ViSTA for ages 11 + will take place in Silverton July 10-14, 2017

ViSTA for ages 6 to 11 will place in Silverton July 17-21, 2017

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Program Information

ViSTA, the Valhalla School of Theatre Arts, is a dynamic theatre arts program set in a simply idyllic location. ViSTA’s drama school for children and youth boasts top notch theatre faculty from across Western Canada – top notch both in their professional credentials, and in their outstanding skills and experience in working with children and youth in the theatre!

ViSTA for ages 11+ (July 10-14, 2017)

This one-week drama camp will combine improvisation and dramatic play with the opportunity to fully realize a pre-planned scripted play chosen to suit the group. Students should be willing to put in some preparatory work to learn lines in advance. This format will allow students to create a polished production which can focus more on the development of the verbal and non-verbal skills that go into an actor’s toolbox. Cost: $170 plus $30 registration fee

ViSTA for ages 6-11 (July 17-21, 2017)

This one-week drama camp will take blend fun drama games with professional acting exercises. Students participate in developing their own characters and developing the plot and script with their coaches. The camp is perfect for kids aged 5 – 12 who love performing, trying new things or just want to mix up their summer vacation. Sign up today and find out why this popular camp has been running in the Slocan Valley for more than 10 years! Cost: $170 plus $30 registration fee

Programs each end with a final showcase of student work, performed to a supportive and enthusiastic crowd of friends, parents, grandparents, summer visitors and community members. Based on the rave reviews from previous years, you definitely want to be here in 2016! Be sure to register early for a terrific summer theatre program and celebrate the ViSTAs of soaring mountains and pristine lakes!


2016 Faculty

JULIE_6626Julie Lynn Mortensen is a professional actor based in Vancouver, Canada where she maintains a career in film, television and live theatre. Originally from Calgary, AB, Julie Lynn has been acting for as long as she can remember (just ask her mother). She began her career on Calgary stages after graduating from U of C with a BFA in Drama combined with a BCOMM in Marketing. She came out of school to quickly begin working on professional stages and earn Theatre Calgary’s Emerging Actor Award. Also an avid arts educator she attained a third degree, a BEd from Queen’s University specialized “Artist in the Community Education” program and has taught for a great range of fantastic drama education programs, her all-time favourite being the ViSTA theatre summer camp. She has recently been seen in a beautiful new Canadian play, Common Grace at Pacific Theatre, and has a feature film soon-to-release, an epic Canadian biopic titled Drawing Home. She cannot tell you what an honour it was to play one of Canada’s most inspiring women of history, Catharine Robb Whyte.

In her downtime she is an avid yogi, skier, hiker, and cyclist. She is very grateful to be returning to the beautiful Slocan Valley, which captured her heart many years, to teach such a creative and inspiring group of young actors.

markikedaMark Kunji Ikeda creates original performances that combine narrative and movement. His training in theatre and dance has developed a unique methodology combining story, imagination, and choreography that has lead to being named the 2015 Emerging Artist by Calgary Arts Development Authority. He has trained extensively with Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit, recently serving as Director for Radioheaded 3.

Mark is a current member of the Dancers’ Studio West, has taught at the University of Calgary and the Rosebud School of the Arts, and served as Artistic Director of MoMo Dance Theatre.

His work has been produced in the Alberta Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, FEATS Festival of Dance, and Expanse Movement Arts Festival among others. His one-man performance Sansei: The Storyteller was a Best of Fest winner at the Calgary Fringe 2014, nominated for a 2015 Critter award for Best Solo, and continues to tour nationally – including stops in New Denver and Kaslo in August.