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05 Sep, 2012

Ottawa giveaway from our friends at the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

We have a winner! Thanks for your entries!

I’ve written about the OSSD before. This Fishbowl patron is a great member of our community here in Ottawa. I’ve seen firsthand the wonderful programs they offer and I know a lot of you have too. There is so much going on at the OSSD. There are so many great opportunities to learn and have fun here. Check out their fall youth schedule for example! The programs for kids age 3-10 are great too. And did you know that OSSD also has classes designed for students with Asperger’s syndrome, and/or those on the Autism Spectrum with related special needs? Programming is created and implemented with specific consideration for the needs and abilities of the clients, with a focus on the individual and their creativity. (If you know someone who’d benefit from this info I encourage you to forward this post to them!)

Here’s a class I think sounds really cool. I wonder if I could convince my tweens to try this one out?

MUSICAL THEATRE (11 – 13 years)

A “Triple Threat” actor can dance, sing and act all at the same time! Get your feet wet and jump right into learning some songs. OSSD’s Musical Theatre program helps to develop all of these skills. Students learn how to tell a story through words, movement and song. Training focuses on acting, singing, dancing and working chorally as a group. Specific musicals, or musical theatre themes, are selected based on the needs of the students. Students work toward final workshop presentations.

Cool eh? This giveaway entitles the winner to a $250 gift certificate to put towards a single course for children or youth at OSSD. Please note, this prize has no cash value and does not include applicable taxes or registration fee.

This prize is perfect for parents who have been thinking of enrolling their kids but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Interested? Read on!

Here are the details:

  • In order for your entry to qualify, check out the Fall courses on the OSSD website. Using the comments below, please tell us which course you’d choose if you won the giveaway and why.
  • Only one entry per family please.
  • This giveaway is void in Quebec, sorry.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!

That’s it! Entries must be in by noon on September 12 2012, at which point I’ll do a random draw of all qualifying entries. The winner will be contacted by email, so make sure you leave a valid address.

That’s it! Over to you. Thank you OSSD for this great opportunity!

26 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway from our friends at the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama"

1 | Loukia

September 5th, 2012 at 10:49 am


Oh, this is perfect! I just told my four year old the other day how it would be a great idea for him to take some sort of drama class, since he LOVES acting, movies, music, and dance. He has memorized the entire Home Alone movie, too. It’s too cute. I’d sign him up for the pre-school drama class!

2 | Charlene b

September 5th, 2012 at 11:03 am


Improv for sure!!

3 | Miss Vicky

September 5th, 2012 at 11:06 am


Well, it would be a tossup between the preschool class for AJ and the Exploring Drama class for WeeG. G has already expressed a desire to be an actor and is constantly acting out the narrative that is playing in his head. AJ, however, does have a flair for the dramatic. Wonder where she gets it?

4 | Lala

September 5th, 2012 at 11:23 am


I would love Piper to get into Exploring Drama and see what she can do. I wouldn’t mind an hour downtown by myself either…..

5 | Britt Pegan

September 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am


Yay – we love OSSD! I would definitely send my daughter back for more musical theatre, we’ve had such luck with that fabulous program :)

6 | Meghan

September 5th, 2012 at 12:26 pm


My two girls have both really wanted to try a class. I heard the music theatre camp in the summer was great. A friend’s son was Tom Sawyer.

7 | Stephanie

September 5th, 2012 at 1:07 pm


We love OSSD and have been going for over a year. I recommend it to everyone with children looking to try something new, or who has a shy child. It has helped tremendously with his confidence. My son has done the pre-school class twice and is ready to move on to Exploring Drama!

8 | KL

September 5th, 2012 at 1:54 pm


Exploring Drama. My daughter is constantly creating games and adventures for all her toys. This class would only enhance what she loves to do.

9 | Brenda A

September 5th, 2012 at 3:07 pm


So Dramatic would be a dream course for my daughter! Combining the elements of beginner musical theatre is a great idea for this age! This is an amazing give away!

10 | Lorrie Douthwright

September 5th, 2012 at 4:48 pm


oh oh oh! Theatre games! I know a little Aspy that has the moves like Jagger and would love to strut his stuff. Also, there is a very precocious little sister here that could learn to, ahem, fine tune her ghost story telling skills.

