A Theatre Program for Young People

From its inception, Thistle Theatre found it important to involve young people in theatre. In fact, of our 18 main productions, 12 have featured children. Dramarama, a program for children in grades 2-8 has run since 1996. Every summer 24 young people spend 2 weeks learning theatre craft, creativity and self-expression. Then we do it again for another 2 weeks. In all, close to 50 children benefit from the confidence they learn by participating in the Dramarama program. Thistle has deliberately priced this program to be affordable for most families. Teenagers with specific theatrical skills are the counsellors at this program. The first 10 years were led by Bernice Finch. A teacher who returned to her Embro roots in retirement, Bernice profoundly touched many young people with her leadership. Since that time the program has been under the leadership of Phoebe Cambell.