In association with BC and Victoria based company workingclasstheatre, we are launching a new musical theatre intensive production class as part of our regular adult programming here at Passion and Performance.  With each season we aim to provide quality and diverse opportunities in performance for interested people of all genders, ages (19+), ethnicity, shape or size.  Our inclusive and dynamic program caters to individual interests and needs with diverse training opportunities in character building, vocal work, dance and movement.  We are open to gender-bending casting and wish to offer equal opportunity regardless of previous theatrical experience.

Each term (January-April), the program will feature a 6-show run of a current and bold musical play, after a rehearsal period of 14 weeks, and 2 introduction weeks of general class instruction.  Participants will experience the entire production process from auditioning, through music, choreography and staging rehearsals, into tech and dress rehearsals and finally opening night.  The show will be presented at the Victoria Event Centre, and participants will have the exciting opportunity to perform alongside a live band, in a professional venue with professional stage and sound equipment.

Class sizes are limited to ensure quality training, so sign up now to guarantee your spot. Classes are 2-3 times a week, with more demanding requirements in April.  Sign up before January 8, and save $100 on tuition.

Financing for tuition is available in monthly installments to make easier payment options.

Tuition: $500 ($400 before January 8, 2017)

If you find this program is not the right fit for you this class is refundable until January 21st.

Basic registration does not include private instruction.  Some roles will require additional private instruction, and there will be one time flat rate of $100 added at the time the role is accepted.  At least 4 hours of private instruction, if paid for, is guaranteed.  All roles will be determined by audition process.  Chorus members receive the same group training as leads. 

If you have more questions or would like to register please contact our Musical Theatre Program Coordinator Maddison at


Meet the Faculty:

maddisonpopovheadshot Maddison Popov – Musical Theatre Program Coordinator

Raised on Vancouver Island, Maddison now divides his time between BC and Montreal.  He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree as well as a diploma in Musical Theatre from Capilano University in North Vancouver.  Maddison also is completing an Associate’s Degree in Art History, English and Philosophy from Capilano and Thompson Rivers Universities.  Beginning with community theatre at a young age on Vancouver Island, Maddison continued on to perform for 2 seasons at Theatre Under the Stars at Vancouver’s Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl, and spent 5 with Royal City Musical Theatre at BC’s historic Massey Theatre in New Westminster.  He has also appeared with Footlight Theatre in Burnaby, and as an invited performer with Presentation House in North Vancouver.  As a producer and director for Vancouver’s Point B Theatre, he has been nominated for multiple Ovation Awards (Reefer Madness, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris), and was personally invited by Antony Holland CM to receive top billing at the Gabriola Island Theatre Festival. Maddison’s most recent endeavors include joining the cast of TUTS’ 2014 Legally Blonde remount, directing a new work for Dark Matter Theatre, Leftovers, at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and embarking on a month-long national park, museum, and theatre-going adventure that took him through 3 Canadian provinces and 16 US states.  By drawing on his extensive experience with theatre productions of all scales, his musical theatre training and his network of peers, Maddison aims to bring affordable and engaging theatre training to Vancouver Island, through both the Mainstage program and through a scattering of workshops and events as well.  With experience on stage and off, he is excited to offer dynamic and inclusive membership and opportunities to interact with industry professionals that love their work and are in demand in their respective métiers.


Rachel Paish – Program Producer/ Choreographer

Rachel Paish is recent graduate from the University of Victoria with a degree in Women’s Studies. She is pleased to be able to combine her two life passions: dance – which she’s been doing for as long as she can remember – and her work with sexuality and gender. Rachel’s Passion classes offer a fun approach to health, sexuality, and expression. She focuses not only on what it means to feel “sexy,” but also how to find confidence within yourself and be a sexually confident and empowered individual. Rachel is happy to provide classes for women who find that there is nowhere for them to dance after graduating high school that is both affordable and challenging. Rachel started her first independent dance company, Vibe Dancers, at age 15 in Duncan, BC . Always pushing the limits, Rachel, with the help of her dance partner, created prize-winning partner dances that rocked local dance festivals. After moving to Victoria, Rachel found herself back in the dance scene and is fortunate to be able to continue her passion for theatre, dance, and teaching. The recent successes Rachel has earned through Passion and Performance including being on the cover of Monday Magazine and runner up for Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce have been a rewarding experience and she is looking forward to more in the future. Rachel believes that it is important to strive forward, not accept what is just in front of you and to always create something new and exciting that you believe in.

tristan-headshotTristan Bacon – Acting Coach and Director

Tristan holds a BFA from University of Victoria and a Diploma from Capilano University. He is the founding Artistic Director of workingclasstheatre, and has directed, performed, produced or written many of the productions since the beginnings of the company is 2009. Tristan has studied various forms of physical theatre including circus, suzuki, viewpoints and grotowski, and his physical approach to acting and encouragement of collaboration has built the successes upon which the company is founded. Writing credits include Waiting… (2014) 2BR02B (2013), Rope of Sand (2012). Directing credits for workingclasstheatre: Hedda Gabler (2014), Savage in Limbo (2014), Out of the Flying Pan (2010). Performance credits: Unity 1918 (Phoenix Theatre), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (St. Lukes Players), The Tempest (Sandbox Productions), Forty-Deuce (Big Bone Equity Co-op).

Established 2009 in Vancouver B.C., workingclasstheatre is the result of an effort from Tristan Bacon and Deneh Thompson, then classmates at Capilano University, to take the initiative to make their own art and tell their own stories… and enable their friends to do the same. Officially Working Class Theatre Performing Arts Society, workingclasstheatre operates under a mandate to produce the work of emerging artists, produce new Canadian works, and provide training opportunities to performers. With a heavy focus on site-specific productions, and bringing a contemporary twist to classic works, you can find us producing at festivals, in theatres of all shapes and sizes, throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

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