After School Programs

for students age 6 to 11

In Community Centres

Niagara Falls
MacBain Community Centre

Tuesdays, March 28 – May 16
Junior (Ages 6-8) – 4:30-5:30pm
Intermediate (Ages 9-11) – 5:45-6:45

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St. Catharines
Russell Avenue Community Centre

Wednesdays, April 5 – May 24
Junior (Ages 6-8) – 4:30-5:30pm
Intermediate (Ages 9-11) – 5:45-6:45

Meridian Community Centre

Thursdays, March 23 – May 11
Junior (Ages 6-8) – 4:30-5:30pm
Intermediate (Ages 9-11) – 5:45-6:45

About After School Drama

We are excited to be bringing the benefits of drama to children ages 6 to 11!

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 $100 for 8 weeks. Payment plans and financial support are available.

Looking for financial support?

Niagara’s ProKids program supports the participation of eligible children and youth 0 to 17 in the sport, recreational or cultural activity of their choice. ProKids can assist in covering some or all the cost of recreational/cultural programs.

For more information and eligibility, visit their website here.

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.

Parent Feedback

My son has had more interest in trying new things that he wasn’t willing to try previously. He has definitely become more social and has gained friends through this program.

When he was feeling sad he said he felt “heavy” and acted out the emotion.

My son loved the program and was very excited every day that he had it.

Get to understand teacher’s talk, and start to communicate with others in English.

Both my daughters used to wait eagerly for the program day which showed they found it interesting. It helped them to learn time management as the program was just after school and I had to drive them. Both were always excited and energetic to join the session. I found them more confident and more proactive at home.

He is not shy anymore and is now outgoing.

She looked forward to it each and every week!

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