11 | Lorrie Douthwright

September 5th, 2012 at 4:58 pm


oh! Looked even further…Drama sensations for Monkey One or Exploring Drama for Monkey Two.

Andrea, please feel free to remove my earlier post. I don’t want it to seem likeI’ve entered twice.


12 | Allison

September 5th, 2012 at 5:35 pm


My son has Asperger’s and loves drama so I have been looking at the classes. Drama sensations sounds great!

13 | Marie-Hélène Larrue

September 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm


Both my daughters love musical theater… the singing, the dancing, the acting. All very physical, emotional, intellectual. A very complete experience indeed. Lara or Alison would love to participate in the Intensive MT experience or, if they don’t make the auditions, another advanced acting class like the Performance company for Acting.

14 | Amanda

September 5th, 2012 at 7:06 pm


I’d choose the exploring drama program for my 5 soon to be 6 year old. She loves acting- or acting out?

15 | Mommy Marshall

September 6th, 2012 at 12:02 pm


I’d choose ‘creating drama’ for my budding 9 year old actress. She would love it! Thanks Andrea!!

16 | Brie

September 6th, 2012 at 8:10 pm


I know a girl who would love drama class and I would pick Exploring Drama for her. I have already thought of it, having taken four years of drama myself as a child. She is constantly telling stories. I am pretty sure she would love it.

17 | Raquel

September 7th, 2012 at 11:33 am


My spunky, quirky nine-year-old daughter, Stella, would love to take the Page to Stage program. She’s constantly breaking out into a performance reenacting her favourite scenes from TV or movies, is a total ham, and loves attention. She’s creative and animated and I think that the OSSD is what she needs to help her find her place in this world, build on her strengths, and gain confidence to know that being quirky and different can be a good thing. She likes the idea of a drama class that involves the final project of a play, and that is why the Page to Stage program would be the best fit. We would love to be the recipients of this gift certificate – fingers crossed!

18 | Chantal

September 7th, 2012 at 9:58 pm


Drama Sensations sounds like an awesome and highly beneficial program. As the mom of a child diagnosed last year with Asperger’s I wish I would have known of this course earlier. Unfortunately he is now too old for this programme. It’s a GREAT idea though! You definitely need to build some community awareness about the existence of this course!

19 | rachel

September 9th, 2012 at 8:43 am


I love OSSD, my son has had opportunities there to blossom! We would choose the Musical Theatre program for 8-10 year olds, it uses all aspects of performance skill and gives each child a chance to shine!

20 | Cari

September 9th, 2012 at 8:59 pm


If I won I’d choose So Dramatic! for my oldest daughter. Why? Well because, for one, she’s so dramatic! ;-) Ha, ha, ha, but seriously, I think she would love it and it would bring out her natural talents.

21 | Chris

September 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am


My soon-to-be 8 year old would LOVE creating drama! She’s a real storyteller!

22 | Mark

September 11th, 2012 at 12:33 pm


This is such an asset to have in Ottawa. A dedicated school for performing arts! My oldest would be in heaven enrolled in So Dramatic at OSSD.

23 | Melissa | @refashionista

September 11th, 2012 at 6:13 pm


I’d would love to sign my 10.5yr old up for Page To Stage. His middle brother has been doing Ukrainian dance for several years, and I suspect my eldest would enjoy the stage too. I’d love for him to have a performance outlet of his own. :)

24 | Barbara

September 12th, 2012 at 7:41 am


I think Reid would most enjoy Musical Theatre, though the title “So Dramatic” describes her well ;)

25 | andrea

September 12th, 2012 at 3:17 pm


The winner is comment #3 – MISS VICKY – who wrote: “Well, it would be a tossup between the preschool class for AJ and the Exploring Drama class for WeeG. G has already expressed a desire to be an actor and is constantly acting out the narrative that is playing in his head. AJ, however, does have a flair for the dramatic. Wonder where she gets it?”

Congratulations Vicky! And big thanks to the OSSD for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

26 | Miss Vicky

September 12th, 2012 at 7:04 pm


Amazing! Of course, now I need to decide which sibling gets it

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