Winter-Spring 2020

AUDITIONS for NEW students will happen in June 2020. Please, check back in May 2020 for the dates.


Time Class Instructor Location Price
January 6th –
June 8th, 2020
5:45 – 8:15pm
Advanced Acting and Play Production
(Senior studio)
Ages 11-15
Ekaterina Vetrov Theatre Studio,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
January 7th –
June 9th, 2020
6:00 – 8:00pm
Beginners Acting and Play Production
(Junior Studio)
Ages 7-10
Ekaterina Vetrov Theatre Studio, NCAC $616
January 8th –
June 10th, 2020
5:45 – 8:15pm
Advanced Acting & Movement In Theatre
(Senior studio)
Ages 11-15
Ekaterina Vetrov
& Alexander Vetrov
Theatre Studio, NCAC $742.50
January – June
Last Sunday of the month
12:30 – 4:30 pm
Special Workshop with Guest Artist
Ages 7-15
Different instructors Theatre Studio, NCAC


January 12th –
June 14th, 2020
10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Pre-Junior Acting and Speech
Ages 5-7
Irina Tsirlin Music Studio 01, NCAC $513



Dates Time Class Instructor Location Price
September 18th – December 18th, 2017

*Oct. 9 – no class 

13 classes

5:45 – 8:15pm
Advanced Acting and Play Production (Russian)
Part 1 (paired with Movement class)

Ages 11-15

Ekaterina Vetrov
& Alexander Vetrov
Theatre Studio,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
(or 4 classes);

Family Special
(2 Children):

September 19th – December 19th, 201715 classes Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00pm
Beginners Acting and Play Production (Russian)

Ages 7-10

Ekaterina Vetrov Theatre Studio,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
(or 4 classes) $393/Semester

Family Special(2 Children):
$205/Month; $747/Semester

September 20th – December 20th, 2017

15 classes

5:45pm – 8:15pm
Movement In Theatre
Part 2
(Paired with Advanced Acting)

Ages 11-15

Ekaterina Vetrov
& Alexander Vetrov
Scout Hall, Woodroffe United Church $135/Month
(or 4 classes)

Family Special
(2 Children):

September 22nd -December 22nd, 2017

15 classes

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Beginners Acting and Play Production

Ages 8-13

Ludmylla Reis Theatre Studio,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
(or 4 classes) $393/Semester

Family Special(2 Children):
$205/Month; $747/Semester

September 22nd -December 22nd, 2017
15 classes
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Theatre Production: Stage Design(English)

Ages 9-16

Alexander Vetrov
& Nicholas Leno
Set Construction Workshop,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
(or 4 classes) $393/Semester

Family Special(2 Children):
$205/Month; $747/Semester

*Additional mandatory Theatre Criticism class and trip to theatre to see a professional production is scheduled for each acting class in the Fall 2017. The date of this class will be announced in September.

** Additional expenses might apply for the purchase of costumes and set.

To register please send a request to or get in touch with us to receive Registration Form.


OUK Children’s Theatre Studio presents an evening of two shows…Parvaan-Lake_Poster_v-07.pdf -  Inkscape

* Shows are suited for adults and children ages 7 and up.

“The Legend of Parvana Lake”/ “Легенда о Неугасимом Огне”
by Advanced Acting  class
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrov
An original show presented in Ottawa just once before it takes off to the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Startford, ON in June 2016!

“Legend of Parvana Lake” tells a story about a beautiful Princess who decided to choose a husband by setting a challenge to the knights to find the Eternal Flame and bring it to her. But years pass, the Princess waits and waits looking through the windows of her castle, but none of the men come back… When the Princess losses her hope she starts crying. Her tears flood the valley and the castle creating a lake that is clear like a child’s tear. What happened to all those brave men and why didn’t they come back?…

This magical legend told through poetic text carries an ancient story about creation of one of the most gorgeous lakes in Georgia – Parvana Lake. The show incorporates the styles of physical theatre, shadow theatre and contemporary dance.
Actors use Russian, English and Armenian languages to tell this story, but most of all – their body language.

“The Flying Machine”
by Intermediate Acting class
Adapted by Alexandra Isenor

Time passes slowly for the children of St.Ruth’s Hospital as they attempt to enjoy what little they have in their small confined room. But when a new patient joins their ward they will find new hope in finally seeing what lies outside the hospital walls and discovering what secrets have kept them in.

Infusing movement and shadows into this adapted piece, the Intermediate English class will bring this new project to the main stage for the first time. Not only developing their characters, students have worked on props, set, lighting and sound to bring this piece to life.
Language of presentation is English.

When:      Saturday, May 21st-2016 at 6:00pm
Where:    Academic Hall at University of Ottawa, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt.
Tickets:   $12 – Adult, $10 – Child (14 and under).

Our Junior Acting class will also present…

“Gymnastics for the Baby Frog”/ “Гимнастика для Головастика”
by Boris Zakhoder
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrov
(The show is in Russian)

When: Friday, May 20th at 7:00pm
Where: Banquet Hall, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa.
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the door.
Followed by Potluck – bring a dish!

