Archive for June, 2012

Euro 2012

Euro Soccer Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final Game on the big screen at The Rio!

Sponsored by Cariboo Brewing


Doors 11am / Game 11:45am

Quarter Finals: June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Semi Finals: June 27th, 28th

Final Game: July 1st Canada Day

All games will be licensed events – 19+ no minors – Bar Service begins at noon

Admission is free!

Facebook event:

THE RIO ACTING STUDIO – The Saturday Class

June 16th to August 4th – 10am to 1pm

New Actors Welcome
Intimate Classes

Join professional actress/director Jennifer Copping and acting teacher/director Jodi Derkson for the very first Acting Class on
The Big Stage at The Rio Theatre

Join us on stage to learn the essential elements of acting and performing

Improvisation ~ Scene Study and Development ~ Performance

Price: $500 for the full 8 week program culminating in a performance

Public Audience
Talent Agents Invited

To join us on the big stage
Contact: Jodi Derkson: 604-767-2139 –
or Jennifer: 604-338-4710,


Jennifer Copping

Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Jennifer has been performing, teaching and directing for over 25 years. Beginning with a love of dance and singing which led to a love for acting and then directing, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching. Career highlights include playing the role of Mary Delgado in the Toronto Production of “Jersey Boys”, Sally Simpson in the Who’s “Tommy”, “Les Miserables” (National Tour) and “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Donny Osmond.  Along with over 50 film and TV credits she has directed many plays here in Vancouver as well Toronto’s “Almost, Maine”. In addition to teaching, she regularly coaches many young actors around the city. Upcoming projects include the feature film release of “Becoming Redwood” and directing the play “Chicken” in August, 2012.

Jodi Derkson

Jodi started acting at the ripe of 12 and has immersed herself in the performing arts ever since. As a BC Certified Drama teacher with over fifteen years of professional teaching experience in the public school system she has created, in collaboration with her brilliant students, over twenty-five original productions.  Jodi holds a Masters of Education in curriculum development and has attended classes at The Actors’ Studio in Montreal, The William Davis Centre, and performed professionally for a number of years. Her real passion lies in directing and developing original curriculum to keep her students engaged so that they learn how to act without “acting”.  She is excited to work out of The Rio Theatre and enjoys its intimate professional space. Her focus is for her acting students to have a fantastic time honing their acting skills while developing tools to take into their professional and personal lives.

Summer Youth Performance Camp

Michelle D’Hersey and Jodi Derkson join forces to bring you The Summer Performance Camp at The Rio Theatre.  We offer an amazingly creative and exciting week for all those involved.  With song, dance, and acting the students will develop a play together and learn the true meaning of creative collaboration.  Spirits are sure to soar when participants reach their final goal of performing on the stage, lighting and all, for their friends and family to enjoy.  In one full week the students will play drama games, hone improvisation skills, practice dance by learning routines, create scenes/skits on a desired theme, and rehearse all elements together to create their original final product.

Michelle Hersey and her D’hercy Dance Co have been conducting fantastically creative dance classes in Vancouver since 1990, and Jodi Derkson, BC certified Acting teacher with over fifteen years of professional experience (and many successful students thriving in the entertainment industry) are sure to wow you with their collaborative curriculum and incredible original final production for public viewing.


Price: $170 for Early Birds & $200 after May 31, 2012

Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday

Final Performance/Reception: Fridays at 4pm

Two age groups: 8-12 or 13-18

5 Weekly Sessions:

1. July  9-13

2. July 16-20

3. July 23-27

4. August 13-17

5. August 20-24

To Enroll:

Michelle Hersey:

Jodi Derkson:

Or register here.