The One-Stop Happiness Shop
Created by Lauren Hillman and the cast of students from the tri-cities this play is themed around children’s mental health and happiness. When a group of children, each dealing with their own challenging emotions, enter the One-Stop Happiness Shop, run by an eccentric Doctor and her assistants, they learn that there’s no such thing as a short cut to happiness.
The (Im)Perfect Day
Created by Lauren Trotzuk and our first-ever cast of students from Langley/Aldergrove this play also deals with themes of mental health in the context of what makes us feel good or bad. In this play, Sam is having a bad day. But her friends won’t let her stay that way for long!
Human Like Me
Created by Lauren Hillman and the cast of our fall production, with help from members of our community, this play was part of an anti-racism initiative. A live reprisal of our fall performance will show what happens when a family of humans move to Obelopolis: The World’s Happiest Monster Metropolis.
Sponsored in part by The City of Coquitlam Community Support and Recovery Grant and the Government of Canada. Special thanks to the Langley Arts Council for their partnership on The (Im)Perfect Day, and to the Government of Canada for their support creating Human Like Me.
Theatrix Youtheatre Society is celebrating 30 years of promoting and encouraging the performing arts for children in the Lower Fraser Valley.
Theatrix Youtheatre founding Artistic Director, Deborah Solberg is handing the reins to Lauren Hillman with succession planning assistance from the City of Port Coquitlam and the board of directors. “It’s time to hang up my directing and producing hat,” says Deborah Solberg. ‘Lauren is brilliant at creating original theatre and the perfect person to build the next 30 years.’
This fall, Theatrix presents the classic holiday story of The Nutcracker, the tale of a girl whose toy soldier comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes her on an adventure. But this isn’t the ballet! Using music that blends the traditional Tchaikovsky with an original score this is an original adaptation created by Theatrix and ready to be revived for a new cast! It’s packed with plenty of great characters, songs, and parts for kids of all ages so join Clara, the Rat King, Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy, Queen Licorice Stick, and all the candies, toys, and snowflakes as they bring this magical production to life!
A holiday at Lockwood Manor goes awry when Professor Plum’s ex, Penelope, is found dead by the swimming pool. Suddenly everyone’s a suspect in this comedic murder mystery. Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, even Mrs. Peacock are on Detective Jade Johnson’s radar. But who is the real killer? That, my friends, is up to you. Cast members enrolled in this production will help create this original musical from scratch using popular murder mystery tropes and characters from the famous board game: Clue. Together, we will script an all-new musical murder mystery, including original songs, to be performed in the spring.
OPAS – Our Online Performing Arts Program, now includes both virtual and live performing arts classes, plus online resources like webinar classes, downloadable plays, and Behind the Curtain, a professional mentoring interview series.
OPAS also includes free resources that both educate and entertain. You can find scenes from our original plays for you to use at home, as well as full scripts, and games. And in our video series, Behind the Curtain, kids can watch inspiring interviews with professional performing artists as they tell us how they got to where they are today – and how you can do it too!
We’ll be creating new content for you on a regular basis – new classes, video series, contests, workshops, etc. So check back regularly to see what’s new!
Lastly, we just want to say that we understand times are hard for many people right now, so it’s especially important we remain accessible and affordable. Subsidies can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re very passionate about OPAS and we sincerely hope that it helps our community stay engaged with the arts during this time. So explore the online studio, check out all our FREE resources, and be sure to check back often as we continue to create new online performing arts content!
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