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Our original musical productions carry messages of friendship, co-operation and overcoming obstacles. With toe-tapping music, terrific lyrics and engaging characters, our actors deliver memorable experiences for children from JK-Grade 5.

Our plays cost $699/performance but we do have a limited number of sponsored shows for schools that meet our eligibility requirements. Curriculum-based drama workshops are available too.

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“Exposure to and participating in dramatic and musical arts is vital in improving our students’ abilities in other areas of the curriculum. Beginning this exposure from an early age provides an opportunity for students’ creative spirits to flourish and grow. Thank you so much for being part of that development.”  

                                                                                                                     -Principal, Toronto District School Board

 

The show we are touring in 2017 and 2018 is All Aboard: An Adventure Across Canada – For Kids!

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with us!

To book a show at your school, please contact us at info@suitcasetheatre.com or at 647-654-7529.

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Join Suitcase Theatre in their latest musical production, “All Aboard! An Adventure Across Canada For KIDS!” Meet us at the Imagination Station, grab your ticket and hop on board the Learning Locomotive. The interactive coast-to-coast Canadian adventure explores the diversity of people and places through song and dance. All Aboard is an action-packed journey where the audience gets to be a part of the wonderful discovery of what makes Canada such an amazing place to live and learn. There’s something for everyone on this exciting trip across our great land! All Aboard – your Canadian adventure awaits!

The play runs 50 minutes with time for a Q + A and meet the cast after the show.

Written and Directed by Ryan Jacobs  Music and Lyrics by Tyler Check and Tristan Hernandez  Art Designer: Robert Johannsen

Actors: Chris Mayo, Jacques St. Pierre, Anna Wheeler, Allison Lavigne, Elijah Manalo and Dan Byrne

Stage Manager: Nick Visscher


 

The Thumbs Up Circus

Step right up, step right up, for the greatest show on earth! The Thumbs Up Circus is in town, ready to transform any space into a dazzling circus ring. This is Suitcase Theatre’s newest and most portable musical yet, packed high with imagination and original song. The performance features audience interaction and engagement.

Join the Ringmaster and meet some new clown friends as they discover their unique gifts and talents. Together with their very sleepy friend, Euka the Koala, The Thumbs Up Circus performers learn about trust, hard work and friendship.

The Thumbs Up Circus celebrates bravery, teamwork and dreaming BIG! Children learn the value in trusting others when faced with great challenges because behind great work, is greater team work!

No big cats or bears were harmed in the making of this show. The Thumbs Up Circus recruits YOU to play the part of animals instead. Come on down and “Let’s Make Magic Out of Nothing” together! Meet the artists and giant puppet following show!

Recommended Audience: JK-Grade 3

Group size: 5-200 people

Length: 45 minutes

For booking information, please contact info@suitcasetheatre.com

Music and lyrics by Doug Price

Directed by Doug Price, Alanna Balicki and Daniel Brereton

Adapted by Ryan Jacobs

Musical Director and Stage Manager Scott MacKay


The Friend Ship

The Friend Ship is the tale of an extraordinary suitcase that transforms on stage into a friendly pirate ship. The ship’s crew includes Captain 5, First Mate Froo, stowaway squirrel Chippy and Morris the Monkey.

In search of Monkey’s home island, their sea voyage is filled with fun-loving adventure where the audience is called into action to play the role of friendly pirates. Once their final destination is reached, it becomes clear that Chippy holds the acorn destined to give new life to a treeless island where squirrels can be squirrels and monkeys can dance!

The play celebrates self-confidence and care for the earth. Children learn the value of cultivating friends, lending a neighbour a helping hand and seeing challenges through to the end.

Meet the pirate, First Mate, Chippy and Morris the Monkey after the show!

Recommended Audience: PreK-Grade 3

Group size: 5-200 people

Length: 40 minutes

For booking information, please contact info@suitcasetheatre.com

Music and lyrics by Doug Price and Stu Gilchrist

Directed by Doug Price

Musical Director and Stage Manager Scott MacKay


Friend in Need, Friends Indeed

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and can show up just about anywhere. Fortunately, the same can be said of good friends! Friends in Need, Friends Indeed is a new musical from Suitcase Theatre that addresses bullying at a level appropriate for younger children. Whimsical puppets, memorable songs and audience interaction make this a fun-filled learning experience!

Spark cares deeply about her friends but sometimes they need help caring for each other: shy Pipsy, who isn’t shy about taking other people’s things; wise-cracking Widget, whose jokes aren’t always as funny as he thinks; athletic Zoomer, whose strength is also his weakness; and bossy Lola, who confuses belonging to a group with controlling it. The gang is ready for another day at school but today the most important lessons will happen outside of class…and YOU get to be the teacher!

Join Spark and Buster, the trusty bus driver, as they travel the bumpy road of getting along with others. Help them avoid the pitfalls of bullying and steer them towards a truly caring community.

Friends in Need, Friends Indeed celebrates the values of respecting others, expressing our own feelings and standing together against bullying behaviour. Children assist the characters to recognize and resolve the problem, becoming part of the solution. In this way, children learn the crucial part “bystanders” play in stopping bullying…because a friend in need, is a friend indeed!

Meet the artists and the puppets following the show.

Recommended Audience: JK-Grade 3

Group size: 5-200 people

Length: 40 minutes

For booking information, please contact info@suitcasetheatre.com

Music and lyrics by Doug Price

Directed by Daniel Brereton

Musical Director and Stage Manager Scott Mackay


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“It was great to see our students so engaged, excited and immersed in learning through hands-on activities in all of the centres. Everyone did a great job in involving and interacting with the students. Their excitement spoke volumes about the quality of this workshop. I recommend it to all of my colleagues.” 

