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Student Summer Intensive 
Program Overview​

Since its creation, in the summer of 2014, the Student Summer Intensive Program has seen more than 300 students work through a summer of intense musical theatre training.  The program offers students with an interest in the performing arts a chance to learn and grow as both artists and community leaders alongside some of Calgary's leading musical theatre professionals and at times even with Broadway personalities. This program includes over 300 hours of training both on and off the stage.  Over the course of the program, students will come to hone their talents and personal abilities, while working through all the facets of producing a full-scale show.


Each year a show is selected by our team of professionals in order to specifically focus on key elements of musical theatre. The program offers singing, dancing, and acting masterclasses for everyone and engages the entire cast regardless of the role they play.  This season the team has selected Legally Blonde the Musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach

From the very first day, the students will work together on a level playing field, prior to any roles being cast.   This allows them to make friendships and create a safe space to explore their craft. There is no room for ego or negativity, each of the students is given the chance to shine, to support, and to grow together.

We look forward to engaging with our next generation of musical theatre artists!

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Our Mission

Our mission is provide young performers with the opportunity to encounter pivotal works in the music theatre canon. We facilitate this encounter through intensive skill building in voice, dance and acting, through full scale performance of these works, and engagement in the issues and questions raised by the content and performance of each work.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a professional caliber atmosphere wherein students can train, grow, and be challenged. We encourage them to respect themselves, and their colleagues while striving for excellence in the three disciplines crucial to music theatre performance. 

Program Values

Our first priority is creating an atmosphere where students learn to become good colleagues. Respect for oneself and one’s colleagues is of utmost importance. 


We include exercises in team-building and respect in our training and require each student, regardless of their role, to be inclusive.

We recognize that confidence is an important part of having a positive encounter with theatrical performance and that there is a wide range of training and previous experience that our students bring with them. 


We cast our shows based on where we think each student can be successful, given their background and readiness, and have maximum growth.


We choose repertoire that students may not have the opportunity to perform elsewhere in their careers, and that provides as many students as possible the opportunity to be involved.

We engage the students in discussions of challenging themes and issues surrounding the composition and production of each work. We create a safe atmosphere for students to ask questions, explore how the themes of the show impact them, and how to address challenging issues in a theatrical context.

We market and produce the SSIP shows with the same caliber of production values as StoryBook’s main season shows to provide students with the invaluable opportunity of practicing their fledgling skills in front of appreciative audiences.

What our students are saying...

"The truest thing I’ve learned through the program is to trust my instincts."

"No matter how hard you work there’s always someone who works harder than you. You never know it all, you'll always learn something and from someone."

"This program is perfect for students who love theatre and want to determine if this is a potential career for them."

"The experience is truly life-changing."

"The love and life I have found in these friendships are profound and outstanding, they have left the biggest most beautiful mark on my heart."

"I am so proud to watch the program grow and improve each year, allowing me to learn and grow more and more every year."


2022 Program Overview


We have learned a lot in our 9 years of developing this program.  These last 2 years have been a huge hurdle to overcome, but we did it.  We were one of only 3 major theatres across the country to continue to provide theatre programming on any level throughout the pandemic.  This year we will continue to offer quality programming to our community of young artists in the fun-filled production of Legally Blonde the musical

Throughout this season we have continued to offer quality programming for all ages in a variety of ways!  This summer we will once again kick off the StoryBook Season with our Student Summer Intensive Program.

At this time we are not planning to film and share this program in a digitally streamed format, but as always, we will continue to be at the mercy of the AHS restrictions on all gatherings.  We remain confident that come August we can dream bigger and inspire more and more people with teh work we create LIVE and IN PERSON.

Program Overview



Audition Process

Students 14 to 20 years old looking to enroll in the program will be asked to take part in the audition process.  This year we are finding new ways to be more inclusive of students who possess natural ability and interest in musical theatre. 


We know that some students just may not have the experience or opportunities like their friends and colleagues.  We want to make sure our process accounts for everyone to be successful, no matter their history and/or experience with this art form. Therefore we will have two ways in which students can audition.

Audition Process


The “Traditional” process is for those students who HAVE been a part of the program in previous years or for those who feel they have the skillset and experience to approach this process in a more traditional way.


This “Explorational” process is for those students who have limited experience and may be intimidated by the idea of what an “audition” represents.  These students will be guided comfortably through the process in multiple steps.

TRADITIONAL Audition Process

The “Traditional” process is for those students who HAVE been a part of the program in previous years or for those who feel they have the skillset and experience to approach this process in a more traditional way.

The following are the STEPS associated with this process.


Students who choose this format are asked to submit the following for consideration.

  • Up to 1 minutes video telling us what makes you a good candidate and why you want to be part of the program

  • 2 minute song of your choice showcasing your talent

  • 1 minute monologue

All videos will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals where they will provide written feedback on the audition materials and, using a rubric will evaluate the students on the main criteria associated with the program.

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Select students, based on the initial submission will be invited to join us for a callback time slot.  These dates are intended to be in person but dependant on regulations at the time they may be over ZOOM.  Students will be provided with material to prepare for the callback process.

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Mar 27 - 6 to 10pm

due by March 21


EXPLORATIONAL Audition Process

This “Explorational” process is for those students who have limited experience and may be intimidated by the idea of what an “audition” represents.  These students will be guided comfortably through the process in multiple steps.

The following are the STEPS associated with this process.


