Category Archives: Youth program

2018 Summer Theatre Youth Opportunities – on and offstage!


Port Perry Summer Theatre 2018 Youth Opportunities

At Theatre 3×60, we are all about developing new artists and supporting youth engagement with theatre, and our Port Perry Summer Theatre festival is becoming a great incubator and opportunity to build skills on and offstage for all ages!

Here’s what’s available this summer for youth and aspiring theatre artists from ages 7 and up.

Pre-Professional Performance Intensive and Apprenticeship Programs

“This program has taught me that acting is more than playing the part. It’s about feeling, seeing, touching, all of your senses and mindsets go into your role.”

“I have taken away so much more material that will definitely stick with me for my acting career.” 

Our Pre-Professional Performance Intensive program returns with the added option of a Summer Company Apprenticeship. The Performance Intensive is a unique program designed for high school students and youth interested in auditioning for post-secondary theatre programs and pursuing theatre professionally. Participants who successfully audition for one or both of our main summer productions – Spamalot and Peter Pan, will have the opportunity to perform onstage with our summer company members, and receive their pre-professional performance intensive training at no charge. Pre-Professional Performance Intensive information and applications are available at

Auditions begin February 20 for Monty Python’s Spamalot and Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and there are roles available for youth, young adults and adults. Audition information and forms are available at

Playing on Stage Recreational Theatre Performance Camps

“A great camp!”

“Confidence – Bravery – Warmups – How to Act!”

“Lots of fun…always excited and happy to come every morning.”

Our popular recreational theatre camps return for ages 7 – 15, this year in partnership with the Township of Scugog. Information can be found in the Scugog Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide at
Registration opens early May.

New This Year – Summer Co-op Placements!

If performing onstage is not your thing, we are also offering backstage summer co-op placements in front of house, production and scenic decoration. Contact us directly at if you are interested in the co-op program. 

Last but not least! Building the Playground and Playmakers Programs

We also offer production/scenic decoration and introductory playwriting programs for ages 13 and up. Find details at 

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3×60 Youth Theatre Collective comes to Port Perry this September

FREE theatre training is open to Youth (14 – 21) Across Durham

Register before September 15!

The 3×60 Youth Theatre Collective introduces youth and young adults to classical theatre training and play creation with the support of Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program.

Theatre 3×60 is now accepting applications for its 2017/18 Youth Theatre Collective, a free, unique 20 week creative performance art experience for Durham youth and young adults with an emphasis on classic stagecraft, playwriting, and process. With the guidance and mentorship of Theatre 3×60’s qualified theatre professionals and instructors, Theatre Collective members experience writing, collaborating, producing and performing their own work, while developing their performance and production skills. Through challenging hands-on theatre and writing exercises and activities, Theatre 3×60 Theatre Collective participants discover and explore theatre creation onstage and behind the scenes, including an end of program performance of original and scripted work.

The 3×60 Theatre Collective will be led by Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson with guest professional artists and playwrights Audra Gray, Graeme Powell and Rob Corbett. The 3×60 Youth Theatre Collective has been made possible with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, through Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program, and Theatre 3×60 is proud to bring this unique program to Port Perry and North Durham. In addition to encouraging youth involvement in theatre, Theatre 3×60 supports artistic excellence, accessibility to theatre, and believes in using theatre as a tool to engage audiences throughout Durham through touring productions to schools, community workshops, staged readings and full productions.

The 3×60 Theatre Collective runs for 20 weeks, from September 25, 2017 to March 31, 2017, with sessions twice weekly on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Location in Port Perry (TBC). The 3×60 Theatre Collective is open to all youth and young adults, ages 14 to 21, in Durham region and there is no fee to participate; however, space is limited to 20 participants and, upon acceptance, participants must commit to the full 20 week program. Applications are now being accepted until September 15 and registration forms are available online at

Young professionals take to the stage in Port Perry this July and August!

Live, learn and love theatre this summer…  

Meet our Summer Company!

Theatre 3×60’s summer company members – Alexis MacRae, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Michael Williamson, Manon Ens-Lapointe, Caroline Watling

It’s “Summerstock 101” for Theatre 3×60 this July with the hiring of 5 professional theatre students through the support of the Canada Summer Jobs student employment program. Four talented students from the George Brown College Theatre School will be seen on stage in two of this summer’s Port Perry Summer Theatre productions – Salt-Water Moon (opening July 8) and Mary’s Wedding (opening July 18). They will also be appearing in the site specific Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For cemetery walks. A fifth student, currently a theatre major at the University of Toronto, is the company’s summer production/stage manager overseeing all the productions.

