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Fall Drama Workshops

Drama Workshops
If you’re 8-17 years old and like performing,we want you!

You get:

  • 8 free improv workshops led by an experienced performer
  • improv and presentation skills
  • a chance to perform in front of an audience

8 weeks

4:00—5:00/5:30 pm
JEST Arts Club
148 Garafraxa St N, Durham

Terms start every 8 weeks – next session starts September 12

If you’re in Grade 8+, check out our sessions at JDSS in Hanover.

The Instructorjennyparsons
Jenny Parsons is a respected local performing and visual artist and director. Jenny co-wrote and performed in six original revues at Toronto’s Second City, one of an internationally respected collection of improv theatres.

On TV, she has appeared on Wingin’ It and her movie credits including Hairspray , Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Pushing Tin. She and partner Steve Morel are creators of the the Oddville Stage Company, produced the feature film, The Oddville Picture Show. They created and performed Ghosts of Grey County with student and volunteer workshop participants for the Family Program of the Words Aloud festival in 2015, and host a variety of area fundraisers and special events. Jenny has her Ontario Teachers’ certification and is also an activist and writer in West Grey.

Jenny is joined by screened and trained adult and teen volunteers to support participants in these sessions.

Youth Literacy Offers Drama Workshops, Tutoring and Help for Families

SGBYLC_Logo_250x250HANOVER, Ontario (August 22, 2016) – Youth Literacy’s gearing up for a new year of support for area children and youth.

Performance artist Jenny Parsons will again serve as field co-ordinator for the drama workshop program called Literacy on its Feet – Drama, originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Jenny, whose background includes strong ties with Toronto’s Second City and an impressive history in local performing and visual arts, works with youth literacy staff and both adult and teen volunteers to deliver the eight-session series for children and youth. Classes begin September 19th at JEST Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St in Durham. Pre-registration required through the Youth Literacy office in Hanover or online at

But that’s not all. Since 1989, Youth Literacy has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – and those match-ups continue again this year. There’s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids free of charge to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound). The Head, Heart & Hands conference, featuring experts in education, child development and the arts, is part of Youth Literacy’s special events programming, and has been moved to October 15th to accommodate the many requests of those who had conflicting summer plans.

Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year is open to Grades 4 to 6 in both English and French. The theme is “Silence”, which is also the theme for the bookmark competition, with both junior and senior categories. New this year is a non-fiction essay competition for juniors (Grades 7-8) and seniors (Grades 9-12) on the theme of “My Childhood Home”, which requires students to interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is October 28th. Cash and book prizes will be awarded in each category.

The winners of the competitions will be announced at the Words Aloud Family Program, on Saturday November 12 at the Royal Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. The production is The Silent B and will feature participants and leaders of Youth Literacy’s drama program – so, full circle…

All to reach the many children and youth in the area who are struggling with literacy skills or who want a chance to demonstrate the benefits of literacy.

Interested in attending or volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email for more information.

Kimm Culkin

The Spelling Bee is ON!

Current reports show visibility is good but roads are slushy in some areas- so the Spelling Bee is on for tonight!

In brief:

Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub at 365 10th Street in Hanover, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

The BEE begins at 6:30 – if you want dinner, please plan on arriving earlier. Spectators welcome!

Or get more details.

A big thanks to a great group of supporters!! These sponsors each gave a team (or two!) a leg up for the spelling competition…

Bumblebee Sponsors
Elizabeth Hahn
Germania Mutual Insurance
Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre, Chesley
Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. (Miller Group)

Drama Workshops – New Members Welcome!

Our drama workshops continue in the New Year, under the capable direction of local performer Jenny Parsons. Open to students from 6-18, in school or not, these workshops offer kids a chance to connect drama and performing with literacy in a totally involved, on-your-feet way, great for those who learn best by doing! Improv, performing technique, communication skills, working in a group – all built in an hour or so a week!

Classes are held at the JEST Arts Studio in Durham on Garafraxa Street, in the middle of town, on Mondays, starting at 4 pm (day/time to be confirmed on Week 1).

Our next sessions start the week of January 11th – contact us at 519.364.0008 for more information or to register. New members always welcome.

Session 1, 2016

Mondays 4 – 5 p.m. for 8 weeks starting January 11 (no class February 15) until March 7

Session 2, 2016

Mondays 4 – 5 p.m. for 8 weeks starting March 21 to May 9th

Spring Shows: Saturday May 14th at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Kimm Culkin
SGB Youth Literacy Council

Save the date!

The 3rd Annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee for Adult Teams will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016! Get your team of 3 or 4 adults together and start looking up weird words! More info to follow in January!