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The Grand Theatre proudly supports the following student initiatives:


THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT is unique in North America and provides an unparalleled opportunity for youth in London and the surrounding community to explore their creative potential both on stage and behind the scenes.  Experienced theatre professionals guide students through all aspects of theatre production including voice coaching, choreography, set design, sound, lighting, stage management, wardrobe and props.  The High School Project includes a full-scale musical production on The Grand’s main stage, each fall, as well as a spring show in our McManus Studio, which features the exploration of either a Shakespearean play or a contemporary Canadian work.

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES: Fun and enjoyable theatre for children ranging in age from Kindergarten to Grade 5 is the goal of TYA and our McManus Studio provides the perfect venue for these productions.   

HOLIDAY WISH FOR KIDS:  Each year, 250+ children and their caregivers, most of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to see live theatre, attend The Grand Theatre’s Main Stage Holiday show.  They are treated to an intermission holiday party complete with treats and a visit with Santa.  At the end of the performance, all the children receive a treat bag, compliments of local merchants.

THE GRAND ACADEMY is a one-week theatre intensive, held during the March break, and provides high school students with the opportunity to explore all aspects of musical. Throughout the week, students prepare both a song and monologue to present at a practice audition session on the final day. The audition session gives participants an opportunity to perform for a panel of theatre professionals and receive helpful feedback. Students also have a chance to share their work with family and friends at an informal performance at the end of the week.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS CABARET is an exceptional opportunity to receive mentoring and training in the working environment of a professional theatre.  High school playwrights are invited to submit 10 minute scripts, with 2-4 characters.  Between 6 and 9 scripts will be chosen for script development and for staged readings in the McManus Studio.

SUBSIDIZED STUDENT TICKET PRICING: Each year approximately 12,000 students attend our special student matinee performances with their classes.  For some youth, attending a Grand Theatre performance with their class is the only opportunity to experience the world of theatre. Tickets for these performances are priced between $10-$15 dollars, with some complimentary seats also made available to ensure that financially challenged youth are not excluded from the experience. The Grand understands the importance of education and the arts collaborating to build a dynamic and prosperous community and is looking for a community partner in this important initiative.

STUDENT CLUB welcomes high school students into The Grand and offers them a chance to experience live professional theatre at a discounted rate.  Student Club members attend a Thursday evening performance for each of the six MainStage productions.  They meet with Artistic Director, Susan Ferley before the show and are given a pre-show chat about an aspect of the production, such as wardrobe, lighting, and direction.  After the show, they are invited to an informal question and answer session with the actors.   

Make a Difference Benefits

  • Help support The Grand Theatre’s commitment to youth
  • Ensure accessibility to those who might not otherwise experience live theatre
  • Nurture the next generation of youth by providing a strong understanding of the importance of the arts

For more information email, or contact the Development Officer at 519 672 9030 x262