Students who choose this format will be asked to sign up to attend an audition coaching session.

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March 14, 2022

Group Meeting/Audition

ALL students who made a submission to STEP ONE will be invited to an in-person coaching session where they will prepare a song selection from the summer production together with other students in the Explore stream.

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March 16 @ 6pm


Select students, based on STEPS ONE & TWO will be invited to join the callback process.  These are also in person. Students will be provided with material to prepare for the callback process.

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Mar 27 - 6 to 10pm


Program Acceptance

All students will be sent an email to the email used in registration by MARCH 30 at 2 pm.  Both students accepted and declined will be emailed and notified of the outcome of the audition process.  The announcement will also be made through social media that same day listing those students who have been accepted into the program.   


Students accepted into the program will be expected to attend 90% of all dates as listed below.  Students will be allowed to miss a maximum of 4 rehearsals throughout the entire program process from June 26 to July 28, 2022.   If a student is required to miss more please bring this to the attention of the team during the audition process.


We cannot allow any absences after August 2, 2022

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Program Schedule

The following is the planned programming schedule.  We will do our best to maintain this as plan but remain at the mercy of the AHS Restrictions.  Our existing plan takes into account the current restrictions and those we have experienced over the course of the year.


APRIL 23 & 24, MAY 14 & 15

Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm & Sundays - 2pm to 10pm
This time will be dedicated to the foundational theatre learning in skills used in theatre production as well as getting to know the students as they work towards production auditions.


JUNE 10, 11 & 12

Friday, 6pm to 9pmSaturdays, 1pm to 6pm & Sundays - 2pm to 10pm
Over the course of this weekend, we will audition the students for the casting of the production.

PRODUCTION REHEARSALS - June 26 to August 11

Sundays - 2pm to 10pm

Tuesday to Friday - 6pm to 10pm
This time will be dedicated to the rehearsal process for the production including staging, music, and choreography.


THEATRE ACADEMY - July 4 to September 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 5pm to 6pm + Student Selected Timings
Once again students will participate in our  Theatre Academy.  This program is designed to focus on technique training and audition preparation culminating in a final Juried presentation in the fall.

August 3 , 4 & 5

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 10am to 6pm
Partnering with OCL Studios we are excited to bring all students into the recording studio and teach them the fundamentals of studio session recording.  In this time students will also make the cast recording for the show.

TECHNICAL REHEARSALS - August 13, 14, 16, 17 &18

Saturdays & Sundays - 1pm to11pm

Tuesday to Thursday - 5pm to 11pm
These rehearsals will be dedicated to the technical side of production for both the outdoor performance and filmed production.

PERFORMANCES - August 19 to Sept 10

Tuesdays to Saturdays - 6pm to 9:30pm

Sundays - 1pm to 4:30pm
Students will perform productions to a live audience regulated by AHS guidance at the time.


AHS Exemption

Since the summer of 2020 StoryBook has worked closely with AHS and Calgary Health Services to maintain a safe environment for all our artists.  In Feb. 2021 StoryBook was provided with an exemption to create film-based productions, therefore allowing us to continue with our programming as planned.

We encourage everyone to read about our safety practices HERE.

Attending College in the Fall?

Our program is designed to accommodate those students that may be heading away to a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2022.


We encourage everyone to audition for the program and make their school conflict known during the process as best they can.  This factor will not prohibit the teams' consideration to casting anyone as a lead or not.


The casting of roles in the show will take place in both the callbacks and over the first three days of rehearsals, June 10, 11, & 12.  While in summers past we have cast multiple actors in roles, the team reserve the right to make this decision once we have seen all students.  The casting decision will be announced by email June 17 at 12pm.

Student Health

Beyond the pandemic, the physical and mental health of our students is our top priority.  We advise students to choose only one summer program that aligns with their training goals.  Students enrolled in more than one program will not likely be considered for leading roles in SSIP. If a student is enrolled in any other programs it is required that this be brought to the attention of the program faculty for review and consideration for continued enrollment in SSIP.

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This year students will not only be receiving comprehensive theatre technique training in dance, acting, and singing but they will also be working towards a juried performance in late August, early September.

When auditioning all students will be graded using a Musical Theatre Rubric. This will assess their skills at the start of the program.  Throughout the program, students will work on a new audition piece which will then be assessed by a jury of theatre professionals in the last three weeks of the program.  This assessment will then be made available to the students as they work to refine their skills for future auditions, university programming, and their own personal growth and development in musical theatre.



StoryBook takes great pride in its ability to offer students the highest form of training available in musical theatre in western Canada.  Students enrolled will receive more than 300 hours of professional training and more than 75 performance hours on stage.  The tuition for the program is:


$1675.00 plus tax

Full payments made by April 8th will receive a $175 savings on the program

Registration includes 4 complimentary tickets.


StoryBook understands the financial impact tuition payments can have on families and is happy to offer a payment program for anyone interested. The payment schedule includes three equal monthly payments made by April 1, June 1, July 1 & August 1.


*Payment plan is a substitute for a full upfront payment and is a courtesy to our students and their families to help offset costs.  Participation in the program requires full and final payment by August 1st, 2022. All payments are non-refundable.  Once a student attends the program full tuition is expected regardless of a student's continued participation and monthly payments will continue to be debited regardless.


Scholarship consideration can be made for students who are looking to attend the program.  Applications must be submitted prior to the audition process.  Make your submission here.

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