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The Island Savings/Port Theatre Community Programs provide a variety of educational and artistic programming for Island youth.

Annual Free Youth Event

Each Spring, The Port Theatre Society is proud to invite youth 25 and under to our theatre for a fun and accessible free youth event! Our goal is to remove barriers to participation, and engage local youth audiences and families with a professional production by emerging Canadian artists. Look for fun outreach and community engagement initiatives including free youth workshops, Q&As, and pre-show activities like pizza and prizes!

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In grades 8-12? eyeGO to the Arts is a national program for high school students like you to experience live music, theatre, dance and more at The Port Theatre for only $5.

Youth Volunteer Program – Launching September 2017

The Port Theatre Youth Volunteer Program is an opportunity for youth in our community to experience the arts, gain valuable skills and work experience, take a peek behind-the-scenes at our theatre, and enjoy the many benefits of giving back to the community.

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Since 2000, our Schools on Stage program has allowed countless children in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public elementary schools and a variety of community youth groups a free day in the theatre to create their own productions and present them for the community. Our goal is to ensure access to the arts begins early for youth, and any funds raised by ticket sales go directly toward enhancement of each school’s arts programs.

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The Port Theatre is proud to maintain a strong connection to the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Theatre Department to support students advancing their education in order to pursue a career in the performing arts. Student Work Experience provides opportunities for VIU Technical Theatre students to shadow The Port Theatre’s professional technicians during performances and rehearsals at our theatre in order to gain valuable experience toward their chosen career.




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