Musical Theatre (Year-Long/Fall & Winter)

Do it all—sing, dance, and act!

Students become well-rounded performers in these classes while being immersed in the world of musicals. Young performers build confidence as they command the stage exploring vocal techniques, choreography, and expressing lyrics musically and dramatically.

Limited spots are available. Register today!


Sessional classes finish with an Open Studio experience. Parents/guardians are encouraged to come see what students have been learning in class and have a chance to participate!


Due to popular demand, we’re opening an additional class!
Jan 6, 2024 – Apr 20, 2024 | Saturdays 1:00PM-2:30PM
Price: $319
FULL – Sign up for the waitlist here

Jan 6, 2024 – Apr 20, 2024 | Saturdays 10:45AM – 12:15PM
Price: $319
FULL – Sign up for the waitlist here


The first half of the year is dedicated to building an ensemble, gaining familiarity, and practicing skills through the material and small projects. In December, each class will host an Open Studio for parents/guardians to share their learned skills. In the second half of the year, skill development augments as students engage in a rehearsal process in preparation for their year-end presentation. Students will be assigned roles and expected to explore and learn the material at home. For our C-level classes, we are excited to introduce a technical aspect to the year-end presentations to give students a better performance experience.

Year-long classes are now closed for registration. To be notified of upcoming class registrations, please join our e-news list here.


Sept 16, 2023 – Apr 20, 2024 | Saturdays 2:45PM – 4:15PM
Price: $649
Registration is now closed

Sept 19, 2023 – Apr 16, 2024 | Tuesdays 5PM – 6:30PM
Price: $649
Registration is now closed


Sept 19, 2023 – Apr 16, 2024 | Tuesdays 6:45PM – 8:45PM
Price: $869
Registration is now closed


Sept 20, 2023 – Apr 20, 2024 | Wednesdays 5PM – 8PM
Price: $1,299
Registration is now closed

Musical Theatre C attendance required:

  • Classes March 13, April 3, 10, 17
  • Tech rehearsal: Friday April 19, 5 – 8PM
  • Presentation day: Saturday April 20, 4:30 – 8:30PM
  • Class Location

    6500 Gilbert Road
    Richmond, BC

  • Health & Safety

    The health and safety of our students are of the utmost importance. To maintain a safe learning environment, students will be asked to wash their hands upon arrival. Mask-wearing for students is optional; mask-wearing for Faculty and other Gateway workers is optional at this time. Procedures may evolve over time. COVID-19 Safety Plan, One pager

  • Financial Aid

    Gateway Academy believes in providing access to theatre arts training, regardless of financial means. If your family is experiencing temporary financial hardship, please apply to our bursary program.


  • Scholarships

    The McAndless Family Award for Excellence recognizes students training in theatre and performing arts who demonstrate the potential to make a difference and best exemplify Creativity, Courage, Connection. See if you’re eligible to apply today!

  • Inquiries

    Registration Inquiries
    Box Office
    Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 10AM – 3PM

    Program Inquiries
    Education Manager

    Refund/Cancellation Policy

Gateway Academy FAQs

  • What makes Gateway Academy special?

    We focus on the “how” of theatre, helping our students grow their skills and confidence through process-based learning that leans equally into play, rigour, and risk. We work with creativity, courage and connection, providing a supportive environment in which our students can explore stagecraft as a way to strengthen their self-expression, communication, and problem-solving.

    Our classes are taught by some of the most vibrant teaching artists across Vancouver. They are held in professional theatre spaces that have been home to many artists and productions from the dynamic theatre community of the Lower Mainland.

    Because Academy lives alongside Gateway’s productions, Academy students get to observe professional theatre rehearsals of our shows. They are regularly invited to audition for youth roles and other opportunities as they become available!

    We also offer ticket discount rates to Academy families so that we can share the magic of live performance with our Academy community.

  • Do I get to perform?

    Yes, and… we believe in building a foundation of skills to support you through a philosophy we like to call “process over product”. We want our students to learn the “how” of acting, singing, and dancing before putting those skills in front of an audience. That said, it would be challenging to learn how to perform without performing at all! Our year-long classes open their studio twice a year: once in December to share skills and the training process and once in April for an informal presentation of material from your class. Fall classes open their studio for presentations in December, and Winter classes open for presentations in April.

    This Academy year, our Musical Theatre Performance class will be doing two shows in April, including costume, lighting and props elements!

  • What’s the difference between your acting and musical theatre classes?

    Our musical theatre classes study the three classic elements of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing, while our acting classes focus purely on developing acting skills integral to all theatrical disciplines.

    Learning a musical is a layering process: first, you learn the music, then you learn the choreography, then you use your acting skills to tell the story. Learning acting is a process of getting to know yourself in relation to others through acting exercises, and using that awareness towards the portrayal of characters in a story. Musical Theatre classes contain a lot of skills we can immediately see and hear (eg. singing and dancing); Acting classes contain a number of transferable skills (eg. listening, sharing ideas, focus, problem-solving, trust building).

    Each of these theatre disciplines is engaging and fun, and will help you to extend your comfort zones!

  • Will I have work to do at home?

    Yes! Most classes require that some practice and work be done during the week at home. Practice improves skills and allows everyone to move forward with the material in class. It’s fun work, though, you can count on that!

  • Will I have fun in class?

    Yes! One of the rewards of hard work is having fun! Not only does “play” demand commitment and concentration, it is a tool in the process of developing creative thinkers and theatre artists. Exercising imagination is key for every artist. You’ll be playing with rigour and focus and fun!

  • Why does my classmate have more lines than I do?

    Our intention is to challenge each student individually and equally. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds and areas of training. Casting is assigned so that you can develop the skills you may not have yet. For some that may mean more text work; for others that may mean more choreography, for others an ensemble character. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we gave you the work you are already skilled at!

  • Why do I stay in the same class level for sometimes three years; won’t I be repeating?

    It is common for students to continue in the same level class for two to three years. Our Faculty members understand and value teaching to varying skills levels within a class; therefore the material is taught in varying degrees of challenge. It also provides an opportunity for the more experienced students to act as mini-mentors for the newest students. Sometimes you learn best by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others!

  • What should I do if I have to miss a class?

    Tell us in advance! Call the Instructor’s Line (778.838.3745), and let the Instructors know so they can adjust the class plan or rehearsal. Attendance is imperative in building trust, and a sense of ensemble within the group. If you are put into pairs or groups for a scene or project, your classmates will be counting on you to show up to every class prepared and ready to work (and play).

  • What class “Level” should I sign up for?

    The appropriate class for your age! Gateway Academy class levels are based on students’ age ranges, not their level of theatre experience. You will likely find a balance of both fun and challenge with your peers.

  • Am I required to bring anything to my classes?

    Yes – Musical Theatre students are required to wear dance shoes (Jazz or Ballet shoes) to classes as they are the best tool in which to learn movement and choreography safely and comfortably on the theatre floor. All students are required to wear clothes comfortable for movement (no jeans, please!), and to bring a binder and a pencil– the actors’ tools in learning their craft!