DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

"An innovative Drama Educator and Storyteller who is magical with children!"

In Drama Classes students of all ages will learn...

  • Acting activities including drama games, exercises and stage skills.

  • How acting improves memory and listening skills.

  • How to develop ones imagination - this is a skill!

  • Vocal power and speech variety techniques.

  • Creative movement and choreography.

  • Body Language Expression with awareness.

  • Leadership skills.

  • How to work co-creatively with fellow students.

  • Stage directions, stage craft.

  • How to prepare for an Audition.

  • Why drama skills are so important to build one's confidence for life!

  • How to develop a character and perform in a play in front of a live audience.

  • How to work with other young actors to create a Drama Play based on the ideas of everyone and at the same time empower each other's talent's.

 

UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2017

Thanks to all of you who have made inquiries regarding where I will be bringing my Drama Club programs during the 2017/18 school calendar year. This past school year I directed, wrote and produced 6 theatre productions inspiring over 75 children to express their creativity through theatre!  What fun we had!

I will be in Ontario spending quality time with my 92 year old mother, so I will not be running Drama Club this Fall (2017) and Winter (2018).  

However I expect to be running MARCH BREAK - DRAMA CAMP PROGRAMS as well as after school DRAMA CLUBS at Jaffray Elementary and Highland Elementary School and maybe one more school in the Spring of 2018!

I look forward to inspiring your children and having them inspire me!

ON GOING -PRIVATE TUTORING  - continues in 2018

Does your child need extra help in the Language Arts -  speaking,with confidence, reading, writing, storytelling or public speaking?  If so, I can create a custom designed Creative Communication program for your child that will target their particular needs.  I will help enhance your child's confidence in a very short time!  References available upon request. Some trades welcomed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at dtbertrand@gmail.com

Check back here in 2018 for program details.  

2017 Success Stories

March Break - I am Inspired - Drama Camp:  With the help of a friend, Natalie Bertrand (no relation) we managed to inspired parents to sign their children up for the camp.  They were not disappointed!  I travelled to Golden BC and created a week long drama camp for 12 children.  After the show we celebrated with a pizza party!  Many parents and kids asked me to come back in 2018.  I hope to go back!

Jaffray Drama Club - Spring program.  I decided to shorten the program by 2 weeks (instead of 8 weeks, we had only 6 weeks) to create a unique production.  But I added on a half hour and was amazed at how focused the children could be for 2 hours of drama fun!  We put on a great show called Little Fittle.  

Ktunaxa Creation Legend was a very well received by over 200 audience members.  It was the first time this 'story' was ever put into script.  This was a whole school production with 40 children, 6 teachers, support staff and Elders giving their best to make it come alive.  We had a standing ovation and a few tears in the eyes from grateful family and friends.  You can view this production at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-NKqpJwuws

Mirror World - I was invited to be the guest Director and script writer at IDEAL Summer Arts and Music Camp.  I revised a script I had written with other children in 1988!  With the professional musical support of Gabriel and Sophia Hoffman the show had original songs that the children sang.  A variety of ages and talent created a memorable evening for parents and guests.  You can view this show on my video page. 

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2017 January to June Programs

KTUNAXA CREATION LEGEND - will be presented on April 26 - Private presentation by invitation only.  

April 27 Public Presentation at  6:30 - doors open 6:00

At the Ktunaxa Nation Council Auditorium- 220 Cranbrook Street North

Admission to Show is a non-perishable food item.  Each item will be donated to Operation Street Angel.  (Operation Street Angel provides drop-in services to the homeless and at-risk individuals and families in the Cranbrook area. Services include mental health counselling and referrals, harm reduction, nurse practitioner health services, street outreach, hot nutritious meals, advocacy, and employment and justice services.)

This is a full school production wherein all the students from K2 to Grade 6 (40 children) will take part in the production.  Teachers have contributed their talents as well with set design, costumes and masks.This production will tell the story of the origins of the Ktunaxa nation.  This legend has been passed on by parents, grandparents and story teller's.  For the first time, the AQAM students will be presenting the legend through theatre.  

