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Student Summer Intensive 
Program Overview​

The Student Summer Intensive Program, initiated in the summer of 2014, has witnessed over 330 students undergo rigorous musical theatre training. Aimed at individuals passionate about the performing arts, the program provides a platform for artistic and leadership development alongside prominent musical theatre professionals from Calgary, and occasionally, even Broadway luminaries. Encompassing more than 300 hours of training both on and off the stage, participants immerse themselves in a comprehensive curriculum designed to refine their skills and nurture their personal growth.

Each year, a carefully curated show serves as the focal point, allowing students to delve into various aspects of musical theatre. The program encompasses singing, dancing, and acting masterclasses, ensuring engagement and participation from every member of the cast, regardless of their assigned roles. For the current season, the team has chosen "Heathers the Musical: High School Edition," featuring book, music, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe.

From day one, students collaborate on an equal footing, fostering friendships and establishing a supportive environment conducive to artistic exploration. Ego and negativity find no place within the program, as each student is encouraged to shine, support one another, and grow collectively.

The program eagerly anticipates nurturing the next generation of musical theatre artists, fostering their talents and propelling them toward success in their artistic endeavours.

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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. 

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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."

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Program Overview

2024 Program Overview


We have learned a lot in our 10 years of developing this program.  We cannot wait to explore the next phase of this program with this summer's production of HEATHERS the musical!

Throughout this past 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 and we look forward to the wonderful artists who will join us!


Audition Process
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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. 

If you need support with the process, please feel free to contact to find out how we can support your audition needs.

Sign up to audition today!!

Students who wish to be considered for the program are asked to prepare:

  • One two-minute song of your choice showcasing your talent

  • One one-minute monologue

We will reach out prior to your audition to have the track for your song sent to us for your audition date.

se will be presented in person at one of the following audition dates.  Students will select a 10 minute audition slot that works for them:

NEW SPOTS OPEN - MONDAY, March 18 - 6pm to 8pm

All students are expected to attend the
DANCE CALL on MONDAY, MARCH 18 at 8:15pm.

Due by March 15


Program Acceptance

All students will be sent an email to the email used in registration by MARCH 25 by 2 pm. 

All students 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 1 to August 5, 2024.  

If a student is required to miss more, please bring this to the team's attention during the audition process.


We cannot allow any absences after August 5, 2024

Please review the FULL PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

Program Acceptance


StoryBook takes great pride in offering students the highest form of training in musical theatre in western Canada.  Students enrolled will receive over 250 hours of professional training and more than 80+ performance hours on stage.  The tuition for the program is:


$1675.00 plus tax

Full payments made by April 1st will receive a $175 savings on the program.

Registration includes four 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 four equal monthly payments made on, April 1,  May 1, June 1 &  July 1.


*Payment plan is a substitute for 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 July 1st, 2024 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.


Scholarship consideration can be made for students looking to attend the program. 
Applications must be submitted before March 19.  Make your submission here.


Submission Deadline: March 18, 2024

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