Same Time, Next Year (Touring show!)

“На том же месте в будущем году”Metropolis_NaTomZheMeste-Ottawa_Poster_082015

Romantic comedy by Bernard Slade
OUK Theatre brings Metropolis Theater from Atlanta GA.
American classics performed in Russian – special treat for Ottawa!

January 9th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Location: Academic Hall, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt, University of Ottawa


Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta, June 2015!

Our new theatre project for children is here! Take a look!

In June 2015 two theatres will meet to participate in our new International project – Children’s Theatre Exchange: Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa, Canada) and Solo Theatre (Atlanta, USA).

Children’s Theatre Exchange provides an opportunity for children who participate in theatre groups of various cities to find friends with similar interests; exchange and share their theatre experience; broaden perception of the theatre world; learn to engage into open discussions about each other’s work skilfully and professionally; and find joy in collective creation with new people.

The program is designed for participants ages up to 18 years old and open to theatres who create in any genre and in any language!

In the course of one week, children will share their original shows with each other and general public (this time in Russian), participate in acting workshops lead by professional theatre practitioners, lead discussions at the round-table and theatre debates, write and publish theatre reviews, and spend unforgettable days full of friendship and creativity.

The shows will take place on June 5th at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton U and open to general public!
“Летучий корабль”/ “The Flying Ship”, directed by Ivan Logvinov, Solo Theatre.
“Волшебная кисточка”/ “The Magic Brush”, directed by Ekaterina Vetrov, OUK Theatre.
Tickets are on sale NOW!

If you’d like to SUPPORT this unique initiative, please, check out our cool video and donate today!
Even $1 matters for us! All sponsors will receive cool gifts!
Let’s help children to realize their dreams!


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Desperately writing notes at the International Children and Youth Theatre Festival in Washington, DC.

In the Fall 2013 we started to collaborate with the young talented local critic, Brianna MacFarlane, MA candidate at the University of Ottawa Theatre Department, who founded a group of The New Ottawa Critics. Since then, Brianna took our students on a journey to the world of criticism, taught a number of workshops, and created a special page on the From the Cheap Seats Website where Youth Critics get a chance to publish their best reviews!
Take a look and read some great reviews that reveal children’s perspective on Ottawa scene.



We are happy to announce wonderful news that Ekaterina Vetrova’s production “Princess Ivona” by Witold Gombrowicz WON the Capital Critics Circle Award for The Best Student Production season 2012-13! We would like to take a moment to thank all of our talented actors, creative production teamand especially all the audience members who came to see the show and made this show come to life!

Princess T

Written by by Daniela Fischerova
Translated by Ivana Jlovkov-Fieldov
Directed by Hélène Ducharme
Assistant Director: Ekaterina Vetrova
Drama Guild Production
* The show is meant for adults, but would suit very well young audiences 12+
Premiere: October 29th, 2013

Prepare to step into a magical world of shadows and light, of mystery and sinister intentions, of intrigue and delight with Daniela Fischerová’s Princess T. Turandot, a cruel and tyrannical princess is forced by tradition to pick a husband. Not wanting to give up her kingdom to any man, the princess divines a series of fiendishly difficult riddles; if a suitor can figure out her puzzles they win her hand and the keys to the kingdom, if they fail certain death awaits them. Will anyone be able to solve Turandot’s enigmas and save the people of the kingdom from her authoritarian rule? Directed by Montreal’s Hélène Ducharme (Le Théâtre Motus).

Princess Ivona

Written by Witold Gombrowicz Princess Ivona_Poster
Translated by Krystyna Griffith-Jones
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrova (Shestakova), MFA candidate
Unicorn Theatre
Show is recommended for mature audiences (14+)
Premire: March 5th, 2013

 Award-winning show: “The Best Student Production 2013” from the Capital Critics Circle.

“Flashes charged; lights ablaze. Models primped and polished to the utmost perfection. Welcome to the delectable world of Princess Ivona, where superficiality is craved and you dare not step a single stiletto out of place. A canon-worthy script by Witold Gombrowicz showcases Prince Philip’s absurdist revolt against the outrageous demands of his society’s norms. His personally chosen bride-to-be, Ivona, is no Cinderella in her passive, rancid and particularly bothersome actions. Though idle, Ivona singlehandedly manages to threaten the entire kingdom, which sets off an explosive downward spiral of absurd chaos. Directed by MFA candidate Ekaterina Shestakova and supervised by the remarkable Montreal-based actor-director, Peter Batakliev.”

The Little Prince

Based on the novel by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry final_yellow_bigger
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrova (Shestakova)
Starring: Jennifer Capogreco and Chris Wardell
Premiere: June 9th, 2011

The Little Prince tells the story of a most unusual encounter between a pilot crashed in the desert and a little prince from a distant asteroid.  As the pilot desperately attempts to fix his plane, the Little Prince tells the pilot the story of how he left his home and traveled from one planet to the next in search of the meaning of friendship.

Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre is excited to bring Saint-Exupéry’s literary classic to Ottawa’s arts community because this innovative adaptation has a twist: the 11 characters is performed entirely by TWO very talented actors!