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 are two streams to the program – one that focuses on acting, and another that explores the area of musical theatre. Students from both streams also come together for training in stage combat, clown, physical theatre, voice and acting.
Enrollment is kept small to focus on the individual student and their development as artists.
UPDATE: Audition for Prep
If you are interested in applying for the Prep Program please send us an audition video by June 26th with three components:
1) a short monologue (1-2 minutes) ideally from a play.
2) a short song (1-2 minutes) any style
3) a thirty second blurb telling us who you are and what you love about performing and what you hope to get out of the program. Is there a program or aspect of a program that interests you most.
* Prep hopefuls will be contacted to set up a "live" interview session in the summer.
The simplest way to share is to download it to youtube, unlisted and share the link with your name and contact to email@example.com
For more information on Neptune Prep, contact Laura Caswell, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the inaugural year of the Neptune Prep in 2016-17, we are happy to report the great success of its graduates.
Our students, who come from all over Nova Scotia, studied intensively for six months with our professional panel of instructors in acting and musical theatre.
Many of them recently auditioned and were accepted into post-secondary institutions insluding Dalhousie, Sheridan College, CCPA, Randolph Academy, St. Clair College and the National Theatre School. Two of our students also auditioned and received roles in professional theatre jobs this summer: Ria Kapur at the Charlottetown Festival Young Company and Riel Reddick-Stevens at Two Planks and a Passion.
"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
Neptune will be announcing PREP AUDITIONS for Spring of 2020.
Are you planning on applying to post-secondary institutions for Theatre or Performance?
Where should you apply? What should you expect? How do you audition?
Join us for our FREE Panel Discussion with Halifax born artists.
Tuesday, December 17th, 6pm. Students, Parents and Teachers invited.
Enter at the Main Entrance of Neptune. (latecomers welcome)
Nathan Simmons- Dalhousie, Fountain School of the Performing Arts
Ursula calder- Dalhousie, Fountain School of the Performing Arts
Callie Mackintosh- Acadia University
Deivan Steele- Ryerson University
Ria Kapur - Sheridan College
Cait MacMullin- George Brown College
Maria Young- St Lawrence College
Ian Henteleff- York University
Faye Hiscock- Freelance
Julie D’Entremont - Concordia University
Riel Reddick-Stevens- National Theatre School/ Randolph Academy