After School Programs

for students age 7 to 13

After school Drama at Russell ave community centre
Registration coming soon!

Carousel Players is returning to the Russell Ave Community Centre in St. Catharines for some brand new programs! Check out After School Drama: Adventure (ages 7-9) and After School Drama: Improv (ages 10-13). 

When is it?

    • After School Drama: Adventure – Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm, April 3-May 22
    • After School Drama: Improv – Wednesdays 5:45-6:45pm, April 3-May 22

Where is it?

Russell Ave Community Centre (108 Russell Ave, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7N5)

How much does it cost?
$105 for 8 weeks

About After School Drama

We are excited to be bringing the benefits of drama to children ages 7 to 13!

What is it?

A series of high-energy drama games and activities led by professional artist educators that inspire learners to develop empathy, work collaboratively, and gain confidence. Our professional artist educators will guide participants through games, activities, and experiences that teach them individual skills, but also give them the chance to make new friends. Join us as we enter imaginary worlds through improvisation, story telling, and more!

How much is it?

After School Drama Classes are $110 for 8 weeks at Community Centres. Payment plans and financial support are available.


How can I bring this program to my child’s school?

We are always looking for schools who would like to host our After School Drama Program. Carousel Players will provide all the program materials and a trained arts educator for each class. All a school needs to provide is one room per age group with enough open floor space for 12-15 children to move around. It will be needed for 75 minutes after the final bell: 15 minutes for students to make their way to the class plus 1 hour for the lesson.

We ask that the room be dedicated to the program for all eight weeks to give the students a consistent destination. A classroom is not suitable for this program unless there is ample space to use the room without needing to move students’ desks.

Email our Education Coordinator to learn more about how you can bring the program to your school.

After School Drama Pilot Program

Carousel Players’ 2018/19 After School Drama Program Pilot was created through a Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Carousel Players’ After School Drama Program was conceived to fill the need for affordable, accessible arts education in the Niagara Region. The Niagara Region’s population includes 66,760 children under 14 and yet when program began, there were only eight private companies offering drama classes. Complicating the problem of access is the fact that the poverty rate for children in the Niagara Region is over 15%. In some municipalities, such as Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, the child poverty rate increases to over 20%. These statistics imply the cost of professionally-lead arts education programs is often higher than many families can afford.

A survey was conducted by Carousel Players to assess the local community’s perspective on arts education which found that 80% agreed there is a need for drama education in Niagara and more than 50% agreed that cost is the biggest barrier to accessing drama programs in the Niagara Region. Carousel Players’ After School Drama Program was created with these needs in mind.

Learn about the After School Drama Program Pilot: Read the full report here