The opportunity of a lifetime has rolled around once again for area youth.
Drayton Entertainment will be holding auditions for the Youth Musical Theatre Program and Children’s Chorus for Annie and Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Penetanguishene. Young performers must sign up in advance.
“We are consistently astounded by the talent and passion we’ve seen from aspiring young artists across the province. As a professional company, we feel a responsibility to develop the artists of tomorrow,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions and Children’s Chorus opportunities help to prepare young talent for future success and give them an inside glimpse into industry expectations.”
The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years including launching the now popular Youth Musical Theatre Program (YMTP), which will return for the fourth year. Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests.
The week-long training session in Penetanguishene take place July 22-26 and is open to youth age nine to 17.
The Children’s Chorus Program offers young performers the opportunity to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals where they will appear alongside professional performers in the lead roles. In the Penetanguishene area, young performers ages 9 to 15 may audition for children’s chorus roles in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, which will be on stage at King’s Wharf Theatre from June 5-22. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, see www.draytonentertainment.com/youth-auditions.
For more information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and audition requirements, see www.youthmusicaltheatreprogram.com.
Photo: Young performers in Fame JR., Drayton Entertainment’s Pre-Professional Production Program. Auditions for 2019 will be held Feb. 9 in Penetanguishene.