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Summer Camps

Drayton Festival Theatre

Rooted in bravery and belonging, the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy offers a profoundly positive approach to arts education that’s dedicated to cultivating talent, confidence, and creativity in every student.

Our EPIC Summer Camps give like-minded youth a chance to have fun, make lasting friendships, and build life-skills while learning about the exciting world of live theatre in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. Our experienced faculty is comprised of passionate Canadian industry professionals who are also accomplished educators dedicated to providing relevant knowledge and personalized guidance to help students take risks to reach their full potential.

Dates: Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2
Ages: 6 – 13
Location: Drayton Festival Theatre (33 Wellington St S. Drayton)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $395 plus tax 

Musical Theatre Summer Camps
By studying material from age-appropriate musicals, performing arts participants gain fundamental training in singing, movement, improv, and scene work. They’ll become familiar with reading sheet music, creating character and learn how to enhance their sense of focus and stage presence. Other speciality workshops will include on-camera acting technique, stage combat, puppetry, and audition skills plus virtual mentor Q&A’s.

A typical day:
9:00am-10:15am First Class
10:15am-10:30am Snack Break
10:30am-12:00pm Second Class
12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm-2:15pm Third Class
2:15pm-2:30pm Break
2:30pm-4:00pm Fourth Class

The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is thrilled to announce another
“Summer Camp Virtual Mentor, Disney Casting Director, DAVE BENNETT.”

ALL Summer Camp participants will be invited to attend a Virtual Q&A with
Dave Bennett on Thursday, August 22 at 9am.

Disney Casting Director, Dave Bennett 

Dave Bennett became the Casting Director the Shanghai Disney Resort after a successful two-decade career as a talent agent. He represented actors for film, television and theatre, and directors, choreographers, music directors, writers, and composers for theatre. 

In 1999, he opened a Manhattan talent office for a Canadian agency where he represented not only American talent but was also known for bringing the best of Canada to Broadway. He placed clients in supporting roles in TV and Film, and in leading/supporting roles in over three dozen Broadway and National Touring Companies including Book of Mormon, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Les Miz, Lion King, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Once, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and Wicked.

Dave has a degree from Queen’s University and is a proud graduate of the Broadway Commercial Theatre Institute’s “Producing for the Commercial Theatre Intensive Program” (NYC).

The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is honored to announce our
“Epic Youth Academy Summer 2024 Mentor, Broadway Star, KERRY BUTLER.”

ALL Summer Camp participants will be invited to attend a Virtual Q&A with
Kerry Butler on Wednesday, August 21 at 9am.

Kerry Butler, who has appeared in twelve Broadway shows, is best known for originating the roles of Barbara Maitland in Beetlejuice, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, and Clio/Kira in Xanadu, the latter of which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

Butler also originated the role of Belle in the Toronto production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which she later performed on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Eponine in Les Misérables, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray,  Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Marianne in Disaster! and Brenda in Catch Me If You Can. She is a mother of two, accomplished teacher, plant enthusiast, musical theatre geek, Disney nerd, and believer in the power of laughter and the magic of music to bring people together. Her solo album is entitled Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Insta @KerryBulterCoach

Summer Camps are $395 + HST.

Family Discount: 10% discount for each additional member of the immediate family from the same household.
Multi Class Discount: 10% discount for each additional summer camp attended by the youth/teen.

We strive to ensure that all young people, regardless of financial circumstances, are able to participate. Inquire about our flexible payment plans and financial assistance programs.

Supervised drop off available at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up until 4:30 p.m. 
Please plan to bring water and a packed lunch.