for contacting Linda Wolsley ([email protected])

a) for interested ‘coaches’ — no later than Tuesday May 24th

b) for interested ‘judges’ — no later than Monday May 30th

Thank you!

ESA Music Theatre Helps Launch Matilda!

Twenty four students from the Music Theatre Department helped launch the new Canadian production of the smash hit musical Matilda, produced by David Mirvish, at a press event on Tuesday. They joined the newly announced Canadian leads (including three 9 year olds sharing the title role), a Matilda from the Broadway touring company and composer Tim Minchin to perform one of the songs from the award winning musical in front of over 1,000 guests and press at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This was a followup to their performance at the season launch at the Royal Alex theatre last fall. Well done, “revolting children”!