JAFFRAY DRAMA CLUB SPRING PROGRAM!  STILL SPACES AVAILABLE

April 24 to May 31  Show Thursday June 1st

Monday and Wednesday's for full timers.                                                                                          Wednesday Only for Part-Timers.                                                                                                         Technical Rehearsal Wednesday May 31st.  Show on June 1st Thursday morning.                                 Early Bird Discount only $180.00   To confirm placement payment must be paid in full by April 7. After April 7th, price goes up to $200.
Part-timers cost is only $115.00.
Minimum  6 pax. Maximum 16
Ages 6-12

I AM INSPIRED!  MARCH BREAK DRAMA CAMP -               IN GOLDEN BC!                                                                         March 27 - March 31 with a Live performance on Saturday morning April 1st and Pizza Party after the show!

The successful I AM INSPIRED Drama Camp program, will create a one of a kind theatre show based on all the participants ideas.    Any child between the ages of 7-14 can join.                                  No previous theatre training needed.                                                                                        

The Camp takes place at The Golden Dojo 818- 9th Street North

Monday – Friday 1-5 p.m.

Check out the article in the Golden Star.   http://www.thegoldenstar.net/ourtown/415257504.htm

 

2016  Success stories

November 30 2016 - The JES Drama Club will be taking their latest production When Water Speaks on the road.  We have been invited to perform our show at the 'A'q'amnik Elementary School for an audience of 50 children ages 4-12 plus teachers and guests.  This performance follows two shows they gave at their school. 

August 2016  -  I am so happy to announce that I am a recipient of a BC Artist in the School Grant.  I will be working at the ?A'q'amnik Elementary First Nations School starting in November 2016. As an artist in their school we will create the Ktunaxa Creation Legend.  

June 2016  - Check out a documentary that was made about me and my work.  Most of the filming was done in Ecuador while I was on a Transformational Leadership Adventure in June 2015.
https://vimeo.com/user8416132/review/164746129/1d231c7dbb
 

ON GOING -PRIVATE TUTORING  

Does your child need extra help in the Language Arts -  speaking,with confidence, reading, writing, storytelling or public speeches?  If so, I can create a custom designed Creative Communication program for your child that will target their particular needs.  I will help enhance your child's confidence in a very short time!  

Some trades welcomed.

250 464 4442

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2016  IT'S DRAMA TIME!  FALL PROGRAM

Jaffray Elementary School  DRAMA CLUB

3:05 to 4:35                                                                                             Monday's and Wednesday's

October 3  to November 23 - 2016

*2- hour Technical Rehearsal Tuesday November 22 (3:05-5:05)

PERFORMANCE  ( 2 SHOWS)                                   WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23

Full time students (Monday and Wednesday)    190$

Part time students (one day a week - Wednesday's ONLY)   $115

* Priority is given to  FULL TIME STUDENTS.  Part time students must be able to make Technical Rehearsal in order to join the JES DRAMA CLUB.  A technical rehearsal is a very important part of the over all program.  This is the first time that the children will learn entrances and exits through the curtains, lighting cues, scene flow with out breaks, as well learning to be quiet back stage!   

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT.  REGISTER AND PAY IN FULL BY SEPTEMBER 15 AND RECEIVE 10$ OFF THE FULL PRICE.

For more information contact 250 464 4442.

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2016  IT'S DRAMA TIME !

Highland Elementary School  DRAMA CLUB

Tuesday and Thursday's                                                                                                                                 3:10 - 4:40

October 18 to December 8  

*Technical /Dress Rehearsal                                                                                                                  Wednesday December 14  for approximately 2 hours.

PERFORMANCE (2 shows) the following Thursday DECEMBER 15

*A technical/dress rehearsal is a very important part of the over all program.  This is the first time that the young actors will learn entrances and exits through the curtains, lighting cues, scene transitions with out breaks, as well learning to be quiet back stage!   

COST:    210$

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

REGISTER AND PAY IN FULL BY SEPTEMBER 23 AND RECEIVE 10$ OFF THE FULL PRICE.

