Archives for March 2015

Summer Triple Threat Intensive / Dance Intensive at ESA


I am pleased to offer information on an exciting new master class series to train students in Voice, Acting, Stage Combat, Dance, Yoga, Acting for Film, Production Showcase and Audition Technique, as well as a new Intensive focused primarily on DANCE. Please consider registering for this exciting opportunity to train in Musical Theatre and Dance with the best teachers in the business! Don’t miss out. Registration is limited.

The Master Class Series

Train to be a TRIPLE THREAT – master classes in Voice, Acting, Stage Combat, Yoga, Production, Acting for Film and Dance audition technique. Top professionals from the theatre community (Canada, USA and Mexico City) will help you build confidence in your music theatre skills and/or dance skills. You will have a group warm up to develop your technique as a triple threat performer with Paul Aikins, Colleen Friedman and Michael Vieira from Etobicoke School of the Arts. You will then partake in a variety of master classes in the various disciplines and you will have a variety of choices in the elective classes offered. The final day will be a showcase of your talent development, production numbers on stage and mock dance auditions for a panel of judges in the industry, including Casting Directors and Agents from the most reputable agencies in the country. This panel will provide invaluable advice. Train with the best in the business! There will also be a theatre outing / workshop to see a local Broadway show performance of NEWSIES on Wednesday, July 8th @ 7:30pm – ticket is included with registration for the first 60 applicants. Scholarships and Bursaries are available upon request and financial need. Visit the website for details. The program is now currently 75% filled.

LOCATION: Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, ON
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00pm
WHEN: July 2 – 10, 2015
FEE: $625 (includes theatre ticket to NEWSIES on Wed. July 8 eve)
AGE: 12-21+(three levels will be created, based on your age & experience)
INSTRUCTORS: Best in the business from Toronto and Broadway stages and studios!
Limited number of Scholarships & Bursaries available! Details on website.
* there is an option to do the 2nd week only for $500


Writing the OSSLT in the Library? Bring a mug…

Students who are writing the OSSLT in the Library on Thursday March 26th are invited to bring a mug with them.  We’ll have hot water and tea available throughout the day to help keep you hydrated and focused.

Good luck!

ESA @ The Etobicoke Philharmonic

ESA Grad Sandhya Mylabathula, newly minted member of the Board of the Etobicoke Philharmonic would like to extend the following invitation to all members of the ESA Community…

Please join the Etobicoke Philharmonic for Platinum Classics:

– 8pm
– Friday, April 10, 2015
– Martingrove Collegiate Institute
– 50 Winterton Drive

Etobicoke native [and ESA grad!] Bryan Holt performs one of the most breathtaking concertos in the repertoire, while the orchestra performs two masterworks from the symphonic literature.

– Carl Maria von Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz
– Antonín Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
– Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Please visit to get your tickets and for additional information!

Performance Opportunity for Students

Richview United Church Showcase of Stars 2015 is looking for talent.

This year’s Gala is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 25th.  Individual, group and ensemble acts are welcome.

ESA has a long standing relationship providing performers for this annual fundraising gala event.  Any interested students should contact Ms. Wray ([email protected]) for additional information.

The roof… update

It will be a happy morning when you wake up and there is not a post from me on the roof!  Mercifully, I was told today that there is only a half day of work left for the ‘kettle’; it is our main source of fumes and smells.  They will be finishing up with some ‘torch work’ later in the week that may cause some minor smells; this work will be on a much smaller scale and last for only a short time.

When this project first started, I posted a letter and a set of FAQs from Toronto Public Health on the roof replacement; I have attached them again here for those of you who may want to review that information.

As always, please feel free to write with any questions you may have.

Register for ESA’s 30 Hour Famine

Registration is now open for this year’s 30-Hour Famine school team.

Our ESA Famine event takes place April 17th and 18th.  Our fundraising goal for this year is $2500.

  • Interested students need to bring their signed Famine Waiver Release to Ms. Wray in the Library.  If you are 18 or older, you still need to bring in the release, signed by yourself.
  • Students will receive the rest of the necessary information and additional organisational details upon delivery of their signed waiver.

Full details about the 30-Hour Famine may be found at the World Vision website:

Habitat for Humanity Build Day #2

We had such a good time we’re doing it again!

Members of SEEDS Me to We, along with family members, are participating in another Habitat for Humanity Build Day on Saturday April 25th.

We are delighted to open this opportunity up to any other interested members of the ESA Community.

  • Participants must be 16 years of age by the build day.
  • Participants must contribute (fundraise) $100 per person (minimum).
  • Student participants will receive 8 Community Service hours for their participation.

Registration closes on Friday April 17th.  Space is limited, on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity, please send an e-mail to [email protected].  Complete details, registration link, and TDSB Student Permission Forms will be forwarded to interested individuals.

Music Theatre Showcase Tickets On Sale!

The annual Music Theatre Showcase takes the stage on April 8th and 9th at 7 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. The evening features every student in the Music Theatre Department, including class presentations and our award winning ensembles. Don’t miss out – these shows will likely sell out! Tickets are available by clicking here.


ESA Film and Scotiabank® SCENE®*: a groundbreaking partnership

ESA Film is thrilled to announce our new corporate sponsor. This year’s Big Screen Student Film Festival will be brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE – a fantastic and forward thinking opportunity for all of our students.

BSSFF poster_Rev Mar 18

The show happens at 4pm on April 1st at the Queensway Cineplex and will feature the best work from all grades of Film Majors.  It will be a diverse and exciting program and will be capped off by the presentation of Scotiabank SCENE awards as selected by a group of Film industry professionals.

Tickets will be released soon and will sell out fast.  Stay tuned to ESAinfo for more info.





Show Choir Canada Tickets

We’re just WEEKS away from the competition where Glo and Splash will compete for the Grand Championship title! Last year, Glo was runner-up and Splash was the Grand Champion….who will be crowned this year? There are several new choirs joining this exciting competition.

We want to see EVERYONE there in the crowds at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 11th 2015 to cheer ESA on!

#SCCChamps2015 Ticket info :

#SCCJrs2015 Ticket info:

Also, be sure to TWEET to us @ShowChoirCanada and use our official 2015 hashtags to share your choir’s journey, pictures and excitement from the rehearsal to backstage: #SCCChamps2015 & #SCCJrs2015

See you in April!

Show Choir Canada

Mindfulness Sessions Continue This Spring at ESA

Start the Spring Season off with greater calm and peace through Mindfulness every Tuesday in the library seminar room!

Staff session – 8:15-8:35 am    

Student session – 11:35-12 pm  (staff welcome if they are unable to attend morning)

Experience the benefits of guided breathing, relaxation techniques, and mindful awareness.

Sessions are led by Trish Drynan through the Tools for All Teens program being offered at ESA.

Staff sponsor – Ms Meherali, Student Services Department

All are welcome!


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – March 26th

The Ontario Secondary Literacy Test (OSSLT) is scheduled  for this Thursday, March 26th. All Grade 10 students will be writing the test and are required to be in  their assigned rooms by 8:45 AM . Instructions will be read at 9 AM and the literacy test begins at 9:05 AM. The majority of students will be finished by 12:15 pm unless they have been allocated extra time.

On Thursday, all classes are cancelled for all grades and there will be no cafeteria services.