– JK/SK Teacher, TDSB                                                                                                                                                                             

“Thank you so much for the two workshops you ran for us yesterday. You did a fantastic job engaging all the kids, all the ages.  I know everyone had a great time.”  Chani Greenwald, MPS CCLS, Coordinator, OTF Digital Storytelling Program and Child Youth & Family Program, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto

“I just wanted to email you regarding the Suitcase Theatre Drama workshop that we had at our school, Nativity of Our Lord, earlier on this morning. Ryan Jacobs was amazing! Honestly, my students loved it. Some of them specifically thanked me for bringing him in. That’s how much they loved working with him. I would highly recommend this workshop to any teacher. I love what he worked on with my students, as he was engaging and the content was relevant to the Grade 6 curriculum. It was a definite asset to my drama program. I can’t thank you enough for referring him to me. Thank so much for your help.”- Sabrina Passero, Teacher, Nativity of Our Lord

“The workshop was excellent. The students had a really great time and were very engaged. Morgan was fantastic. Thank you so much again for organizing this for us.  It’s always great to have new and exciting activities planned for the students. I can definitely complete a survey for you, and I hope we are able to have you guys in again.” Danielle Myers, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto

                                                                                         

Suitcase Theatre’s class workshops are developed and delivered by experienced facilitators, ECE experts, drama and dance specialists. We visit your school so you needn’t worry about transportation costs or permission forms.

We also visit Girl Guide Units and link our workshops to badge work.

Our curriculum-based workshops help develop:

  • Positive role modelling through play-based activities that build imagination, connections and cognitive skills
  • Social, emotional and literacy skill development through creativity and independent thought
  • Co-operation, promote discussion and respect
  • Exploration of virtues such as gratitude, peace, courage, love, forgiveness and compassion
  • Confidence building, character development and a love of the dramatic and visual arts

$199/morning or afternoon session.

Parent volunteers are required to help lead the centre-based workshops.

For more information, please email Victoria Snell, Workshop and Education Manager at info@suitcasetheatre.com or call 647-654-PLAY. Please indicate your school, preferred workshop, date and time.

We also lead customized dance and drama class workshops for children in Grades 2 – 8. Please contact us for more information.

Friendship + Family Workshop – JK/SK LEVEL

WSI_FFThe Friendship + Family workshop rotates through five inquiry-based centres. Starting with an original story about a special pirate ship called ‘The Friendship’, the curriculum-based activities build connections, fine motor, social, language and cognitive skills. The centres include mask, hat and puppet-making, dress-up, dance, movement and music and art. The children learn why we need our family, friends, community and the environment to live happy and healthy lives. The activities also encourage taking turns, respect and independent thought. Children take home a paper suitcase that is stamped at each centre filled with the treasures they have created. Virtues: Peace, Courage, Love and Compassion.

 

 

 

 

 

Superkids Workshop – GRADE 1-2 LEVEL

WSI_SuperkidsHop on the NO BULLIES BUS in this workshop designed to foster friendships, peace and safety. The five activity centres encourage self-worth and problem-solving through role-playing, dress-up, drama, music, art and discussion. We talk about when you should call 911 and who you can turn to if you need help when you are hurt or feeling sad. The activities also encourage taking turns, respect and independent thought. Every student makes a heart necklace and receives a special message from a friend at the end of the workshop because a friend in need, is a friend indeed.

Virtues: Compassion, Love, Peace, Charity and Forgiveness

 

 

 

 

 

Children Around the World Workshop – JK/SK LEVEL

WSI_CAWThe Children Around the World workshop celebrates everyone’s unique abilities and reinforces that we are all the same on the inside. Through the five sensory and inquiry-based centres, children explore different cultures, foods, sounds, smells and instruments from around the world. The centres encourage role-playing and problem solving through drama, music, dress-up and a communal creative art project. The activities also encourage taking turns, respect and independent thought. Children take home the rain stick and handmade passport that they create.

Virtues: Peace, Courage and Love.

 

 

 

 

 

All in the Community Workshop – JK/SK LEVEL

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Through the five inquiry-based activities centres, students engage in interactive scenarios and learn that we all need each other to be happy and healthy in our homes, school and community. Children will learn to express how they are feeling, why it is important to have manners and how to treat others with respect. Dress-up, role playing, art activities and the use of puppet friends at the centres teaches the children about different people in the community. The class works together to create The Thankful Tree and writes down what makes them unique. Letter recognition, counting and peer discussion are also features of the workshop. Children make and create an I AM SPECIAL badge to wear home. Virtues: Hospitality, Love, Justice and Compassion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance Across Canada – Grades 2 – 8

Explore the diversity of Canada through the language of movement and dance. Students will learn about rhythm and keeping time as they explore many of the different styles of dance that are found within our country. You might just catch a jig, break into a Hip Hop beat, saddle up for some line dancing, twirl into a Bollywood or a Bhangra dance and so much more. This workshop teaches students the ability to express themselves in an energetic and creative setting which concludes with a peer dance performance that the students have choreographed.

 

All the World is a Stage – Grades 3 – 8

All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables. They learn about stage directions, various roles in theatre and other backstage elements that make a production come to life. The workshop concludes with a peer performance based on a classical tale through the students’ own creative interpretation.

 

Improv your Acting – Grades 4 – 8

“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour. This workshop strengthens self-esteem, helps builds confidence and nurtures peer connections and respect.

 

Confidence Creates Character – Grades 2 – 8

“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying. The workshops helps to build character and self-confidence through a series of guided interactive role playing scenarios. Learning coping skills and bring prepared to manage potential situations is empowering and each workshop is geared to age appropriate scenarios.

 

 

 

We also lead customized dance and drama class workshops for children in Grades 2 – 8. Please contact us for more information at workshops@suitcasetheatre.com.