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PAST JES Drama Classes ( Spring 2016)

The Jaffray Drama Club successfully created another original Drama production called The Toyshop. You can view this show on my video page.  It was great to have 6 new children join the Club

Jaffray Elementary School SPRING PROGRAM

3:05 to 4:35 on Monday's and Wednesday's

April 6 to May 23 - 2016 - 8 week program

*2- hour Technical Rehearsal Tuesday May 25 (3:05-5:05)

 Show date  May 25 

Students can join now for one day a week - preferably Wednesday.

NEW LOWER PRICING!

Full time students (Monday and Wednesday)  ONLY  188$

Part time students (one day a week - preferably Wednesday's )  ONLY $99!

* Part time students must be able to make Technical Rehearsal in order to join the club.  A one time extra fees $15.00 will be required as this is a 2-hour training

For more information contact 250 464 4442.

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Highland Elementary School

We will start again in September! 2016!

 PRIVATE TUTORING  

Is your child needing extra help in the Language Arts - english speaking, reading or writing? If so, I can create a custom designed Creative Communication program for your child that will target their particular needs.  I will help enhance your child's confidence in a very short time!  

Some trades welcomed.

250 464 4442

 

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DRAMA CLASSES FALL 2015 at Jaffray Elementary School and Highlands Elementary in Cranbrook

IT'S DRAMA TIME AGAIN!  At  Jaffray Elementary School

After last school's year's two successful original drama presentations (see past performances) the Jaffray Drama Club is at it again!    We welcome children  between the ages of 7 - 12 who love to express their creative selves!  No experience necessary.  There are currently 6 spaces left!  Registration closes Friday October 2nd.  Here are the details:

Tuesday's and Thursday's  from OCTOBER 6th to NOVEMBER 24th  

3:30 - 5:00 (gather in multi-purpose room at 3:15) 

SHOWTIME:  Thursday November 26 (2 shows in the morning)

PRIORITY PLACEMENT IS GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO REGISTER 2X A WEEK

Save your spot in the club by emailing denise bertrand at dtbertrand@gmail.co

 

ANNOUNCEMENT!

NEW DRAMA CLUB OPENING THIS FALL AT

HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ENTHUSIATIC ABOUT PERFORMING ON STAGE!

If YOU love to act, dance, sing, then this Drama Club is for YOU! Skills that will be developed: imagination; courage; memory; leadership; poise; character; self esteem; communication; patience; teamwork vocal power and so much more! At the end of the program a Drama Show will be presented based on the young actors opinions, hopes, intuitions and dreams!

Monday's and Wednesday's   Starting October 14

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  Rehearsal at the school  - room to be decided.

PRIORITY PLACEMENT IS GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO REGISTER 2X A WEEK

REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY OCTOBER 8.  NO AUDITION NECESSARY.  

SHOWTIME! (2 performances)

Wednesday DECEMBER 9, 2015     At Highland School Auditorium

24 hours of professional Theatre Training

To register call 250-464-4442 Or e-mail: dtbertrand@gmail.com

LAUGHTER GUARANTEED! 



2015 PAST WORKSHOPS - PROGRAMS

I AM INSPIRED! (Drama FUN!)

Are you looking for a creative program this March Break for your child?  Is your child needing to feel more confident in their expression? Do they love to dance or sing and act? Then why not send them to I AM INSPIRED a co-creative drama program. A fun filled week of drama games; exercises; creative movement; performance skills all leading to a drama show for family and friends on the last day.

March 23-27    (Monday to Friday)   (9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m)

For 7-12 year old's.  

If you live in Fernie or Cranbrook let me know if you need a car pool.  Great way for you and your child to meet new friends!

If you are a parent and would like to volunteer andlearn from me and the children and have a whole lot of fun at the same time, let me know.

ONLY 175$

LAUGHTER GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

PLEASE VIEW THIS SHOW WE CREATED CALLED VILLAGE OF JOY ON THE VIDEO PAGE.

To register call denise at 250-464 4442

Class size is limited. Don't delay sign up today!

