Neptune Prep

Neptune Prep is an advanced training program for youths age 16 and over who wish to pursue a post-secondary theatre education. This unique curriculum, which is currently unavailable anywhere else in Nova Scotia, trains students as pre-professional artists and prepares them to audition for college and university programs in the performing arts. Running from September - February, Neptune Prep guides students in preparing and selecting audition materials, school applications, resumé creating, theatre skills training, song performance and basic dance and movement skills.

This specialized program includes over 144 hours of training (Saturdays, 10am-5:30pm, and some Mondays 5-9pm) with leading professional artists as well as tickets to some Neptune Shows and Masterclasses. There is also asynchronous learning and work in theory, ear training, self tapes, reading and research expected for weeks leading in, and during the training. Training includes a focus in musical theatre and acting with courses physical theatre, improvisation, voice and speech and other specialties. Enrollment is kept small to focus on the individual student and their development as artists.

With Covid-19 restrictions, we're working to revamp our Prep Program to provide a safe, creative, constructive educational experience that will help students getting ready for the next step; whether that means post secondary education, or a more focused career path in the performing arts.

Click here to register for a prep audition (by August 15th, 2021)

*once you fill out the form we will contact you about arranging an audition or interview either on zoom or in person. 

The general schedule for Prep 2021 will be:
  • Sundays from 10-5pm
  • Monday night is 5:30-8:30pm
  • No classes Oct 10, 11 due to Thanksgiving
  • No classes Dec 14-Jan 8 due to holidays 
  • No classes Jan 23/24 due to exams
  • Final day will be Feb 6 
  • Classes take part at Neptune Theatre, which is downtown on Argyle street.
  • Students will also work in asynchronous learning tutorials and be expected to do some homework and preparation. 
  • Tuition is $2000+HST (which comes to about $12/hr plus supports, resources)  

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Neptune Prep graduates - Congratulations Class of 2021!!

(Top row, left to right: Landon Duqette, Kate Vandermeulen, Lauren Scott, Gracie McNeil. Bottom row, left to right: Charlotte Samson, Henna Matharu, Kilah MacCoul)

Our students, who come from all over Nova Scotia, studied intensively for months with our professional panel of instructors in acting and musical theatre.

In previous years, many students auditioned and were accepted into post-secondary institutions insluding Dalhousie, Sheridan College, CCPA, Randolph Academy, St. Clair College and the National Theatre School. 

Here's what Neptune Prep students had to say about this unique opportunity:

"Neptune Prep allowed me to grow as a performer, gaining confidence in myself and insight into the professional theatre world from fantastic instructors with first-hand experience in the field."
- Abigail Sinclair
"I had an amazing time! I was challenged and pushed to put myself out there, which vastly improved my confidence as a young actor preparing to audition for many schools and shows. I felt confident knowing that I had the material and experience to go into my auditions fully prepared." - Rebecca Temple
"Neptune Prep was a wonderful experience. I was completely prepared for all of my post-secondary auditions. Thanks to Prep, I had proper audition etiquette, appropriate material and just overall confidence! I learned how to communicate more with other people and how to listen to my scene partner and just other people in general. Everyone was very supportive and having a wonderful time!"
- Riel Reddick-Stevens
"Neptune Prep Program definitely helped my feel confident in the audition room and provided me with a set of skills that enhanced my performance as a triple threat."  - Ria Kapur
"Coming in to Prep, I didn't know much about auditions. I auditioned for one university, didn't get in, and had a year to spare. In Prep, I learned all the stuff I didn't even know I needed to know about universities, auditions, jobs and the industry, and the skills I'll need to have to succeed in theatre." - Alison Dickson

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