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Drayton Entertainment Announces New Musical Theatre Program for Youth

Waterloo Region – Drayton Entertainment announced the launch of its brand new Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will offer six, week-long training programs for aspiring young artists throughout southern Ontario.

Sessions will be offered in Grand Bend (July 4 to July 8; ages 13 to 18); Cambridge (July 18 to July 22; ages 13 to 18 and Aug 22 to Aug 26; ages 9 to 12), Penetanguishene (July 25 to July 29; ages 13 to 18); Kitchener-Waterloo (Aug 15 to 19; ages 13 to 18); and Drayton (Aug 29 to Sept 2; ages 13 to 18).

“There is a wealth of young talent in Canada and we feel it is our responsibility to help develop the artists of tomorrow,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our new program will help cultivate young talent and give novice performers some insight about the expectations of the theatre industry while honing techniques for future success.”

This new initiative expands on Drayton Entertainment’s existing youth engagement offerings, which include the Children’s Chorus Program (enabling young performers to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals) and the Youth Usher Program (offering young people the opportunity to gain work experience as theatre ushers).

The Youth Musical Theatre Program is designed to cultivate creativity, ignite imagination, and boost confidence while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. The program requires an entrance audition, and has a maximum enrollment of 30 students per week in order to guarantee personal faculty-student attention.

Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants will study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests. Tuition for each program will include a ticket to a professional Drayton Entertainment production.

Hopefuls are required to submit video auditions conveying vocal and dance skills along with a photo and résumé outlining previous experience. The deadline for applications is April 4. More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and application requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com

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