Wed. January 30, 2018


January 30, 2019
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Join students and staff from Central Memorial High School for a day of exploring and celebrating the arts!

Join us for discipline-specific workshops throughout the day in the following areas:

• Dance
• Drama

• Fashion
• Media Arts

• Music
• Visual Art


Both individual junior high students and/or classes are welcome to register.


Please check back next year.

Festival Timeline

9:30 – 10:00 Busses arrive
10:00 – 10:30 Introductions & Keynote Speech – Michael Bernard Fitzgerald ~ Calgary’s Own Traveling Troubadour
10:30 – 10:35 Transition Time
10:35 – 11:45 Workshop #1
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch  (please bring a packed lunch)
12:15– 1:00 Performance
1:00 – 1:05 Transition Time
1:05 – 2:15 Workshop #2
2:15 – 2:30 Transition Time
2:30 Busses

 Session Overview

(more information on each session provided below)

Theatre Arts Introduction to Theatre Lighting
Essentials of Acting Acting on Camera Fundamentals
Fashion Fashion Olympics Paper Dress Workshop
Music Learn to Play a Stringed Instrument Mass Band
 Choral: Building Community and Harmony Through Singing
Dance West African Dance Hip Hop Dance
Media Arts/Visual Arts Photography  Create an Altered Book
 Virtual TV Studio and Greenscreen Production

We’ll see you on January 3oth, 2019!

All workshops take place at Central Memorial High School

Workshop Details


Michael Bernard Fitzgerald – Calgary’s own touring troubadour



Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) is a 29-year-old singer and songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A touring troubadour, most of his time is spent on stage playing clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. He is a dog man with a good plan and two hands. MBF has shared the stage and toured with Joel Plaskett, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Winwood, Third Eye Blind, Sam Roberts, Stars, K-OS, The Wallflowers, Elliott Brood, Lights and many more. He’s also played Firefly Festival, Mountain Jam, Calgary Folk Music Festival, X Fest, Virgin Fest, Winnpeg Folk Festival The Calgary Stampede and Capital Ex.


Building Community and Harmony Through Singing

PRESENTER: Nicole Hounjet

Singing together as a team is a great way to make friends and learn about the power we have in our voice as an individual and as a group.  Together we will sing a piece of music that is all about community and celebrating the voice. Singers will learn an African piece titled, “Tshosholoza” and be mentored by members of Central’s PVA Chamber Choir.

Learn to Play a Stringed Instrument

PRESENTER: Jeff Faragher

Have you ever hankered to try a violin? Do you sometimes feel the majestic call of the cello? A violin, viola, cello or bass may be your musical soul mate and you’ve just never realized it! At Central Memorial, we have several strings programs waiting for you. If you’ve never played a string instrument, come for a hands-on introduction to the instruments, and an explanation of Central’s Beginner Strings class. If you already know how to play, help some of your peers learn, and meet the teacher of Central’s PVA String Orchestra. 

Mass Band

PRESENTER: Mike Gardner

This presentation will explore engagement in the middle school band setting as it applies to getting students ready for their high school music experience. The bridge between Jr. High and High School is often when students “give up” on music. In this session, we hope to explore new tools for increasing engagement and proficiency of young musicians.

Media/Visual Arts


PRESENTERS: Kelly Isaak and Kevin Scott
LOCATION: Central Memorial Art Gallery

Learn how to take beautiful photos with light painting.  We will provide the materials and teach you the basics of how to shoot creative and fun images in the dark.

Virtual TV Studios and Greenscreen Production

PRESENTERS: Mark Schwandt
LOCATION: Career and Technology Centre – Broadcasting Studio (right behind Central Memorial High School)

Join us to learn everything you need to know about setting up a virtual studio and using greenscreen to produce professional style broadcasts for your Youtube channel, Vlog, or creating special effects for creative projects

Create an Altered Book

PRESENTER: Meghan Lewick
LOCATION: Studio 268

In this hands on workshop you’ll learn to create your own “Altered Book” –  a unique medium for artistic expression, individuality and creativity. – All supplies provided.


West African Dance

INSTRUCTORS: Christie Preston

Have you ever wanted to try West African dancing? Learn this high energy form of movement with both traditional and modern West African music!

Hip Hop

INSTRUCTORS: Corrine Vessey

Come explore this groove-based dance style while learning the foundations of this genre as well as some Hip Hop choreography!

Theatre Arts

Introduction to Theatre Lighting


Learn how to identify various types of theatre lights, their function and purpose, As well as learn about hanging, aiming, focusing, gelling and patching/addressing lights.  We will also take a look at programming lighting cues through an ETC Smartfade Lighting Consoles as well as Qlab and a mac laptop.

Essentials of Acting

PRESENTER: Kelly Goutsis

In this fun and foundational acting workshop, students will explore the basics of attacking a script, and developing believable characters.  Participants will collaborate in small groups to begin breaking down short scenes, create realistic characters, and bring them both to life onstage.

Acting on Camera Fundamentals

PRESENTER:  Michelle Crimmins

Explore acting on-camera technique through partnered scene work.  Students work with the instructor to create an engaging character and authentic performance while learning to work creatively from the text while the camera is rolling!


Fashion Olympics Paper Dress Workshop

PRESENTER: Kerry Warner and Dora Blitt

Create a show-stopping work of art in one hour.  Utilize your visual art and fashion skills and let your creativity run wild.  

Central Memorial High School


5111 - 21st Street SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3E 1R9
Phone: 403-243-8880
Fax: 403-777-7059


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