Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ'S about Theatre A Go-Go Calgary

If you do not find the answer to your question, please contact us.

Who are the students?

Kids and Adults who are passionate about having fun learning more about themselves, each other, and the world of Theatre.

Who are the instructors?

All classes/camps are instructed by experienced, professional teaching artists who are enthusiastic, and focused on learning to have fun and having fun learning. Each program will have one Instructor, with the possibility of one guest Artist Instructor, instructing within their specialty, dependent on the theme of the program.

When do the programs run?

Winter Classes (January-March) 1day/week for 6-10 weeks

WHO: Ages 6-9(grades 1-4) = 1 1/2 hours/class

WHO: Ages 9-12(grades 5-7) = 2 1/2 hours/class

WHO: Ages 12-16(grades 8-11) = 3 hours/class

WHO: Homeschoolers, Ages 8-15 = 3 hours/class

WHO: Adults = 3 hours/class

Spring Classes (April – June) 1day/week for 6-10 weeks

WHO: Homeschoolers, Ages 8-15 = 3 hours/class

WHO: Adults = 3 hours/class

Spring Break Camps (March/April) 5 day camp

WHO: Ages 7-11(9:00am-4:00pm, with pre & post care available)

WHO: Ages 12-15(9:00am-4:00pm)

Summer Camps (2ndor 3rd week of July and 3rdor 4th week of Aug.) 5 day camp

WHO: Ages 7-11(9:00am-4:00pm, with pre & post care available)

WHO: Ages 12-15(9:00am-4:00pm, with pre & post care available)

Fall Classes (October – December) 1 day/week for 6-10 weeks

WHO: Ages 6-9(grades 1-4) = 1 1/2 hours/class

WHO: Ages 9-12(grades 5-7) = 2 1/2 hours/class

WHO: Ages 12-16(grades 8-11) = 3 hours/class

WHO: Homeschoolers, Ages 8-15 = 3 hours/class

What can students expect?

For ages 6-17, all classes/camps are based on a theme, like Folk Tales, or a well-known story that has been adapted for the classes. Dependent on the theme, students will either choose a story from a selection of stories, read the adapted story, or as a group expand their writing skills with story structure, improvisation, tableaux, words in action and storytelling, in order to write their own play.

Students will physically explore all the characters in the story. Based on which character suits each student best, the instructor will, along with student input, give each student the character that they will bring to life. They will develop these characters by exploring; the who, what, and where of a character through voice, movement, mime and improvisation.

Each class/camp is tailored specifically to the students participating and so may contain different skill levels creating a leadership environment and a drama family. Students will play in partners and groups to help establish an ensemble. This helps improve awareness and sensitivity to others. This sharing will include games in trust, cooperation, giving and receiving, rhythm and focus.

The latter part of each program will be dedicated to the Theatre. Dependent again on the theme, students may learn skills in dancing or Theatre Stagecraft. The stagecraft may include: creating a character mask, assisting with building set and costumes or creating a take home prop. Students will also learn Theatre vocabulary to assist them in getting onstage and sharing their learning.

The last two classes will be spent rehearsing. The last day will include a dress rehearsal, a pot luck snack and a celebration of learning for friends, family and the community.

For ages 17 & up, each session of acting classes will explore a specific style of Physical Theatre. Students will begin their journey with self-awareness exercises for: relaxation, breath, senses, voice, body, imagination, concentration, rhythm and emotions. Celebrating inner resources, enables students to deepen their understanding of character and other-awareness, improve their speaking skills, and gain confidence with movement. These skills help students communicate for either personal or professional development.

What are expectations around punctuality and attendance?

It is very important that students are ready to play by the beginning of class time, as we have lots of fun planned. It is also important that students are picked up by the end of the class, as there are other events booked in the Studio. Since this is a team effort and we rely on each other, it is very important that students attend every class. We understand that this is not always possible so if you find that your child is unable to attend their usual class please contact your Instructor, giving as much notice as possible.

What are expectations around behavior?

In order to best serve each student and the Instructors, should any student exhibit an inability to follow rules and cause any disruption to the programs, Theatre A Go-Go reserves the right to remove the student from the program, with no refund.

What should my child bring/wear to the classes and what should they leave at home?

Please wear or bring:

  • Loose comfortable clothing, so that students can move easily and indoor non marking shoes.
  • 2 snacks and plenty of water.
  • A soft 3 hole duo tang with lined paper that can be removed; and a writing utensil.
  • An attitude for having fun learning.

Please leave at home:

  • Tight jeans, short shirts, dresses or skirts
  • Any products with nuts
  • Video games or devices of any kind

Where are the classes located?

We operate out of the Parkdale Community Association, downstairs in the Morpheus Theatre Rehearsal Studios. The address of the Parkdale Community Centre is 3512–5Ave. N.W. It is located below the Foothills Hospital and behind Licks Ice Cream shop.

What are the minimum and maximum enrollment numbers for each class?

We require a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 14 registrations for each class/camp. Limiting the class size creates an optimum learning environment.

What is the refund policy?

In order to receive a refund for withdrawal from a program, Theatre A Go-Go must be notified a minimum of two weeks prior to the commencement of program start date. After this, no refunds will be given. A $25.00 administration fee will be deducted from refund for withdrawal from program. Classes will not be prorated for participant absences. In the event that a program does not fill its minimum enrollment requirement, T.A.G.G. reserves the right to cancel the program up to one week prior to commencement and a full refund will be returned.

How can I become more involved?

We are always grateful for volunteers to assist us in any capacity. If anyone has any special skills like sewing, building props or set pieces, administration, marketing, etc. and you have some time to help out, please call Tanya @403.283.4622