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Yellow Door Theatre expands its classes, adds dance
Gregg Kirchofer, board member of Yellow Door with Andorlie Hillstrom, founder and artistic director, show off cheque from Shaw’s Town Previews program in July. (Brittany Carter/File photo)

Hopeful musical theatre stars can now get even more targeted instruction from the Yellow Door Theatre Project, which will introduce dance classes for the first time this fall.

Registration is open online at and an in-person registration day is scheduled for Aug. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Yellow Door Theatre rehearsal space at 504 Line 2 in Virgil.

The new classes, which will be available from September to June, are recreational musical theatre for ages three to 13, and introductory jazz, tap and ballet classes for 13 and up.

The new programming will help provide an overall skill program for youth interested in being involved with musical theatre, said artistic director Andorlie Hillstrom.

“Everything else we’ve ever done has simply been choreography that we’ve offered in particular with our fall performance programming. So, this is a departure from what we’ve offered previously,” she said.

The aim is to help students improve technique, stamina and flexibility, while being able to develop confidence and connections with each other, she said. She’s filling a need in the community, offering lessons that will help students achieve more on their path to musical theatre.

“I really just wanted to be able to offer them more. And there has been a lot of demands from my families,” she said.

At the end of each term, she said there will be an open house to demonstrate the learned skills for family and friends, with a final showcase at the end of the year.

Hillstrom said anyone interested in registering can find scheduling and availability online. Classes begin Sept. 3.