Welcome to the Sunset Theatre, in Wells, BC

Where Artists come to Play!

Theatre Phone: 250 994 3400
Vancouver Phone: 250 617-2167
Email: sunsettheatre@gmail.com
Twitter: @SunsetTheatreBC 


August 2th to 10th, 2016
Public Performances August 9th & 10th

"Into the Woods"


 Award Winning Musical Director

Donald Horsburgh

  Award Winning Actress & Director

Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan

This week long musical theatre boot-camp will kick up your games a few notches.  Learn from two of Canada's top professional theatre artists in a one-on-one environment. Award winning Musical Director Donald Horsburgh and award winning Actress and Musical Theatre Director Elizabeth Stepkowski-Trahan will put you through  your paces working on selections from this year’s musical. Be prepared to work hard, sing your heart out and dance up a storm.  Excerpts from the award winning musical "Into The Woods" will be rehearsed and mounted for a public performance at the end of this extended week.

This week long camp is open to all ages and ideal for anyone who wants to expand their musical theatre repertoire and capacity. Perfect for young professionals who are seeking further development and seasoned performers who need a brush up or looking for professional development. Teens are encouraged to apply as no previous experience is necessary however there is a high expectation of willingness to jump in and push yourself to reach your potential.  

Days go from 10:00 - 6:00 pm daily with extra hours outside where necessary for rehearsals and partner work.  All participants are expected to attend all classes, rehearse on their own when instructors are focused on other cast members, and perform in the two public showcase performances August 9 & 10th. Roles will be assigned by the directors.

Fee: $375.00 + GST

Includes meals per day

 Auditions for various roles  & extra rehearsals may be required

Students should be prepared to act, sing & dance and have fun! 

Limited Enrollment
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Donald Horsburgh - Musical Director
Don has been Music Director on A Christmas Carol, Monty Python's Spamalot , Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Woman, the Musical and the Hunchback and provided original music for Penelopaid, August: Osage County and. Previous seasons he has been the music director for Beauty and the Beast, (co-production with Theatre Calgary); Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Wizard of Oz, Westside Story, (co-production with Theatre Calgary): Oliver! Guys and Dolls (co-production with MTC); Cabaret, Into the Woods, Aspects of Love and Duddy. Additionally he has provided original music for Pride and Prejudice, Blythe Spirit, the Constant Wife. Don has visited Winnipeg to music direct Hairspray, White Christmas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat for Rainbow Stage. For the Stratford Festival he has provided original music for 19 productions and music directed Three Penny Opera. He is the recipient of five Dora Awards for his contribution to Rigoletto, A Little Night Music, Fire and Lillies, and the Sterling Haynes Award for Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Monty Python's Spamalot. Don is also a faculty member with the Professional Theatre Training Program with the Banff Centre. Last summer Don provided music for the production of Hamlet for the Sunset Theatre.

Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan
- Director
Elizabeth has played such dynamic roles as Mamma Morton in Chicago and as Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious!, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd.  Recently Elizabeth played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet for the Shakespeare Company in Calgary and a multitude of hands and mouths in Avenue Q at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Other favourite shows include: An annual role in A Christmas Carol,  Pride and Prejudice at Theatre Calgary and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Other favorite roles include Mattie Fae in August: Osage County, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret and Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast at the Citadel Theatre. Also Mamma Rose in Gypsy at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and Shirley in Stone and Ashes for Theatre in Exile. For Stage West Theatre in Calgary she directed Fiddler on the Roof!. She is the recipient of two Betty Mitchell Awards as well as an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award.




Dave Jeffery

$275.00 + GST

 August 4th—10th | 1:00 am - 5:00 pm

Public Performance August 9th & 10th

This class is dedicated to preparing the production elements necessary for the public presentation of Into The Woods created by the Musical Theatre Boot Camp. This is hands on experience for those students wanting to build their skills in stage management, lighting, sound, costume, props, running crew and front of house.

 Dave Jeffery has a can-do attitude and passion for teaching is contagious. Originally from New Zealand, Dave Jeffery has built his career in Western Canada, specializing first in Outdoor Education and then in drama education. Dave has taught theatre for over 35 years and directed over 80 productions. His enthusiastic, passionate approach and connections to influential mentors has enabled and inspired more than 100 of his former students to gain admission to prestigious theatre programs and many have found employment in film, TV and theatrical endeavors across Canada and the U.S.  

Camp Expectations
All students are expected to attend every class.  This includes the final performance on August 9th and 10th.  Some extra rehearsals may be required. For teen participants, please ensure your parents and/or caregivers are aware of the commitment to this class once you have signed up and have been accepted into the program.  Please keep in mind: Theatre is a collective experience and requires a great amount of team work.  These courses rely on the full participation of each student. 


based on the demands of the class we are adding a meal component to the workshop week so that students and parents can concentrate on the work and not have to worry about meals.  We are estimating 2 meals a day, lunch and supper and some snacks during breaks.  A meal plan, and preference survey will be sent out closer to the date so that we can help accommodate the various food requirements.


There are several places to stay in Wells from hotel and motels, bed and breakfast and camping. It is best to book early.  Please visit the District of Wells webpage for accommodation in the area.   

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