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Summer Camps

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy

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.

The following camps will be at the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy, 145 Northfield Dr W, Waterloo, Ontario:

Week 1: July 22 to July 26
Musical Theatre Youth (8 – 11)
Musical Theatre Teens (12 – 18)

Week 2: July 29 to August 2
Musical Theatre Youth (8 – 11)
Musical Theatre Teens (12 – 18)

Week 3: August 12 to August 16
Musical Theatre Youth (8 – 11)
Focus on Acting Teens (12 – 18)
Technical Production (12-18)

Week 4: August 19- August 23
Musical Theatre Youth (8 – 11)
Pre-Professional Triple Threat Advanced Training Intensive (by audition only)

Musical Theatre 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.

Focus On Acting for Teens Camp
Our Focus On Acting Teens will study the fundamental building blocks for acting on stage and screen. Students will explore character development through improvisation and text analysis using age-appropriate monologues and scenes from a wide range of published plays. Other specialty workshops will include on-camera acting technique, stage combat, puppetry, and audition skills plus virtual mentor Q&A’s.

Technical Production Camp
Our Technical Production Week is for teens who want to learn more about making behind-the-scenes magic. Technical students will study set design, building and painting along with workshops in stage management, wardrobe, props, lighting, sound and more!

Pre-Professional Triple Threat Advanced Training Intensive 
This auditioned course will select only 25 pre-college and college students who are serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts. Led by the Youth Academy’s Director of Education, David Connolly, students will work with highly skilled, working industry professionals to learn five unique, song and dance production numbers in addition to participating in Virtual Broadway Mentor Q&A’s and special in-person workshops in acting through song, monologue performance, audition technique, agent relations, improv, theatrical intimacy, and more.

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 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 the week of July 29th.

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 session 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.

These camps will be held at the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility at 145 Northfield Dr. Waterloo.

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.

Cameron Loyal

Virtual Guest Mentor for Summer Camp Week 1

Cameron Loyal made his Broadway debut as Prince Charming in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella. He is currently on the International Tour of Les Miserables, after completing The National Tours of My Fair Lady (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), and An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical (Sid Worley). Regionally, he has been seen as Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray as well as Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Aida, and Legally Blonde.

Cameron is based in New York City, originally from Athens, Georgia. In addition to being a performer, he is also an experienced martial artist, personal trainer, ballroom dancer, and non-competitive bodybuilder. When not doing those things, his key interests include superheroes, anime, and motivational speaking. He is also a die-hard San Antonio Spurs fan. 

More faculty announcements to come!


“Because of the acceptance and inclusivity he experienced at the Academy, we really felt that we had gotten our son back after a long season of very difficult times. The Pandemic was particularly hard on him and we believe he finally found his place and his people. Thank you for your leadership and passion.”

“The building is such a welcoming space and really feels like a second home to my child! Everyone was so friendly and kind throughout the weeks and super welcoming to the parents too. We’ll be back! Also, very fair price for the program provided.”

“Thank you for doing a technical theatre camp!! My teen loves the world of theatre but has always known that their place of comfort is not centre stage! We will be back and continue to spread the word about what a wonderful place it is.”

“My child loved each and every one of the virtual guest speaker workshops. Learning from these incredible, professional actors and hearing their journeys and advice was really inspiring. All of a sudden, things seem possible for her in new and exciting ways. I can’t thank you enough.”

“Learning from different choreographers was an incredible experience. Each of them has their own way of teaching and engaging with the students. Different dances on different difficulty levels really challenged the kids in the best way. I feel the cost reflects the fact that you have professionals teaching the kids. So it may be higher than other programs, but it’s totally worth it.”

“As a parent… WOW on the well thought out, executed spaces! The wardrobe room was the our favourite…made our jaws drop to the floor many clothes and time periods. Like learning in a museum. Bravo!”

A look back at 2023 Summer Camp

A look back at 2022 Summer Camp

Conduct Policies

Please refer to our DEYA Code of Conduct to familiarize yourself with our conduct policies prior to the start of camp.