Musical Theatre Ensemble Summer Intensive

Love singing, dancing and acting? Join HCA’s Musical Theatre Ensemble Summer Intensive!

HCA Musical Theatre Ensemble's Summer Intensive offers an immersive and growth-oriented experience

Study all three disciplines in depth in an immersive program designed to challenge, inspire and excite. Finish the program with a showcase performance on the HCA main stage! HCA’s Musical Theatre Ensemble offers a focused course of study for students who are passionate about exploring the musical theatre medium. The MTE Summer Intensive allows young actors an immersive experience, providing them with a professional environment to challenge them, learn and grow.


Offer students with a passion for performing an intensive, challenging learning experience.

Skills gained

  • Professionalism
  • Self-confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Dedication & commitment
  • Technical performance skills
  • Preparation
  • Collaboration & cooperation
  • Adaptability & flexibility


  • 9-13 years
  • August 14 – August 25
  • Monday – Friday
  • Final showcase on Friday, August 25 in HCA Recital Hall
  • $245.00

Student requirements

  • Binder
  • Audio recording device (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Pencil and eraser, highlighter
  • Appropriate rehearsal attire, dance shoes/indoor footwear
  • Snacks, as needed
  • Water bottle

Simple Daily Schedule


  • Group warm up
  • Voice class (ensemble & solo singing)
  • Short break
  • Blocking rehearsal


  • Group warm up
  • Dance class
  • Short break
  • Choreography rehearsal


To register, complete BOTH the Registration and Medical/Permission form and fax (905.525.3007), email ( or send to HCA (126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4).
Registration Form Medical Form


What should I bring with me?
Bring your water bottle, shoes and clothes to dance and move in, a binder, a pencil and a highlighter. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and snacks! You’ll need lots of fuel for rehearsal.
What will a typical day look like?
We’ll spend every day in rehearsal, taking part in voice, dance, and acting classes, and learning how to put all of these skills together to build our show. We’ll spend time rehearsing musical theatre repertoire to build our final presentation.
What will we be rehearsing for?
On the final day of the intensive, you will perform in an HCA main stage showcase. Invite your friends and family to see what you’ve been working on!
I don’t know anything about musical theatre. Is that okay?
YES! This program is designed for young people with experience in musical theatre, as well as those who are new to it but have an interest. Bring an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow!
I don’t know how to read music/dance/act! Is that okay?
YES! You’re welcome in Musical Theatre Ensemble, no matter what your experience level is. MTE is about creating a team, learning new skills, and applying them in performance. No matter what your background is, there’s a role for you on stage!

Stephanie Hope Lawlor (Director)

Stephanie is a professional actor and the head of the Theatre Department at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Since studying at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, she has performed on stage in shows like The Sound of Music, Grease, Pippin, Evita, My Favourite Year. She loves working on brand-new material and has taken part in workshops for many new plays and musicals. Stephanie works as an acting teacher and private coach for children, teens and adults. Growing up as a shy child, Stephanie found solace in theatre. Now as a teacher, she strives to create a fun, safe, and supportive environment to empower students with self-confidence, creativity and a strong acting technique.

Sophia Werden-Abrams (Musical Director)

Sophia co-instructs the Jr. Musical Theatre Ensemble Class throughout the year at the HCA working with students to learn musical theater repertoire and healthy vocal production. Sophia has been involved in many musical theater productions as Vocal Coach and accompanist throughout Ontario and Newfoundland. Sophia holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from the Univeristy of Waterloo. Sophia values vocal technique and holistic pedagogy and strives to create a healthy sound with all the groups and individuals she works with. She is passionate about bringing music and singing to everyone and encouraging each singer to be the best version of themselves.

Amanda Nuttall (Choreographer)

Choreographer and performer, Amanda’s work originates from extensive training in dance and gymnastics growing up in the Prairies, and as a scholarship student at the Edge Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles. After graduating from the Randolph Academy in Toronto, her passion for conveying acting through movement led her to choreographing for theatre companies across the GTA, as well as for film and charity events. This spring Amanda was the apprentice choreographer at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of Bittergirl: The Musical. She is currently working on a new devised play with Echo Productions, incorporating physical theatre with live music and original writing. Amanda is also a dance instructor and guest choreographer at schools and dance studios in Ontario.