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Imagine. Create. Inspire.

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy

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Rooted in belonging, Drayton Entertainment delivers a profoundly new and positive approach to performing and technical arts education.

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Everybody Belongs Here

Our aim is to help dismantle systemic constructs which serve as cultural, financial, and physical barriers to representation and participation in arts education.

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Our Facility

Upstairs at our 10,000 square foot training facility, you’ll find four rehearsal halls with natural light, wall-to-wall mirrors, wood sprung floors, state-of-the-art sound and screen systems, and a water bottle hydration station. The main floor features tutorial classrooms, a choral music room …. and a green room with kitchen homework bars with laptop connections!

Every training space of the Academy is equipped with real-time digital video surveillance, broadcast to monitors in our waiting area. The Academy’s technical arts training programs will be made available through Drayton Entertainment’s adjacent Production Centre. An elevator and exterior ramp, with two inclusive washrooms and accessible hallway configurations, ensure barrier-free access for everyone.

Classes by Type

Transformation

The symbolism of the butterfly found in our logo is universally related to its journey that starts crawling and ends flying. Our curriculum of classes is designed to align with the idea of a butterfly’s powerful transformation, metamorphosis, growth, learning and endless potential.

Performing Arts

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Musical Theatre Performance Company, Drama Performance Company, Improv, Monologues, Scene Study, Audition Skills, Stage Combat, Singing, Choirs, and more…

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Technical Arts

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Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Props, Stage Management, Carpentry, Scenic Painting, Costume Construction, and more

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Wellness

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Personal transformation and FUN for all ages and stages of life. Whether you want to stretch, sweat, or restore, “Show Tune Fitness” is here to help.

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Special Events

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Let’s make memories! All-Access Classes, Wedding Dances, Birthday Parties, Self-Tape Studios, Masterclass Series, Broadway Mentor Q&A’s, and more…

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Testimonials

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This environment is free of judgment and full of love. Thank you for always pushing us and reminding us how important, valued and powerful we all are.

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I can’t thank you enough for the courage, independence and kindness you help to instil in my kids.

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Although my Dad never spoke of it to Evan or me, he was a little hesitant with the dance stuff and then theatre stuff… but then he came out of the Panto that Evan was in crying, so happy that Evan had found a place where he felt like he belonged.

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As parents we got to ride this high with our son. We got to see him, for the first time, totally come into himself, for the first time, pure happiness. Something changed, he has changed….thank you.

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This was the most amazing theatre experience I’ve had to date, and I’ve had a LOT! It’s the first time I’ve felt like I really belonged because you made such an inclusive environment.

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Thank you! She walked away with more confidence about body image, an even deeper love of everything “theatre” and huge love and respect for her community!

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The patience David shows to the children is perfect! As a teacher I recognize that this man was made to work with kids!! The way he speaks to kids makes them believe they can do anything!!!

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This is where I want to be. I get to learn from Broadway performers who are performing at a theatre right next door but more importantly, I’ve made lifelong friends. Even the audition process is awesome. Drayton has helped me grow not only as a performer, but as a person.

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My son has done lots of programs and I think he felt the most at home here. The children and staff were the most inclusive of any I’ve encountered.

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Each and every day he arrived at Huron Country Playhouse, he knew he was stepping into a place where his passions and dreams were going to be honoured, respected and encouraged.

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The staff involved had an incredible ability to push the kids outside of their comfort zones to try new things and take risks. Most of all, they were able to teach kids to embrace differences and that it’s okay to be different.

News

May 13, 2022

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OPEN HOUSE A BIG SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Open House with tours and free classes. It was fantastic to have so many eager theatre-lovers in the building.

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May 04, 2022

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Indigenous Singing, Drumming and Stories Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended our first event of National Youth Week, the Indigenous Singing, Drumming and Stories Workshop with First Nation composer, musician and educator, Barbara Assiginaak and drumming specialist, Richard Moore.

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Apr 21, 2022

School Teacher Appreciation Post

School Teachers Rock!

We were so happy to facilitate a PD Day Drama Workshop for WCDSB teachers.

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Apr 13, 2022

Youth Auditions

Announcing Youth Auditions for The Sound of Music and Frozen Jr.!

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Apr 05, 2022

Adventure4Change

We were thrilled to host Waterloo Region’s Adventure4Change Youth Connect Group for an Academy and Production Facility tour plus a Hip-Hop workshop with the incredible O’Shani ‘Ocean’ Cardwell!

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Mar 14, 2022

Summer Musical Theatre Camps

Our week-long Summer Camps give young performers a chance to have fun, meet new friends and gain skills while learning about blockbuster musical theatre shows!

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Feb 10, 2022

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March Break Broadway Boot Camp

In addition to classes in acting, singing, and dancing, students will attend Masterclasses with Industry Professionals.

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Feb 10, 2022

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The Saturday Sessions

For three Saturdays in February, we are offering Q+A sessions with Abby Mueller, Sherisse Springer and Kevin Csolak.

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Feb 08, 2022

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January Broadway Bootcamp

Our January Youth Academy Q&A was with Broadway and Television Star, Alex Newell. Here’s a recap of some wisdom that was shared.

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Feb 08, 2022

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Logo Launch

Welcome to Drayton Entertainment’s Youth Academy News Feed! We’re high-kicking things off by sharing our logo.

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