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”!




Full Disclosure Date is May 6

A reminder to all students that are thinking of dropping a course that it must be done by May 6th in order for it not to appear on your transcript. See your guidance counsellor for more information.

Spotlight on Showcase 2016: Splash!

ESA’s Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase THIS Wednesday and Thursday (April 13 and 14)!  The show will feature our fantastic Grade 9 and 10 classes, as well as our department-wide vocal ensembles (WoCo, Chamber Choir, and Jamme) and our award-winning show choirs, GLO and Splash!  Splash has been named Canada’s top high school show choir since 2012, and this year’s set proves no exception.  Based off the new musical Bombshell, featured in NBC’s Smash, follow along as we share the story of a true Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe.  Buy your tickets today!


Spotlight on Showcase 2016: GLO

On Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, the Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase!  The show will feature our Grade 9 and 10 classes as well as our award-winning ensembles.  Our all-female show choir, GLO, just returned from the FAME Show Choir Regional Competition in Chicago, where they came in first place in the unisex division!  As well, Grade 12 member Hanna Nes was awarded Best Female Vocalist in the entire competition!  You do not want to miss this incredible 1960s high-energy set.  Tickets to Showcase are selling fast, make sure to buy yours today! Click here to purchase!Picture1

Music Theatre Showcase tickets – 70% sold!

Come out and see ESA’s annual Musical Theatre Showcase! The production will include performances from the Grade 9 and 10 Music Theatre classes, as well as the highly celebrated choirs such as WoCo, Chamber Choir, and Jamme. In addition, the show will also feature the award winning choirs, Glo and Splash, just back from the FAME Show Choir Championships in Chicago!  Tickets are on sale for the 7:00pm showings on April 13th & 14th. More than two thirds have already sold so be sure to get your tickets soon! Click here for tickets.

Upcoming Events for Parents and Teens From Breakaway

Breakaway Addiction Services is offering two upcoming workshops/series at their location near Queen and Dufferin. See the attached posters for more details!

Adult Information Night – Wednesday March 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm

For parents, concerned adults, and professionals who want to know more about substance use or abuse

Learn About:

Drug Education                  Generation Gap

Communication Skills      Problem Solving

How To Manage Your Parents – Thursdays starting March 24th from 4:30-6:00 pm

Feeling alone in your struggles with your parents?  Don’t feel you have a voice at home?

A group supporting all youth 15-18.

AIN DATE March 23, 2016   City Youth Academy Application 2016