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Time to cut loose with Footloose!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! Everyone at the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is thrilled to welcome you to the cast and crew of our inaugural high school musical production of Footloose.

If you’re on this page, it means you’ve already received an email outlining your role onstage or backstage.


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David Connolly

David is the Associate Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, Director of Education for their Youth Academy and Co-Chair of their EDI Committee. He is also an active Disability and Inclusion Advocate who is deeply committed to changing the statistic of being the only male amputee to have performed on Broadway.

For Drayton Entertainment, he has helmed over thirty-five productions including The Prom, Kinky Boots, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia! Newsies, Singing In The Rain and their beloved Pantos. David is a recipient of The Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence and speaker for the DEI Committee of the International Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance. For the past four years, David has curated and moderated a disability inclusion panel at BroadwayCon in New York City to help develop actionable steps to improve disabled representation onstage, and has proudly served as a peer assessor for The Canada Council for the Arts.

About Drayton Entertainment


Performer/Stage Management Rehearsal Schedule

Technical Crew Rehearsal Schedule

Show Schedule

About the Show

Policies and Procedures Agreement

Letter of Agreement

What You Need to Bring


Carpool List

Please ensure that you have completed the Procedure and Policies Agreement form found above.

For more information, please contact Youth Academy Administrative Director, 
Randi Perriam,, 519-804-1100 xt 902

The 2023 High School Project

A look back at Legally Blonde…

2023 saw the inaugural Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy High School Musical Production with Legally Blonde! With 35 cast members and 15 crew members from 15 different high schools, Legally Blonde has an almost sold-out run at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in February of 2023.

Read more about the show on CTV’s website: ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ to showcase young talent from Southwestern Ontario

“It’s just so professional. You get so much input on your acting and your singing. You get a lot of feedback […] Everyone here has gotten so close and we’ve helped each other grow and build.”

– Alyssa Panda, Legally Blonde Cast Member

Read Bill Jackson’s full article in the Waterloo Chronicle: ‘A new community of like-minded people’: Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy to stage inaugural high school musical

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