Skeleton Key Theatre

Skeleton Key Theatre produces original Canadian work that creates an immersive theatrical experience for its audiences. Our plays often take place outside of a traditional theatre space, which means we are at home creating and performing in any space - including a virtual one! In addition to our exciting new online workshops, you can also catch new releases from Skeleton Key this season including an audio adaptation of our hit family show Swan River (coming soon to Apply Podcasts), as well as an album featuring the music from our upcoming show Deluge, which premieres in February 2021. All of our work is created through collaborative creation (also known as devising). Founded in 2010, Skeleton Key is an independent company based in Ottawa and headed by Artistic Director Kate Smith. The company's primary focus is on supporting female artists and their voices. 



Productions include:
Swan River Coming to the X Marks the Spot Project in Smiths Falls in July/August 2020! (Past productions include: Shenkman Arts Centre on Petrie Island; 2018 Ottawa International Children’s Festival)
Burger King Lear (2016 Fresh Meat Festival)
Runaway (subDevision 2015)
The Curator (2013 Magnetic North Theatre Festival; 2014 In The Soil Festival)
Ladies of the Lake (2013 undercurrents Festival)
Upcoming: Deluge (a rock concert about rising seas premiering in early 2021); and The Hansel and Gretel Project (our next outdoor ambulatory family show - in development)

Curriculum Links

Engaging in dramatic role play; identifying elements of drama and analyzing dramatic structure; developing creative risk-taking and problem-solving skills; planning and shaping dramatic work through scene building and storytelling; exploring theatrical style and form; exploring multiple perspectives through character and form; devising and creation skills.


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Residency
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Senior
Seniors
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English
French
French Immersion

School Workshop: Exploring Theatre

New Program Residency Workshop English

Primary students will be introduced to drama through fun games and exercises designed to encourage confidence and creative risk-taking. This workshop includes dramatic role-playing, introduction to character, tableaux (dynamic staging) and sound and movement exploration.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person only:
Half day: Two 1 hour sessions - $350 + HST
Full day: Three 1 hour sessions - $510 + HST

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School Workshop: Creating Theatre

New Program Residency Workshop English

Junior students build on their knowledge of drama in this workshop, which leads them through the process of creating their own short original piece of theatre. Students will discover what makes an engaging story, learn how parameters help guide the creation process and explore different ways to express narrative through image and staging.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
Maximum: 30 students
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $350 + HST
Full day: three1 hour sessions $510 + HST

Online:
Maximum: 15 students
One session of 1 hour: $210 + HST
Half day: two 1-hour sessions $350 + HST
Full day: three 1-hour sessions $510 + HST
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School Workshop: Devising Theatre

New Program Residency Workshop English

Older students learn from working with artists who are pushing the boundaries of the form and contributing to the canon of new Canadian work. They will explore and learn techniques for theatrical storytelling: determining the elements of a compelling story; generating material; how to collaborate and work as an artistic team; assessing parameters; and discovering surprising and unconventional ways to tell a story using theatrical expression, drawing on the company’s extensive devising background.

Participants:
Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
Maximum: 30 students
Half day: two 90 minute sessions $350 + HST
Full day: three 90 minute sessions $510 + HST

Online:
Maximum: 15 students
One session of 90 minutes: $210 + HST
Half day: two 90 minute sessions $350 + HST
Full day: three 90 minute sessions $510 + HST
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School Residency: Residency

Residency Workshop English

The artists will work with students over the course of 5 days, to create an original piece of site-specific theatre inspired by the stories, sounds, history, and architecture of their school. Using devising techniques the company uses in their own original work, students will create and perform a series of short pieces in and around the school, including classrooms, hallways and other available spaces.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
4 classes
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person only
Five Full Day Residency: three 90 minute sessions per day
$2550 + HST

* As every project is different, a meeting with the artist is required to determine the parameters of the project, the number of participants and the number of days required to complete the project.
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School Workshop: Discover your voice

New Program Residency Workshop English

Join professional actor Kate Smith as she takes you through an actor's warm-up to prepare for rehearsals and performing on stage! Participants will learn specific exercises and techniques to ensure the quality and safety of their voices; how to structure their warm-up for greatest impact; and gain techniques for enhancing projection and volume, vocal range, and accessing resonators to develop new character voices! Participants will leave with the skills and confidence to build their own individualized 20-minute warm-up.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Online only:
Grades 4* - 12/sec I-V
Maximum: 100 students

One session of 60 minutes $200+ HST
Half Day: Two 60 minutes sessions $300 + HST
Full Day: Three 60 minutes sessions $400 + HST

*Sessions for Grades 4 - 6 are 45-minute long


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