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ECUADOR!  June 1-10 2014

I had an amazing journey in Ecuador.  Have a look at my 2 minute sizzle reel showing me working conducting workshops  with children and University students as well as inspiring the local Canari Tribe community. 

https://vimeo.com/user8416132/review/137710321/928c926b75

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COMPLETED WORKSHOPS 2014

IT'S DRAMA TIME!

It's Drama Time! in JAFFRAY

NEW START DATE OCTOBER 14th - 2014

A mixed aged Drama Club on Tuesday's and Thursday's at Jaffray School

3:15-4:45 p.m.

24 hours of professional drama training over 7 weeks.  

An original script will be created based on the children's ideas and performed at the end of Program.  (Check out past performances of other children's shows)

NEW PRICE   $230 per child - slight discount for sibling.

PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3 -  TWO SHOWS 10:20 and 11:10  Jaffray School Multi-Purpose Room  SEE VIDEO OF THE MAGIC TREE on VIDEO PAGE

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SUMMER CAMP - THE RAINBOW CAT / HAT

August 4-16 2014 Jaffray BC Canada

Video's and images coming soon!  At this summer Camp I played a lead role - Stitchy.  I also choreographed the movement pieces with the children adults.

PHUKET THAILAND - JANUARY - MAY 2014

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Now uploaded to Video Page

(Phuket Gazette Title - Are PIA Teachers Boring?) 

TV Broadcast Workshop

6 WEEK PROGRAM

With Denise Bertrand & Simon Hand from the PHUKET GAZETTE TV

For the Experienced Drama Club 9+

Tuesdays and Thursdays  3:40 – 5:10

Cost: 4500 baht

This fun filled 6 week workshop will introduce students to the world of live TV reporting. Students will be shown how to imagine, plan and then perform/report in front of a live TV (Phuket Gazette TV) a real news story. Guest TV presenter/artist Simon Hand will provide from time to time, hands-on techniques to enhance the students learning. This workshop will also challenge the students to work creatively in teams.

Skills that will be developed:

  • Organization of ideas
  • Vocal articulation and power of voice
  • Imagination
  • Team work
  • Creativity
  • Storytelling of “real events”
  • Confidence in presenting in front of others and a “live” TV reporting team

Dates: April 22, 24, 29  -  May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

For more information call 09 4317 4416 or email dtbertrand@gmail.com

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FUN! 

Beginners DRAMA CLUB

6-week Drama Workshop

Wednesdays & Fridays 2:40 – 4:00

Starts April 23 – ends May 30

Cost: 4500 Baht

In the Drama Room of the Performing Arts Wing of PIADS

This is a great after school class if your child has an imaginations that just wants to keep expressing itself!

Through a variety of drama games, role-play, storytelling; costumes and creative movement kids will laugh, laugh and then laugh some more! An in-class sharing will be performed at the end of the workshop.

FUN! will help your child acquire:

  • better concentration and memory skills
  • a colorful imagination
  • a richer vocabulary
  • higher self esteem
  • and a whole range of social and creative attributes that can make all the difference to their confidence, independence and happiness

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ACTING FOR CAMERA - SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT (MOVIE) CALLED REAL FACE FRIENDS     GO TO PAST PERFORMANCES VIDEO PAGE

January 2014 - April 2014 

PIADS Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:40 - 5:10

Must have some drama experience to join this Club

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April Holiday Camp

Creative Movement & Storytelling

WEEK 1:  April 8 to 11 

9:30 - 12:30 You can join either week

2400 B 

COMPLETED DRAMA PROGRAMS AND SHOW IN  2013 IN PHUKET THAILAND

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Unicornia  cast of 15 children aged 5-8

Teen Town cast of 14 children aged 9-13

GO TO PAST PERFORMANCES TO VIEW THIS SHOW!

I created so many shows with a variety of Drama Clubs from 2009 to 2012 in Phuket.  MANY OF THE PLAYS WERE FILMED AND ARE NOW POSTED ON MY PAST PERFORMANCES VIDEO PAGE.

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