For aspiring actors Manon Ens-Lapointe, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Lexi MacRae and Michael Williamson, performing on stage is the perfect summer job. “I’ve had lots of summer jobs, but this is the first year I have been able to work at something that I have been training to do”, says Duncan, and Lexi agrees “This is a perfect opportunity to put what I’ve been studying to use and to build my resume.” Production/stage manager Caroline Watling, a native of Oshawa, sees this summer job as an opportunity to build on her theatre experience and productions skills towards a possible career in arts management. “This is a lot more real than what we do in school. It’s a real taste of the industry.”

The company has been in rehearsal since mid June at Town Hall 1873 and the actors are getting the full summer theatre experience by billeting locally with Theatre 3×60 board members and staff. Theatre 3×60 vice president, Marion Meyers was eager to offer her home, saying “When I heard we had young actors coming to Port Perry to act in our summer theatre season, I immediately volunteered to house them. I knew that they would bring an enthusiasm and skill to our local theatre scene, and this was an additional way for me to support the arts in our town. … young people trying to make it in any arts field need lots of support in many ways.”

Theatre 3×60 president, Ruth Spearing sees hiring student actors as an ideal way of meeting the company’s mandate – “As a theatre company committed to enriching lives on and offstage, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity that Canada Summer Jobs provides for these talented and hard-working young people. It feels good to know that we are playing a part in the training and growth of future theatre artists and to be able to pay artists for their skills here in the community.”

Audiences can see Lexi and Michael onstage at Town Hall 1873 in July 8 – 22 in David French’s Salt-Water Moon. Manon and Duncan appear in Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding from July 18 – 29 and all four will perform through July and early August in Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For. Full production dates, details and cast biographies can be found at

Tickets for Salt-Water Moon and Mary’s Wedding are on sale at the Town Hall 1873 box office at 302 Queen St. Port Perry, by phone 905 985-8181 or online at Student/Senior, group and EyeGo prices available. Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested) at the gate only.

To learn more about Theatre 3×60, visit

Summer Stages – A summer program for every stage of your theatre growth!

JULY 10 – 28, 2017

Summer Stages is Theatre 3×60’s unique summer educational theatre program, held in July at Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry.

This year we are offering single week programs in performance, production skills and playwriting, and a two week pre-professional performance intensive program specifically for youth 15 to 18 interested in continuing their performance studies at the post secondary level and contemplating a career in theatre. Both the production skills and playwriting programs are also open to adults.

All programs focus on process and personal growth in a supportive collaborative environment and participants work with trained professional artists from Theatre 3×60’s educational team and summer company, to have fun while they learn theoretical and hands on theatre skills. All participants have the opportunity to present/display their achievements in a public forum at the end of each session. No previous training onstage or behind the scenes is required for any program, with the exception of the pre-professional performance intensive, which is by application only (deadline June 30th).

Registration is now open for all Summer Stages programs. Spaces are limited. Any registration paid for in full before June 15st, will receive an additional savings off the regular program fee. For full details on Summer Stages, visit or contact Theatre 3×60 at 905 431-0977.


March Break with Theatre 3×60, March 13 – 17!

At Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

This spring, Theatre 3×60 is offering two creative March Break programs that are sure to engage young artists and performers, on and offstage.

Playing on Stage
Monday to Friday, March 13 – 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Ages 10 – 12
Fee: $95 on or before March 1
/$110 after March 1

This half day program filled with theatre games and activities, led by Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson, is especially designed to grow stagecraft and performance skills, while encouraging creativity and self-confidence, on and offstage! No previous theatre experience required.

Building the Playground – Scenic Design and Painting
Monday to Friday, March 13 – 17, *12 noon – 4 pm (*new start time)
Ages 13 – 18
Fee: $125 on or before March 1
/$140 after March 1

A full day program immersed in the behind the scenes world of scenic design. Experience scenic painting, hands on with professional, Melanie Baker, as she creates an original set design. Learn how to take a love of drawing, painting and building to the next level by bringing set designs to life on stage. No previous theatre or art experience required.

For registration information and payment, contact,, 905 4310977.